Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Government in Bayelsa State has concluded plans to begin a robust sensitization programme on the need for eligible voters in the state to choose the right kind of leaders.
The sensitization programme which will begin in August will include series of social and electronic media engagement, particularly in the various local languages.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson disclosed this in Yenagoa during a visit to some private media organizations in the state.
Iworiso-Markson said it is important to start the conversation of having credible people run and win elective positions in order to sustain the legacies of the present administration.
According to him, what has counted positively for the state in the last six years is the stable, committed and focused leadership of the restoration government led by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, that has clearly delivered on its core mandate.
He therefore called on the people to get ready and use their PVCs to vote in people with the right attitude that will be driven by the passion for service and not greed, inordinate ambition and other parochial interests.
The Commissioner warned that if the people show apathy in the electoral process, those whose DNA is filled with violence and rogue mentality will take over the state and change its current narrative.
”Bayelsans must use their democratic privilege to ensure that we don’t go back to Egypt. Those who have made us suffer underdevelopment must not be allowed to come back. So the coming elections are very critical to us as a government.
“We want to begin the sensitization of our people, using the media. It is not just to register and obtain your PVCs for keeps. Bayelsans must come out and use their PVCs so that the right people will be elected to carry on the good works of Governor Dickson”.
He thanked the private media outfits for their support to the restoration government, especially the massive coverage they gave the just concluded town hall meetings on the public service reforms and urged them to continue to remain objective.
Iworiso-Markson assured them of the support and partnership of government as well a more conducive environment for their business, saying they remain critical to the sustenance of the nation’s democracy.
He equally charged them to compliment the effort of government by using their medium to lead the discourse on those who Bayelsans should vote as their representatives in the various elective positions, insisting that the media remains a strong tool to achieve that objective.
“We have come to thank you for the support you have continued to give to us. The town hall meeting is a good example. We saw the coverage and we are grateful. This is the kind of partnership we want, particularly as we move into the elections.
“Knowing how important the coming elections are, we want you to join in sensitizing our people. You have the platform to do that and so we enjoin you to walk in the same direction with the government to ensure that people of proven integrity are elected” he concluded.
The media outfits visited include; Royal FM/Royal TV, AIT/Raypower, Peoples FM, NTA, Silverbird/Rhythm and Radio Nigeria
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