DICKSON RESTATES COMMITMENT TO YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES


14/12/2013

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson at the weekend restated his administration’s commitment to youth empowerment, as he rounded off a 2-week state-wide thank you tour with a visit to Sagbama Local Government Area of the State.

Speaking at a reception organized in his honour in Sagbama, the Governor who attributed his success in politics to God’s abiding grace and goodwill of the people advised the youth to take advantage of various empowerment programmes put in place by the present administration.

The Governor who was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Dr. Rachael Dickson, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, leadership of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party in the State and a host of others, said his administration would not condone any acts of indiscipline, stating that the era of thuggery and political brigandage was over in the State.

He hinted that all necessary machinery has been put in place to deal decisively with anyone who runs foul of his administration’s policy of zero tolerance for crime and criminality.

According to him, for Bayelsa State to thrive economically and politically, “we need peace. I have said it times without number, this administration will not condone any act of indiscipline. Don’t allow selfish and office seeking politicians to use you as tools to destabilize the State.

Our youth are dear to us. This administration has put in place many empowerment programmes. Some of your colleagues just came back from Songhai in Port Novo, Benin Republic while others will be leaving for United States in January to further their studies at the Lincoln University.

Expressing gratitude to the chiefs and people of the area for the honour bestowed on him, especially the conferment of the chieftaincy titles of Ibe-Agurai and Ibe-tokoniowei of Tarakiri in Kumbowei kingdoms, the Governor re-assured them of his commitment to the development of not only the area, but the entire State as a whole.

Hon. Dickson recalled how his kith and kin voted him overwhelmingly twice to the Federal House of Representatives and as Governor in the 2012 election and, therefore, re-assured them of opening up the area for development in line with the present administration’s policy of decentralization.

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