Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa was on Sunday sworn-in for the second term in office, with the promise to move the state forward.
Speaking at the event in Yenagoa, the governor dedicated his victory at the poll to the people and assured that he would not play politics with the security of the state.
“My victory as governor is victory for the people; this administration will continue to sustain the existing security in the state.
“We must stand for good governance and light must always triumph over darkness in Bayelsa.”
Mr. Dickson also promised to complete the ongoing airport project and empower youth in the state.
He disclosed that the airport project was 80 per cent complete; adding that diversification of the state economy will also be his priority.
“In the past four years, the state has witnessed transformation and we are ready to do more.
“We will consolidate and expand security in the next four years; this victory is ours and I want us to build a strong synergy to accelerate development of Bayelsa.
“I must say that my government is ready to work with the federal government in ensuring that the issue of kidnap and oil pipeline vandalism is properly checkmated.
“My advice to our people is to steer clear of encouraging or covering-up criminal acts in the state and Niger-Delta region,’’ he said.
Charles Sambo, a youth leader, commended Mr. Dickson, assuring that the youth will help to promote peace and security in the state.
Mr. Sambo called on youth in the state to support the federal government’s efforts in fighting crime, especially oil pipeline vandalism.
According to him, development of the Niger-Delta will not be possible in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“Let us say no to criminality, especially to pipeline vandalism and kidnap,” Mr. Sambo said.
The ceremony was attended by Governors Ayodele Fasose of Ekiti, Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, among others.