Gov Diri Offers Employment, Scholarship To Slain Keke Passenger’s Wife, Kids

By Elizabeth Vincent/Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has visited the family of a slain Bayelsa youth, Douglas Joseph, to commiserate with them over last Wednesday’s ugly incident that led to his death.
Douglas, who hails from Yenizue-Epie community in the state, was stabbed to death by a commercial tricycle rider following disagreement over transport fare.

The governor, who led top government functionaries to the deceased’s family residence at the Kpansia area of the state capital, brought some succour to the family as he offered immediate employment in the state civil service to wife of the late Douglas.

The governor as also announced  scholarship for the deceased’s three children, saying the state government would take over their education up to university level.
He commiserated with the immediate family and the entire Yenizue-Epie community, describing the death of the promising young man as sad and unfortunate.

Diri noted that the state was peaceful and the people very hospitable to visitors and investors, saying government would therefore not condone the acts of those with evil agenda in the state.

“Following from this sad incident, the Secretary to the State Government is hereby directed to give the wife of late Douglas immediate employment.

“Also the Commissioner for Education should ensure that the education of his three kids from primary school to secondary and even university is taken over by the state government.

“This is to ensure that his children will grow up to represent him and be useful to this community and our state.

“I still call on you to continue to keep the peace and ensure that Yenezue-Epie is safe for every visitor. Let nobody use this incident to attack anyone in our communities.

“This one is an eye-opener. Like I have directed, anybody found with weapons, whether dagger or machetes in tricycles, should be reported to law enforcement agencies and arrested. We will not continue to have people who come to do business in our state and also resort to violence.”

Earlier, speaking on behalf of the deceased family, Mr. Daniel Oyimini, said although they were in pains, the visit of the Governor lightened their burden.

Oyimini however appealed to the Governor to intervene on behalf of the family so the police can release the body of their son for proper funeral rites.

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