The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has passed the State Community Safety Corps Amendment Bill 2018.
Moving the motion for its amendment, Leader of the House, Hon. Peter Pereotubo Akpe argued that the intent of the bill is to strengthen the security architecture of the state into a more coordinated system.
Hon. Apke further stressed that the amendment bill will create an operational synergy among the various security outfits like the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the State security outfit, Operation Doo Akpo, Traditional Rulers Council and other local vigilante groups.
Hon. Tonye Isenah, representing Kolokuma-Opokuma constituency I in his contribution said the bill is an expanded version of the Education Safety Corp law which will effectively tackle the proliferation of security groups in the state.
Also speaking in favour of the bill, Member representing Sagbama constituency III, Hon. Bernard Kenebai said the bill provides for the much needed security control system to operate effectively as well as create the synergy necessary in intelligence information sharing.
In another development the House screened and confirmed the appointment of five commissioner-nominees into the State Executive Council.
Those confirmed are Chief Victor Sam Ateki, a former Deputy Speaker of the House, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, Mr. Peter Afagha, Mr. Andrew Arthur and Mr. Pius Jonah.
Advising the nominees, Ho. Tonye Isenah enjoined to see their appointment as a call to service and not a gold mine of personal aggrandizement adding that they must adopt an open door policy to accommodate all.
Also advising the nominees, Hon. Iniyobiyo Obiene, representing Nembe III urged them to conscientious in their service to the state.
Hon. Abraham Ingobere, Deputy Speaker of the House presiding, thanked members for their cooperation in giving expeditious passage of the bill and charged the commissioner-nominees to work in close cooperation with civil servants and the legislature.