Visits Bayelsa Traditional Rulers Council
On arrival to the Glory of all lands, the former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo commenced his tour of projects by visiting the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council.
While delivering his welcome address, the chairman of the Bayelsa State traditional rulers council HRM Diette Spiff promptly outlined reasons that separates the governor as a lover of tradition which includes the building of the new traditional rulers council, the promotion of eight stools to first class status as well as creating a forth class stool for chiefs to encourage more grass-root engagements for both political and developmental reasons.
HRM Diette Spiff equally used the opportunity to congratulate the former president for the Doctorate degree he bagged at the Nigerian Open University.
In the same vein, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson joined HRM Diette Spiff and all the royal fathers present to welcome the former president.
In his remark, “the former president in the course of his visit will be commissioning and showcasing to the world our major investments in health care, major investments in an area that is very special and dear to your heart, the agricultural sector, we will be looking at the Aqua-Culture village and several other facilities”
The Governor equally expressed delight at the fact that the state’s leadership development and mentorship program with over three thousand students, will receive a boost as they engaged in an interactive session with the former president at the famous Ijaw Nationl Academy (INA) Kaiama.
It is worthy of note that Professor Wole Soyinka and General Gowon had equally visited the INA for same purpose.
The former president in his remark reminisced old times as he saw old colleagues in the gathering. He commended all who have contributed to the development of Bayelsa State particularly the Governor whom he referred to as his active brother.
‘I commend all the various people who joined in building this state but particularly, this not so young a man but very active brother of mine called Dickson’.
The former president also mentioned that he had heard several reports of the hard working nature of governor Dickson and reminded the all present of his position regarding honouring invitations
In his words, “When I came this morning, Jerry Gana told me that this governor is working very hard and I said you don’t have to tell me, you know me, if he is not working hard, I won’t be here”.
Chief Obasanjo also commended the state for upgrading her chieftaincy titles from Royal highness to ‘Royal Majesty’. This he said was a positive deviation from what the colonial masters established and urged the country to emulate Bayelsa State in this regard.