Zuma also eulogised Dickson for investing in infrastructure and urged top investors in South Africa to take advantage of the conducive business environment provided in the state to invest in the littoral state.
The President also expressed the willingness of the South African Government to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Infrastructure Development Cooperation (IDC) of South Africa in November on capacity building.
While relishing the bond between Dickson and Bayelsans, the president enjoined the governor to sustain his love for his people because according to him, “a politician must always be in touch with his people because politics starts and ends with them.”
He promised to visit Bayelsa State next year. President Zuma dropped this hint last Friday in Pretoria when Dickson paid him a courtesy call.
The governor was in South Africa to interact with top investors and sign letters of cooperation with Naidoo and Associates Consulting Engineers and Construction Management Company and the Black Business Council which represents the fifth African Black Business Community.
The governor also inspected the Bayelsa State Development Corporation office billed to be commissioned in January. The governor thanked President Zuma for offering credible leadership to South Africans and Africa in general and conveyed the greetings of President Goodluck Jonathan to him.
Dickson informed his host that he was currently emulating his party, African National Congress (ANC) by running Bayelsa State from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Yenagoa at least once in every month.
He advised African leaders to go beyond, “political integration to integrate our people economically because it is when we build a strong economic base for our people that we can put food on their table.”
After the courtesy call, the governor and his team hosted the mega Investment Forum at the Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg where the potential of the glory of all lands were laid bare.