——commend N1billion earmarked for Ogbia Devt.
Kinsmen of the former President Good luck Jonathan on Saturday organised a solidarity rally for the Bayelsa state Governor Seriake Dickson over the six years performance of his administration and the N1billion earmarked for infrastructural development in Ogbia kingdom in Ogbia local government area of the State.
Jonathan’s kinsmen, numbering over 10,000 and made up of youths under the Ogbia youth groups, though the people of Ogbia have followed the performance of the Governor Seriake Dickson administration in the area of political appointments, education and infrastructural development, the decision by the administration to set aside N1billion development vote to Ogbia kingdom added boost to the celebration.
Though some youths allegedly sponsored by the caretaker committee chairperson had attempted to disrupt the event, the Ogbia youths resisted such attempt and staged the rally to endorse Governor Seriake Dickson for his development efforts in the state.
The solidarity rally was witnessed by the secretary to the state government, Barr. Kemela Okara, the State commissioner for information and orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the member of the State House of Assembly representing Ogbia constituency 2, Hon.Gibson Munalayefa, the chairman of the Ogbia Restoration Caucus, Chief George Eto Okirinya, the State Commissioner for Special Projects, Fred Obua and that of chieftaincy and Community Development, Saviour Ibegi,
Leader of the Ogbia youths and senior special assistant to the governor on Youth Development, Hon. Osaanya B. Osaanya, said the solidarity rally was an opportunity to thank Governor Dickson for appointing more of their sons and daughters into key positions in his government.
Osaanya added that among other things, the completed model school and the N1billion recently earmarked for the repair of internal roads in the area and other projects has further demonstrated the governor’s love for them.
He assured Governor Dickson that the youths of the area will continue to support his government and play their part to bring an end to all forms of crime and criminality, stressing that only an atmosphere of peace will attract meaningful development.
The youth leader therefore enjoined youths of the area to shun kidnapping, pipeline vandalism and other vices but rather avail themselves of the opportunity by embracing the various empowerment scheme he is set to introduce.
“We have come out today to appreciate the governor, His Excellency, Hon. Seriake Dickson for what he has been doing for us. It is clear and evident for us to see. Our resolve to thank him is hinged on the fact that he has done well and will still do more.
“Not just in Ogbia, Dickson has in the last six years made Bayelsa a center of attraction, building significant and legacy projects. We will give him more support and work to maintain peace in Ogbia kingdom,” he said.
Secretary to the state government, Barr. Kemela Okara lauded the youths for organizing themselves in such a peaceful manner and for coming out to show solidarity and support for the governor, adding that the restoration government will do more for them.
In their goodwill messages, the Commissioner for Special Projects, Fred Obua and that of Chieftaincy and Community Development, Saviour Ibegi charged the youths not to be distracted as they are the future of Ogbia kingdom and gave them kudos for organizing the 10,000 mega unity rally.
On his part, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson expressed delight at the way and manner they conducted themselves, noting that the unity of Ogbia people is not negotiable and their support for Gov. Dickson will remain unshakable.
iworoso-Markson said the N1billion earmarked for projects in Ogbia kingdom will become through direct labour and it will involved many sons and daughters of Ogbia kingdom, ” Ogbia people are not ungrateful people. We know how to appreciate those that have done us well. Okolona did well and he became our hero. Governor Dickson is another Okolona. And Gov. Dickson is a good man.”
“Ogbia cannot be an island unto itself. We have to come together and attract development. Gov. Dickson is committed to the development of Ogbia kingdom.Those people trying to divide us are not from Ogbia. Ogbia does not have enemies. If the enemies of Ogbia people wants to use you, reject them. ”
Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of Ogbia local council, Ebinyo Turner pointed out that better days are ahead for the youths while the member representing Ogbia constituency two in the state assembly, Munalayefa Gibson described Dickson as a leader per excellence and appealed to him to include the Ayama road to the list of projects that is about to commence in the area.
In his message, the member of the State House of Assembly representing Ogbia Constituency 2,Hon.Gibspn Munalayefa,noted that though the people of Ogbia Kingdom would have asked the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson to increased the earmarked N1billion for development ” we commend and say thank you to the Governor for the various projects he has embarked upon.”