The Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Seriake Dickson says rivers play significant roles in the life and wellbeing of the Ijaw people.
Dickson after his regular exercise and swimming at River Focados on Thursday morning in Toru Orua, in Sagbama LGA told newsmen that he was happy to be home to connect with the source of the livelihood of his people.
According to him, once in in while, I always swim in this River and I also teach my children how to swim
‘and most if them can also swim in this River now.
Dickson while highlighting the significance of River to the Ijaws, noted that ” the life of an Ijaw man is embedded in the Rivers.
”Rivers means so much to the Ijaw people unlike other people who see Rivers as flowing body if water or even stagnant body of waters.
”Rivers means more than a body if flowing waters to the Ijaw people. River is our life.
”So anyone talking of doing anything about our Rivers should know that he is talking about our very source of our being.”
”Rivers Forcados means so much to us and indeed all the Rivers means so much to the Ijaw people.
”The Ijaw man lives on water, drink water, goes to the market, farm on water, fights on water infact does everything on water.”
The former gôvernor who recalled how he grew up in Toru Orua community, in Sagbama where River Focados is located, said he was born and brought in the community.
‘His words:” I was born here, my father was also born here. My great grand father founded this community over 120 years ago.
”As I grew up in this community, every four days our mothers until now have number of route they use to paddle canoes from here to the market. They paddle canoes from here to fish.
”And our fathers will paddle canoes from here to marry wives and bring them with their canoes.
”So the totality of the life of an Ijaw man sleeps on the river.
”Though we are on land, but we are also on River. These Rivers have lots of history.
”Great things have happened to our people over the years.Wars were fought on these Rivers.
”The totality of our lives are embedded in these Rivers, our heritage, our history, even significant part of our language.
”So every Ijaw man has connection with the water.”