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Gov Dickson Harps on Preservation of Tradition; Eulogises Late Nembe Monarch


The Bayelsa State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion of traditional values and customs that properly portray the true identity of its people.

Governor Seriake Dickson stated this, when members of the  Nembe -Bassambiri Council of Chiefs led by its Chairman, Chief Eferebo-Igoma paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Yenagoa, to formally announce the death of their monarch, King Ralph Iwowari.

Underscoring the importance of culture, he identified non-challant attitude to upholding core values as a causative factor of moral decadence and other societal problems in contemporary times.

Hon Dickson commended the chiefs and people of Nembe for their efforts at preserving their ancient traditions and customs, which he noted, has given them a pride of place among the comity of tribes in the country.

While assuring the Council of Chiefs of government's support, he also expressed gratitude to them for cooperating with the present administration in maintaining peace, law and order in their various communities.

According to the governor: “ As a lover of tradition, your governor will continue to encourage the propagation and preservation of our traditions so that we can hand them over to succeeding generations.

“I want to thank you all for the efforts you are making as a community to preserve peace, law and order. And let me assure you that as you do so, your government will continue to support and work with you. Where there are developments that need government's intervention, don't fail to let us know. Explore all avenues, personal as well as official to reach us, so that we can get abreast of such issues early enough and nip them in the bud.”

Reflecting on the life and times of the departed monarch, Governor Dickson described the late    Amayanabo of Nembe-Bassambiri, as a man who, had natural humility and served humanity with distinction and  honour  during his lifetime.

According to him, the late Iwowari was one traditional ruler, he had “a lot of personal deep respect for because of his uncommon sense of  honour , simplicity and selfless dedication to whatever was his conviction.”

While indicating government's readiness to participate actively in the burial  programme  of the deceased, Hon Dickson directed the commissioner  for  community development and  chieftaincy  affairs, Chief Martin Agbede and his Culture and Ijaw National Affairs counterpart, Dr Felix Tuodolo, to liaise with the chiefs' council to give the onetime chairman of the state council of traditional rulers a befitting burial.

Earlier in an address presented by its Secretary, Chief Ayebaesin Edoghotu-Omoh, the Nembe-Bassambiri Council of Chiefs explained that, the visit was to formally inform the governor of the demise of the first class monarch.

Soliciting government's support for the burial, Chief Edoghotu-Omoh, said seventeen committees have been set up to oversee the two-week event, which would commence on the 24 th of  Novemebr, this year.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

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