Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who represents Bayelsa East Senatorial District, has urged people in the state to ensure that Governor Henry Seriake Dickson is re-elected on 5 December. Murray-Bruce charged them go out and campaign for the governor so that the state can continue to progress.
In a statement on Wednesday, Murray-Bruce hinged his appeal on the record of performance of the governor, saying when compared with the past, “Dickson has done so well to justify his ‘re-election.”
According to him, the success recorded in education in the state is due to the governor’s ambitious policy and programmes, which have led to improvements enrolment and academic performances.
He explained that for this alone, Dickson deserves re-election.
Using figures from the African Health, Human and Social Development (Afrii-Dev), a policy think tank, and the results of the Examinations Council (WAEC), Murray-Bruce said the Dickson administration has taken the state out of the loop of educationally backward.
“Bayelsa State used to be one of those states listed as educationally backward states. Today, Bayelsa has gone from the bottom of the ladder to having the lowest rate of illiteracy among male Nigerians. In 2013, Bayelsa State had the 6th highest pass rate among Nigeria’s 36 states with 51 per cent pass rate.
“In 2014, it jumped two places ahead to become the number four best performing state with a pass rate of 52.83 per cent as 34, 242 students scored five credits and above including Maths and English. This development, this miracle, is the handwork of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and I doff my hat to him. If this is the only thing that Governor Seriake Dickson has achieved, then he deserves to be re-elected just for that. But no! He has achieved more. Much, much, more,” he said.
Murray-Bruce also made reference to the level of infrastructure and the economic benefits of the various roads and bridges, especially the Elebele-Opolo and Opolo-Imiringi roads, Nembe-Ogbia Road, the two flyovers on Isaac Boro Expressway and the soon to be completed airport in the state.
“I salute him for releasing funds for the completion of the Nembe-Ogbia road. Children now will no longer have to swim to school. Cars can now come to the community”, Bruce declared.