Sylva’s N332 bn debt: Ijaw youths hold 1000-man march for Dickson …to prevail upon him to seek re-election
…hails Bayelsa Assembly over vote of confidence
A socio-cultural organization, Ijaw Youth Vanguard on Saturday said it would hold a 1000-man march in honour and support of Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, when he returns from his break overseas.
The organization also commended the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, for the vote of confidence passed on the state governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, stressing that, it was a tonic for the governor to do more.
Dickson was recently eulogized, through a vote of confidence by the State House of Assembly for his regular payment of salaries and settlement of about N242 billion out of the N332 billion debts said to have been incurred by his predecessor, Chief Timipre Sylva.
A statement issued in Yenagoa by the Secretary-General of IYV, Abel Igoni, said pressure would be mounted on the governor to seek re-election in 2016 and warn other contenders to keep off the governorship race.
“Whenever he returns from his break overseas, the IYV will hold a 1000-man march in honour and support of him. The 1000-man march will be used to prevail on the governor to officially declare his second term bid. Apart from being a mark of appreciation for the governor’s leadership and commitment to duty, it will serve as a warning to all those nursing governorship ambitions to steer clear of the race”, he stated.
The group said that, although critics of the government were free to do so, his performance in office was all that mattered.
According to IYV, the people of Bayelsa State could see the strides of success by Dickson’s administration, which he also attributed to vision and prudent management of the meagre resources.
Igoni said, “We are of the view that the decision by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly to pass that vote of confidence on Governor Seriake Dickson over the stated reasons, was a responsible decision. Truly, it is deserving, which can only give him the tonic to do more for our people. It is easy to shout out there, but the critics of the governor should be honourable enough to realise that being able to pay salaries regularly in the present situation in the country is a remarkable feat.
“It is also important to also remind the opposition groups that, this same restoration government has so far paid N242 billion out of the N332 billion debt left behind by the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva. This can only be possible because of prudent management and commitment to the ethos of good governance. So, we duly support the action of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for being also responsible to duty.
“Yet in spite of this, the restoration government has been able to deliver on so many developmental projects across the state and more will be done in fulfillment of his promises.”