THE BENEFITS OF GOV DICKSON’S FREE EDUCATION POLICIES IN BAYELSA STATE: BY MIENPAMO SAINT

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Benefits of Free Education

In the words of Francis Bacon, Knowledge is Power, Power to live a decent life, Power to earn a decent income, Power that brings you respect and dignity. When knowledge can bestow the power for so many things, why should it be restricted to a few who have the advantage of wealth? Knowledge needs to be free for all those who deserve it, and what a person deserves should be decided by an individual capability and intelligence and not by wealth. The best and simplest way to disseminate knowledge to all those who deserve it, is through free education. Making education free at the least at the primary level, or maybe, even up to the secondary and/or post-secondary level, would only benefit our society. Lets look at some of the most important benefits of free education.

Remedy to Society ills:

Our society is more divided by wealth than by any other criteria. There is the unbelievably rich few, the very rich, the middle income group, the poor, and those in utter poverty. And amidst all this are impoverishment, unemployment, and destitution. How can anyone think of spending money on education, when they do not have money for food and shelter? However, education is the remedy for all these ills that plague our society. Education is the only means that can open up the doors that lead to employment, and through it food, shelter and better quality of life. Therefore, providing free education to the deserving ensures that atleast the future generation can step through these doors to a better living.

Greater advantage:

Although scholarships are intended for the disadvantaged few, the disadvantaged aren’t just few. Scholarships help only a handful, for others providing free education would come as a great relief.

Focus on learning:

Providing free education would enable students to concentrate on learning and gaining more through the education, instead of struggling with the payment of tuition fees and meeting other expenses. When the focus shifts to learning it leads to empowerment of the youth to work towards an increasingly intellectual society.

Improved quality of life:

Free education would lead to more educated people. More educated people in the society leads to overall improvement in the quality of life in the society. Through better employment and elimination of the struggle for basic needs, people would concentrate on the higher aspects of life, such as improving administration and management of issues that impact the society in general. Therefore free education would have a very positive impact on the overall quality and thinking in the society.

Better governance:

More educated people would mean better governance from the grassroots to the national level. Educated people would make better choices in electing their representatives and are better equipped to question corruption and misuse of power. Therefore, education is not only the remedy for the ills of unequal wealth, but also the remedy for the ills that plague our administration and governments. By making education free, we prod our society towards the path of better governance.

Equal opportunities:

Intelligence and talent are not the forte of the wealthy alone. There is lot of untapped and undiscovered talent and intelligence lying covered under impoverishment and destitution. Free education opens the doors of opportunities to these talented people. Through free education, we can ensure that the talented and intelligent can gain the assurance of a better tomorrow through maximizing their academic potentials.

Free education would be beneficial to those who deserve it, as well as, to the society as a whole. Where everybody is talking about equal and better opportunities, the prospects of a better future should not be lost due to lack of equal opportunities for education.

Mienpamo Onitsha Saint is the Director of operation. Bayelsa New Media Team

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CONCERNED ELDERS FORUM OF SOUTHERN IJAW HONOURS CHIEF OGBE

The civic reception organized by the Concerned Elders Forum of Southern Ijaw Local Government in honour of the Executive Chairman of the area – Chief Remember Ogbe – has held at the council headquarters in Oporoma. Speaking, a one-time federal legislator and gubernatorial candidate in the old Rivers State – Dr. Eddy Ogoun – catalogued projects and programmes of the Chief Ogbe-led administration ranging from the construction of ultra-modern market, construction of police station and police staff quarters intended to beefing up the security apparatus of the area, staff welfare and human capacity building within six months. Describing the election of Chief Ogbe as a timely act of God, Dr. Ogoun stressed that the prudent management of resources has put the local government on the path of development. He urged indigenes of Southern Ijaw Local Government to rally round the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and that of Chief Ogbe in order to sustain the wind of revolution.

Responding, Chief Ogbe described his political antecedents which dates back to 1988/89 when he served as Supervisory Councilor for Works and Health respectively in the old Rivers State as being characterized by service. Describing the reception as unique in the history of Southern Ijaw Local Government, he called on well-meaning sons and daughters of the area to contribute their quota to the development of the area while pledging to do more in the coming years.

Highpoints of the event included the September edition of the monthly transparency briefing, an Outstanding Performance Grassroots award conferred on Chief Ogbe by the Bayelsa State Chapter of the Niger Delta Newspapers Publishers Association, and cultural display by the Egbelegbele Dance Group of Oporoma.

OTUAN COMMUNITY HONOURS CHIEF OGBE

Otuan community in Ogboin clan of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area has joined the league of those to have organized a civic reception in honour of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Chairman – ChiefRemember Ogbe – for meritorious service to the people of the area.Describing Chief Ogbe as a true son of Ogboin clan, His Royal Highness Edward Tokpo I (JP) who is the Amananaowei of Otuan, appreciated the chairman for doing them proud by the rapid development acrossSouthern Ijaw. The royal father prayed God to take Chief Ogbe to greater heights in his future endeavours.

Responding, the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area pledged not to relent in his efforts at replicating the Restoration Agenda of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson in all its dimensions. Chief Ogbe, who stressed his resolve to adhere strictly to budget discipline, concluded that the survey work for the Phase 1 of Southern Ijaw link roads connecting Amassoma, Otuan, Oporoma,Ombugbene, Onyoma, Ekowe, and Olugbobiri has already reached an advanced stage of completion which will culminate in the roadconstruction as part of phase 2 projects.

In attendance at this epoch-making event were Chief Parish Digifa, othersons and daughter within and outside Otuan, chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, members of Bayelsa Progressive Movement, andseveral other socio-cultural groups.

CHIEF OGBE RECEIVED OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE GRASSROOT AWARD

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The Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council, Chief Remember P.N Ogbe (left) Receiving the OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE GRASSROOT AWARD from the Chairman of Niger Delta Newspapers Publishers Association Mr Timi Kpehka (right). during the civic reception organized by the Concerned Elders Forum of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in honour of the Executive Chairman, Chief Remember Ogbe and members of his cabinet for the administration’s numerous achievements within six months at the Restoration Play Ground in Oporoma

CONCERN ELDERS FORUM OF SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOV’T HONOUR CHIEF OGBE

All is now set for the civic reception organized by the Concerned Elders Forum of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in honour of the Executive Chairman, Chief Remember Ogbe and members of his cabinet for the administration’s numerous achievements within six months. In an invitation to Chief Ogbe endorsed by Dr. Eddy Ogoun, Chief M.O. Abule, Hon. David Lyon and Elder Wilberforce T. Igiri, the reception will take place 10.00am on Thursday 17 October 2013 at the Restoration Play Ground in Oporoma.
In another development, the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government, Chief Remember Ogbe has been lauded for consistently paying monthly stipends to disabled persons cutting across the four constituencies of the area. The commendation was made in a communiqué co-signed by Messrs Tonye Igbei and Sampson Halliday who are chairman and Secretary respectively of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Disabled Persons Management Committee. The statement added that preparations have been concluded towards compiling a database of all disabled persons in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area with a view to commencing a special training programme for them at the council headquarters in Oporoma.

The communique also called on multinationals and high-net-worth individuals to complement the kind disposition of the Southern Ijaw helmsman.