WorldStage Newsonline-- Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson has conferred a Special Honorary Education Ambassador on the Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka, saying the decision was to attract goodwill and support to the state government’s initiatives in the educational sector.
Presenting a letter of the award to the celebrated literary icon at the weekend in Government House, Yenagoa, Dickson said the honour was in appreciation of Soyinka's achievements and democratization of knowledge across the world.
He said Soyinka’s exceptional accomplishments in the field of Literature and his irrepressible spirit in espousing the right values of socio-political theory and ethical standards, placed him in a good position to lead Bayelsa's fight against ignorance and poverty of the mind.
While calling for support from all people of goodwill within and outside the country, Dickson said that, the Education Development Trust Fund (EDTF) was initiated to stop the long years of underdevelopment and deprivation suffered by the people.
He appealed to the Nobel Laureate to use his clout to canvass support for the programme and assured prospective donors that funds realized would be used judiciously.
Dickson said: "Let me also appreciate you for your long years of commitment and dedication to the issues and causes affecting our people. And, you are still going on championing the cause for restructuring and bringing about a just and equitable world, Nigeria and the Niger Delta.
‘’I therefore have the honour to appoint you as a Special Honorary Education Ambassador of Bayelsa State. This appointment is made not only on account of your exceptional global profile and reckoning as a Noble Laureate but also for your well known love for our people and passion for the democratization of knowledge world-wide.
‘’It is my considered opinion that your exceptional accomplishments in the field of literature as well as your irrepressible spirit of espousal of the right values of socio-political propriety and ethical correctness stands you in good stead to fly the Bayelsa flag to fight against ignorance and poverty of the mind. It is therefore, my fervent hope that in your new role, you will enlarge the coast of the restorative educational programmes of the state government.’’
While accepting the conferment, Soyinka expressed appreciation for the honour done him and assured the state government that, he would do his best in advancing the cause of education in the state.