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THE  Governor of Bayelsa State says although he does not support the break up of Nigeria sensitive issues raised in the front burner have to be addressed.
He made the disclosure while speaking at a grand programme organised by the Bayelsa State government with the theme “A Day with Nobel Laureate and Literary Icons” at the Ijaw National Academy commissioned by former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
The Ijaw nation, he said, has fed Nigeria for over 60 years without commensurable returns to the state, adding that what they call oil bloc is the portion of land taken from Ijaw people, even as he told the students that the land is their heritage.
Dickson said “what is going on in your backyard, oil blocs, pollution and emission of toxic waste that has desecrated your environment, I call it environmental terrorism and injustice, feel free to ask questions, negotiate and do not let anybody intimidate you, that is why we invested in education as a weapon to fight intimidation and oppression.

The Governor posited that nobody would tell Bayelsans that they have nothing to negotiate, because there are so many things to negotiate, regretting that the state by decree was created with eight councils while some other have over 40 councils is unacceptable, adding that Bayelsa get less than one-quarter of what these states get, even as he noted that it accounted for councils’ inability to pay up salaries of workers because the state does not have control over what it produces.
Said he “if I have been able to build the Ijaw National Academy and several other infrastructures with scarce resources in a time of recession, you can imagine what I would have done if we are given our full entitlement or allowed to control our resources, the state would have looked like Dubai.''
 Also speaking at the event on the restructuring of Nigeria on Friday was Nigeria's  Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, who said it was wrong to say that the country’s structure should be left the way it is and non-negotiable.


Corroborating Soyinka’s position, Governor Seriake Dickson said there was a need to negotiate cohabitation just as he said he has some reservations as to the anticipated break-up of Nigeria.

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