Yenagoa - Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has charged youths and elders in oil bearing communities to join hands with the Federal Government in the fight against oil theft.
Dickson made the call at send-off for the Commander of the Joint Task Force, ‘Operation Pulo Sheild’, Maj.-Gen. Batta Debiro.
Represented by his Deputy, John Jonah, Dickson stressed the JTF need to support people living in the oil bearing communities to enable government to get revenue to finance developmental projects.
“The people you are seeing here are security agents deployed to safeguard pipelines and oil facilities; their job is to stop every form of illegal activities at the oil fields.
“They are here to perform the development of our Niger Delta region. It is advisable for our youths to cooperate with them in the discharge of their duties,’’ he said.
He commended the retiring general for his support to the state and excellent services to humanity.
Debiro commended the state government for the support to the JTF during his tenure, adding that “we received a lot of support from the state, including logistics.
“And our men that were deployed in the field, equally related with community leaders for assistance. At that level we have been able to succeed,” he said.
He said the incidence of oil theft had declined from 2012 to date, and called on his successor to improve on the feat.
He gave kudos to officers and men who served under him, saying their outstanding performances was largely responsible for the harvest of promotions witnessed in the past couple of years.