2 September 2011
Isaac Boro commemoration in
opens new channels for discussion London
Amanda Epe reports. Perhaps it is the Golden age - fifty years post
independence, as we are starting to see the signs of true democracy in
practice. A two day seminar entitled “A Time to Reflect” was held on the
weekend at Holiday Inn, The Regent,
with the key speaker Governor of London
Sylva addressed the audience after two presentations were put to him by
Honourable Dumo Lulu- Briggs Chairman of Maritime
and Academy of Nigeria
Inemo Samiama of Stakeholders Democracy Network. Lulu-Briggs concluded
“For those of us in Diaspora our contribution in this regard is to monitor and
make public, government inefficiencies using the western press and engaging
government officials in gatherings like this, both at home and abroad”.
Samiama spoke on behalf of concerned Ijaws at home and those abroad
members of the Ijaw People’s Association of Great Britain and Ireland (IPA).
His presentation demanded answers on accountability of governance since the
twelve years creation of
. Sylva demonstrated with audio visual Bayelsa State
presentations of projects that were current as well as informing the audience of
projects in the pipeline. To justify the standstill of infrastructural development he
explained that contractors not completing the work were the major delay in
underdevelopment in the state.
Sylva spoke at length with a clear message of obtaining education and or skill
acquisition. He advised that all Bayelsan indigenes should be skilled in onetrade or another, and centres were provided to this end.