The Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, has warned Bayelsa students in secondary schools against cultism and use of drugs.
Governor Dickson charged the students to devote their creative energy to their studies to ensure that they excel in their external examinations.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the Governor as having made the comment at the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, on Saturday.
The Governor was addressing 1,200 SSS 3 students at the closing ceremony of the Academic, Mentoring and Leadership Training Programme, an intense academic preparation for the West Africa School Certificate Examination at the INA.
The state Government also presented awards to three students who performed excellently at the Programme.
Dickson charged the students of the model secondary schools in the state to excel in their academic pursuits to conquer the world in all fields of human endeavour.
He said that the WAEC result of the students who wrote the last West African School Certificate Examination indicated that the government’s policy to camp the students for the preparatory classes was very successful.
He assured the students of the readiness of the government to sustain the policy to pay the fees for external examination of all students in the state.
Governor Dickson stressed that the Restoration Government has an additional policy to combine its free education policy with the payment for all external examinations at the secondary school level.
“The idea of camping the students for intense preparatory classes was a great success. From the result of the last WEAC examination which we paid for, it was a huge success.
“Apart from free education, free boarding schools, we also have a policy òf paying for external examinations . The Government will pay for your exam fee. We have been doing that for almost seven years.
“Those who started this Programme last year did very well. Bayelsa had the least recorded infractions which means that our students were clean. We would like you to do better than your predecessors,” He said
The Governor warned those treating the Ijaw people with disdain to be conscious of the successes recorded by the children in education even as he told the children not to let down the people.
“For those who have been looking down on our people, who have been oppressing us, we have a message for you: the Bayelsa children, our Ijaw children are coming. I urge you not to let us down.”
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, said that the educational policies of the Restoration Administration such as the Tertiary Education Loan Board designed to grant access to tertiary education were being adopted by the Federal Government.
He said that a total of 7300 students would be admitted to the model secondary schools in the state in September.