Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, said yesterday that his achievements in office will convince the people of the state to vote for him in the December 5 election.
In an interview with journalists in Yenagoa, the state capital, he reviewed his tenure now winding down and observed that his achievements were all encompassing and his administration has also given the people a new appreciation of government as enabler of development.
“We have changed the face of politics in Bayelsa State’, he declared.
He said his administration has emphasized the importance of the people as the centre of all development just as the issue of accountability has been elevated as core of democracy.
“.For example, every month we announce what comes in in terms of revenue and how we spend them; it is empowerment of the people. We are empowering them mentally and democratically to take charge of their future. I believe that this will be a standard moving forward as far as governorship and other elections in this state are concerned’.
He listed development in education, roads and bridges, health, provision of important public buildings, agriculture, empowerment and the airport at Anassoma as some of his notable achievements.
He said he has performed better than the former governor, Timipre Sylva, who is also the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election, saying he was confident he would win the election.
He stated: “If we have built the number of schools we have built within this period in spite of the short fall in allocation; If we have done the sort of things my government has done within this period; if I do not feel confident that I have done enough then I do not know the governor that should run for a second term because frankly if a governor were to do the sort of things I have done he will win. That is my view. I have interacted with our people and communities and they all say I deserve more than a second term. And so I am very confident.
“Even a blind man will tell you that you cannot compare our performance and that the difference between me and Sylva is like that between day and night. In what area can you compare? In terms of acquiring liabilities and debts for our state? Or are you going to measure the performance by the number of killings in the state? In every area, talking about peace and security and development, we know that there is no comparison”.