The Bayelsa State Government has tasked community leaders to take action against those who steal and vandalize power facilities in their domain, saying the increasing rate of such nefarious act has become very worrisome.
The government also urged the leaders and youths to jealously guard such facilities and other social amenities in order to enjoy them and attract more development.
Hon. Ebitei Tonyon, the Commissioner for Power, gave the charge in Yenagoa on Thursday, September 2, during an exclusive interview with Nigerdeltaconnect.
He lamented that people do not care when critical public facilities are stolen or vandalized simply because it belongs to government but noted that such attitude is what has denied some communities their desired infrastructural development.
“As a government we are doing our part to make sure the people of the state enjoy these facilities but the problem is the user/consumers, they are the ones vandalizing these properties and these individuals do not care about the facilities, the cables, transformers, the network of wires that have been drawn to streets and villages.
“Every Bayelsan should take responsibility for the electrical facilities in their communities and protect them because those facilities have been put in place for the betterment of the people and the community at large.
“For example the tower connecting Ikibiri and some other villages have been vandalized and it will cost the government about N70 million to fix.
“So as much as the people expect the government to provide these facilities, the people should also do their part by protecting such facilities from vandals.
“Talking about arrest, some persons have been arrested and are facing the law but before these people will be arrested more than 10, 20, or even 100 facilities would have been vandalized”, he added.
The Commissioner pointed out that the present administration met a very poor state of electricity but are working hard and doing its best to make sure there is steady power supply in Bayelsa.