Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Wednesday tasked contestants for the 2013, Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant on the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS virus.
This is just as he promised to confer an honorary citizenship on the winner of this year’s edition. Speaking while receiving the contestants of the beauty pageant led by the Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Mr. Guy Murray Bruce at Government House, Yenagoa, Hon. Dickson, who also urged the contestants to promote awareness on the HIV/AIDS scourge, invited them to a walk this weekend, which is tagged, “Walk For Life.” aimed at creating awareness on the HIV/AIDS scourge among the citizenry.
In demonstration of his commitment to the promotion of the tourism sector of the economy, the Governor disclosed that certificate of Honorary citizenship would be presented to the winner of this year edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant scheduled for Yenagoa, this Saturday..
Commending the organizers of the programme for taking time to acquaint the contestants with major historical sites in the state, the Governor said,’ “I’m particularly delighted that the organisers took time to take you round some of the very historic places in the state…Whoever emerges as the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in this particular contest on this great soil of Bayelsa, the Glory of all Lands and the capital of Ijaw nation, that person will be an honorary citizen of this state and will be entitled to all that comes with that honorary citizenship status”
Describing Bayelsa as one of the most peaceful states in the country, he noted that the state has a lot to offer beyond oil and gas and expressed government’s intention to transform it into a tourism and entertainment hub in the near future.
Commending the Silverbird Group for promoting the MBGN event, Governor Dickson noted that the presence of the most beautiful girls in the state gives credence to the positive result of the investment being made in the area of security and tourism.
Earlier, the Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Mr Guy Murray- Bruce pointed out that, whoever emerges as winner would represent the country in the forthcoming Miss World Pageant scheduled to hold in Jakarta, Indonesia.
According to Murray-Bruce, the contestants have been in the state for the past ten days and have visited various tourist sites including the Whiteman’s Grave in Akassa, the site of the first oil well drilled in the country in 1956 at Oloibiri and the famous Lake Efi at Sabagreia.