Bayelsa State Governor, Rt. Honourable Seriake Dickson says the large number of projects embarked upon by his administration stand him out as a leader who came prepared to serve his people.
Governor Dickson stated this during the maiden matriculation ceremony of the Bayelsa State Polytechnic, Aleibiri, Ekeremor local government area.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as noting that posterity would be fair to him in its judgement as one who paved the way for sustainable development through education.
He explained that the Polytechnic was established in line with his administration’s vision of producing the critical mass of manpower required to drive the oil and gas industry and other sectors of the economy.
Governor Dickson who stressed that the Polytechnic would ever remain dear to him, urged the management to strictly focus on technical oriented courses and research.
“Most of the investments we have made as a government including the Bayelsa State Polytechnic is futuristic in nature. We are tackling the bigger issues that would expand the frontiers of development of our dear state.
“One sure way to actualize this vision is by addressing educational challenges, and that’s why we have built several schools and provided scholarships. We will even give the last set of scholarships before I round off my service by February 14th.
“To ensure Sustainability, our programmes such as the Education Development Trust Fund and Higher Education Loan Scheme are all backed up by law.
“People may not appreciate what we have done but I’m very sure that posterity will be fair in its judgement on my stewardship. I want the world to watch out for the Bayelsa children that we are training now because we have broken the jinx. If this Investments are sustained, we will have excess human capacity in every field of endeavour.
While congratulating the students, he urged them to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution, assuring that another round of scholarship would be offered before he leaves office.
Governor Dickson also called on the Aleibiri people to sustain their peaceful disposition and support the growth of the Polytechnic.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Governing Council, BYSPOLY, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mike Zuokumor (Rtd), lauded Governor Dickson for his foresight in establishing the institution which he noted would enhance the development of its host communities.
In his address spokesman of Aleibiri Community, Chief Suru Oyarede, commended the governor for siting the Polytechnic in their area.
Chief Oyarede described the matriculation ceremony as a clear demonstration of the governor’s faith and commitment to the education sector.
The Rector of the Bayelsa State Polytechnic, Prof. Promise Mebine, expressed gratitude to Governor Dickson for making funds available for the equipping of state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops for 5 programmes.
The programmes are, Accountancy, Computer Science, Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology and Statistics.
Prof Mebine said a total of 264 students matriculated comprising 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic sessions cutting across 7 programmes.
He said last year, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) granted additional courses alongside the approval for change of nomenclature from Bayelsa State College òf Arts and Science, Elebele to Bayelsa State Polytechnic, Aleibiri.
According to Prof Mebine, BYSPOLY is empowered to award National and Higher National Diploma in the fields of Engineering, Sciences and Management Sciences.