Henry Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor, has named Prof. Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature, an Education Ambassador.
Dickson presented the honorary award to Soyinka at the Government House in Yenagoa on Friday. He said the development came as a result of the literary icon’s achievements and democratization of knowledge across the world.
The governor also said it was to attract goodwill and support for the state government’s initiatives in the education sector. He added that the Education Development Trust Fund is targeted at breaking the long years of under-development and deprivations suffered by the people.
Also, Dickson urged the Nobel Laureate to use his position to canvass support for the programme and assured prospective donors that any funds realized would be put to judicious use.
“Let me also appreciate you for your long years of commitment and dedication to the issues and causes affecting our people. And, you are still going on championing the cause for restructuring and bringing about a just and equitable world, Nigeria and the Niger Delta.
‘’I therefore have the honour to appoint you as a Special Honorary Education Ambassador of Bayelsa State. This appointment is made not only on account of your exceptional global profile and reckoning as a Noble Laureate but also for your well known love for our people and passion for the democratization of knowledge world-wide.
‘’It is my considered opinion that your exceptional accomplishments in the field of literature as well as your irrepressible spirit of espousal of the right values of socio-political propriety and ethical correctness stands you in good stead to fly the Bayelsa flag to fight against ignorance and poverty of the mind. It is therefore, my fervent hope that in your new role, you will enlarge the coast of the restorative educational programmes of the state government,” Dickson said.
Soyinka, who accepted the conferment, expressed appreciation and assured the state government that he would do his best in advancing the cause of education in the state.