Gov. Dickson Signs Bill on State Symbols and Song into Law
Huhuonline.com understands that Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, today, signed eight (8) bills passed by the State House of Assembly into Law, including the bill on Bayelsa State Symbols and Songs Law 2012.
A statement issued by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, chief press secretary to the state governor, said,the bill, which was signed, among 7 others, at the meeting of the State Executive Council held today at the Executive Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa, provided a unique opportunity for government to make a clear pronouncement on the real intendment of the law as follows:
That Bayelsa State is a federating unit in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, created and recognized in the constitution with rights, powers and obligations.
That all structures, organs and officials of the state operate under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
That our decision to have state symbols and songs, are as a result of our belief in true federalism as a cardinal cornerstone of Nigerian nationhood and it is in exercise of our inalienable rights as a federating unit. This is a right, which we cannot be denied of since several other states with the same rights have equally exercised.
That the decision taken by our government in this regard is also as a result of our commitment to the propagation of ijaw culture, language, history and ideals.
That this decision also creates a platform for us as a government to rally our people for positive development within the context of a united, egalitarian and democratic Nigeria.