Wale Ajimotokan in Abuja
As the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, receives the Silverbird Television award as the best performing state governor in Nigeria in the education sector, a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe, has commended the governor, saying it was well deserved.
Alaibe said given Dicksonâ€™s propensity for hard work, and the huge investments he had made in the last six years in the stateâ€™s education sector, the governor merited the honour.
He said as a result of the governorâ€™s efforts, the state was no longer classified among educationally disadvantaged states in the country
In a statement in Abuja thursday Alaibe said he was particularly delighted that under Dickson, Bayelsa had become one of the best performing states in public examinations.
He said: â€œI am particularly delighted that owing to your doggedness, visionary leadership and exemplary focus on education, Bayelsa State is now ranked among the best-performing states in the countryâ€™s public examinations, culminating in the de-classifying of Bayelsa as an educationally disadvantaged state in the federation.
â€œI am truly pleased by the fact that the Silverbird Group took full cognizance of this and elected to honour you on this score.â€
Alaibe also praised Dicksonâ€™s implementation of a free and compulsory primary and post-primary education policy in the state.
â€œI also deem as profound and laudable, your administrationâ€™s establishments of the Ijaw National Academy and the University of Africa, Toru-Orua,â€ he said, adding: â€œI have been informed that these are respectively, highly rated secondary and tertiary institutions that were conceived to meet the special educational needs of the State. These innovations are truly commendable.â€
Dickson is slated to be conferred today, at an event in Lagos, with the award of the best performing Governor in the education sector by Silverbird Television Group.