Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has commended the Chiefs and leaders of Oluasiri community in Nembe Local Government Area of the State for the prevailing peace, law and order in the community despite daunting challenges confronting them.
The Governor, who made the commendation when he received the Chairman and members of the Nembe Bassambiri Council of Chiefs in Government House, Yenagoa, expressed satisfaction with their conduct and called on other communities to emulate them.
Hon. Dickson remarked, “For us in Bayelsa, because we value our common fraternity. I know that you have all exercised restraint. I have also a number of times called for restraint in resolving the issues that some people try to raise from time to time. So, I want to commend you all, especially the Nembe people for their restraint and understanding and for being peaceful and law abiding as well as giving Government and its institutions at State and Federal levels an opportunity to ensure an amicable resolution of the issues at stake”.
Describing the Government and the people of the State as law a abiding people, who adhere strictly to court decisions, Hon. Dickson urged all those affected by previous decisions to give peace a chance and continue to use lawful means to resolve disputes.
The Governor, who acknowledged the security situation on the waterways, particularly in the disputed areas, stated that, the present administration in the State is alive to its responsibilities and will take steps to address them.
He also called on all agencies statutorily responsible for safeguarding lives and property of the citizenry to redouble their efforts in the face of prevailing security challenges in the area.
“ I will order for a detailed enquiry and report on some of the issues and claims you raised in your address, some of which we will explore in greater details as time goes on”, Gov. Dickson added.
Responding to an invitation to visit the affected area, the State Chief Executive said he will give a date and notify the chiefs in due course, while also informing them of his plans to embark on a tour of the State in the company of all other elected officials of his administration to thank the people for maintaining law and order as well as the support given to him and all PDP candidates.
On their demand for land reclamation, provision of portable drinking water, completion of a catering rest house, construction of low cost housing estate and a ring road among others, the Governor assured them that steps would be taken to address them.
Earlier, the Secretary of the council, Chief Ayebaesin Edoghotu-Omoh, said their visit was to thank the Governor for his developmental strides within two years in office and the effective handling of a Supreme Court matter affecting the community.
According to Chief Edoghotu-Omoh, the Supreme Court ruling concerning the border between Bayelsa and Rivers States was already creating security challenges, noting that, security personnel posted to the area from Abonnema in Rivers State have made the waterways unsafe for them to navigate.
The chiefs called on the State Government to provide the communities within the Nembe-Bassmbiri Kingdom with social amenities such as portable water, electricity amongst others.
Chief Omoh commended Governor Seriake Dickson for appointing some of their sons and daughters into positions of trust in Government and assured him of their continued support and loyalty to his restoration administration.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State