By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, yesterday, said his administration’s investment in education helped to reduce militancy and insecurity in the state, saying Bayelsa has become one of the most peaceful states, as well as one of the top in education index, in the country.
Governor Dickson spoke while receiving the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, in Yenagoa, to perform the ground breaking and foundation laying ceremony of 16 Brigade Barracks of the Nigeria Army, dubbed “Camp Buratai.”
According to Dickson, “we fight insecurity in vain if we do not first educate our people, particularly our youths, to be empowered enough to reason beyond their noses; to properly know and situate the evil of crime, criminality and insecurity in the society.
“That is why in Bayelsa, we deliberately democratise knowledge by sponsoring many Bayelsans and Ijaw outside the state; by building world class educational infrastructure, more schools across the state and making education free and compulsory with boarding facilities.
“This is because we know our efforts at tackling insurgency, militancy and other security challenges in the country will not make much impact without addressing illiteracy, which we believe is their root cause.”
The governor, who called for more collaboration between the state and Nigeria Army on security, commended the Chief of Army Staff for the establishment of 16 Brigade as well as the collaborative efforts of the Nigerian Engineering Corps at the Agge Deep Sea Port, which he noted would enhance security and investments.
The governor promised the state government support in building its proposed Army Children School, Officers Mess, among others, at the new 16 Brigade Barracks.
In his remarks, Lt. Gen. Buratai commended Dickson for his giant strides in the development of the state, particularly in security, education and infrastructure.