Bayelsa State Government has warned youth bodies in the state against collecting illegal revenue, saying they are not known by relevant laws as statutory revenue collecting agents.
The State Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayibaina Duba, handed down the warning in a statement released in Yenagoa the state capital on Tuesday, September 7.
He said, youth groups have no business collecting revenue from land developers, transporters and other individuals doing business in the state under any guise.
The government spokesman described as unlawful the revenue collecting attitude of youth organizations but stressed that it has to stop as the present administration will not fold its hands and allow the menace to continue.
The statement said: “The attention of the Bayelsa State Government has been drawn to the activities of youth groups and councils who have constituted themselves into revenue collection agencies in the state.
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“For the avoidance of doubt, youth bodies have no mandate to charge or receive any levy or revenue from land developers, transporters and individuals doing business in the state under any guise whatsoever.
“The revenue collecting attitude of the youth groups is unlawful and counter-productive to the prosperity agenda of the administration. It is undermining efforts at creating conducive investment climate and the promotion of sustainable economic activities in the state.
“By this announcement, youth bodies/ associations, especially the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) which is the umbrella of the youth body in the state, are hereby advised to desist forthwith from collection of fee or levy by whatever name it may be called. Government will not tolerate further infringements”.
In another development, the leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Central Zone has called on Ijaw Youths who enrolled in the online Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) recruitment portal to avail themselves for the physical screening.
Comrade Dee Mitin, Information Officer of the IYC Central Zone said the excercise has been divided into phases starting with those with B.Sc. and HND, 6th-7th September, ND and NCE, 8th September and S.S.C.E. 9th and 10th September 2021.
He said the venue of the screening is at the Airforce Base, Elebele road, Opolo, Yenagoa, by 06:30am on the respective dates.
“All participants from Bayelsa State should bring a copy of their credentials to the IYC central zone Office at Ijaw House for follow-up. We don’t want to hear shortchanging of our people this time around”, Mitin added.