Rivers state Accord Party governorship candidate, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs has pledged to make the education of Rivers youths and the next generation of Rivers state children the prime responsibility of his administration, when he becomes the governor of Rivers state in 2019.
Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs made this pledge, when the leadership of the entire Rivers State students community paid him a courtesy call, at his campaign office in Port Harcourt, even as he stressed that the commitment to educating, empowering and building youth capacity was his main motivation for contesting the 2019 elections.
The Rivers state Accord Party Gubernatorial candidate, who decried the debilitating state of public schools in Rivers State and lamented the unfortunate situation where bursaries and other forms of assistance and opportunities have been denied students of tertiary institutions, assured the group that one cardinal point of his government, when given the mandate by Rivers people, would be the revamping and reinvigorating of all state schools and educational institutions in the state.
He said: “I live for the young people. You are the reason why I am contesting this election. The election of 2019 is about you. It is about your future. The only reason you will want to vote for Dumo Lulu-Briggs is because you believe that the Government of Dumo Lulu-Briggs will translate into an improvement of your living standards,” he charged them.
Speaking further, the popular Rivers politician recalled how the Rivers state of old was a place where young people drew inspiration and followed up their dreams because the society was caring and gave the young people hope, adding that in those days the institutions were effective and as an undergraduate at the Ahmadu Bello University he never had to bother about his bursary because the then Rivers state government made sure that his bursary was paid promptly and regularly, a situation which was a far cry from what obtains in Rivers State today.
“I did my University first degree at Ahmadu Bello University and for the whole four years I spent in Maiduguri, I never came to Port Harcourt once to ask for my bursary. My bursary was paid to me right there in Maiduguri. In this same Rivers state. So I was astounded when you talked about no bursary, no opportunities. I can understand what you mean because if I didn’t get the opportunities I would not be where I am today. Rivers state was caring in those days.
“We may not be able to rekindle the society of old but we must do the most we can to care especially for those who live in the shadows of life.
“It is not how much money we have saved up in bank accounts that will guarantee you a decent future. It is the institutions we strengthen that will hold all your aspirations. So for me as Dumo Lulu-Briggs, I have sworn eternal fidelity to the pursuit of a just cause for every Rivers Man, woman and child,” he promised.
Harping more on the nature of governance and the need for Rivers people, particularly the young people to get involved as volunteers and participants in the political and election process, Dumo Lulu-Briggs took a swipe at the present leadership which has not only failed to empathise with the people but has sadly displayed the incapacity to harness the enormous potentials inherent in Rivers State.
He said: “People in government can no longer simulate a grief they do not feel and an affection they do not bear. But you will also not blame them as they have done the best they can so we must not begrudge anybody for the situation we have found ourselves in. However, we have a responsibility to recover our state and give back to us that which God has given to us.
“Rivers people and Rivers state has enormous potentials and you have to take ownership of this elections. You are not just voting for Dumo Lulu-Briggs You must take it as though each and every one of us is on the ballot and that when you cast your votes you are actually voting for your future. And when we get into government, our scorecard will not only be for the number of roads we have built but most importantly, for the number of people we have taken out of poverty into prosperity. The education of every Rivers person is an irreducible minimum. It is an enforceable right for every Rivers person to be educated by the Rivers state government.
“The suffering in the land is too much. People need a government that will work for every Rivers man, woman and child. We know exactly the issues that confront us today and we have a clear vision of how to get us out of where we are today into that prosperity that all of us so badly desire. I thank God that I know the things to do and I have the desire to do the things that must be done,” he said confidently.
While urging them to always be prayerful for the divine guidance and protection for those who are willing to offer proper leadership to the people, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs assured the students that he will run an accessible government which would not only listen to the students, but most importantly ensure that as leaders of tomorrow, appropriate structures would be put in place to prepare them both for leadership and for the future, even as he promise to address some of their immediate needs as a demonstration of the commitment to their requests and pledged that he would as a leader, subdue his passion and control his appetite, stressing that it is time to do the peoples work and he would take that work seriously.
Earlier, the heads of the delegation of over 100 Rivers state student leaders who came for the courtesy visit had intimated Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs of some of the challenges which the students faced, including harassment, victimization, mobilization and mobility, non-payment of bursaries despite the state being one of the richest in Nigeria, shabby treatment of students by successive governments over time and the deliberate bureaucratic frustrations students encounter in their efforts to interact with the leadership of the state, the insecurity in the campuses and how students lives are put in danger, as well as the decaying infrastructure in most state universities amongst other issues raised.
The Rivers state students leaders recalled the wonderful philanthropic works of High Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs especially in areas such as education, health and human capacity development through skills acquisitions and training, and equally applauded the good works of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, particularly in his contributions to youth development through programs like the Google Training, the various outreaches of the Dumo Lulu-Briggs Youth Foundation (DYF23) towards students training, paying of school fees, accessibility to JAMB and WAEC forms, and all round students development, training and welfare amongst others.
They then pledged their readiness to support the Accord Party candidate by ensuring that all nooks and crannies of Rivers State campuses will be canvassed and students will be conscientized to ensure victory, adding that they would work hard to make sure all those who have PVC’s, who vote in Rivers State will vote Accord party, and while assuring that it was now time to fight for a better future for the Rivers State youth, praised Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs who they described as a leader and not just an ordinary politician, and expressed their unshakable belief that with Dumo Lulu-Briggs as governor the lot of the Rivers State students and youths will be positively revolutionized through dedicated policies aimed at equipping the youths with all tools and skills to compete favorably worldwide in bringing up creative, innovative, ground breaking results in all sectors of the Nigerian society, all of which would help mould youths that will make Rivers State a proud state.
Highlight of the meeting between Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs and the delegation of the student community of Rivers State, which was made up of reputable heads of organisations, heads of campuses and national leaders and led by past Student Union Government President of University of Port Harcourt, Comrade Chukwu Endwell, who was also the spokesman of the group, President of the National Union of Rivers State students (NURSS) Comrade Patrick Ogbuehi, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) leader, Comrade David Barineka, as well as the present SUG President of the University of Port Harcourt, Comrade Loveday ThankGod Sobari, amongst others, was the observance of a one minute silence in memory of High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, the father of Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who passed on recently.
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