Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State over the weekend urged those who occupy positions of public trust in the country to exercise power in the best interest of the people.
The Governor gave the advice, while interacting with his Rivers State University of Science and Technology classmates fondly referred to as ‘class 92’ when he hosted them to a dinner party at Government House, Yenagoa.
He noted that nobody could achieve power outside the benevolence of God and therefore, it should be used in promoting the common good of the people.
To achieve this, he posited that, leaders must be ready to make sacrifices and sometimes take painful decisions to move society forward.
According to him, “if it has pleased God to allow us exercise public authority and power, which we didn’t get by our strength in the first place, we therefore, have a duty to ensure that, power is utilized in the best interest of the people.
Going down memory lane, the governor noted that, “having done that for the past two and half years, I also know what comes with it. I spent a lot of political capital talking about the new direction and message of change; and why this state needs to move away from that, which I call clique culture, where things don’t get done; roads and bridges don’t get built in the name of difficult terrain; while some few people smile to the banks with their collaborators. That is what we are confronting.
“But when I look back at the decisions and actions I’ve had to take in the last two and half years, when I go round and see the flyovers and road dualization works going on; roads linking the hitherto inaccessible areas and the hospitals we are building in every local government area, where we are going to have the most functional health insurance system for the people.
“Continuing, the Governor remarked, “when I look back at all the schools-primary, secondary and tertiary and over 150 PhD and about 500 masters degree scholars outside the shores of this country and over 300 secondary students placed in choice schools. My dear friends, I’m glad to report to you that, I feel very fulfilled and happy.”
Governor Dickson, who expressed delight at the re-union after about 21 years of graduation, urged his classmates to form a structure to forge better interaction and amity among them.
In their separate remarks, some of the former classmates of Governor Dickson, Justice Raphael Ajuwa, Justice Ebbis Uche, Christy Oloko, Ikenna Morgan, Golden Tamuno, Emeka Ojoko, said they were proud to associate with the Governor, in view of what they described as his outstanding performance in promoting transparency and good governance in the state.
Recalling their days at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, they observed that, his virtues of discipline, hard work, courage have been brought to bear on his leadership style, as governor of Bayelsa State.
According to his classmates, life is all about networking and prayed God to grant the Governor good health, wisdom and divine protection in his quest to improve the living standard of the people.