At least 21 Bayelsa State scholarship students have graduated from Lincoln University in the United States with one of them bagging a first class.
The state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, described them as worthy ambassadors and a pride to the state and their families.
A Government House statement said the students completed their studies and were certified graduates on Friday.
Dickson said he was particularly happy that one of the students made a first class and hailed others for their academic excellence.
He said following their accomplishments, they had carved a niche for themselves and placed the name of Bayelsa in the global map of states with exceptional and unique academic endowments.
Dickson also expressed his appreciation to the management of Lincoln University for their understanding and cooperation, despite the state’s inability to remit the needed school fees of the students, as and when due.
He, however, assured them that, with 500, 000 USD already released to the school, his government was making efforts to offset the balance within the shortest possible time.
The award by the eight million students for him was an icing just as he called on the federal government to conclusively conclude the programme. Irikefe, who later spoke with the media days after the event expressed joy for the unexpected honour.
“I sincerely appreciate this honour. I least expect this. I was encouraged into the project so as to be able to contribute my quota to the society and restoration of peace in our country. To a large extent, I am fulfilled, because recently, before God who is in heaven, I got a call, a couple of days ago that students numbering over eight million from the nine states of the Niger Delta and those in the Diaspora gave me an award, which turned out to be Niger Delta Personality of Inestimable Value, and Role Model for the Young Generation. That for me is a big achievement,” he said.