Non-indigenes in Bayelsa State have expressed happiness over their inclusion in the scheme of things in the state by the governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, saying it has given them a sense of belonging.
Speaking under the aegis of the Supreme Council for Non-Indigenes in Bayelsa State, they commended Dickson for appointing seven of them as special assistants on non-indigene affairs, drawn from the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Rising from a stakeholders meeting in Yenagoa where issues pertaining to developing appropriate strategies towards enhancing the well-being of non-indigenes in the state were discussed, Ade Bakare expressed delight over the giant strides of the governor in the state.
Bakare noted that the governor has done well in infrastructural development, fostering a peaceful environment for commerce, and improving the quality of education in the state.
One of the special assistants, Douglas Koko, who was appointed to be in-charge of the south-south, urged members of the association to be united and support the present administration's programmes and policies to fast-track the socio-economic development of the state.
Leaders of the group praised the fraternal relationship among members, enjoining them to sustain same by rejecting any attempt by anyone to cause disunity among members.
The non-indigenes in the state further declared their support and willingness to partner with security agencies to expose criminal elements in their midst, calling their members to support the restructuring of a peaceful and united Nigeria.