By Mbah Okem Green, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson says the legacy his administration seeks to achieve in the educat
By Mbah Okem Green, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson says the legacy his administration seeks to achieve in the educational sector by 2020 will require Bayelsans embracing necessary sacrifice to fully build an egalitarian and emancipated Bayelsa State.
Dickson who spoke through the secretary to the State Government, Kemela Okara during the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Briefing in Yenagoa, said the relative backwardness of Bayelsa State was the motivating factor behind the huge investment his administration has made in the sector.
According to the governor, the critical importance of education in the state cannot be over-emphasized especially in bringing about human emancipation, dignity as well as giving Ijaw people the tools for creating values, wealth and becoming positive contributors to the well-being of society in general.
He said, “The society that has done well whether culturally, socially, economically or politically has done so because all through, development is anchored on the liberating tool that education provides. We cannot understate the value of education and that is why we have placed education as the most important legacy that we want to leave behind by the year 2020.
“Today when you look at the evils of cultism and drug addiction threatening our youths on every side, trying to lure them into future bondage to evil and darkness, the only light that can shine brightly in term of bringing that emancipating power is education.
“To safeguard the future of our children, we have made an unparalleled and unprecedented investment and the success we seek to achieve in this sector will require that we embrace the necessary sacrifice to becoming the most educationally advanced state in Nigeria.
“This will involve a financial sacrifice necessary in supporting the education trust fund. This will require the necessary sacrifice in paying qualitative school fees for qualitative education. This will require the sacrifice of being our brother’s keeper and exhorting our youths whether they are our own biological children or not, to shun cultism, criminality and violence.
“This sacrifice will also require us presenting ourselves as role models for others to follow and in so doing, we will fully build an egalitarian and emancipated Bayelsa State.