Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has congratulated the Amayanabo of Twon-Brass, HRM King Alfred Papapriye Diete-Spiff as he clocks 71.

In a statement, the Bayelsa State Governor described King Diete Spiff as a role-model, pace-setter and a patriotic leader, who demonstrated enormous courage and vision as pioneer Military Governor of old Rivers State to translate his dreams for the new State at the time to reality.

He also commended his humble disposition, stressing that as a Governor at the age of 25 in 1967, when old Rivers State was created, King Diete-Spiff never allowed his exalted position to becloud his good intentions for his people, but listened to wise counsel and advice in administering the young State to enviable heights.

Governor Dickson recalled how the sound and people oriented programmes and policies of his administration laid the foundation for what is today Rivers and Bayelsa States as well as turned Port Harcourt to one of the best State capitals and Rivers State the cynosure of all eyes in all ramifications at the time.

“Even at the age of 71, you have not relented in rendering quality service to our people. You have regularly answered the clarion call to contribute and give wise counsel to successive leaderships of our dear State from creation in 1996 to date and our Nation.Many years after you served our people as Governor of old Rivers State, you are still revered and appreciated, because you were truly exceptional in many ways”

As you celebrate 3 scores and eleven, on behalf of a grateful State and people, I pray God Almighty to continue to grant you sound health and mind to continue to contribute meaningfully to the development of our State.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State



  1. Oh Lord! This is one of the greatest persons on earth. Simple, the present Rivers State and Bayelsa State owe him their a priceless debt. We cannot pay him in full in any way what soever. About 99% of all Rivers people were sent to school through his scholarships. He changed history and empowered us to take our own seat in Nigeria. Think of any one in anyfield that is perhaps about to retire or retired and he/she owes the King who provided the wherewithal with his policies for us to inherit the goods of the earth.

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