May 4, 2017

Bayelsa moves to curb chieftaincy related crisis

By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA—Disturbed by the rising cases of chieftaincy related disputes in its communities and the attendant security implications, Bayelsa State Government has commenced the process of identifying communities and their heads in all the eight local government areas of the state.

To this end, Governor Seriake Dickson, yesterday,  inaugurated the committee on verification of communities and their heads in each council where there are pending chieftaincy disputes in court or before any other arbitration body in the state and outside the communities.

Speaking at the inauguration of the committee comprising Verification Teams for communities and their heads across the councils in Yenagoa, Dickson, who was represented by his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (retd),  said the move was aimed at granting more direct responsibilities to the communities’ heads with a view to entrenching accountability and security in the communities.

He described the committee as very important, considering the place of the community heads in the affairs of their respective communities.

According to him, the committee was constituted to reflect the importance the government attaches to the well being of the citizenry and development of the state.

The committee, according to the governor, is expected to engage in proper consultations and undertake visits for the purpose of identifying, ascertaining and compiling a credible and acceptable list of communities and their heads in each council of the state.

The state government also mandated the committee to study the compendium of documents relating to the various communities and their heads, earlier submitted to the government by the Chief Douye  Naingba led Committee on Chieftaincy Stools.

According to Dickson, the committee is also expected to make recommendations on appropriate communities that should be given official recognition, as well as to make any other recommendations given the sensitive nature of their assignment.