• Gov’s 2nd term, new era for Ijaw nation –Group
Barely, 24 hours after taking the oath for a second term in office, Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson made his first official appointment yesterday.
Dickson retained Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, as his chief press secretary.
The appointment is with immediate effect.
Mr. Iworiso-Markson also served in the same capacity from 2012 to the end of the governor’s first tenure in office.
Meanwhile, the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa yesterday hailed the Ijaw nation for securing a second term for Dickson.
They said it has opened a new era for Bayelsa State.
The group, in a statement issued in Abuja, congratulated the people and government of Bayelsa State for achieving the feat while urging the governor to build bridges where there are rivers and take sincere measures to heal political wounds in order to lead people-oriented government.
The statement, signed by the group’s Media Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Omene, said: “Mr. Governor must take concrete measures to quell the tension and bad blood generated by the election that gave him victory, for a peaceful Bayelsa.
“Secondly, Mr. Governor must, as a matter of necessity and urgency, know that the rich Niger Delta state economies are losing steam and as such, the need to diversify Bayelsa economy so that this renewed tenure can open a new era in the Ijaw nation in terms of sustainable development.
“As a grassroots governor, you have a duty to increase public trust in governance at that level, especially at the domestic politics, because as a populist politician, you must leverage on your popular acceptability and grow your appeal and achievements in the past four years.
“Mr. governor has an exceptional responsibility, but all the political juggernauts in the region, who value peace, development and growth need to unite and fight for it and expose the false logic that has held the people down all these years because the evidence, from our experience in that election, is unequivocal.
“The Ijaw people spoke with one voice, to achieve this, though not without meeting stiff opposition from the All Progressives Congress (APC); this is the hallmark of democracy. However, a determined Governor Dickson made himself available to secure the future of his people but, not without a huge sacrifice to cheer them.”