Governor Seriake Dickson has called on Bayelsans to show love and be patriotic towards the state. The Governor made the call while responding to questions at the Monthly Transparency Initiative Press Briefing held at Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.
According to him, for the state to move forward, people need to shun
rumuor mongering and eschew politics of bitterness and hatred.
While also calling on them not to be impatient, Hon Dickson said
Government is fully on track to restore the state back to its lost glory
and enjoined the people to render support to his administration.
Commenting on questions bordering on the redesigning of school
buildings to guard against flood, as well as give a breakdown on capital
projects and Government’s blueprint for the water sub-sector, the
Governor said “The transparency briefing is not about giving details as
we expect all ministries to give a detailed account of their activities.
The foundations of this Government are hinged on openness so I expect all to abide by the rules”, he remarked.
He noted that Government’s commitment to the people is performance
and announced that his administration will not support memos from
Government officials for recurrent expenditures, but that his
expectation is for them to generate capital projects.
Hon Dickson said that Government’s programme for the water sub-sector
is to carry out research studies to enable Government take the best
steps to provide portable water for the people, adding that next year
the required technology will be put in place across the state.
The state chief Executive tasked the media on the need to continue to
verify facts before going to the press noting that he takes it as a
point of duty to read local and national dailies regularly.
He said Government’s commitment to revamp the educational sub-sector
necessitated the re-establishment of the Bayelsa State Collage of Arts
and Science (BYCAS) at Elebele town to enable youths, who do not have
the requisite qualification to proceed to University, remedy their
Hon Dickson, therefore, called on youths to take advantage of the
school to chart a new course for themselves instead of roaming the
streets of Yenagoa.
He used the occasion to announce the setting up of a committee to
fish out relevant graduates working in the Public Service and State
Environmental Sanitation Authority to be trained at the Teacher’s
Training Institute, Sagbama for redeployment to the teaching profession.
Earlier, Governor Dickson commiserated with victims of communities affected by flood who lost valuable items.
The Governor disclosed that a high powered Government delegation to
be headed by the State Deputy Governor including all the Local
Government Council Chairmen, his special representatives in the
Local Government Areas and selected commissioners will be set up by
Government to provide relief to affected communities.
He assured the people that as a Government, it will ensure adequate
food supplies in the state as well as other necessities while it will
also take steps to curb any outbreak of health hazard due to effects of
water borne diseases.
The Governor pointed out that people from the communities that have
been submerged by the flood have been given shelter at the Samson Siasia
sports complex, Yenagoa which is to serve as the main refugee camp,
while Kaiama, the headquarters of Kolokuma/Opokuma will take care of
victims of Odi and Sampou communities.