Speedy previous Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson shared his a few of his experiences earlier than, throughout and after the final governorship election within the state. He spoke to Stanley Nkwazema. Excerpts:
How did you react, whenever you heard the information that the Supreme Court docket had delivered judgement in favour of PDP?
For me, I took it as God’s means of vindicating me as an individual, vindicating the place we took as a celebration and God’s means of stopping a serious catastrophe that was ready to occur in Bayelsa, due to the inadequacies of the APC candidates that have been being foisted on the state and the contradictions throughout the APC system.
The state chief of the celebration had his personal agenda for citing that contraption. It was not for the curiosity of Bayelsa as claimed. It was purely for his political consolation, development and to fulfill vested pursuits. Our response was to spontaneously give credit score and glory to God. All of us erupted into our traditional means of praising God with songs and dances.
Everybody got here crying and prostrating on the ground to God. It was spontaneous jubilation throughout the state, the entire nation and past. At this level, I need to as soon as once more respect the Justices of the Supreme Court docket and customarily the Nigerian Judiciary for the boldness and braveness regardless of all of the harassment and intimidation, refined and open to undermine utterly the needs of the Bayelsa folks.
Don’t forget that this was a course of began from the Federal Excessive Court docket, the place the trial Decide after listening to all arguments got here to this identical conclusion; that the APC candidate was not truthful about his information and his previous. That he hid very pertinent information and points about his previous. This case wasn’t actually a case of forgery, which most individuals wrongly declare it was. It was a case of an aspirant not telling the entire fact and nothing however the fact.
That’s what the Electoral Act requires now; that any candidate submitting for any elective put up should not simply communicate the reality however the entire fact and nothing however the fact. For those who change your names, there’s a column there: have you ever modified your title up to now? What did you fill there? Which means the entire fact was not stated or advised? It wasn’t a case of a legal trial or forgery.
It went as much as the Court docket of Enchantment, their Lordships on the Court docket of Enchantment determined in any other case, and the celebration and our candidate went to the Supreme Court docket as required by the structure of our nation and the Supreme Court docket gave their ultimate judgement. I commend the Judiciary for his or her braveness and for standing as much as play their constitutionally assigned roles for which they have been attacked.
A few of their properties like Justice Mary Odili’s residence, each in Port Harcourt and Abuja have been attacked by the APC components, instigated by their management. My own residence and the house of Senator Diri, the brand new governor, the Excessive Court docket, a personal Library and so many properties have been additionally attacked in Yenagoa. That has been the model of the APC. Don’t overlook that in all of this, folks should not lose sight of the truth that there was by no means an election, the place the folks of Bayelsa voted for the APC.
It’s a lie that has been continuously advised since November 16, 2019. They don’t tackle that truth. They’re speaking about 300 and one thing thousand votes allotted by INEC working at the side of the Nigerian Military and the Police that shut down the state and got here with pre-written figures to announce as outcomes. That was what occurred. There was by no means an election that APC gained.
There isn’t a problem within the first place of the court docket judgement repudiating the needs of the folks. On the contrary the place of the Supreme Court docket validates the true pondering and the mandate of the folks of Bayelsa, who have been for the PDP and our candidate, however whose votes and voices have been shut down by the APC and the complete federal arrange working as a staff to destroy our democracy.
It’s a welcome improvement and we thank God Almighty, the candidate himself and all of us in Bayelsa. Everybody who believes in God is aware of that this was a victory that God gave to us.
Many believed that your political profession would have gone into oblivion if David Lyon had remained governor, following your actions in AD, Ijaw Nationwide Congress, IYC, Legal professional Normal of the State, a two-term member of the Home of Representatives, and two-term Governor of Bayelsa State, which no person within the state has ever accomplished earlier than. How do you’re feeling about that?’
Nicely, everybody’s life and future are within the fingers of God. If there may be one factor that this Supreme Court docket judgement on Bayelsa ought to educate everybody together with myself is that God is answerable for the affairs of males and He’s the one who offers energy to whom and at what time and the way. As a person of religion, I by no means misplaced my religion in God until the very finish. Even with the shenanigans in Bayelsa and the sustained propaganda in opposition to us, we by no means misplaced religion in God.
We saved praying as we have been doing each morning, each month and yearly, giving God the glory for every part He does for His personal objective. God tried our religion, my religion significantly to the final earlier than vindicating us. This victory is due to this fact an act of God however having stated that, no man’s future is the fingers of fellow males. I’ve come a really good distance in politics. I’m not an appointment politician; I’m not an institution politician.
The truth that my candidate and my celebration have been rigged and shut out by the federal system, even my celebration leaders, who ought to have stood for the celebration, if not for the candidate and for me. I’ve appointed extra folks than each different Bayelsa governor put collectively. I’ve supported and served folks from morning to midnight on daily basis for eight years, working for the great of our folks.
The truth that some folks noticed that the federal authorities was decided to take the state by power and due to this fact realigned as an alternative of standing by me and our celebration and our candidate and by the federal government was disheartening. I’m used to folks decamping throughout elections, after they see that federal may is obtainable to assist them take energy. That may give a incorrect notion that if APC took over, my political profession would have been over.
That’s not an accurate evaluation, as a result of so far, regardless of what occurred I’ve the best followership in that state, the best penetration, the best organisational capability in that state and I’ve touched extra lives, whether or not the folks themselves admit it as we speak or not, they know – the politicians, workplace holders, former appointees – they know the roles I’ve performed and the folks themselves within the numerous communities know what I’ve accomplished. I’ve my work that’s talking for me in all essential areas – in schooling, in healthcare, in infrastructure, in agricultural alternatives, in regulation and order, in governance reforms itself.
I’ve employed extra folks into the general public service in that state, I’ve given extra scholarships, 1000’s of their daughters and sons are in our public faculties, clothed by me, fed by my authorities 3 times a day up until now. My affect is so huge not simply in Bayelsa State; I’ve appointed over 200 Ijaw folks into the federal government of Bayelsa State from throughout all of the Ijaw talking states.
My authorities recognised and created extra conventional stools than another administration, Statewide conventional reforms all of them recognised, working into 1000’s in each neighborhood. So these are impacts, which might have been very troublesome, even not possible for anyone to wipe out. Sure, the euphoria was there, the threats and blackmail have been there and that was why I by no means bothered, I’ve accomplished my job to the perfect of my means, there isn’t any resolution I took as Governor that I can’t defend.
If there was something folks complained about, it wasn’t that Governor Dickson stole our cash and that is the place he saved it, that is what he has accomplished with it. No one says I didn’t work. It was that everyone says I made it troublesome for folks to have free cash, to steal cash and that I dedicated the sources of the state to the event of the state and that’s the proper factor to do.
On the identical time, they know that each one my allowances have been spent supporting them for various private issues from morning to nighttime and my workplace and houses have been like market locations. I’ve entry to all lessons of individuals. So, even when a David Lyon had taken over, sure the euphoria was there, we all know the dynamics of politics, the euphoria and intoxication would have cleared, actuality would have set in and the large sense of disappointment would have been felt within the state and even among the many APC chieftains. He wouldn’t have been capable of meet the expectations of all these folks that need to have a share of Bayelsa allocation.
The commitments they’d made and the expectation that all of them had from the nationwide to the state and to varied folks and households, who had constructed private curiosity into his candidacy. He was not supported to work for Bayelsa; he was supported to undermine and reverse the developments, peace and stability that have been accomplished and if potential launch private assaults at me. Those that introduced him imagine in private vendetta of politics in contrast to me who has by no means fought folks past elections.
That’s not appropriate. I used to be planning to return to the trenches, re-organise my machine and this isn’t simply by way of celebration management. Non-politicians targeted on hijacking celebration buildings, however these of us that understood the artwork of mobilising human beings, organising human beings into political formations for political contests, and warfare, which isn’t violence, knew what to do. We knew now we have the folks.
It doesn’t take me lengthy to arrange a political machine. In a month, I’ll have a viable political machine that may tackle anyone constructing on my huge community and picture and most significantly, the work I’ve accomplished in Bayelsa and the lives I’ve touched throughout the nation. Aside from my work in Bayelsa, nobody underestimates my community and the chums and allies and colleagues and the leaders I’ve entry to; whose confidence I get pleasure from.
That’s the reason I perceive the concerted nationwide effort to demonise and blackmail me by means of propaganda within the Bayelsa election, due to my nationwide profile, now grew to become a nationwide election. All of this is able to have helped me to launch an enormous comeback differently. So long as I stay in politics, now we have a capability to reorganise and launch along with pals and allies, a formidable political motion.
Did you truly put together a handover be aware for the APC as you have been leaving workplace?
In fact! I arrange a transition committee. Most of what they have been doing by way of the state handover have been state occasions funded by the federal government of Bayelsa below me. I ran an honest and honourable authorities and I wished to set a normal for succeeding governments, as a result of I’m the primary governor finishing eight years, who needed to handle a really troublesome transition, the best way the federal authorities and its companies intervened and tried to mess up the state of affairs and with the behaviour of some celebration leaders, who determined to promote out.
I used to be decided to make a hit of it. I arrange a transition committee, which was effectively funded by my authorities they usually have been in common contact with the APC. As a matter of truth, the committee on Wednesday had handed over transition paperwork to the APC transition committee, earlier than the judgement got here on Thursday.
Sure, there was nothing I did as governor that I used to be scared or afraid of. It was simply peddling of unfounded rumours, as a result of nobody has labored more durable or accomplished extra. A variety of the issues I did have been revolutionary. I used to be a pioneer in so some ways so I can perceive after they grew to become antagonistic or cynical.
What’s the story of the Bayelsa airport?
The story of the airport has been effectively advised and documented. The good work that we did is understood to our folks, each in conception and execution. Those that are demonising me; those that don’t imagine within the want for that airport will come to their senses and face the fact of it very quickly. That’s the value you pay when armchair critics and envious opponents don’t perceive what governance is all about.
What it means when a frontrunner is forward of his folks, these are the form of conditions you face. They aren’t seeing what you might be seeing as a frontrunner and but, it’s your obligation to envisage what could occur within the close to future and that’s the obligation of management, whether or not it’s the airport or constructing of universities. That airport is world class, everybody is aware of and the federal authorities know. I don’t need to say extra about it. I go away it for the brand new governor to take it up from there.
What I do know is that that airport is ready for enterprise. It is going to go down in historical past. They didn’t need that historical past, as a result of they have been jealous. A variety of folks, who had the chance to work on the airport tried however couldn’t carry it to fruition. However I did, so, I can perceive human components of envy and jealousy in all sectors, as a result of what I’ve accomplished in schooling, well being sector, infrastructure and different areas not solely surpass folks’s expectations, however I set a really excessive mark.
I can perceive when political opponents and small-minded detractors attempt to belittle the contributions that I’ve made. What is reassuring being that the folks know and posterity will inform. The airport will likely be put to make use of, there isn’t any doubt about that. They’re complaining of the perimeter fencing to be accomplished despite the fact that they know that there are a number of federal airports that don’t have perimeter fences. We accomplished over 60 per cent of the fencing and the authorities acknowledged that and the radar, surveillance and fire-fighting amenities are a number of the finest yow will discover round. I imagine these are issues that the brand new authorities will deal with.
What’s your tackle Nigeria and Democracy?
Nicely, we’re a growing democracy however it is vitally disheartening, whenever you see state equipment being so overtly used in opposition to poor, harmless folks. It’s disheartening whenever you see navy, safety companies and INEC abdicating their duties and tasks and their oaths to the companies of the nation and colluding with criminals, to maim and kill, destroy and assist political theft, political terrorism.
It’s unhappy to see electoral officers compromise their impartiality within the title of taking directions from above and committing acts which are treasonable. That has develop into the order of the day. That’s what they name Nigerian Democracy. You noticed what occurred in Nembe, the place over 20 folks have been killed. Legislation enforcement models in Nigeria weren’t inquisitive about who killed who or arrest and prosecute the culprits?
Have been you ever at any time pressured to retaliate because the Chief Safety officer of the state?
Oh, I might have accomplished that. Everyone is aware of I might have accomplished that. Actually, the lies the APC leaders have been telling the federal authorities since 2015, Governor Dickson will do that, he’ll try this as a foundation for getting federal help to go and terrorise our folks, however all of them know of their minds that I’m a politician of peace, concepts and a non-violent individual. As a matter of truth, the explanation you didn’t see bloodshed when the federal authorities got here and introduced pre-written figures, utilizing the Military, Police and INEC, was not due to weak spot.
It was due to deliberate restraint on my half. Folks have been crying and wished to do just a few issues however I’ve by no means subscribed to that. The APC leaders know, the entire of Bayelsa State is aware of that Governor Dickson is one politician, who protects everyone, one politician who doesn’t victimise anyone and one politician, who makes use of state equipment at my disposal to do the work that I’m meant to do: public security and order, and never partisan politics.
That was what occurred when election outcomes got here, even when the Court docket of Enchantment gave them the judgement, you didn’t see demonstrations or violence on the a part of my celebration and the followers within the state. Not as a result of there have been no folks to display, we had extra help than them, the great, the unhealthy and the ugly, however everybody is aware of my politics, that I don’t permit violence. The primary obligation of any political chief is to enthrone peace and order.
It’s unlucky that from 2015, the federal authorities truly undermined Bayelsa’s safety at each election time and even throughout regular occasions. So, they compromised Bayelsa’s safety in a means that criminals have been made to go free and have the effrontery to commit crimes whereas law-abiding folks have been made to lose confidence. That’s the reason in Nembe about 20 folks have been killed and nothing occurred, and figures have been written and introduced, introduced and accepted.
How was it managing funds of the state and settling money owed working into billions incurred by previous administrations?
I feel the principle downside elites of Bayelsa had with my authorities was prudence and dedication to accelerated improvement and my not compromising on the event of the state, blocking the loopholes that supported wastages and the corrupt system that was then entrenched and engrained within the politics of the state; even within the civil service. The one folks constructing huge homes and motels, shopping for huge automobiles, having huge investments, have been civil servants, significantly the Treasury employees, accountants and political leaders colluding with them.
I needed to cease all of that from day one, as a result of I had an enormous developmental agenda. The state couldn’t afford any wastage. We needed to channel all of the out there funds to face problems with improvement. My understanding is straightforward, cash that comes right into a state, a state like Bayelsa, a virgin territory, carved out of the least developed, essentially the most challenged areas of the outdated Rivers state should be utilised for the good thing about the folks. The management and all our folks should be ready to make sacrifices.
The sacrifice is that any cash the state has needs to be used for improvement. It’s the improvement that can engender particular person consolation and developments. Not the opposite means spherical the place monies come and handled as pocket cash for the leaders and their wives and their allies past respectable entitlements after which problems with developments are allowed to endure. That’s the reason roads, hospitals, bridges, faculties weren’t constructed. That was why there was no single boarding faculty in Bayelsa earlier than I grew to become governor and I’m forsaking nearly 15 boarding faculties. And never simply boarding faculties, boarding faculties with college students crammed with students, who’re fed 3 times a day by the federal government.
And with insurance policies backed up by regulation to maintain it. That was why they weren’t constructing hospitals and now we have hospitals and diagnostic centres which are world-class, a medical college. We’ve got a Well being Insurance coverage Scheme, which is without doubt one of the finest within the nation and all backed up by regulation. It’s due to this shift in emphasis, sure it’s good to allow folks to generate income from in authorities and authorities appointments.
However it should be by means of respectable means. For those who don’t management it, in case you don’t struggle and also you let it free otherwise you deal with public cash as cash that’s PR cash and also you permit folks to go along with that notion of entitlement mentality as was the case earlier than I got here, the state is not going to see or know improvement.
And I’ve accomplished all of those at a time the earnings of the state have been far lower than my predecessors in workplace. In Bayelsa, throughout my governorship, the grievance was that I’m too tight-fisted; I’m araldite, as a result of the expectation is that authorities cash needs to be left free for the governor, his staff, the civil servants and all these in authority and political leaders and their household. I redefined it, created extra appointments to allow folks have respectable revenue.
I had over 3,000 totally different lessons of appointment, whose companies I didn’t strictly have to run a authorities. I used to be answerable for the agenda of the federal government. I needed to due to the weak state of the financial system and what they’re used to. I needed to unfold these appointments. Sooner or later, we have been spending over N750 million to N800 million month-to-month to pay them, as a result of in Bayelsa, authorities is the one enterprise. The extra you appoint, the extra they complain.
For those who appoint anyone as we speak, he needs a automotive, in case you don’t give him a automotive, he turns into disgruntled, you give him a automotive, he needs extra money, he needs to award contracts and generate income. For those who don’t make that potential, then he complains. He builds one home; he needs 10 homes. That insatiable greed that drives them makes them really feel they’re entitled to all the general public cash. That has been the problem behind political instability the place folks throughout elections transfer to an incoming authorities.
I addressed that, however I additionally introduced the reforms throughout the authorities; and the methods and the legal guidelines to appropriate the issues within the civil service, the place folks have been accumulating salaries with out working, the place folks have been accumulating salaries they weren’t entitled or certified for. It’s irresponsible for a governor to permit that to proceed. And nobody had actually had the center to do all of that. And I did that. However in that course of, I opened up the service, employed nearly 5,000 folks from 2012 until date in all sectors of Bayelsa Public Service.
So, I’ve employed extra folks. So in case you are speaking of the person who created extra wealth, who made it potential for the folks to outlive extra, it’s me! I by no means made it potential and it wasn’t my plan to permit few folks even these round me to develop into millionaires and billionaires on the expense of the remainder of the state, most significantly on the expense of the event of the state. Now, if there may be any sin, any incorrect like I all the time say, I’ve no apologies for that.
That needed to be accomplished. I’ve created extra avenues for enterprise. I instituted the primary Micro-Finance financial institution within the state, I created it and it’s there in each Native Authorities of the state to allow folks borrow and do enterprise, inspired folks to do enterprise however they don’t seem to be used to it. I feel that a few of these insurance policies are of the shape the place if civil servants don’t go to work they haven’t any enterprise in public service and needs to be advised to get out. I by no means hesitated to doing that. In case you are a authorities appointee, you’ll do your job, however you possibly can by no means be allowed to show your personal workplace to a supply of creating tens of millions and billions as a result of the state doesn’t have funds for that.
And even when the state has cash, there are different wants. These are a number of the issues that enabled us to handle and put numerous issues on floor in the course of the very difficult interval, which noticed additionally the worst financial recession. But, we had extra life altering huge ticket programmes than any authorities earlier than me, due to prudence, transparency and the cautious administration of the sources of the state.
Don’t overlook, I enthroned the regime of transparency by which each month we announce what got here into the state. I assumed I did all of that to empower the folks with the information as to the circumstances we have been managing, and likewise to enthrone a regime of accountability. I perceive lack of industries within the state, in contrast to different states, everyone appears to be like as much as Authorities Home for survival. Everyone comes there. Most individuals in some states don’t know the place their Authorities Homes are and the way a lot involves their states on a month-to-month foundation.
In Bayelsa, everyone from the excessive to the bottom, they’re pondering of creating billions. And when you’ve got enabled them to make 1000’s, you haven’t accomplished something; they need tens of millions. In the event that they get tens of millions, you haven’t accomplished something; they need billions. In the event that they get billions, you haven’t accomplished something. They need to get extra and anticipate to get all the cash that will get into the state into their pockets. For those who don’t make that occur, then you aren’t a very good governor.
To the common Bayelsan psyche, a very good governor is a governor, who comes and opens up the state treasury for everyone within the state to go and accumulate one thing. They overlook the truth that even these they stated have been spending cash on the folks and cash was flowing, it was solely inside a tiny circle and I by no means allowed that circle. And even any circle to have entry to the treasury. Moderately, I supported folks to have respectable incomes excess of another governor and I’m very comfortable about it. I’m leaving a authorities not solely of bodily improvement but additionally a authorities that paid off all current liabilities.
My predecessor had a bond that totalled over N120 billion. We cleared it inside this era. When folks discuss of a trillion naira or so in eight years, my predecessor stayed for 5 years and obtained shut a trillion naira and if I ask you what you possibly can level on floor, I don’t know the way many individuals past propaganda can say a lot. Our personal expenditure additionally consists of the N120 billion that we paid off, a wage wage invoice that’s excessive and all of the challenges that we met, and as well as, now we have put loads on floor in schooling, infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture, in all fields and in making state investments.
I’m comfortable that I’m leaving a state with the appropriate indices. Firstly, on schooling and well being care which is without doubt one of the finest. Maternal mortality index is the least within the sub-region within the South-south. No less than, folks come to Bayelsa for referrals, prognosis and remedy. We’ve got finest public faculties. Tertiary faculties outfitted and supported, which I imagine the brand new authorities will proceed. Within the space of prudent administration of sources, by the DMO experiences and different public statistics that’s out there, Bayelsa is the least indebted state within the South-south even with all of the investments that talk to the report I’m forsaking.
Why a lot give attention to schooling?
I have to inform you that schooling is a key space of funding for any chief, who needs to make a distinction; any chief who understands what true improvement is. Lasting improvement doesn’t include roads and buildings. That’s brick and mortar. Irrespective of how pricey, regardless of how stunning, it deteriorates with time. The key areas, the place I imagine you possibly can see if a frontrunner has the appropriate mind-set and imaginative and prescient for his persons are investments in schooling, healthcare, investments in financial alternatives, investments in regulation and order. And the appropriate values for governance like not oppressing anyone with the state equipment, which I by no means did for sooner or later.
Setting a tone of tolerance and enthroning the appropriate democratic environment, which I did all through. All opposition from inside my state, my celebration, I took it in good religion and allowed everyone to precise their views. I had my very own proper to my imaginative and prescient and my agenda, consulting, agreeing and disagreeing and shifting on.
However nobody will say Dickson drove us out of Bayelsa, Governor Dickson revoked our land, destroyed our constructing, due to political disagreements, despatched thugs to assault us due to disagreements or Governor Dickson killed that individual, due to political variations.
You’ll be able to’t hear that. For me, these are the areas you utilize to evaluate. Anyone can construct a street even a mad man can construct a street, as a result of it doesn’t take a lot imaginative and prescient to construct a street. Some resurface roads to achieve recognition. Their fixation is in roads. Sure, roads are necessary. I’ve accomplished so many roads in a really troublesome riverine terrain, the place the entire state is beneath sea stage, constructed the longest set of bridges than any governor has tried to construct.
I’ve accomplished them and the information are there however I don’t level at these as my landmark achievements. As necessary as they’re, as a result of it’s going to have an effect on mobility; it’s going to allow folks transfer round and contribute to the event of the state. Now, persons are discovering it simpler to commute and transfer amongst themselves.
However the lasting adjustments that I’ve introduced within the state, which will likely be felt in years to come back is the funding in schooling, investments in healthcare – the funding in governance construction itself, the temperance, the moderation, lodging and the politics of dialogue and persuasion.
The concept a frontrunner isn’t in authorities to maim and kill and chase folks, who disagree with him out of the state; the thought which you can disagree along with your chief and nonetheless really feel secure in your personal state – nobody governor has tried as a lot as I’ve accomplished. These are the lasting contributions that I’ve made. I’m open and I perceive the sensation, due to the prevailing lack of personal sector within the state, the place in contrast to different states folks don’t understand how to the Authorities Home.
In Bayelsa, everyone should go to Authorities Home. All issues should be solved by the governor – all private issues of over 2.5 million folks should be solved by the governor. That’s not the state of affairs that you’ve got in most states. Most governors don’t really feel what we really feel in Bayelsa. They don’t perceive, they will’t relate to it and so folks will ask for extra. That’s respectable additionally however with time, with extra empowerment significantly with schooling and with enterprise alternatives, with enlightenment most of these will likely be taken care of.
After eight years in workplace, what are the challenges and fulfilment?
Let me begin with fulfilment. On daily basis of my life, I will likely be grateful to God. My religion has been so strengthened by what I’ve accomplished and seen, what God has accomplished for me and for my folks, and even making me to have the chance to be able to do what I’ve accomplished, I stay eternally grateful to God and the folks of Bayelsa, and to my pals and allies, who’ve been with me on this journey, together with some who for some causes will not be right here with me now.
I acknowledge and thank them. It has been a beautiful alternative. Do I really feel fulfilled? Sure, very fulfilled, very comfortable that I had this chance and was capable of make the distinction. The total extent and diploma of my work will come to the fore in years to come back. Not now however due to the noise of political contest and competitors and the human feelings of envy, jealousy and greed.
Once you see merchandise of colleges that I constructed, the lives my medical amenities have saved and can proceed to save lots of, whenever you see folks having fun with the advantages of the roads and bridges I constructed and what they are going to profit from the financial alternatives that we supplied. Within the years to come back, whenever you have a look at this, on daily basis I really feel comfortable and fulfilled. I used to be nearly moved to tears after I moved to my village and appointees adopted me, pals with their households trooping in up and until now, thanking me for affecting their lives in by hook or by crook.
They nonetheless achieve this and I bear in mind I had effectively over 3,000 from throughout the Ijaw’s in Niger Delta, not simply Bayelsa. Even in Abuja, folks come to thank me for the affect I’ve made of their lives. Nobody governor can resolve all issues of everyone of a state in 4 years or eight years – issues of a state or a nation, aren’t solved by one authorities or one particular person. The issues will proceed to be there. Have we made a distinction? Did we attempt our greatest? Sure, and if I’ll say, a really huge distinction.
Are there results of Public Service in your Household?
As a matter of truth, I don’t know how you can thank my household for the sacrifices and the understanding they confirmed by the best way I carried on with my obligation to serve them, as a result of I’m a person of ardour and repair. What makes a distinction is ardour mixed with compassion and imaginative and prescient. The best way I did it left me with little or no time for household and even private issues. All my private issues have been deserted, my farms folded up. I used to have a lot time as a household man.
I like my kids; I like my household however I by no means had as a lot time. I used to take them for swimming each Saturday. We didn’t have that luxurious. I used to inform them tales and educate them myself. I learn with them. However all of those, I didn’t have a lot time for. I sincerely thank them.
I used to be nearly moved to tears, the day I left workplace and went residence they usually launched two movies and despatched to me by way of social media. They stated, Daddy, thank God you’re going to have extra time for your self and extra time for us. I thank them for his or her understanding.
They’ve actually made numerous sacrifice. It isn’t simply in my very own case. It’s the case of everyone in public service, particularly those that perceive why they’re in public service and who apply the totality of themselves to the service of their folks.
Public service is so time-consuming. For those who actually know what to do and you might be captivated with it, it’s going to go away you no time. It’s a very jealous mistress.
It’s apparent that your persons are not accomplished with you but, so, in what capability are you contemplating extra companies to your folks and humanity?
To start with, with my religion and my perception about life, which is about service to God and humanity, at my age and with the publicity that I’ve had, not many individuals of my age even from the place I come from can have this broad and wide-ranging complete publicity and expertise in public service in several kinds. For those who rely from after I joined the Nigeria Police as a humble policeman on the age of 18, until date, you possibly can see how in a single type or the opposite, I’ve been in service.
To not discuss of lively political service since 1997, which has left me with the assumption that if there is a chance to proceed to serve, will probably be egocentric for me with my expertise and age to again down or decline. If it pleases God to proceed to present us sound well being and life, will probably be egocentric at this level with the challenges in all elements of Nigeria, the world the place I come from for me to say no to public service. I’ll permit God to find out my subsequent transfer. No matter God determines will likely be ok for me. He alone creates the alternatives, permits and offers mercy. Energy flows from God.
What do you say to the brand new governor, Diri?
We’ve got a brand new governor, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, is aware of what to do. He has my help. My obligation is to present him all of the help, pray for him and the place my recommendation and counsel are wanted. He is aware of he has my help; he has my prayers and my recommendation is available for him. I’ve accomplished eight years, the primary governor to take action in very making an attempt circumstances.
Sadly, Bayelsa is a state, the place no chief helps a governor. Leaders, their wives, their pals, all blackmail, slander and tear down the federal government and the state and their celebration as an alternative of contributing and supporting to construct the State. Governor Diri will discover me behaving in a different way, as a result of for as soon as, he could have a former governor, who could have his again and will likely be there to advise him and pray for him.
I do know the footwear he’s sporting. I cannot be a part of the ranks of leaders, who as an alternative of supporting and inspiring construct coalitions to destabilise their events, destabilise their states, blackmail and produce down governors. I gained’t try this. I’ve no extra level to show, having damaged a jinx of no second time period and by the grace of God midwifing a transition that produced a governor and the deputy from my staff.
Most of these to be concerned within the administration of Bayelsa now and a few years to come back will likely be from my staff, as I’ve nurtured lots of people particularly, younger women and men to carry positions of authority.
My obligation is to information, advise and pray for all these in authority within the state. I’ve been governor for eight years, forsaking indelible footprints that can stand the take a look at of time. God has dominated in our favour, in favour of Bayelsa. We want Governor Diri and his staff effectively, as his success will likely be my pleasure.