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THE BENEFITS OF GOV DICKSON’S FREE EDUCATION POLICIES IN BAYELSA STATE: BY MIENPAMO SAINT

26 Oct

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Benefits of Free Education

In the words of Francis Bacon, Knowledge is Power, Power to live a decent life, Power to earn a decent income, Power that brings you respect and dignity. When knowledge can bestow the power for so many things, why should it be restricted to a few who have the advantage of wealth? Knowledge needs to be free for all those who deserve it, and what a person deserves should be decided by an individual capability and intelligence and not by wealth. The best and simplest way to disseminate knowledge to all those who deserve it, is through free education. Making education free at the least at the primary level, or maybe, even up to the secondary and/or post-secondary level, would only benefit our society. Lets look at some of the most important benefits of free education.

Remedy to Society ills:

Our society is more divided by wealth than by any other criteria. There is the unbelievably rich few, the very rich, the middle income group, the poor, and those in utter poverty. And amidst all this are impoverishment, unemployment, and destitution. How can anyone think of spending money on education, when they do not have money for food and shelter? However, education is the remedy for all these ills that plague our society. Education is the only means that can open up the doors that lead to employment, and through it food, shelter and better quality of life. Therefore, providing free education to the deserving ensures that atleast the future generation can step through these doors to a better living.

Greater advantage:

Although scholarships are intended for the disadvantaged few, the disadvantaged aren’t just few. Scholarships help only a handful, for others providing free education would come as a great relief.

Focus on learning:

Providing free education would enable students to concentrate on learning and gaining more through the education, instead of struggling with the payment of tuition fees and meeting other expenses. When the focus shifts to learning it leads to empowerment of the youth to work towards an increasingly intellectual society.

Improved quality of life:

Free education would lead to more educated people. More educated people in the society leads to overall improvement in the quality of life in the society. Through better employment and elimination of the struggle for basic needs, people would concentrate on the higher aspects of life, such as improving administration and management of issues that impact the society in general. Therefore free education would have a very positive impact on the overall quality and thinking in the society.

Better governance:

More educated people would mean better governance from the grassroots to the national level. Educated people would make better choices in electing their representatives and are better equipped to question corruption and misuse of power. Therefore, education is not only the remedy for the ills of unequal wealth, but also the remedy for the ills that plague our administration and governments. By making education free, we prod our society towards the path of better governance.

Equal opportunities:

Intelligence and talent are not the forte of the wealthy alone. There is lot of untapped and undiscovered talent and intelligence lying covered under impoverishment and destitution. Free education opens the doors of opportunities to these talented people. Through free education, we can ensure that the talented and intelligent can gain the assurance of a better tomorrow through maximizing their academic potentials.

Free education would be beneficial to those who deserve it, as well as, to the society as a whole. Where everybody is talking about equal and better opportunities, the prospects of a better future should not be lost due to lack of equal opportunities for education.

Mienpamo Onitsha Saint is the Director of operation. Bayelsa New Media Team

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AS RAMADAN FAST BEGINS: GOV DICKSON URGES MUSLIMS TO SOBERLY REFLECT ON GOOD DEEDS OF PROPHET MOHAMMED

8 Jul

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AS RAMADAN FAST BEGINS: GOV DICKSON URGES MUSLIMS TO SOBERLY REFLECT ON GOOD DEEDS OF PROPHET MOHAMMED

On behalf of myself, the Government and good people of Bayelsa State, I want to seize this opportunity marking the commencement of the Ramadan fast today, to send warm greetings to all our Muslim brothers and Sisters across Nigeria.

As you partake in the Ramadan Fast in line with the commandments of the Holy Quran (Chapter2: 185), I urge you to soberly reflect on the good deeds of Prophet Mohammed, while using the period to also pray for peace and unity in our country. The period of the Fast also offers you a unique opportunity to demonstrate our love for one another as Nigerians, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Let us use this period to renew our commitment to our nation and strengthen the bonds of unity amongst our people irrespective of tribe or religion.

I wish you all a spirit-filled Ramadan Fast.

Signed
His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson
Governor, Bayelsa State

POSTING/APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF OF STAFF, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, YENAGOA

10 Jun

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10/06/2013

GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

In view of the increasing engagements and official programmes of His Excellency, the Governor of Bayelsa State in the Nation’s Federal Capital as well as the strategic nature of these engagements to the conduct of government’s business, His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has approved the upgrading of the Bayelsa State Liaison office with immediate effect.

Accordingly, in line with this upgrade, His Excellency has approved the immediate transfer of Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, to head the new Abuja office so as to meet up with the high responsibility and demand of the new office.

The appointment takes immediate effect.

His Excellency expresses confidence in the ability of Chief Ikiogha to transform the liaison office to match its new status and this is based on his wealth of experience as a politician and public servant.

Similarly, His Excellency has approved the appointment of Dame (Mrs.) Didi Walson-Jack as the new Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa. His Excellency is confident that her rich civil service background will stand her in good stead in effectively repositioning the administration of Government House.

DEMOCRACY DAY MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON, GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE

29 May

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28/05/2013

As we celebrate another Democracy Day, it also affords me another golden opportunity to re-emphasize the need for all of us leaders to build consensus and promote better understanding in our Country.
I have said this in time past and will continue to say it; that the times we are in call for fence-mending, bridge-building and repairing of bridges that appear to have been broken down.
That is the only way we can better appreciate the progress we have made as a democracy and the only way we can sustain the democratic structures we have all labored to put in place.
Let me use this opportunity to equally sound a note of caution to some of our brothers and even leaders who appeared to be using the language of war, instead of the language of politics and persuasion which are critical to the peace, stability and progress that we are in dare need of, in our nation at this time.
As we celebrate 14 years of unbroken civilian rule, let us continue to work for the peace and unity of our nation.
Let us rally round and support Mr. President and all our leaders in their quest to build a new Nigeria of our collective dreams and aspirations.
Long Live Our Democracy!
Long Live Bayelsa State!!
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

BAYELSA PUBLIC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PROPOSES A STAKEHOLDERS’ INTERACTIVE SESSION

5 May

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As part of efforts to reawaken public consciousness to understand the policy thrust of the Restoration Administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, the Committee has scheduled a stakeholders meeting for Wednesday, 15th May, 2013. The Venue of the interactive session is Sanni Abacha Hall, Ijaw House, Yenagoa
The Theme of the Interactive session is: Public Information Management and Impact on Good Governance. The Guest Lecturer is: Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, Past President, Nigerian Guild of Editors
Keynote Speaker at the session is Deacon Markson Fefegha, Commissioner of Information and Orientation,Bay elsa State while the Special Guest of Honour: Rt.Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Executive Governor of Bayelsa State.
Participants expected at the interactive session include:
1. All Commissioners ,Special Advisers and other political appointees
2. The Speaker, BYHA
3. State Lawmakers
4. Federal Lawmakers
5. Chief Judge
6. Information Commissioner,– Keynote Speaker
7. Governor – Special Guest of Honour
8. Deputy Governor
9. LG Chairmen
10. Traditional Rulers
11. NGOs ( Bangoff)
12. Media
13. NLC
14. NUJ
15. Media Organisations
16. Market Women
17. Private Sector
18. Permanent Secretaries, CSOs, CBOs, etc.
It is time to build synergies, foster inert-governmen tal cooperation, rub minds and understand the thrust of the Restoration Agenda of Bayelsa State. With such collaborative efforts, good governance will be the essential result.
You are invited.

Secretary
March 4th, 2013

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