Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has said that God will determine the next governor of his state.
Dickson said that God would raise a leader with a heart for the people to pilot the affairs of the state and to build on the legacy of development established by his administration.
A Statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. FIdelis Soriwei, quoted the governor to have made the statement on Sunday at St. Andrews Anglican (Ijaw) Church, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos.
He stressed that all Bayelsans and indeed Ijaw people would support such a leader in the task of ensuring continuity in the development of the state after the exit of his Restoration Government in 2020.
He stated further that every revenue received in the state must be judiciously utilized to carry out projects in the interest of the state.
Dickson said that his administration had worked assiduously to change the developmental landscape of Bayelsa with the provision of the best public schools and health institutions in the country.
He said, “The Niger Delta is a difficult terrain; people have said it is a muddy place but that is where God chose to put oil.
“We are battling to build hospitals in that terrain; we are battling to build very good public schools, health facilities which are the best among public facilities in this country.
“We are building roads and constructing bridges to Ekeremor and other parts of the state. You must join to enlighten our people because every money going into Bayelsa must be utilized for the general good of the state.
“The state has changed, God has changed it. After me, God alone will raise another leader for the state, a leader that would sustain the developmental tempo so that all of us can support that person. We pray for God to continue to bless us, to sustain the foundation for development in the state.”
Dickson who called on the Ijaw people to be united in prayers for Bayelsa said that once the state was on the right track, everything would be well with the Ijaw Nation.
He said that being Governor of Bayelsa State, the ancestral homeland of Ijaw people, traditionally made him the governor of all Ijaws irrespective of state boundaries.
The Governor also donated a bus and a generator to the church to encourage the worship of God in response to the plea of the church for assistance.
Speaking also, the President of the Ijaw Monitoring Group, Chief Joseph Evah, said the emergence of Dickson as the Vanguard Governor of the Year on Saturday night was an honour not only to him but also to the entire Niger Delta.