The Governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, has removed Big Brother Naija housemate, Nengi Hampson, as the Face of Bayelsa Girl Child as the position now belongs to Ebizi Blessing Eradiri.
Miss Eradiri is the first female First Class graduate from the Faculty of Law at the Niger Delta University (NDU), a feat she repeated at the Nigerian Law School.
The governor had formerly honoured Nengi with three appointments. She was appointed a senior assistant to the governor of Bayelsa State, an ambassador of Girls Child, and the face of Bayelsa State.
However, no reason was given by the governor for the change but it may be connected to the criticism drawn by the appointment of Nengi.
Some Nigerians had called for Eradiri, a Bayelsa-born First Class Law Graduate, who did not make only Bayelsans proud but the entire nation with her excellent performance at the Niger Delta University and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus.
Some also argued that Eradiri has distinguished herself and should be the ‘Role Model’ to Bayelsa Youths.
However, Governor Giri took the bold step and announced Ebizi Blessing Eradiri as the New Face of Bayelsa on Monday, January 11, 2021.
While receiving her and her father, Boloupaye Eradiri, at the Government House, Yenagoa, Diri also gave her automatic employment to lecture at the NDU’s Faculty of Law.
The governor assured her of the state government’s support in advancing her educational career in any university of her choice anywhere in the world.
Diri said the gesture was aimed at making her a role model for young girls in the state and the entire Ijaw nation to emulate.
He equally dismissed speculations, particularly on social media, about his government’s choice of honouring Miss Nengi Hampson of the last edition of Big Brother Naija, while refusing to recognise Eradiri, as false.
Diri, who expressed concern on the politicisation of issues in the state assured that his administration’s investments in the education sector would remain a top priority.
Describing Eradiri as a brilliant and rising star, the governor congratulated her for making history and bagging first-class honours not only at the NDU but also at the Nigerian Law School.
He also sought the Federal Government assistance towards the young lawyer’s development beyond what the state government could offer to enable her to add value not only to her state but the entire country.
Speaking, the Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Clan, King Bubaraye Dakolo, said they were proud of the breakthroughs of their daughter from primary to the tertiary level and that she deserved to be encouraged.
King Dakolo, who described Eradiri as exceptionally good, said she had won over 50 laurels from her primary to tertiary education level.
Responding, Miss Eradiri expressed gratitude to Governor Diri for the honour and attributed her success to God and her exposure to good educational infrastructure.
Eradiri currently serves as an Associate at Templars, a top tier law firm in Lagos. And for clinching the new role, the Governor awarded Eradiri an automatic Scholarship up to PhD and automatic employment as a lecturer in Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University.
Eradiri is a double First Class Lawyer – the first female from her University to have a First Class Honours in Law, and she graduated with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average in the history of her Faculty. She is also the first from her University to obtain a First Class Honours at the Nigerian Law School.
Some of Miss Ebizi Blessing Eradiri awards include:
1. Pioneer Double First Class Lawyer Prize, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, 2020
2. Overall Best Graduand, 2016/2017 Academic Session, Niger Delta University.
3. Best Graduating Law Student, 2016/2017 Academic Session, Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University.
4. Customary Court of Appeal, Bayelsa State Prize for Best Graduand in Faculty of Law, 2016/2017 Academic
Session, Niger Delta University.