Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson
By Ike Abonyi
Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Serike Dickson, has dismissed the possibility of having any misunderstanding occurring between him and President Goodluck Jonathan.
Instead, he said: “Am Jonathan’s field commander. I cannot quarrel with him. He is too busy to dabble into appointments in the state, he is my leader, my boss and am at his service, I have no regret being by him.”
Fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, on allegation that he was summoned to the Presidential Villa over the recent appointments he made, the governor said while he had no problem with the President, he was not unaware that as an indigene of the state, he was one of the biggest stakeholders whom he would consult on regular basis for advice and guide.
On how he intended to achieve the much needed peace in the state, Dickson said as a consensus builder and a team player, he would to bring every warring party into the boat for harmony and development.
He denied that the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Banebo, was forced out because he supported the former governor during the struggle as acting governor rather he said the former speaker resigned on his own because politically speaking he could not have remained a speaker after his emergence since two them hail from the same local government area.
He said he did not intend to probe Sylva but would be interested in knowing a little about the past.
The former member of the House of Representatives, who formally resigned Thursday from the green chamber, said it was curious that as the smallest state in the country the state has the highest wage bill of about N6 billion monthly.
He said that his administration inherited huge loans, debts and liabilities running into billions of naira. He lamented that the state was terribly mishandled.
On his agenda, the governor listed education, health and infrastructural development as priority areas including the restoration of peace in the state. He said he intend to make the state a haven for investors.