YENAGOA (Sundiata Post) – Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has urged the people of the state to use the period of this year’s thanksgiving day celebration to reflect on issues that would promote peace, unity and progress of Bayelsa.
Governor Dickson made the call, while speaking at the 4th edition of the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day celebration at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa on Monday.
Reiterating that every November 2 has been set aside for Bayelsans within and outside the state to honour and thank God for His blessings, the governor noted that, the event was in accordance with the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day Law enacted in 2012.
He described the thanksgiving day celebration as significant as it was taking place at a time when the state was preparing for the December 5th Governorship poll and enjoined the people to key into the event by praying for Bayelsa as well as ask for forgiveness and blessings upon their lives.
Governor Dickson, who re-dedicated his administration to service delivery, stressed that, he who renders selfless service to mankind ultimately offers service to God, which he said was in conformity with his guiding philosophy in life.
His words: “This is the new spirit of Bayelsa. In the new Bayelsa, what we mean is that Bayelsa is now driven by God. He takes centre stage and all of us are only instruments to do what is right, good and fair.
“It is a day for those of us in service and authority to re-dedicate ourselves to the principles of our government, which is service to man and God. This year’s time of thanksgiving is coming at a crucial moment in the life of our state, when we are gearing up for election.
Reminding the people that his campaign organization would soon embark on a tour of the communities, he said the tour would afford him the opportunity to assess the needs of the people.
Governor Dickson also called on his supporters to eschew violence, emphasizing that, nobody’s political ambition was worth shedding anybody’s blood.
In his message entitled, “Understanding Life” founder of DUNAMIS International Centre, Pastor Paul Eneche, spoke on the essence of life and urged the congregation to live a righteous life.
According to him, life is a gift from God as well as a privilege rather than a right and people should strive to impact positively on humanity.
The cleric said, “God gave us life and must be used to the pleasure of the giver.”