The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has made Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, an Honourary Education Ambassador.
Dickson said the decision was to attract goodwill and support to the state government’s initiatives in the education sector, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Saturday.
The governor, who presented the letter of the Honorary Ambassadorial Award to the literary icon in Government House Yenagoa, said the honour was bestowed on Soyinka because of his achievements and democratisation of knowledge across the world.
According to him, 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, place him in a good position to fly the Bayelsa flag in the fight against ignorance and poverty of the mind.
Dickson said that the newly-established Education Development Trust Fund was targeted at breaking the long years of under-development and deprivations suffered by the people.
He appealed to Soyinka to use his clout to canvass support for the programme, while assuring prospective donors that any funds realised would be put to good use.
Dickson said, “Let me also appreciate you (Soyinka) for your long years of commitment and dedication to the issues and causes affecting our people. You are still championing the cause for restructuring and bringing about a just and equitable world in Nigeria and the Niger Delta.”
In his remarks, Soyinka expressed appreciation for the honour and assured the governor that he would do his best in advancing the cause of education in the state.
The highlight of the brief ceremony was the presentation of a souvenir to Soyinka by Dickson.