Photos:Otuoke Gets Ready To Receive Goodluck Jonathan


On Friday, Mr. Jonathan would begin his

journey back home from the seat of power in Abuja.

At the Government House Helipad in

Yenagoa, Mr. Jonathan would be received

by Seriake Dickson, the Bayelsa State

governor, and other top government

officials, according to Dan Kikile, the state’s

Commissioner for Information.

The former president, as he would then be

known, would be hosted to a civic

reception at the Gabriel Okara Cultural

Centre, before proceeding to his hometown

in Otuoke where he would be received by

chiefs and his kinsmen.

“The state government wants to use the

occasion to showcase the affection of

Bayelsa people to Jonathan and thank God

for successfully completing his tenure in

office,” Mr. Kikile said.

At the Dame Patience Jonathan Square in

Otuoke, a gathering centre for the

community, rows of plastic seats arranged

in a U-shape overlooks an open field that

measures 35 by 25 feet.

A handful of young men, in paint-smeared

overalls, add fresh coats of paint on rails

and beams while the women sweep the

dusty floors.

Outside the square, some youth unload

giant loudspeakers and other musical

equipment from a delivery truck.

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