Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo is presently in Bayelsa State, in continuation of his tour of the Niger Delta region as part of efforts at restoring peace in the volatile region.
Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, quoted him as saying that the visit was “to assure of our commitment to the Niger Delta.”
Security had been beefed up in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Friday preparatory to the acting President’s arrival.
Armed soldiers, Policemen and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC were stationed at strategic locations across the state capital.
Traffic was diverted from the roads leading to Bayelsa Government House, where Osinbajo will hold a meeting with Traditional Rulers, Elders and selected youths of the state on ways of bringing an end to the destruction of oil and gas facilities in the region which has had dire consequences on the Nation’s economy.
Spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that his men and officers were adequately prepared to make the visit incident-free.
He warned trouble makers to keep away from venue of the meeting which attendance he added was “strictly on invitation.”
“The Command therefore advises all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful and legitimate businesses,” Butswat said.
“The gathering of people not invited for the programme at any point within the state will not be tolerated, as adequate security measures have been put in place to curtail activities of miscreants,” he added.
Recall that Osinbajo kicked off the tour with a visit to the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri, Delta State, on January 16 this year.
“We have a window of opportunity. We must use our oil to develop our people,” Osinbajo had said during the visit.
“A place like this should not be just like this, it should be better. It should look like Dubai or anywhere in the very developed countries of the world.”