Bayelsa State Governor Hon. Seriake Dickson has attributed the achievements of his administration so far to the dedication and cooperation of all arms of Government and other stakeholders in the State.
He made the remark at a cocktail party organized by the State Government in honour of the Speaker and members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly at the Banquet hall, Government House in Yenagoa.
According to Governor Dickson, the event was an innovation of Government in the new Bayelsa to foster a unity of purpose among all arms of Government to enhance service delivery to the people of the State.
The Governor, who noted that such informal events would be regular features in his administration to engage all critical sectors of the State, said the programme was organized to express appreciation to the legislative arm for its dedication as well as its feat in surmounting all challenges in the discharge of its duties.
He said, “in the new Bayelsa, what we have programmed is a series of formal, semi formal engagements with all critical sectors of the Bayelsa society beginning with you all who are our bosses. Quite frankly, we appreciate the support and the cooperation you have extended to the Executive arm of Government. “
“We sincerely appreciate your selfless dedication to the service of our people; even at a time that some people predicted that Bayelsa would display those traits that would make them brand us as a crisis-ridden State. The Assembly rose in one accord and it has continued to rise above the predictions of some people to do what is right.
Governor Dickson Stated that the essence of such interactions was part of efforts to enhance his open door policy, noting that beyond politics, Bayelsans are one people who have no other State and called for the continued support of all to move the State to the next level.
“We must meet at this informal interactive manner to underscore the fact that after all, politics and jobs aside, the truth is that we are one; we are brothers and sisters and we have no other State to call our own than Bayelsa State and in the short while that, I have been on the saddle and we have been beneficiaries of your cooperation.
“The success we have recorded in this short time is a product of collaboration among all arms of Governments and stakeholders as well as prayers of all men and women of goodwill.”
Responding, Speaker of the Bayelsa State House Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson lauded Governor Dickson for the recognition accorded them, stating that it was the first time they were rubbing minds in such a ceremony.
Describing the event as an indication of Governor Dickson’s preparedness to inject new ideas and ways of running his administration, Mr. Benson expressed the willingness of the Assembly to continue to support Government in its quest to deliver the restoration agenda.
The cocktail had in attendance, the Deputy Governor, Retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, Members of the Assembly and their spouses, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Edmund Alison Oguru, members of the State Executive Council and other top Government functionaries.