Bayelsa State Government has approved a state emblem, anthem and coat of arms to mark and strengthen a sense of identity for the people of the state in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the state.
It said the decision was informed by the administration’s stand on Ijaw mobilisation, Ijaw integration and the need to promote Ijaw fundamental interests.
Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in a statement, yesterday, said: “The decision was taken at the end of the 7th meeting of the State Executive Council. The State Executive Council approved a flag, state anthem and coat of arms for Bayelsa State, which will reflect the colours and symbols of the Ijaw nation and it will be put to use as soon as Governor Seriake Dickson, gives his accent to the law, which had just been passed by the state House of Assembly.
“This decision also underscores government’s belief that this state, like any other state, is where the Ijaw, the fourth largest ethnic nationality, has as its home. Bayelsa is home to all Ijaw both at home and abroad. The emblem, therefore, will help serve as a unifying force and rallying point for all our people.
“It says a lot about the preservation of our culture, our essential values as a people and as a race. These are the qualities that distinguished us and makes us who we are – proud, great people of the Ijaw Nation.”
Culled from Vanguard on AUGUST 9, 2012·