Posted by Grand News | 1 October 2017 | 336,773 times
Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has advised the people of the state not to despair despite the challenges of the present time. He also urged all Bayelsans and the Ijaw Nation to rekindle
their hope in the greatness of the state and the country.
The Bayelsa governor, in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, gave the charge in his message to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the state's creation as well as
the 57th independence anniversary of Nigeria.
While paying glowing tributes to the founding fathers of the state,Governor Dickson acknowledged their immeasurable sacrifice that resulted in Bayelsa becoming a reality.
"But for the sacrifice, zeal, commitment and dedication of our founding fathers, Bayelsa would have remained a mere dream.
"As I reflect on their role today, I can only but rededicate myself and the Restoration Government I lead to the development ideals of the Bayelsa founding fathers. This inspires a renewed commitment to
uphold, meet and even surpass the expectations of those who laid the foundation we are building on. My administration will never disappoint the founding fathers and the people of the state, who gave us this
sacred mandate,'' he assured.
According to the governor, the 21st anniversary of the creation of the state is special because, among other things, it coincides with the 57th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria. The governor therefore
called on Bayelsans and Nigerians to take advantage of the double celebration to reflect on where we were, where we are now and where we ought to be as a nation.
"I therefore urge all Bayelsans and indeed Nigerians to rekindle hope in the state and in our country. We might not have attained the height we expect but it is also true that we are not where we were.
"Progress and development is block upon block. Gradually but steadily we are making good progress. Our vision and commitment to a better Bayelsa and stronger Ijaw nation remain unwavering," he said.
The governor solicited the cooperation and support of all Bayelsans and the Ijaw nation irrespective of political differences, noting that building a great state requires the support of everyone.
He said he appreciates the goodwill of the people and promised toconsolidate on the enviable gains of the Restoration Government in the last five years. Governor Dickson also assured that he will
continue to run an all-inclusive and open government for all Bayelsans.
He called on leaders of the state, who have served and are still serving in different capacities, not to wage unnecessary battles of division that are hindering the state from attaining its full potential, but to use their time and resources to support development in the state for the betterment of all.
Governor Dickson equally congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians on the country's independence anniversary. While restating his call on Nigerians not to give up on the country, the governor said the challenges confronting Nigeria are surmountable if we all work together with faith in God as a people irrespective of religion, tribe, creed, socio-cultural and political affiliations. The Bayelsa
helmsman said he is confident that “ if we work together as a people, Nigeria will rise again and if Nigeria rises, Africa will as well rise again”
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