Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has reassured the people of the state that his administration will build on the foundations laid by past leaders and bequeath a lasting legacy on the present and future generation of Bayelsans.
Governor Dickson has therefore, called for the continued support , co-operation and prayers of the people, noting the giant strides the restoration government has recorded in the various sub-sectors of the economy can only be sustained through a collective resolve of the people as well as the divine grace of God.
According to him, despite some daunting challenges, the State Government under him, has remained focused in its efforts at building a progressive and egalitarian society with limitless possibilities and hope for the future.
The Governor, who was speaking at a Special Thanksgiving reception held at Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa, also called for co-operation from the political class irrespective of party affiliations for the overall interest of the state by keying into the spirit of the new Bayelsa, which will be the cornerstone of the Ijaw nation.
“ Today I am running a race which is essentially for us all. It’s our desire that by the time we finish our mandate, others will see a good platform to continue. Working together we will make an irreversible change that the Ijaw nation will not be the same again”.
The Bayelsa State Chief Executive attributed the achievements of the restoration team since assumption of office to God Almighty while also applauding the contributions of political leaders in the state as well as Bayelsans for their invaluable support and prayers.
Hon. Dickson equally enjoined the people to pray fervently for President Goodluck Jonathan as he continues to steer the ship of State at the federal level, especially in the face of the prevailing challenges.
In his opening remarks, the Secretary to the State Government of the State, Professor Edmund Allison Oguru, remarked that, the Special Thanksgiving Service was to express gratitude to God for all he has done in the life of the governor and his administration as well as appreciate the people for their support.
A book titled ‘‘Daring to make a difference: The first year of Governor Seriake Dickson’s Adminisrtation’’ was unveiled and presented by former Governor of the state, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, who lauded the sterling qualities of Gov. Dickson, noting that his achievements were all encapsulated in the book.
The three hundred and six page compendium, according to the Chief Historian and Archivist of the State, Dr. Stephen Olali, unfolds the history of the programmes and projects of the present administration, and the eight chapters were written by eminent scholars including contributions from Professor emeritus, Ebiegberi Joe Allagoa.
The highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of the Thanksgiving cake by Gov. Dickson and his wife, Dr. (Mrs) Rachel Dickson, Chief and Mrs. DSP Alamieyeseigha, the state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, INC President Sen. Tari Sekibo and other dignitaries.