Bayelsa State government has constituted a Students’ Management Committee to tackle student related issues, with a view to re-orientating their values for positive development.
The committee’s terms of reference include, collaborating with other youth bodies in the state, managing the affairs of students as well as checking acts of cultism and other forms of criminality among the youths in general.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who performed the inauguration ceremony, charged members of the committee to sensitize students on the prevailing national economic challenges and the attendant effects on states.
According to him, as future leaders, it was imperative to incorporate the student body into the activities of the government to enable them be abreast of political and socio-economic issues in the state.
While emphasising the need for effective enlightenment, he condemned the level of cynicism in the region, where people do not believe that something good could come out of their leaders as a result of the long period of neglect and under-development of the Niger Delta.
He said: “We need to work together and manage our processes of government and the way we carry out our collective businesses so that our society can get out of this crisis. I want a situation where students and the youth population in general are not misinformed. As future leaders, I want them to understand the real issues that government and other leaders have to deal with.
“I want a situation where the young people in this state understand the basis upon which political service must stand. For us, political service must mean an opportunity to serve our society first, and one’s self the least. But the reverse is the case. It is not their fault. It is as a result of faulty foundation and that is why our government is solving foundation problems on a daily basis since we came on board.”
Responding, chairman of the committee, Ebipatei Apaingolo expressed appreciation to the governor for the opportunity to serve and promised to deliver on their mandate.
Members of the committee are Evans Baribote, Eteli Tuanam, Atti Moses, Maxwell Obesi and Miss Imoemi Tombofa.