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50 Reasons To Re-Elect Gov. Seriake Dickson In 2015

By Dennis Alemu
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1. For declaring a state of emergency on the education sector in Bayelsa State.

2. For implementing free and compulsory primary and secondary education in Bayelsa State.

3. For taking an uncompromising stand against cultism and outlawing all cult fraternities in Bayelsa State.

4. For granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary in Bayelsa State.

5. For making infrastructural development the centre-piece of the Restoration Agenda in Bayelsa State.

6. For initiating and executing development projects in all the 105 political wards in the state.

7. For upholding political tolerance as a key ingredient of democracy.

8. For restoring relative peace and security in the state, which under his predecessor, had become a hotbed of violence and extrajudicial state killings?

9. For monthly payment of stipends to the Bayelsa elderly.

10. For making appreciable progress on the three senatorial road projects in the state.

11. For allowing the freedom of expression to thrive on both the traditional media and new media platforms without harassment and intimidation.

12. For putting the Ijaw agenda on government priority list and making Bayelsa State the Jerusalem or centerpiece of the Ijaw nation.

13. For creating a separate ministry to oversee Ijaw national affairs.

14. For immortalizing and according honour to Ijaw hero, Isaac Adaka Boro, through the building of Boro Town and naming a degree-awarding institution after him.

15. For establishing the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education.

16. For investing heavily on the security apparatus in the state.

17. For successfully proscribing the operations of commercial motorcycles in the state capital and thereby, saving lives which were lost daily through rampant "okada" crashes.

18. For building no fewer than 400 residential quarters for headmasters in Bayelsa State

19. For building the 24 constituency secondary schools across the state

20. For the massive renovation and remodeling of over 400 schools across the state.

21. For initiating the first flyover project in Bayelsa State.

22. For expanding and dualizing roads in Yenagoa, the state capital, such as the Road Safety Road, the FMC Road, the Azikoro Road, etc.

23. For making coordinated efforts and investments in agriculture and tourism towards economic diversification.

24. For bringing back the Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science (BYCAS) which had been scrapped by his predecessor.

25. For saving the endangered Ijaw language by introducing it as a subject in the school system.

26. For appointing more Bayelsans into government positions than any previous administration had done.

27. For institutionalizing transparency briefing at both state and local (government) levels.

28. For initiating a savings culture in the state.
29. For taking immediate and decisive steps to stop the abnormal irrevocable deductions from the state's accruals, which had spilled over from the previous administration.

30. For expanding the bureaucratic infrastructure with the completion of four new secretariat annexes in Yenagoa.

31. For creating adequate political space for women through direct appointment and election to prove their mettle in Bayelsa State. For the first time in the state's history, four women now make up the 24-member Bayelsa State House of Assembly.

32. For providing free school textbooks, uniforms, bags and sandals for pupils in the public schools.

33. For providing thousands of school desks, computers, whiteboards, science equipment in the public schools

34. For creating a separate ministry to oversee science and technology, and manpower development.

35. For creating a separate ministry to oversee tourism development.

36. For building strategic public infrastructure like the Bayelsa State Diagnostic Centre, the Drug Mart, residential quarters for medical doctors, etc.

37. For remodeling the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, and rebuilding the State Traditional Rulers' Council Secretariat.

38. For not running the third tier of government with caretaker committees as previous administrations were wont to do.

39. For ensuring financial autonomy in the local government system.

40. For raising the IGR of the state.
41. For completing some strategic projects it met uncompleted from previous administrations.

42. For establishing institutions like the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, the Teachers Training Institute, the Driving School, etc.

42. For completing the Toru-Ebeni bridge.
44. For initiating power projects to hook up more communities to the National Grid.

45. For initiating housing projects across the state.

46. For demonstrating love for the Ijaw nation through the Bayelsa State emblems and symbols, anthem and coat of arms.

47. For faithfully meeting state obligations appertaining to financial liabilities inherited from previous administrations.

48. For faithfully meeting state obligations appertaining to sala ries of civil servants and political appointees.

49. For completing the strategically important Etegwe-Tombia-Amassoma Road with no fewer than eight bridges.

50. For advancing and protecting the strategic Ijaw interest within the context of one united Nigeria.

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