Bayelsa Governor pays tribute to elders to mark the state's 20th Anniversary


The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson paid tribute to elders

and founding fathers of the state who fought and persistently agitated for

the creation of Bayelsa in 1996‎.
The governor while Speaking at a meeting with members of the Bayelsa

Elders Forum in Yenagoa,  opined that with their actions that culminated

in the creation of the state they have secured a good place in the history

of Bayelsa.
He thanked the elders for the support they have given him and his

government ‎so far and appeal to them to join hands with his

administration to address the political unrest in the state.

“Politicians will come and go, but the state will remain. So even in the

midst of arguments and disagreements, let violence not be brought to

The governor acknowledged that although the state is not where it should

be, but it is not where it used to be and that is something to be thankful

for and congratulated all Bayelsans for the 20th anniversary of the state.

In the area of public service, Dickson appealed to the elders to be part

of the discussions by engaging civil servants from their locality to

accept the ongoing payment pattern as government at this point cannot pay

full salaries.
‎According to him, some of the major challenges his government is facing

is the dwindling economy and security and called for collaboration to

ensure law and other in all LGA’s.
Governor Dickson also has announced that there are lands available for

elders at the new Yenegoa city with terms and conditions all aimed at

ensuring that they are closer to him for constant advice which is always

Earlier chairman of the elders council, Chief Francis Doukpola while

making an opening remark recalled how the journey started and how much

success has been achieved now, especially in the present administration

and congratulated the governor on his victory.
The high point of the meeting was the presentation ‎of the request for the

state creation and the original copy of the memorandum and amended

constitution to the governor by the elders council chairman.

Dickson was accompanied to the meeting by his deputy, John Jonah, Speaker

of the State Assembly, Friday Konbowei Benson, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mrs

Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon.

Jonathan Obuebite, amongst others.
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