The Executive Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon Michael John Williams, has adduced reasons for dissolving the Bille Youth Executive, which he recently disbanded.
Speaking during a courtesy call of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Bille Clan, at his office in Degema, Thursday, the Council Boss stated that the youth body failed to adhere to the rules, laid down by the Rivers State Government, concerning conduct of youth elections in the state.
He maintained that his decision to dissolve the youth body was not done out of hate or personal interest, but to simply enforce government’s decision on the matter, assuring that his administration would endorse the group if they go back and comply with the extant laws of the land.
The DELGA Sheriff called on the traditional institution in the area to get involved in the recruitment process of youths into such organizations, in order to forestall a situation where miscreants with criminal tendencies would infiltrate the youth body, using it as a cover to perpetrate crime and criminality.
He commended the people of Bille for their uncommon unity and brotherliness, adding that in order to preserve the rich culture of the Bille people, his administration had undertaken to reconstruct the native arbitration building, known as the Ekine Sekiapu Society House, to a befitting structure.
Earlier, Bille Clan Chairman of the INC, Elder Dagogo George Secondus, commended the Council Chairman, whom he described as “a very special gift from God to Bille Kingdom and the entire LGA.”
He thanked the Council Chairman for swiftly addressing the protracted sea piracy that had bedevilled the Bille people, despite their cries to past administrations for help, which unfortunately turned blind eyes to their plight.
“Upon and prior to your emergence as Council Chairman, which period coincided with the Bille Kingdom travails in the hands of sea pirates and kidnappers on the Port Harcourt-Bille sea route.
He commended the Council Boss for always showing interest in the affairs of Bille and other communities of the LGA, adding that the chairman had redefined governance at the grassroots.