Be Vigilant, Be Security Conscious And Report Suspicious Characters To Law Enforcement Agencies…. Gov Dickson To Non Indigenes
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has urged the non-indigene community in the state to be vigilant and be security conscious at all times in the face of current security challenges facing the country.
Governor Dickson gave the advice, while addressing the non indigenes at a reception held in his honour during his 'thank you' visit to the Supreme Council for Non Indigenes at the Peace Park in Yenagoa.
He said, they should see the security of lives and property as a collective responsibility of all and not allow suspicious characters to infiltrate their ranks and also report such persons to the law enforcement agencies for prompt action.
The Bayelsa State Governor urged them to remain peaceful and law-abiding, noting that, the State was now one of the most peaceful states in the country as a result of the support of the people.
He thanked the non-indigene community for supporting him during and after the governorship election.
“Before I came, a lot of businesses had closed down. You know those who closed down their shops and left Yenagoa, because businesses had collapsed. But, I also know that since we have been working together for the past 2 years, even most of those who rented out their shops have started coming back again and business once again has started booming. And, so I want to thank you for all the support you gave to me and the collaboration you are giving to the law enforcement agents.
“The prosperity you have started to experience, more will come your way. Those of you who are thinking of opening new shops, you better get them now, because what is coming is more than what you know.”
Responding to some of their requests, the Governor assured them of the provision of a bus as well as the construction of a building materials market, which he said was already on-going.
Earlier, in a welcome address read on their behalf by the President General of the Supreme Council for Non Indigenes in the State, Chief Sunny Chukwueze, the group described Governor Dickson as a detribalized leader, who runs an open door administrative system of government.
Describing the Governor's educational policies as urbane, the President General also lauded the state government for paying WAEC and NECO fees for the children of non-indigenes in the state.
Chief Chukwuezi noted that non-indigenes in the state were happy with the Governor for fulfilling most of his electioneering promises, while canvassing for their support.
He expressed appreciation to Governor Dickson for the on-going infrastructural projects across the state and the appointment of non-indigenes into positions of public trust.
In a goodwill message, Oba of the Yoruba community in the state, Alhaji Sulaimon Oguntunji, thanked Governor Dickson for giving the non-indigenes a sense of belonging and pledged their continued support for the administration.
The high point of the ceremony was the investiture of the Governor as the Grand Patron of the Supreme Council for the non-indigenes in the State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State