1 Oct


As the nation marks her 53rd Independence and the 17th year anniversary of the creation of Bayelsa State, Governor Seriake Dickson has urged the political class to take advantage of his open door policy.

Making this known in a broadcast to the people of the State, the Governor said this has become imperative in order to avoid the acrimonious political culture of the past, which had thrust the State in the headlines for wrong reasons.

As the State intensifies its efforts to attract local and foreign investors, Governor Dickson stressed the need for a departure from the past.

According to him, there is need to avoid the acrimonious political culture of the past as this has given the state a bad name and scared away tourists and investors.

In order to avoid this vicious cycle, he said his administration has refrained itself from reacting to unwarranted provocations and blackmail, noting that “Our patience and tolerance should not be misconstrued for weakness. It is an essential building block of the new Bayelsa.”

Hon. Dickson noted that, with an improved security situation, the State has become a delight for local and foreign investors.

He explained, ‘investors and tourists have started streaming into Bayelsa. This is evident by the various events that the State has hosted which include Africa Movie Academy Awards, Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant, which we won, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion, NAFEST and the World Tourism Day.

In all of these, there was no breach of peace and security. Consequently, we are now a tourist and investors’ destination and one of the safest places to live in and do business.”

The Governor disclosed that, the development has earned the nomination of the State security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo an International award by the African Security Watch in South Africa.

Reiterating his commitment to infrastructural development, Hon. Dickson said his administration would soon unfold the new Yenagoa city which is 15,000 hectares lying between the Epie Creek and River Nun beginning from Igbogene to Tombia in the north down to Yenaka.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State


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