General Yakubu Gowon (retired), a former head of state, and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will be visiting Bayelsa for project commissioning done by Governor Seriake Dickson. In preparing for the visit of the elder statesmen, Dickson inspected the Ijaw National Academy on Monday and appreciated work done. Dickson described the institution sited in Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state as a flagship centre of learning for nurturing future leaders. According to him, it will be a failure on the part of the government to pay lip service to education, as the children will be taking over the mantle of leadership from the present generation of leaders about 30 years from now. Governor Dickson during his inspection tour also donated N1 million to the basketball team of the St. Jude’s Model Girls Secondary School, in Amarata. He promised to provide more sporting facilities for the school. In their separate remarks, the Principal of Ijaw National Academy, Mr. Charles Hugh and his St. Jude’s counterpart, Mrs. Celia Apreala, commended the state Governor for his passion and dedication towards revamping the educational system in the state. Hugh urged the students to reciprocate the huge investments in their future by studying hard and charged them to be of good conduct at all times. Speaking on behalf of the students, Master Justice Benstowe, a Library Prefect of the Ijaw National Academy, thanked the government for its show of concern about the affairs of the school and pledged to make the best out the state government’s scholarship programme. The State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd), Secretary to State Government, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, Commissioner for Education, Elder Markson Fefegha and his Information counterpart, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite were among other government officials that accompanied the Governor on the visit.