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Thursday, 18 October 2012

GOV DICKSON TASKS NEW AGRIC DEV BOARD TO DIVERSIFY STATE’S ECONOMY BEYOND OIL AND GAS


A 12 member board of the Bayelsa State Agricultural Development Company Limited has been formally inaugurated with a mandate to diversify the state’s econ...See More
GOV DICKSON TASKS NEW AGRIC DEV BOARD TO DIVERSIFY STATE’S ECONOMY BEYOND OIL AND GAS
A 12 member board of the Bayelsa State Agricultural Development Company Limited has been formally inaugurated with a mandate to diversify the state’s economy beyond oil and gas.Inaugurating the board at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Seriake Dickson said the company was inco
rporated by his administration not just to guarantee food sufficiency after the flood but to devise ways of creating value added chain in massive food production for local consumption and export.
To this end, Governor Dickson charged members of the board to develop a blueprint within the shortest possible time on how the state could be involved in food production particularly in crops such as cassava, plantain, banana and fisheries as well as establish large storage facilities that would be second to none in the world.Describing agriculture as dear to government in its restoration agenda, the Governor noted that if the Agricultural Firm succeeds Government would have made tremendous impact in stimulating the local economy and create job opportunities for the people.He remarked that Government had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a foreign technical partner for the cultivation and processing of cassava for local consumption and principally for export.
Bayelsa, according to the Governor is endowed with vast arable land to drive revolutionary agriculture in the state and expressed optimism that in the next one year, the Peremabiri Rice Farm will be resuscitated.“We are actually an agrarian people as much as we are fishermen, we also have vast expanse of land that can support massive investment in agriculture” Governor Dickson remarked.Expressing his administration’s desire to establish an equivalent of the Songhai Farms in the state, Governor Dickson noted that the Agricultural Company would have subsidiaries and a warehouse established in each Local Government area of the state.
He pointed out that the company is also expected to secure certification from international bodies for the state’s produce which would be bought off from local farmers.Air Vice Marshall Larry Koinyan (Rtd) is to serve as Group Chairman of the board while Izonebi Rodger Obubo is the Group Managing Director. Other members are, Reverend Otokolo Willie Dan, Dr Aziba Alaguo Seibofa, Professor Ebi Ngodigha and Mr Gilbert Adeh.The rest are, Dr Ebinimi Joe Ansa, Chief Ekpein Appah, Chris Alagoa, Dr Edward Spiff, Professor Steve Azaiki and President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Abiye Kuroyemieama.Responding, Group Chairman of the board, Rtd AVM Larry Koinyan assured Governor Dickson of their determination to work towards actualizing the vision of government in the Agricultural sector.
Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa state.

NEW CCDA BOARD TOLD TO REVIEW YENAGOA MASTER PLAN TO CONFORM WITH CURRENT REALITIES


The Board of the State Capital City Development Authority [CCDA] has been inaugurated with the members charged to readjust, review and renew the Yenagoa mas...See More
NEW CCDA BOARD TOLD TO REVIEW YENAGOA MASTER PLAN TO CONFORM WITH CURRENT REALITIES
The Board of the State Capital City Development Authority [CCDA] has been inaugurated with the members charged to readjust, review and renew the Yenagoa master plan to conform to current realities on ground, including the floods.Governor Seriake Dickson, who handed down the charge to the board members at the Execu
tive Council Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa noted that the board has the primary responsibility to plan the critical infrastructures in the state capital and its environs in the aftermath of the flood that has ravaged many communities and damaged key infrastructures across the State.
According to him, government has a duty to make Yenagoa a befitting state capital away from its deplorable condition and therefore directed the board to begin work immediately and make it better.“It is a slum, and we have a duty to take it out of its deplorable state.“We were in a hurry to build and did not do any proper planning”, the governor noted.
Hon. Dickson informed the members that the new assignment, which is a statutory one, has provided a platform to safeguard and redesign the Yenagoa metropolis to guard against future reoccurrence of flood and other natural disasters.He said: “A lot of tough decisions need to be taken, when you take decisions which are in interest of the state and government will support you”.
Reminding the members that government’s desire is to build a well-planned state capital, informed the establishment of the ministry of capital city development, the governor urged the board members to work with the commissioner for capital city development who has been delegated to co-ordinate its affairs.In his response, the board chairman, CCDA, Engineer Charles Dorgu expressed gratitude to the Governor for the opportunity given them to serve the state noting that the charge given to them will be carried out while promising its preparedness to rise up to the challenge.
Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

GOV DICKSON CHARGES INFRASRUCTURE COMMITTEE ON CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF CRITICAL PUBLIC FACILITIES


Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has urged all ministries, departments and agencies handling construction-related projects for which contractors are yet to be mobilized to complete the documentation of such contracts before the end of this month.Governor Dickson issued this directive while inaugurating the Chairman and members of the State Infrastructure Advisory Committee at the Executive Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa.
The Governor, who lamented the setbacks his administration’s ambitious programmes have suffered as a result of the ravaging flood, said the directive has become imperative as Government is fully set to immediately continue with both ongoing and new projects.While calling for understanding from the contractors, Governor Dickson assured that Government will do everything possible to mobilize them to site as soon as the floods recede.
In his charge, Governor Dickson urged the 16-member committee to advise Government on how to construct and maintain its critical public facilities in the State.The Governor also charged the committee to conduct a baseline study of the entire state and furnish Government with statistics on the highest water levels.Knowing the topography of the State, Governor Dickson said he had since conceptualized the idea of setting up the committee even before assuming office, pointing out that the magnitude of the current flood disaster reinforces its significance.

Expressing confidence in the committee, Hon Dickson also enjoined them to look into issues of concessioning, adding that government alone cannot single-handedly build all the state-of-the-art infrastructures it intends to build for the State.“From time to time we will like to have reports and advice in terms of the priority of our public infrastructure and also in terms of issues that have to do with concessioning because the state does not have the resources on our own to do all the construction that we really need”.Responding, Chairman of the infrastructural advisory committee, Engineer Charles Dorgu thanked the Governor for giving them the opportunity to serve the state especially at a time when it is experiencing the worst flood disaster.He assured that the committee will live up to expectation by providing the necessary professional expertise needed for the infrastructural development of the state.

The committee has Engineer Charles Dorgu as chairman, while the commissioner for works and infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewrudjakpor is to serve as its secretary.Professor Telimoye Oguara is the vice chairman of the committee, with the commissioners for environment, lands and survey, water resources as well as special duties as ex-officio members.Other members are HRH Iboro Ige Idaba, Engr. Paul Aboyo, Engr. Charles Ambaiowei and Engr. Ebi Wodu.The committee also has Engr. Igonibo Igodo, Dr. (Mrs). Ongoebi Etebu, Chief Mathew Karimu and Surveyor. Wilson Omubo as well as the Surveyor-General of the state, Ebisintei Awudu.
Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

BAYELSA GOVT DECLARES N17BILLION AS INCOME FOR AUGUST 2012


The Bayelsa State Government has declared N17, 974,746,254.60K as income for the month of
August 2012, from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC.

Governor Seriake Dickson explained that the figure was high as a result of special refund received from the Federal Government.

On the directive of the State Governor, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Duate Iyabi gave
a breakdown of the income at the monthly Transparency Initiative Press Briefing
in Yenagoa, the State Capital.

According to the Commissioner, deductions at source stood at N3.2 billion out of which
Bond deduction amounted to N1.2 billion while Deduction of Foreign Loans came up to
N12.4 million.
Mr. Iyabi further noted that, a refund of Over-payment Derivation Indices of N187.8 million
was made, while N219.2 million was also deducted as 13% Derivation Indices Recovery,
while a payment of January/ February 2012 Recovery stood at N854 Million.

A deduction of N83 million for Agriculture loan scheme was also made, leaving a balance of
N14.6 billion.
On Expenditure, the Commissioner for Finance explained that N923 million was made
as Bank Loan repayment while N200 million was for Internal Revenue deductions.
According to him, Civil Servant Salaries came up to N3 billion and that of Political
Appointees amounted to N280 million, N250 million was for gratuity payments and
N936 million was for Monthly Overhead Payments, further leaving a balance of
N7.4 Billion.
On the special refunds, Mr. Iyabi explained that the total amount received was N7.3
Billion.
A breakdown of the figure according to Mr. Iyabi, indicated that refunds on the bond issued was N1.9 Billion while special refunds from the Federal Government on recoveries amounted to N5 billion.

Mr. Iyabi also explained that N27 billion was utilized for capital payments adding that on
the whole, the State had a retained balance of
N26.4 billion.