By Cyril Onoka
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon says the developmental strides and people-oriented projects initiated and executed by the Governor Dickson’s administration, would be beneficial to future generations.
General Gowon who is on a two day visit to the state, disclosed this while commissioning the new Governor’s office in Yenagoa.
Applauding the Governor’s developmental achievements, the former head of state, noted that irrespective of agitations of the different regions, all hands must be on deck to ensure Nigeria remains indivisible.
He equally charged the youths to shun every form of vices and attitude that could cause disunity, but rather, embrace oneness and stand firm to change the fortunes of the state and country.
Chairman of the occasion, Chief Edwin Clark, in his remarks, while applauding the iconic edifice put up by the restoration admisnitration, noted that every citizen of the country was equal and there is no second class citizen.
Governor Seriake Dickson, on his part, said his vision was to create a major impact in terms of infrastructural development, adding that his administration in the past five years had been a silent revolution.
“Today is special, because this is the beginning of the unveiling of the new Bayelsa to the rest of the world, from now on, the new Bayelsa will be unveiled. From this, this seat of office, where Governors will continue to sit down to administer this state, to serve the country and the ijaw nation”.
Earlier, the former Head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, paid a courtesy visit to the state traditional rulers council Secretariat, where he was conferred with the title, “Sai Ebidabou”, which means, the “Benevolent Father of the Nation” by the traditional rulers.
Wife of the former head of state, Victoria Gowon, first Military Governor of Old Rivers state and Chairman, Traditional rulers council, His Royal Highness, Alfred Diette-Spiff, former Information Minister Labaran Maku, Deputy Governor, Rtd Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah, among other top government functionaries attended the event.