Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, has honoured the overall winner of the state Essay Writing Competition, Africanus Noel, with the position of Child Commissioner for Education in the Ministry on Monday.
The appointment was made in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Informationng reports that while introducing the Child Commissioner to government functionaries in his office, the substantive Commissioner for Education, Hon Jonathan Obuebite assured that the Dickson-led government would continue to make appropriate investments in the education sector to guarantee a more secure and prosperous future.
Hon Obuebite said he initiated the Essay Writing Competition and Child Commissioner concept to serve as a motivational tool as well as promote creativity and healthy competition among students.
Hon Obuebite further noted that the initiative would enable the child commissioner to be acquainted with the art of government and leave a pleasant impression in the mind of the beneficiary.
In his response, the 14-year old Child Education Commissioner who is an SS1 student of the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, commended the Governor for establishing world class free boarding secondary schools across the state.
He made this comment while assuming office.
Noel said the quality of school infrastructure provided by the present administration does not only give Bayelsa students a sense of pride but also serve as a source of encouragement for them to work harder.
The child commissioner further identified lack of proper education and value orientation as the major cause for cultism, prostitution and other social vices in the country.