Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva in an open dialogue with Ijaws in Diaspora

African Examiner
2 September 2011

Isaac Boro commemoration in London opens new channels for discussion
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, London with the key speaker Governor of
Bayelsa State Chief  Timipre Sylva.

Sylva addressed the audience after two presentations were put to him by
Honourable Dumo Lulu- Briggs Chairman of Maritime Academy of Nigeria and
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 Bayelsa State. Sylva demonstrated with audio visual
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 one
trade or another, and centres were provided to this end.

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