Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has been appointed in to the International Board of visitors of the prestigious Lincoln University in the United States of America.
In a letter to the Governor, the President of the University’s Board of visitors, Robert Jennings stated that, the appointment was done based on Governor Dickson’s track record of achievements in all sectors of the state’s economy, especially in education, infrastructure and human capacity development, among others.
He noted that, the University, which has closely followed the Governor’s developmental strides since his assumption of office, was proud of the various steps he has taken to reposition as well as make the state more relevant in all spheres of national life.
In his acceptance letter, Governor Dickson, described Lincoln University as an institution with unbreakable historic ties to Nigeria and Africa, being the university that produced great African leaders like Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, stressing that, he will commit himself to strengthening the vital bridge between the university and Africa, especially Nigeria.
While, affirming his preparedness to support every effort geared towards the expansion of the educational, cultural and social links the university shares with Africa and its people, Hon. Dickson noted with satisfaction that as the first university to award degrees to African Americans and having also produced many outstanding graduates that have made valuable contributions to the growth and progress of Nigerians, Lincoln University will continue to hold a special place in the history of the black race.
The acceptance letter read in part, “Being the university that produced Nnamdi Azikiwe, my country’s first President, and other monuments to African progress such as Kwame Nkrumah, Lincoln has unbreakable historic ties to Africa and Nigeria.
I am eager to join you in advancing this rich tradition. As you have extended this honour to me, I reciprocate by committing myself to strengthening the vital bridge between your institution and Africa, particularly Nigeria. You shall find me a reliable friend and emissary in support of efforts to expand the educational, cultural, and social links the University now shares with Africa.
As the first university to award degrees to African Americans and because of the many outstanding graduates who have contributed to the progress of our people, Lincoln holds a special place in the history of the Black race. As a member of the Board of Visitors, I am morally obligated to honour that history”
The Bayelsa State Chief Executive concluded by stating that, he was accepting the appointment, not for himself alone, but on behalf of the Government and people of Bayelsa State and Nigeria in general.
He pledged his commitment to continue to render selfless and quality service to Bayelsa State and Nigeria, adding that, he will give his best shot to the new responsibility given to him by Lincoln University to further enhance the gains of his restoration government in the State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State