Bayelsa State Government has announced the take-over of the construction of late Rev. Ogriki Ockiya Memorial Church Project.
Governor Seriake Dickson made the announcement while responding to requests made by a delegation of the Reverend Ockiya Memorial Anglican Church Project, Nembe who paid him a Courtesy call at Government House, Yenagoa.
Governor Dickson noted that the decision was in line with his administration’s Ijaw History project through which government intends to sponsor research into the lives and achievements of Ijaw heroes whose works have impacted positively and contributed to the promotion of Ijaw culture.
The Governor described late Rev. Ogriki Ockiya as a foremost Ijaw icon whose services did not only transcend the church but also deepened the study of Ijaw language and culture generally.
Governor Dickson, who further acknowledged late Ockiya as the first to translate the Bible to any Ijaw language, pledged to partner with the Church to properly immortalize the departed cleric.
Accordingly, the Governor directed the Chief Historian and Archivist of the State to raise a team that will study and write about the life and contributions of the late Anglican priest.
While urging the Church to take the decision on where the project should be sited, Governor Dickson promised that the project would be completed in no distant time.
He appreciated the Church and the Nembe people for sacrificing their resources towards the immortalization project and asked the Deputy Governor, Retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah to co-ordinate consultations on the project to enable government put up a befitting edifice in memory of the departed hero.
Speaking earlier, Spokesman for the delegation, Sir (chief) Bio Ibogomo Gbeyasa stated that the project which is expected to cost N250million will not only be a memorial edifice but also serve as a unifying factor for the Nembe people.
Sir Gbeyasa commended the Governor for his purposeful leadership style and requested government to construct the road leading to the proposed site of the project.
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