Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, the Jerusalem of the Ijaw nation today the 3rd of January 2018, paid a new year visit to one of the foremost Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark at his country home in Kiagbodo, Ughelli, Delta State.
Chief E. K. Clark commended governor Dickson for his laudable developmental strides especially the Sagbama/Ekeremor road which has reached advanced stages of completion and has exceeded Aleibiri which only a few months ago was not accessible.
In his words, ‘many governors have ruled Bayelsa State but you have exceeded them all, not just in the media but also physically.’
The Chief also expressed pleasure at the fact that one of the grammer Schools he established while he served as Commissioner of education in the old mid-western state, has produced a governor. Upon this fact, he applauded governor Dickson for the establishment of the Ijaw National Academy and all other such model schools established for the first time across the state.
It is worthy of note that there are about a thousand students at the Ijaw National Academy and they are all on state government scholarship. Chief Clark expressed that in ten years’ time, Bayelsa obviously will emerge the clear leader in education in the country.
The governor in his response, commended the chief for his tireless and selfless service to the Ijaw nation. In his words ‘I led a delegation of both government officials and Ijaw leaders in the state to solidarity with you and pay homage to you this festive season’.
Being the governor of the Jerusalem of the Ijaw nation where all Ijaws have equal stake, the Governor expressed clearly that the visit was apolitical, neither was it for conflict resolution purposes, but to celebrate the season with the Ijaw leader.
‘We have an urgent task to put the Ijaw nation together and as such this year, we want to see greater unity in all the components of the Ijaw nation. I call for peace in the Ijaw nation.’
The governor assured the leader that inspite of the constraints, the government of Bayelsa State under his watch will strive to advance the frontiers of development in the state and region.
The governor in the spirit of the event, directed the commissioner for Ijaw national affairs to host an Ijaw Culture Extravaganza where the rich Ijaw culture will be showcased, recorded, and archived for the coming generations.
In the Governors team are the following dignitaries, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson, Hon. Fred Agbedi, Hon. Douye Diri, Hon. Abraham Ngobere, Chief Francis Doopola, Chief TKO Okorotie, Hon. Dressman, Hon. Lawrence Erhujakpor, Hon. Steven Diver, Chief Douye Naingba, Hon. Felix Tuodolor.