distinct preceding administrations in Bayelsa State, ruler Seriake Dickson’s step in the culture sector has turn into a ideal that may not be surpassed by a lot of after him in the state.
spaced out from putting in position a authorized build production through the line of legislature with the passage of a rule back up the setting up of brand schools, the Dickson-led admin has recorded a main with the firm of style schools in the on hand eight narrow rule Councils in the state.
The model schools, one of which is the Ijaw resident Academy, which was newly inaugurated by ex- lead of state, Gen Yakubu Gowon, were conventional by the controller Seriake Dickson government to cater for Ijaw kids through a erudition scheme. every of the pattern schools has a people of about 2,000.

The pattern schools are amongst the paramount state-owned boarding lesser schools in the history of the state.

Unlike the futile pattern systems attempted by earlier administrations, regulator Dickson showcased a accomplished replica teach configuration with an teaching challenge bylaw to stock it.

At the Commissioning of the Ijaw citizen conservatory located in Kaima society in Kolokuma/Opokuma regional leadership Council, the accolades for a system that mechanism were resounding.

Governor Seriake Dickson gone three prominent Nigerians, past skull of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, the Ijaw countrywide Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clarke and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka in awe.
at a distance from the school, the result was too an break to assign the new Bayelsa Governor’s Office. whereas the trio of Gowon, Clarke and Soyinka were appearance out of the opening shock at the Iconic shop at this moment branded as the Bayelsa Governor’s company and the newly opened Ijaw public military institute for exceptional children, the illustrate of defend and backing by the relatives of the splendor avowed the actuality that the accolades showered on head Dickson were put right afterall.

For broad-spectrum Yakubu Gowon, the act of ruler Seriake Dickson is at present new to him as he had been told of the applied revolution up for grabs on under the impart direction in the vicinity of Education, Infrastructural expansion and Tourism.
The past regulate of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon who was accompanied to Yenagoa by his wife, Victoria, although idiom during the commissioning ceremony at the Bayelsa command apartment Complex, told ruler Dickson, that “from could you repeat that? I say heard, you did not abandon no matter which that your predecessors had done. But you built and better on them and this is in fact to your credit. I am bound to be that here will be no abandoned project.”

“While you are at this juncture you, will concluded them and develop more. I will like to show appreciation you for liability a delightful post in this country and your loyalty is for the skilled and perfectly person of the relations of the state.”

“It is your blame and the accountability of any director and if you don’t get something done that insignificant person will be pleased about you. I be grateful members of your administration for openhanded you entirely the defense you essential for satisfactory governance”

He congratulated Dickson for appealing him to initiate a shop he described as the superlative in the entire country.

Pa E.K.Clarke also declared that the administration of Governor Dickson is focussed on good governance “I know that this building will generate good governance. I know this building will bring peace and stability in the country. There is no second class citizen in this country. There is no first class citizen in this country. We are all equal”, he said.

Gen. Yakubu Gowon, gave chief Dickson a achieve something scratch on the completion of projects abandoned by his predecessors and urged other state-run authority to bring to a close the inclination of discontinuing projects gone intermediate done by their predecessors.

At the Ijaw public military institute located at Kaima the public of Kolokuma/Opokuma area rule association of the state, the past go of municipal and the Ijaw nationwide guide proverb a exclusive derivative drill built in the like of a advanced foundation of learning.
Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who can not cover his joy, applauded the Bayelsa Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson for his revolutionary come within reach of to didactic increase and predicted that it would become around the fortunes of Bayelsa aver in the near future.

Describing the conveniences at the conservatory as impressive, the ex- come first of glory renowned that the image behind the locale up of the free boarding consequential teach is commendable, as it is considered to pull off instructor fineness and post building.

little charging the students to give rise to optimal treat of the learning programme and guard the amenities provided for them, he spoken buoyancy that they would be between other Nigerians that would win the country to better heights in the foreseeable future.

Gowon said, ‘’Ijaws enclose been building their donation in custody the country one and this is I beg your pardon? I require you to carry on to do. Ijaw nation, alongside other ethnic nationalities, has  contributed to the unity of the country. The Ijaws give not at all been kind of Nigeria’s disintegration. They assert constantly ensured that Nigeria is together.’’

He applauded head Dickson for insertion premium on education, stressing that edification vestiges the fundamental to the country’s expansion and development. He urged the students of the conservatory to finish practice of the instruct fittingly and appropriately and to defend it with the only remaining of their blood.

He stated, ‘’I wish you immature fill will comprise dreadfully profit handling of it, you will guarantee that you will not simply manage it acceptably and correctly but too defend it to the keep going of your blood.  That means, I aspiration you will not at all ponder of creating any problematic in this college to overcome these exceptional amenities that possess been provided for you.’’

In his remark, Ijaw general Leader, Chief Edwin Clark attributed the be deficient in of stage in Ijaw terra firma to the nonexistence of edifying institutions in the matter and, therefore, called on the population to brace the free learning certificate and programmes of Dickson’s administration, anyway of their following differences.

He celebrated the head for his wisdom in by instruction to wage war poverty and underdevelopment, expressing hopefulness that, the military institute would accomplish its agree objective of producing condition students for privileged institutions of learning, equally inside and outside the country.

Governor Seriake Dickson, who was clearly not new to accolades over the deed of his administration, urged everybody to pray that the new bureau fixation serves as an house of freedom from strife for authority of the pomp to actualise good quality governance.

Dickson said: “I lack to instruct every part of of you to pray that this workforce must be a residence everywhere committee after me and others will control in freedom from strife to central our mess aright with the alarm of idol and all the time in examination of our people.”

“When we took over, you are every attentive that we retain been effective for the final five days to place a firm foundation house on I'm sorry? we motto on ground, introducing morass and supplementary effects to guarantee that our country gets to its much loved destination. Today, we are at this time to contract a be apt task that will wait our public for a sustained time to come”.

On the Ijaw nationwide Academy, head Dickson, whereas presenting a bill of N97 million, deducted from the salaries of mutually opinionated appointees and civil servants for the month of June 2017, plus the five percent giving from the kingdom monthly internally generated revenue, alleged he was proud of his achievements in the teaching sector.

He also noted that it was under his leadership that boarding schools were established and funded by the state government, 20 years after the creation of Bayelsa to nurture and build a crop of future leaders for the Ijaw nation and the country as a whole.

Governor Dickson, who used the opportunity to name the access road linking the Academy to the East-West Road after Late Prof. Kay Williamson, in recognition of her contribution to the development of the Ijaw language and culture, stated that, other key facilities would be used to immortalise eminent sons and daughters of Ijaw land.

Dickson’s Achievements, Another Platform For Restructuring Discuss

However, the three days visit of Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Chief E.K Clarke were not only about the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and his perfomance, it also provided the needed platform to advance arguments for restructuring of the nation.

Chief Edwin Clark, used the opportunity to restate the need for the country to be restructured to give both minority and majority groups a sense of belonging to enhance national security and development. Chief Edwin Clark said Nigerian unity was not negotiable.

Clark, who served as a minister under Gowon’s administration, recalled that after independence, the country opted for federalism, which he said was distorted later by military coups.

He said the distortion in the federation had led to agitations in the country, adding that there was the imperative need for Nigeria to restructure to address all the issues.

Clark stated, “We all agreed that we wanted a federation. And that is what we have today but unfortunately, coups after coups changed the whole concept we had back into having a unitary form of government in a uniform federation.’

“So what do we do? It is never too late. Let us restructure this country so that everybody will have a sense of belonging. Whether you are a majority or minority, we are all equal Nigerians.”

“So when people talk of good rulers in this country, the humble son of Nigeria in the person of General Yakubu Gowon had again contributed more than any one else. He can go from place to place, he is not arrogant”.

“He is a humble man with good family background. I am happy today that my son, the executive governor of Bayelsa State has thought it wise to bring my former boss”.

Nigeria As A Nation Should Be Restructured- Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyina has noted that Nigeria’s political leaders should stop deluding themselves about the country’s unity, declaring that Nigeria may break up since there is no negotiation for the country to remain intact.

Prof. Soyinka, made this known at a colloquium entitled: ‘A day with the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Ijaw literary icons’, held at the Ijaw National Academy, in Kaiama Community of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayesla State.

Other literary icons present include Dr Gabriel Okara, Prof Ebiegberi Alagoa and Prof John Pepper Clark.

Prof. Soyinka said that the Nigerian political leaders bear the enormous responsibility of holding the country together but have been indulging in what he described as a falsity that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.

According to him, most nations that came into being, negotiated to get to the point where they are with sacrifices and efforts being made to make the union work.

He pointed out that what is not negotiable is the right of the people to determine their future, stressing that the calls for negotiation means the clamour for restructuring.

Soyinka, who categorically said he would not support the breaking up of Nigeria, explained that there must be restructuring to ensure no group of people are marginalised.

“We must stop confusing the argument, mixing up the argument. When people, especially former leaders, especially those who bear enormous responsibility, speak on the question of breaking up or not breaking up, it always sounds hypocritical, dogmatic and dictatorial and that statement is the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable. No! That for me is a falsity.  Anything is negotiable.”

“The right of people to determine their future is what is not negotiable. Most nations came into being through negotiations. Sometimes, when people say, negotiate, what they really mean is restructure. What the argument should be, what the question should be is, ‘should Nigeria break up, my answer to that is no.”

“But that Nigeria, as it stands, is non-negotiable, to me, is a fallacy, a nation that has got to be negotiated. Negotiation includes ensuring that there is no marginalisation, negotiation has to do with control of resources, negotiation has to do with restructuring in a way the components, the constituents are feeding an over bloated centre to their detriment. So Nigeria is negotiable.”

“ The language we should use is ‘what are you willing to sacrifice, what efforts are you willing to make to ensure that Nigeria remains intact?’ That is the citizens’ question.”

Also responding to the question, Dickson aligned himself with the submissions of Soyinka and asked his people to feel free without fear of intimidation to interrogate every notion.

He said the Niger Delta region had funded the Nigerian project for over 61 years, insisting that staying together as one Nigeria is desirable.

Dickson said: “I believe that if you ask the question whether Nigeria should continue to exist as a united country, the answer you will get from the majority is yes. I believe that the continuous existence of our nation as an indivisible entity is desirable.”

“There is a very strong case to make for that. After all you and I, our people, have been funding the Nigerian experiment for the last 61 years. From your backyards, they carved out portions of land and called it in Abuja and Lagos and other capitals of the world, oil blocks.

“What they sit down in their cozy offices and call oil blocks and give to whoever they choose to give are actually your ancestral homes. So, feel free and don’t allow anybody to intimidate you. That is why we are investing in education as a weapon for fighting intimidation and oppression”.

“Question and continue to raise the issues about environmental justice and what is going on in your communities which I describe severally as environmental terrorism. So, nobody should tell us that we have nothing to negotiate about.”

“There are too many things to negotiate about. In this state, we have only eight local government areas as decreed by the powers that be. I hear there are states that have over 40, so we get less than one quarter every month.”

“I have been governor for almost six years. I have never interfered with the allocations of our eight local government areas. But right now, there is a crisis, they can’t even pay their salaries.”

“The reason is that we have no control over what we  produce. If we had control over our resources, you can imagine what I would have done with our resources. This state would have been like Dubai. The continuous existence of Nigeria is desirable but Nigerians, all of us have issues to bring to the table”.

In his remarks, the historian, Pro. Alagoa, said history through excavations, had found that all the parts of the country were united and should not exist in isolation.

“I know that the people, from the evidence we have, from archeology for example, have used things right in their environment to create their cultures and their civilization but not in isolation.”

“They are united with all the rest of Nigeria. We have relations with communities along the River Niger right up to Sokoto.”

“We find that in excavation, which they have done in Sokoto and the Niger Delta, through the Niger Delta, all the way to Lagos and beyond so, in life and fortunes, we are all united.”

and always in service of our people.”

“When we took over, you are all aware that we have been working for the last five years to lay a solid foundation building on what we saw on ground, introducing mire and more things to ensure that our state gets to its desired destination. Today, we are here to commission a befitting office that will serve our state for a long time to come”.

On the Ijaw National Academy, Governor Dickson, while presenting a check of N97 million, deducted from the salaries of both political appointees and civil servants for the month of June 2017, including the five percent contribution from the state monthly internally generated revenue, said he was proud of his achievements in the education sector.

He also noted that it was under his leadership that boarding schools were established and funded by the state government, 20 years after the creation of Bayelsa to nurture and build a crop of future leaders for the Ijaw nation and the country as a whole.

Governor Dickson, who used the opportunity to name the access road linking the Academy to the East-West Road after Late Prof. Kay Williamson, in recognition of her contribution to the development of the Ijaw language and culture, stated that, other key facilities would be used to immortalise eminent sons and daughters of Ijaw land.

Dickson’s Achievements, Another Platform For Restructuring Discuss

However, the three days visit of Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Chief E.K Clarke were not only about the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and his perfomance, it also provided the needed platform to advance arguments for restructuring of the nation.

Chief Edwin Clark, used the opportunity to restate the need for the country to be restructured to give both minority and majority groups a sense of belonging to enhance national security and development. Chief Edwin Clark said Nigerian unity was not negotiable.

Clark, who served as a minister under Gowon’s administration, recalled that after independence, the country opted for federalism, which he said was distorted later by military coups.

He said the distortion in the federation had led to agitations in the country, adding that there was the imperative need for Nigeria to restructure to address all the issues.

Clark stated, “We all agreed that we wanted a federation. And that is what we have today but unfortunately, coups after coups changed the whole concept we had back into having a unitary form of government in a uniform federation.’

“So what do we do? It is never too late. Let us restructure this country so that everybody will have a sense of belonging. Whether you are a majority or minority, we are all equal Nigerians.”

“So when people talk of good rulers in this country, the humble son of Nigeria in the person of General Yakubu Gowon had again contributed more than any one else. He can go from place to place, he is not arrogant”.

“He is a humble man with good family background. I am happy today that my son, the executive governor of Bayelsa State has thought it wise to bring my former boss”.

Nigeria As A Nation Should Be Restructured- Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyina has noted that Nigeria’s political leaders should stop deluding themselves about the country’s unity, declaring that Nigeria may break up since there is no negotiation for the country to remain intact.

Prof. Soyinka, made this known at a colloquium entitled: ‘A day with the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Ijaw literary icons’, held at the Ijaw National Academy, in Kaiama Community of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayesla State.

Other literary icons present include Dr Gabriel Okara, Prof Ebiegberi Alagoa and Prof John Pepper Clark.

Prof. Soyinka said that the Nigerian political leaders bear the enormous responsibility of holding the country together but have been indulging in what he described as a falsity that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.

According to him, most nations that came into being, negotiated to get to the point where they are with sacrifices and efforts being made to make the union work.

He pointed out that what is not negotiable is the right of the people to determine their future, stressing that the calls for negotiation means the clamour for restructuring.

Soyinka, who categorically said he would not support the breaking up of Nigeria, explained that there must be restructuring to ensure no group of people are marginalised.

“We must stop confusing the argument, mixing up the argument. When people, especially former leaders, especially those who bear enormous responsibility, speak on the question of breaking up or not breaking up, it always sounds hypocritical, dogmatic and dictatorial and that statement is the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable. No! That for me is a falsity.  Anything is negotiable.”

“The right of people to determine their future is what is not negotiable. Most nations came into being through negotiations. Sometimes, when people say, negotiate, what they really mean is restructure. What the argument should be, what the question should be is, ‘should Nigeria break up, my answer to that is no.”

“But that Nigeria, as it stands, is non-negotiable, to me, is a fallacy, a nation that has got to be negotiated. Negotiation includes ensuring that there is no marginalisation, negotiation has to do with control of resources, negotiation has to do with restructuring in a way the components, the constituents are feeding an over bloated centre to their detriment. So Nigeria is negotiable.”

“ The language we should use is ‘what are you willing to sacrifice, what efforts are you willing to make to ensure that Nigeria remains intact?’ That is the citizens’ question.”

Also responding to the question, Dickson aligned himself with the submissions of Soyinka and asked his people to feel free without fear of intimidation to interrogate every notion

He said the Niger Delta region had funded the Nigerian project for over 61 years, insisting that staying together as one Nigeria is desirable.

Dickson said: “I believe that if you ask the question whether Nigeria should continue to exist as a united country, the answer you will get from the majority is yes. I believe that the continuous existence of our nation as an indivisible entity is desirable.”

“There is a very strong case to make for that. After all you and I, our people, have been funding the Nigerian experiment for the last 61 years. From your backyards, they carved out portions of land and called it in Abuja and Lagos and other capitals of the world, oil blocks.

“What they sit down in their cozy offices and call oil blocks and give to whoever they choose to give are actually your ancestral homes. So, feel free and don’t allow anybody to intimidate you. That is why we are investing in education as a weapon for fighting intimidation and oppression”.

“Question and continue to raise the issues about environmental justice and what is going on in your communities which I describe severally as environmental terrorism. So, nobody should tell us that we have nothing to negotiate about.”

“There are too many things to negotiate about. In this state, we have only eight local government areas as decreed by the powers that be. I hear there are states that have over 40, so we get less than one quarter every month.”

“I have been governor for almost six years. I have never interfered with the allocations of our eight local government areas. But right now, there is a crisis, they can’t even pay their salaries.”

“The reason is that we have no control over what we  produce. If we had control over our resources, you can imagine what I would have done with our resources. This state would have been like Dubai. The continuous existence of Nigeria is desirable but Nigerians, all of us have issues to bring to the table”.

marks, the historian, Pro. Alagoa, said history through excavations, had found that all the parts of the country were united and should not exist in isolation.

“I know that the people, from the evidence we have, from archeology for example, have used things right in their environment to create their cultures and their civilization but not in isolation.”

“They are united with all the rest of Nigeria. We have relations with communities along the River Niger right up to Sokoto.”

“We discover that in excavation, which they hold completed in Sokoto and the Niger Delta, through the Niger Delta, the complete the sense to Lagos and beyond so, in existence and fortunes, we are the entire united.”

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