As political activities gather momentum across the Country, Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday admonished politicians to be cautious in pursuing their ambitions, since political instability is capable of stagnating economic growth.
He gave the advice at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Fyneman Wilson at Government House, Yenagoa.
According to Governor Dickson, “one cannot fathom the cost of political instability, as some sacred institutions have now been violated and desecrated.
“Some institutions have closed down; some cannot function, brothers can’t talk to brothers, friends have turned against friends. This is one thing we have avoided in the restoration government.
“So in this government, not only are we building roads, bridges, hospitals and schools; not only have we ensured safety and security of our people, but we have also unfolded a comprehensive programme of reconciliation and consensus building such that, all our people no matter the differences, are together and we want to keep it so.”
Charging the new Special Adviser to facilitate the process of consensus building towards promoting peace and stability in the state, Governor Dickson said, in view of Chief Wilson’s antecedents as a one time assembly member in the old Rivers State, commissioner and Director General in the Green Movement, he should bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new assignment to achieve success for the party and the state.
The appointment of Hon. Wilson was necessitated, following the resignation of Chief Fred Agbedi to enable him to pursue his political career.
In his acceptance speech, the newly sworn in Special Adviser, Hon.Fyneman Wilson, commended the governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the state, noting that, he would do his best to re-position the political situation, especially now that, the nation is warming up for the conduct of the 2015 general elections.
Hon. Wilson, who had served in various capacities in the past, said he would work hand in hand with the leadership of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP) at ensuring the success of President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson in the 2015 and 2016 elections respectively.
Calling on the members of the party to put aside their differences, Hon. Wilson enjoined politicians to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, adding that, this is the only way to promote unity among party faithfuls.