Jonathan calls for active participation in transformation agenda
President Jonathan, during the second Bayelsa Thanksgiving Day hosted by the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, said the support of the people is well needed to ensure the success of the transformation agenda within the state and federal levels.
Represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, President Jonathan said meaningful development could only take place in an atmosphere of peace and stability.
Jonathan who hailed the state governor for his leadership and initiative for instituting a thanksgiving day in the state, emphasized the need to thank God at all levels of government for His divine protection and guidance as they strive to bring about peace, development and prosperity.
“With what the state government is doing in terms of projects and programmes, it is keying into the transformation agenda of the Federal Government which I believe will definitely turn things around quickly for the better. I will remain committed and focused to keeping Nigeria united and peaceful under the banner of God who made it possible for me to be here as your elected President in that free and fair election,” he said.
He said the people must show gratitude to God for the peace in the country, despite what he described as a few distractions and expressed hope that Nigerians would rally round him in his quest to make the country one of the greatest economies of the world.
In his remarks, the state Governor, Seriake Dickson called for active participation in the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day, stating that the event is for every Bayelsan within and outside the country.
Dickson expressed appreciation to the people of the state for their support and particularly the youths, whom he observed had not disrupted any on-going projects in the state.
He said the existing peace is also attributable to the efforts of traditional rulers, security and the unity among the three arms of government.
“I can bear testimony to God’s abiding mercies and blessings upon this land. You are all aware of what is going on and our state is on a new page of hope. In spite of the numerous projects going on across the nooks and crannies of our state, I have never heard of any serious disturbance from any community that has led to any stoppage of work. And that is testimony to the goodness of God and to the peace, stability and development and therefore prosperity that has come to reign in all the parts of our State,” Dickson said.
In a message, the guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai stressed the need for people to always appreciate God’s blessings irrespective of their challenges as they are stepping stones in life.