Why Bayelsans Gave Gov. Seriake Dickson A Second Tenure
There is saying that you do not change a winning Team. This aphorism cannot be truer than the Bayelsa State Political scenario. The benefits of retaining a winning Team are very obvious. Members understand one another and the rhythm of the game and how best to score goals.
Among leadership qualities that make Governor Seriake Dickson and his Deputy Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah Rtd. stand out include:
1. Transparency in the transaction of governmental businesses
2. Accountability in the receipt and expenditure of public funds
3. The entrenchment of prudential ethics
4. Shared goals and the ability to build a team
5. Respect for heroes and elders
6. Pan-Ijaw nationalistic zeal
7. Broad vision, strategic holistic paradigm of executing programmes of Government
8. Fulfilled promises and aspirations in terms of quality and quality and quantity of projects executed
9. Prudential ethics
10. Rejuvenation of work ethics
11. Abolition of the business-as-usual scenario
12. Adherence to the Fiscal Responsibility Act
14. The rule of Law and constitutionalism
15. Entrenchment of peace and security
16. Aggressive Human Capital Development
17. Youth Empowerment
18. All inclusivity including the appointment of women in his cabinet etc.
In terms of project execution, Gov. Seriake Dickson has achieved in two years what his predecessor cannot achieve even if he was given 10 years. Let’s look at a list of some of the projects.
FEW OF THE PROJECTS EMBARKED UPON BY GOVERNOR SERIAKE DISCKON
1. Construction of Hon. Justice Tabai Road, Edepie Yenagoa
2. Dualization of AIT- Sani Abacha road by Bayelsa Palm Yenagoa
3. Expansion of Lambert Eradiri road Yenagoa
4. Construction of Col. Inokoba Road off Azikoro Yenagoa
5. Construction of Internal Roads in Toru-Orua, Sagbama
6. Construction of 32 kilometers Tombia-Etegwe Road with 8 Bridges
7. Construction of 350meters Access road to Nembe police station
8. Construction of 2kilometers Yenagoa -Oporoama Road
9. Construction of Bridge to link Tourist Island Yenagoa
10. Dualization of Igbogene Junction to Glory Drive Igbogene Round about Yenagoa
11. Construction of Ikolo Creek Bridge and Access road Yenagoa
12. Construction of Opolo Elebele Road Yenagoa
13. Construction of Isaac Boro road Yenagoa
14. Construction of Road Safety-Diete Spiff- Hospital Road Ovom Yenagoa. 15. Construction of 3.6 kilometres access road Boro Town Kaiama,
16. Construction of NYSC Orientation Camp access road Kaiama
17. Construction of Azikoro Road Yenagoa
18. Construction of Jonathan road, Kpansia-Yenagoa
19. Construction of Road 24, High Profile Layout, Yenagoa
20. Construction of road 31 (high profile layout) Yenagoa.
21. Construction of road 28 (high profile layout) Yenagoa.
22. Construction of road 27c Spur (high profile layout) Yenagoa.
23. Construction of 1.98 kilometers Road 30 Spur (high profile layout) Yenagoa. 24. Construction of 1.98 kilometers Road 38/27 new kpansia market road(high profile layout) Yenagoa. 25. Construction of market road phase 1. Nembe.
26. Rehabilitation of the failed sections of Tombia-Amassoma Road, with 2 double culverts 27. Construction of road, parking area, cell blocks and sand filling of Okaka Prisons.
28. Construction of Govt. House car park
29. Construction of Access road to plot 079 Azikoro GRA Phase1 Yenagoa
30. Construction of additional 3 kilometers roadwork Toru- Orua Agalabiri 31.
31. Construction of Okah-Oba Road
32. Dualization of Capt Amangala Road
33. Dualization of Marine Police Road
34. Dualization of Igbogene-AITsection Outer Ring Road, Yenagoa
35. Construction of flyover at NNPC Roundabout, Yenagoa
36. Construction of km25 from Toru-Orua to Ekeremor Road
37. Const. of Bayelsa State Airport Road
38. Completion of the Ogobiri-Toru-Ebeni Bridge Project
39. Construction of Phase 1 Bayelsa West Senatorial Road
40. Construction of Phase 1 Bayelsa East Senatorial Road
41. Construction of Phase 1 Bayelsa Central Senatorial Road
a. Construction of a College of Education at Sagbama
b. Construction of International Institute of Tourism & Hospitality- first of its kind in the federation.
c. Construction of Driving Academy
d. Construction of Sports Academy
e. Construction of School of Music
f. Construction of School of Languages
g. Construction of Teachers Training Institute
h. Construction of Public Service Training Institute
i. Construction of Museum and monuments
j. Arrangements are in top gear to build a modern Maritime Academy
k. Construction of 25 Mega Schools across the 3 senatorial Districts of the State
l. Construction of 25 Model Schools
m. Construction and renovation of 400 primary and secondary schools
n. Construction of 400 2-bedrooms Headmasters’ Quarters with extra 4 rooms for single teachers.
7. One of the few states that have so far paid up all civil servants & Pensions despite dwindling allocation from the federation account before the federal government’s bail out to states.
8. Construction of the first flyover in the State
9. Dualization of Tombia-Amassoma Road
10. Dualization of Opolo-Elebele Road
11. Dualization of Road Safety Road
12. Dualization of Hospital Road
13. Dualization of King Diete-Spiff Road
14. Dualization of Onopa Road
15. Boosting the Ogbia-Nembe Road
16. Accelerated progress in the Oporoma Road
17. Completion of the Toru-Ebeni Bridge
18. Airport Project…in Progress
19. Construction of Traditional Rulers Council Secretariat
20. Construction of the Officers Mess
21. Construction of the Diagnostic Centre
22. Construction of the Pharmaceutical Storage and Distribution Complex
23. Construction of the Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Research Centre
24. Upgrading of Government House Clinic to a state-of-the –art Health Facility
25. Dualization of the Igbogene Road and Construction of the bridge
¬26. The Igbogene-Elebele by-pass….reached advanced stage.
27. Construction of Five Secretariat Annexes for Civil Servants,
This list is by no means exhaustive and it does not include so many programmes and projects initiated and completed by the Restoration Administration.
This performance is by far the best Bayelsans have seen since Bayelsa State was created in 1996. Bayelsans also factored-in the fact that for about 18 months, this administration operated a lean economy when most States were unable to pay the salaries of civil servants. Bayelsans believe that Governor Seriake Dickon will achieve more during his second tenure.