Bayelsa - The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has restated his administration's commitment to youth empowerment.
He made the pledge at a reception organized in his honour in Sagbama.
He advised the youth to take advantage of various empowerment programmes put in place by the present administration.
He said his administration would not condone any acts of indiscipline, stating that the era of thuggery and political brigandage was over in the State. The governor also hinted that all necessary machinery has been put in place to deal decisively with anyone who ran foul of his administration's policy of zero tolerance for crime and criminality.
“For Bayelsa State to thrive economically and politically we need peace, I have said it times without number, this administration will not condone any act of indiscipline. Don't allow selfish and office seeking politicians to use you as tools to destabilize the State. Our youth are dear to us. This administration has put in place many empowerment programmes. Some of your colleagues just came back from Songhai in Port Novo, Benin Republic while others will be leaving for United States in January to further their studies at the Lincoln University,” he said.
He expressed gratitude to the chiefs and people of the area for the honour bestowed on him, especially the conferment of the chieftaincy titles of Ibe-Agurai and Ibe-tokoniowei of Tarakiri in Kumbowei kingdoms.
The governor re-assured them of his commitment to the development of not only the area, but the entire state.
Dickson recalled how his kith and kin voted him overwhelmingly twice to the Federal House of Representatives and as Governor in the 2012 election and, therefore, re-assured them of opening up the area for development in line with the present administration's policy of decentralization.
The Governor was accompanied on the trip by his wife Dr. Rachael Dickson, the Deputy Governor Gboribiogha Jonah and leadership of the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party in the State.
– CAJ News