GOV. DICKSON DRIVES TO NEMBE, ASSURES ON COMPLETION OF ONGOING ROAD PROJECT; AS LATE MONARCH IS LAID TO REST AMIDST POMP AND PAGEANTRY

1 Dec

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Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah retd (2ndleft) Commissioner of Special Duties, Bayelsa East, Chief Kuroekigha Ben-Wari (right) Chairman Opu Nembe Chiefs Council, Chief Eferebo Igoma (left) and Chief Degi Eremieyon, during the burial ceremony of the Amayanabo of Nembe (Bassambiri), His Royal Majesty, Late King Ralph Iwowari in Bassambiri-Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area of the State

GOV. DICKSON DRIVES TO NEMBE, ASSURES ON COMPLETION OF ONGOING ROAD PROJECT; AS LATE MONARCH IS LAID TO REST AMIDST POMP AND PAGEANTRY

30/11/2014.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at the weekend fulfilled his earlier promise to the people of Nembe-Bassambiri that he would drive on road to attend the funeral activity of their late monarch, King Ralph Michael Iwowari.

On arrival, Governor Dickson paid a condolence visit to the Iwowari family where he was received by the Chairman of the Chiefs’ Council, Chief Eferebo Igoma and members of the deceased immediate family, including the widow of the late monarch, Queen Doris Iwowari.

Addressing members of the community while participating in one of the rites of passage popularly known as ‘Tiripaga’ in Bassambiri, Nembe, he assured the people that, the state government would do everything within its reach to ensure the completion of the multi-billion naira road project, which the State Government is jointly executing with the Shell Petroleum Development Company.

Governor Dickson, who expressed gratitude to the chiefs and people of Nembe particularly the youths for cooperating with the contractors and maintaining the peace, said efforts would be intensified to complete asphalting on the road in no distant time.

According to him, ” I’m happy that even though the road project has not been completed, we managed to drive to Nembe with a 4-Wheel Drive. And let me use this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation. I want to thank the chiefs and particularly the youths for maintaining order and stability and for not undertaking activities that set us back.

Continuing he said “Our expectation is that in no distant time, we should all be able to drive any kind of vehicles, not just 4 wheel drive and okada to get to Nembe and other places. Just know that this is your government and this is one government that you have that you can go and sleep with your two eyes closed.

While paying glowing tributes to the late Royal Father, he also praised the people for jealously upholding their rich cultural heritage and directed the state historian and archivist, Dr Stephen Olali to work closely with the Nembe ( Bassambiri) Council of Chiefs to properly document the burial rites of the King.

His words: ” Above all, I’m here to offer my condolences and to join you all in celebrating a life that, was so well and gloriously lived. As I said in the course of my interactions with the council of chiefs, he was one monarch, I personally had a lot of regards for. First, because of the fraternity of law enforcement that we shared. And so, as you mourn, we mourn with you. As you celebrate a life well lived, we celebrate with you. That is what I’ve come personally to underscore and to remind you all, that you are not fotgotten.

“I thank you for the peaceful and colourful manner you are celebrating our departed respected monarch, who clearly lived a life of honour and dedication to duty and service to the country and his people. I hereby direct the Chief Historian and Archivist to work in conjunction with the chiefs and elders to properly document the traditions and customs that are being observed today for posterity.”

In a welcome address, the Secretary of Nembe-Bassambiri Council of Chiefs, Chief Ayebaesin Edoghotu-Omoh, commended Governor Dickson for his pragmatic leadership style and support to make the burial programme a success.

According to Chief Edoghotu, the road project and other development projects being carried out in the area speak volumes of the love the governor has for the people of the community, adding that ” finding time out of your crowded engagements to register your presence in the burial programme of our revered Royal Father, truly proves that you love us”.,

Dignitaries that accompanied the governor to the funeral event, which was well attended by traditional rulers from within and outside the state include, his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Retd), commissioners including that of Energy, Chief Francis Ekio, his special duties counterpart, Chief Walter Benwari, Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Banton Akpuruku and the State Historian and Chief Archivist, Dr Stephen Olali.

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Convoy of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson, driving through the Ogbia-Nembe road under construction on his way to attend the burial ceremony of the Amayanabo of Nembe (Bassambiri), His Royal Majesty, Late King (Dr.) Ralph Iwowari in Nembe Local Area of the State

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Convoy of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson, driving through the Ogbia-Nembe road under construction on his way to attend the burial ceremony of the Amayanabo of Nembe (Bassambiri), His Royal Majesty, Late King (Dr.) Ralph Iwowari in Nembe Local Area of the State

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