30 May


Governor Seriake Dickson has said that democracy has taken a firm root in Nigeria, given the pragmatic steps President Goodluck Jonathan has taken so far to surmount the numerous socio-econmic and political challenges in the country.
Speaking through his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) during this year’s Democracy Day Celebration at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, Governor Dickson noted that the democracy celebration in Nigeria essentially, represents the fulfillment of the desire to build an egalitarian society based on the principles of rule of law, freedom, equality and justice.

Governor Dickson also enjoined Bayelsans to see the Democracy Day Celebration as a unifying factor in spite of their political, religious and cultural differences, stressing that it is the surest way to engender equal opportunities for all as well as ensure development in line with the Restoration Agenda of the Administration.
He also disclosed that the State Government has committed a total of N1.3billion to boost electricity in the State, adding that funds have equally been released to rectify the Power Holding Company of Nigeria power tower damaged recently, causing total power outage in the state and assured that power will be restored soon.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Mr Fred Agbedi, noted that the Restoration Agenda of the current administration has remained steadfast and focused in its transparency policy and faithful implementation of its agenda, leading to the changing face of Bayelsa and restoration of its lost Glory.

According to him, today Bayelsans can now afford to stand tall among its peers in the country, given the ever expanding political space and rapid socio-economic development experienced in the state and the new visible identity created since the assumption of office of Governor Dickson.

The Special Adviser also said that democracy is not about economic growth or failure but the creation of equality and free flow of ideas to transform society; hence political observers argue that the most benevolent dictatorship is better than a bad democratic government.

Dignitaries that attended the Democracy Day Celebration include, the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Friday Kombowei Benson, his deputy, Chief Sam Ateke, President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Daniel Ayah, Secretary to the state Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru, Commissioners, traditional rulers, Chairmen of local governments and top government functionaries.
Highpoint of the event was a march-past by civil society groups, various women associations, contingents from the eight Local Governments and voluntary organizations



  1. Roger Vivier UK June 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

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