Bayelsa State Governor, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, has again been commended for embarking on world-class projects and programmes that would stand the test of time.
Lawyers under the aegis of Law Class of 1992 of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, gave the commendation on Monday while speaking with newsmen during an inspection visit to some project sites.
The group, popularly known as Class 92 led by Barrister Ikenna Enekweizu-Ogbuefi said it was pleasantly surprised at the achievements of the governor considering the difficult terrain of the state and financial constraints his administration faced during the last recession.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, listed the projects visited to include the Bayelsa Specialist Hospital, Government House and the Diagnostic Centre at Imgbi Road, Yenagoa.
Others are the State Drug Distribution Centre, the University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa International Airport, the Medical University, Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, and the Office of the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme.
The lawyers described the medical facilities particularly the equipment available at the Diagnostic Centre and Specialist Hospital as not only sophisticated but second to none in the country.
According to the leader of the delegation, Barrister Enekweizu-Ogbuefi, Governor Dickson has succeeded in laying a good foundation for development to thrive in the state in view of the thoughtful investments his administration is making in critical sectors.
His words, “Somebody might say, he is my friend or course mate, that is why I am scoring him high. But let me tell you the truth, no matter how high we score him here, we can never score him high enough going by what we are seeing on ground.
” One thing that stands out in all the places we have visited today, is the quality of the projects. I was particularly impressed with the drugs distribution system that he has put in place, which is more like a social intervention scheme to help poor people buy quality drugs at a cheap rate.
“It is a novel programme, which I actually urge other governors to emulate. We also saw very quality equipment at the Diagnostic Centre and the Bayelsa State Specialist Hospital. These are equipment that you don’t find in most of our states, not even in Federal hospitals.”
Other members of the group, Barrister (Mrs) Linda Iheanacho and Mr Ohioya Raphael, stated that the Airport project would enhance socio-economic growth in Bayelsa and other neighbouring states in the Niger Delta region.
On their parts, Barrister Pere Nduku and Rose Adah-Dikeocha expressed delight at the quality of the projects, noting that the administration’s investment in the education sector would pay off handsomely in the area of manpower development in the nearest future.
The group however called on the people to sustain their support for the Governor and his team to enable them finish strong.
Conducting the delegation round the Bayelsa Medical University and Diagnostic Centre, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, announced the readiness of the institution to commence academic activities by April this year.
The Vice Chancellor added that the University has already sealed a number of partnership agreements with reputable tertiary institutions both within and outside the country in the training of qualified medical personnel.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, assured that the present administration would complete all ongoing projects in the education sector before its terminal date.
Obuebite who took the visitors round the Senate building, Amphi Theatre, Hostels and other facilities at the University of Africa, Toru-Orua, commended the Governor for his prudence as well as strategic planning in the execution of projects in the state.