Gowon, Soyinka to inaugurate projects in Bayelsa


A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, are expected in Bayelsa State to inaugurate key projects executed by the state Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson.

A statement signed by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the two dignitaries were scheduled to commission some of the boarding schools built by the governor.

The statement said already Dickson led a special team of his aides to conduct final inspection on the projects lined up for inauguration.

Dickson was quoted to have expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far at the Ijaw National Academy.

Dickson, who visited the Academy at Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, described the school as a flagship centre of learning to nurture future leaders of the state and the Ijaw nation.

“It will be a failure on the part of the government to pay lip service to education, as the children will be taking over the mantle of leadership from the present generation of leaders about 30 years from now”, he said.

He said as part of the planned three-day visit of some notable personalities to the state, Prof. Soyinka and others would interact with the students to inspire and impart in them leadership skills.

The governor, who also visited St. Jude’s Model Girls Secondary School, Amarata, donated of N1million to the Basketball Team of the school and promised to provide more sporting facilities.

In their separate remarks, the Principal of Ijaw National Academy, Mr. Charles Hugh and his St. Jude’s counterpart, Mrs. Celia Apreala, commended the state Governor for his passion in revamping the educational system in the state.

Hugh urged the students to reciprocate the gesture by studying hard and charged them to be of good conduct at all times.

Speaking on behalf of the students, Master Justice Benstowe, a Library Prefect of the Ijaw National Academy, thanked the government for its show of concern about the affairs of the school.

In the governor’s team were his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd), Secretary to State Government, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, Commissioner for Education, Elder Markson Fefegha and his Information counterpart, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite among others.

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