GOV DICKSON DOLES OUT N100M FOR BURSARY PAYMENT, TASKS STUDENTS ON LEADERSHIP
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Wednesday presented a cheque of N100 million to the State Scholarships Board for the payment of bursary allowances to students of the state origin in higher institutions of learning across the country.
Addressing the leadership of the National Union of Bayelsa State Students in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Dickson explained that, the presentation of the cheque was in keeping with an earlier promise he made during his visit to Amassoma, the community hosting the Niger Delta University.
He reminded the students of their role as future leaders and the need to apply themselves to their studies towards developing their innate potential, stressing that education was the only potent weapon to change society for the better.
His words: “Today is my pleasure again in fulfillment of our cardinal principle of making education easier and see to it that, we give all necessary support and encouragement to our students. I like to present this cheque of N100 million. But, before I do so, let me call on all the students in our state, who are leaders of tomorrow that you have a lot of work to do.
Assuring the students of his administration’s commitment to their welfare, the Governor expressed Government’s preparedness to continually increase the educational infrastructure as well as develop the manpower base of the state.
Governor Dickson, who also expressed concern over the fast eroding moral values in society, tasked the students on value re-orientation, pointing out that, the infrastructural development being put in place, would not have much impact, if the people do not imbibe the right values.
“Not only do we call on you to study; not only do we call on you to dedicate yourselves to acquiring knowledge, so that, you will compete favorably with your peers for any position in this country or anywhere in the world, but you got to know the peculiar problems that this society has that we must deal with. I will like you all to take this message to your colleagues that you must work with government to change the mindset of the people.”
Responding, President of the National Union of the Bayelsa State Students, Mr. Richard Bolouebi Lawyer thanked Governor Dickson for the release of the money for their bursary allowances and applauded the government’s strides in the educational sector.
High point of the event was the presentation of the N100 million cheque by Governor Dickson and Secretary of the State Scholarship Board, Mr. Collins Ifidi and the President of NUBSS, Mr. Richard Bolouebi Lawyer.
Governor Dickson and Secretary of the State Scholarship Board, Mr. Collins Ifidi and the President of NUBSS, Mr. Richard Bolouebi Lawyer.