Governor Dickson Task Churches on HIV/AIDS and Poverty Reduction
Governor Seriake Dickson has called on the Church to partner with government on the fight against HIV/AIDS, poverty reduction and enlighten the people on the programmes and policies of government.
The Governor made the call in his remarks at prayer and interactive meeting he held with Church leaders at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.
He pledged his administration’s readiness to partner with the Church to move the State forward and commended the Church and Bayelsans for their prayers and support before, during and after his victory at the polls.
Governor Dickson used the occasion to warn desperate politicians to respect the supremacy of God and act according to his will.
The Governor enjoined the few Bayelsans who are given the State a bad name to repent and put a stop to the shedding of innocent blood while also warning people defrauding the State and those oppressing people to repent of their sins..
He promised that his administration will continue to do what is right and take decisions in the best interest of the State. Responding to some questions asked by members of the Clergy on Security issues and appointments, Governor Dickson noted that government was working hard to make the State safe and secured for the people.
“The work to make the State safe is a work in progress”. “Our aspiration as a government is to make the State the safest in the country. I commend the security outfits for their hard work and also the people”. He remarked.
On the issuance of certificate of occupancy, the Governor stated that government is putting the machinery in motion, pointing out that government had given plots of land to Churches for their use.
He, however, noted that in fulfillment of government’squest to transform the state capital into a modern city, Churches and other land owners whose plots are located within the plan will not enjoy the support of government.
Governor Dickson acknowledged the role of Churches in fighting poverty, health and other negative vices, adding that government is in partnership with the Bank of Industry with each providing N1 billion so that people could access loans for businesses and other beneficial purposes.
Earlier in his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Religious Affairs, Pastor S. S. John Peters explained that the meeting was in fulfillment of a promise made by Governor Seriake Dickson during his electioneering campaigns to partner with the Church on the way forward when elected into office.
Pastor John Peters called on all to use the occasion to fellowship together as well as intimate Christians in the state on the policies and programmes of government.
In his remarks, the State Chairman of theChristian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Most Rev. Israel Ege called on government to allocate land to only Churches which are duly registered and also to return missionary schools to Churches.
The CAN Chairman, while commending theadministration of Governor Seriake Dickson called for the relocation of markets operating on road sides in the state and appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure the speedy completion of work on the East-West road.
In a brief exhortation, the Catholic Bishop of Bomadi Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr) Hyacinth Egbebo called on Governor SeriakeDickson to remain one with Jesus Christ.
He said good leadership is a gift from God Almighty and enjoined the Governor not to deviate from the purposeful and people oriented leadership has brought to bear on governance in the state, and encouraged him to do his best to leave behind a lasting legacy.