By Amgbare Ekaunkumo, Yenagoa
A governorship hopeful in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State. Amb. Boladei Godknows Igali has called on development oriented groups in Ijaw Nation to be united and speak with one voice in order to achieve greatness.
Amb. Igali who is a governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the call while commissioning the temporary secretariat of an apolitical pressure group christened as Izon Nation in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Igali appreciated the founders of the organization for advancing the course of the Ijaw Nation, which he described as one of the major ethnic groups in the country.
The retired Permanent Secretary, who is also a grand patron of the group warned against allowing the objectives of the organization to be hijacked by politicians.
“We are commissioning this office to enable them to work. Their objectives include: employment generation, creating awareness among the youths and people of the Ijaw Nation and bringing them together in unity.
“These are very lofty objectives for the youths and development of Bayelsa state. For Bayelsa to be developed, we need youths to be conscious and be employed to work.
“As we commission this office today, our hope is that you will do a reach out to the communities and galvanizing our youths to be part of the development, that’s why we are here. We congratulate you”, Igali added, promising to continue his partnership with the group.
In his opening remarks the Bayelsa state administrative head of the group, Mr. Gbasinghan Ajosi thanked Igali for the support, describing him as a man that has a passion for the development of the Ijaw Nation.
He said the vision of the founder of the organization, Mr. Ebi Francis was to unite all Ijaws across board irrespective of political differences.
He pointed out that the group would soon commence people oriented programmes through job creation and human empowerment.
Ajosi maintained that the reason for the formation of the organisation was for the Ijaws to imbibe a paradigm shift in their approach towards greatness, stressing that unity of purpose remains critical factor for the development of any people.
“If the Ijaw Nation must rise to that point of greatness that we all deserve, we must jettison those things that disunite us and front for the things that bring us together. We must speak one voice.
“This organization aims to bring the youths together in unity, self realisation and job opportunities irrespective of our political affiliations, Ajosi said”.