Bayelsa State Government has cautioned people of the state, especially the youths, to maintain peace despite the outcome of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpor gave the charge in Yenagoa, during an enlarged meeting with traditional rulers from Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
He said though what the oil producing communities expected from the PIB did not materialise, there is still need for them to promote peace and stability in the state.
Ewhrudjakpo added that the stakeholders in the Niger Delta will continue to engage the federal government through constructive dialogue in order to enable host communities get their fair share from the oil companies.
The Bayelsa Deputy Governor also called on the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) to operate within the confines of its constitutional mandate and not delve into issues bordering on the election of traditional rulers.
He condemned what he described as pockets of insecurity and the needless attempt to overthrow properly constituted community leadership, thereby causing tension and strife in some communities.
The state number two man stated that the government will not allow any recognised traditional authority to be destroyed by any group of persons and impose themselves on the people.
The Deputy Governor assured that the government would always ensure a peaceful process in electing leaders into various traditional stools and other elective offices in their various communities.
To this end, he enjoined the leadership of the IYC to only pursue what they have struggled for, and to foster peace and progress in line with the yearnings and aspirations of the founders of the organization.
While thanking the Ogbia traditional rulers for their support, he reminded them of the need to register all visitors and non-indegenes in their communities for security reasons.
In their separate remarks, the Obanobhan of Ogbia Kingdom, King Dumaro Charles Owaba, and various clan heads, lauded the present administration for carrying traditional rulers along in the scheme of things.
They urged the state government to resolve issues of illegal bunkering, absence of police stations, and access roads to some Ogbia communities specifically at Obureri clan, the erosion menace at Ayama, among other challenges facing the area.
The member representing Ogbia Constituency 3 in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Naomi Ogoli, Ogbia Council Chairman, Hon. Ebinyo Turner and Commissioners from the area were among those who made contributions at the meeting.