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Bayelsa partners with police, deploys drones against crimes – Punch Newspapers

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Government says it has concluded arrangement to launch a crime control drone system to assist in the prevention of crime.

The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Chief Blessing Ipigansi-Igbagara, said on Thursday that the mechanism was developed by an indigenous manpower and technology system in line with the present administration’s zero tolerance for crimes and criminality.

The commissioner spoke in Yenagoa, the state capital, during the inter-ministerial/agency press briefing to mark the sixth anniversary of the Seriake Dickson-led administration.

He said the system would have a direct link to the police on patrol duties at different locations with about four drones with a speed limit of 150 kilometre per hour deployed in every police station in the state.

According to him, since inception of the Dickson-led administration, the ministry had collaborated with federal and foreign agencies in the area of training and capacity building to address the manpower needs of the state and developing the database of unemployed graduates.

The commissioner also added that the era of non-completion/abandonment of projects by recalcitrant contractors was over in the state. He explained that the ministry had developed a video monitoring system to monitor the activities of the contractors handling various projects.

The Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Mr. Austin Dressman, commended Dickson for approving the completion of eight out of the 10 mausoleums at the Ijaw Heroes Park, which house the late Isaac Jasper Boro and General Oweiye Azazi.

He said already, the governor had given the nod for the construction of a 400-seater pavilion at the park, which would be completed in three months’ time.

While emphasising the importance and need to promote the Ijaw language and symbols, the commissioner explained that books had been produced to help children in schools to learn the language and the meaning of the symbols in the state coat of arms.

He said the celebration of Ijaw Cultural Day every Friday was to encourage the Ijaw to dress in their own attire, adding that erring civil servants would be sanctioned while those who complied would be rewarded henceforth.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Mrs. EbiereAjua-Musa, said the state government had awarded a contract for the Ox-Bow Water Park to be situated behind Silverbird Galleria and the contractors had told to complete the project in 60 days.

She credited her ministry with training over 300 Bayelsa residents in cinematography, in collaboration with the Africa Music Awards, hosting of the first ever New Year Festival and putting in place legislation for the tourism sector in the state.

In her contribution, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Martha Jenakumo, said the state government had trained over 400 women and widows in handcrafts, such as hairdressing, bead and soap making, fabric weaving, tailoring, catering, fashion designing, cane craft, and fabric weaving, in order to be able to contribute to the growth and development of the state and be self-reliant.

Speaking on the need to end maternal mortality rate in the state, the commissioner scored the state government high in the training of traditional birth attendants.

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