By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—Bayelsa State House of Assembly has passed the Education Safety Corp Bill, 2017, to prevent various crimes in public primary and secondary schools in the state.
The bill, sponsored by the Leader of the House and member representing Sagbama constituency I, Peter Akpe, seeks to establish education safety corp to work for the protection of equipment and security of pupils as well as guard against cultism and kidnapping.
After the third reading of the bill, members unanimously passed it following robust debate on it.
In line with the bill now awaiting the assent of the governor, the Corp will be headed by a retired senior security officer to serve as state commandant.
Members of the Corps who must be between the ages of 18 and 45, are expected to respond and alert police on crimes, arrest of suspects, maintain peace during sports and major events and any other function.
There will also be local government sector coordinators who will work with police, DSS, NSCDC, and other security agencies.
The Speaker, Mr. Konbowei Benson, who presided over the session, said that the bill was timely because of the resurgence of cultism among the pupils.
Meantime, the member representing Kolokuma/Opokuma II, Mr.Ebiye Tarabina, has defected from APGA to the ruling PDP citing internal crisis within his party.
The letter of notice was read on the floor of the house during Tuesday’s sitting.
He was received by PDP members.