Bayelsa State Governor, Dr. Seriake Dickson, has advised the Federal Government and the militants in the Niger Delta region to collaborates by working together to solve the issues affecting the region.
Governor Dickson, who said peace, dialogue and conscious building, would allow development in the region, urging the FG and the militants to come to dialogue so that peace and stability would reign again in the region.
Hon. Dickson gave the advice at the weekend during the Ekiti State University, EKSU, 21st Convocation ceremony where he was honoured with the institution’s Doctorate Degree in Public Administration in recognition of his exemplary leadership as representative of his people at the federal legislative body and governor of Bayelsa.
The event which took place at the main auditorium of EKSU, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Governor Dickson received the honour alongside the Chancellor of the University and monarch of Aramoko-Ekiti, Oba Abdul Azeez Olu Adegoke Adeyemi, and the Ekiti State born legal luminary, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, while a total of 18,685 candidates received the institution’s PhD, Degrees, Diplomas and Post-graduate Diplomas.
Dr. Dickson said: “We are all concerned about the developments, all the leaders there are concerned about the recent tough surge of insurgency. We are collaborating on the way forward. Those of us who are governors in our states are working hard with traditional leaders and opinion leaders and security agencies and also collaborating with other private and corporate bodies to ensure that we put it under control.
“ The way forward is not war, war. It is jawjaw. The way forward is peace and dialogue, it is consensus building and that is quite what some of us are in support of, we are not in support of violence, we are not in support brigandage, we are not in support of destruction of strategic national assets and killings. We know there is an issue and this issue can only be addressed when all stakeholders work together for unity, peace, prosperity and stability and progress of our country.
Hon. Dickson noted: “I want to congratulate you as you are entering into another society, a society where your aspiration should not be to look for a white collar job, because they simply are not there. Your aspirations and my expectations for all of you is to be wealth creators and employers of labour.”
In his speech, Governor Ayo Fayose, who is the visitor to the university, commended the school management for having performed creditably well.
“I want to appreciate the governing council of the university for your efforts and outstanding performance at a time like this when financing government has become a huge challenge in the face of the dwindling federal allocations. Your performance for the six months has been commendable.”
Fayose called on the school management to invest in agriculture as one of the strategies to shore up its treasury. He charged the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele to focus on agriculture, saying: “Let us focus on agriculture because we are not only fighting Boko Haram and insecurity, but we already have food insecurity and when you have food to eat, a large part of the problem is solved‎. It is not everybody that will buy blocks to build house, but every one of us must eat, even if it is once a day.
“Those that are graduating, the queue out there is long and white collar jobs are rare, those who even have such jobs, are they paid regularly. The situation is getting tougher every day, and we must all invest more in agriculture,” he said.
Fayose, who lauded the EKSU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oye Bandele and his team for their efforts, said they still need to look inward to generate more revenue.
The VC said a total of 18,685 candidates are to receive Degrees, Diplomas and Post-graduate Diplomas.

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