Civil disobedience related crisis has been averted in Bayelsa state as the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has agreed to train over 1,000 Bayelsan youths on skills acquisition come September 27, 2121.
Aggrieved youths in their husbands had gathered penultimate week at state secretariat of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, to proceed on a mass protest to the 17-storey Content Tower of the NCDMB located along Oxbow Lake Road in the state capital.
The planned protest, it was learnt, followed an alleged prolonged delay by the NCDMB to carry out the training of the youths in different trades through the office of HOSTCOM as reportedly agreed since 2019.
Drawn from almost all the communities in the state, the youths, who were beating drums and singing war songs were
ready to match to the content tower and shut it down and remain there in civil disobedience until the management of the board would give them a specific date for the commencement of the training.
However, the looming quandary was averted by the swift intervention of the Bayelsa state Police Command which immediately engaged all the parties involved including the aggrieved youths, HOSTCOM as well as representatives of the NCDMB to reach a truce.
The reconciliatory meeting, which was held at HOSTCOM secretariat in Yenagoa, had in attendance representatives of the state Police Command, Yenagoa Area Command, DPOs of Ekeki, Akenfa and Azikoro Divisional Police Headquarters, representatives from the Department of Capacity Building of the NCDMB as well as leadership of HOSTCOM.
At the end of the meeting, it was unanimously agreed that the training would now hold on September 27, 2021.
Speaking to Niger Delta Herald in his office after the meeting, state chairman of HOSTCOM, HRH Albert Kerekebunah said but for the quick intervention of security operatives and his personal influence on the grieving youths, the situation would have snowballed into full-blown crisis.
The Atakparama-Otumor V11 of Gbaraun thanked the police and commended NCDMB for agreeing to provide opportunities for young Bayelsans to be trained so as to become entrepreneurs and self reliant.
The Paramount Ruler thanked the aggrieved youths for not resorting to violence and called on them to remain calm and prepare their minds positively towards the forthcoming training exercise, which he said, would be in two batches.