Bayelsa - Tiwei Orunimighe, the Chairman of the Southern-Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa, has decried the poor security situation in rural areas in the state, saying it was a major challenge.
He said the problem was much in his domain, describing it as a “big headache”, which was affecting governance in the area.
Orunimighe said that the council area was also contending with other challenges, which included sea piracy and illegal bunkering.
He disclosed that the nefarious activities had continued in the area in spite of raids by “Operation Pulo Shield”, the Joint Military Taskforce in the Niger Delta.
According to him, illegal refineries and attendant illegal bunkering have been re-surfacing every now despite the presence of the taskforce.
Orunimighe, however, commended the State Governor, Seriake Dickson, for constituting a committee that would check criminal activities in the coastal parts of the state.
“The major challenge we are having is security. As a local government, we have tried to partner with the security agencies like the police, army and all the rest of them to ensure safety of lives and property.”
He said that the council has assisted the police authorities in the area with two new speed boats with engines and renovated police stations as well as built new ones area.
Orunimighe also stated that the area was facing transportation problems and commended the governor for bringing back construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Ltd., to continue work on the Yenagoa-Oporoma Road project.