GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIA
Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Research & Social Media
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GOVERNOR HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON – THE MOST SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDLY GOVERNOR OF OUR TIME
It was Nelson Mandela who said in the heydays of the struggle against Apartheid that “ To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” This is the most simplistic way of acknowledging the role of the RESTORATION ADMINISTRATION in enhancing the freedom of Bayelsa people from the grip of fear, insecurity, official ineptitude, and under-development. This administration has, in less than 365 days, given Bayelsan freedom in all its ramifications and Bayelsans are now proud again.
More than one year ago, Your Excellency, used the Social Media infrastructure extensively to push for regime change and restoration of peace, security and development in Bayelsa State. Today, the change Your Excellency spearheaded and advocated has taken root in all departments of life. And recognizing the potency of the Social Media as a tool for development engineering, Your Excellency, appointed a Senior Special Assistant on Research & Social Media to superintendent, standardize and reawaken the consciousness of Social Media practitioners in the State. You did not stop there. Your Excellency inaugurated the BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA COMMITTEE to use the instrumentality of the platform to articulate the policies and programmes of this administration. The Committee has continued to discharge its functions with unwavering equanimity, resolved and committed to the Restoration Agenda. Beyond her statutory functions, the Committee has also engaged in cross-cutting issues such as interfacing with MDAs, charting clear road-maps for increased productivity, and conducting opinion polls including the use of standardized sociometric techniques to measure sectoral performance.
We are pleased that Your Excellency has always supported the Social Media enterprise in Bayelsa State, including the proposed sponsorship of her members to the first ever World SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK in February, 2013, in Lagos-Nigeria. By your policies and programmes, Your Excellency, has proved to be the most social media friendly Governor in Nigeria and this is why we are resolved and more determined to project the achievements of the Restoration Administration.
Your Excellency, Sir, as you celebrate your birthday, we wish you good health, a clear vision and divine protection as you move the State from the valley of anomie to the mountain top of hope, restoration and accelerated development. The Restoration Train has taken off smoothly, and we are coasting to our assured destination. BAYELSANS NOW KNOW THAT THE STATE IS IN GOOD HANDS.
Happy Birthday Your Excellency, May the good Lord bless you mightily with wisdom and understanding to pilot the affairs of our Great State.
Dr. Idumange John
For: BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA COMMITTEE