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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

"BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR" WILL SOON COME ON STREAM

"BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR" WILL SOON COME ON STREAM

A radio and Television programme titled " SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR" will soon come on stream for people to discuss the contributions of the social media to the Restoration Administration. 

The objectives of the programme include but not limited to the following: 

Highlight the contributions of the Social Media Unit to the Restoration Administration

Spotlight the Transparency & Accountability profile of government with very visible examples.

Create a platform for uniting Social Media Practitioners to rally round the Restoration Administration.

Enlighten people on the do’s and don’t’s of Social Media as pertaining to Bayelsa State and thereby debunk innuendos, fill policy gaps and dispel misinformation. 

Project and canvass support for the policies and programmes of the Restoration Government

The programme will be the toast of youths in Bayelsa State and beyond. Bloggers, facebookers and writers of repute will be invited to explain down-to-earth the achievements of government sector by sector, Ministry by Ministry and programme by programme and LGA by LGA. The policy thrust of Government will also be x-rayed. It will produce a repertoire of evidence on the progress made so far by the Restoration Administration. The programme will also enable the public to track the progress of the Administration. It will be as interactive as possible. 

Courtesy: Bayelsa Social Media Committee

BAYELSA DELEGATION VISITS PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, COMMISERATES WITH FIRST FAMILY


An official delegation from Bayelsa State led by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has visited the Presidential Villa in Abuja to condole with the Nation’s first family on the death of the Mother of Dame (Dr.) Patience Jonathan.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Hon. Dickson noted that they in the Villa to express their condolences to the President and his dear wife over the sudden and untimely demise of Sisi Oba.

The Governor described the unfortunate incident as a big loss not just to the first family, to the Government and people of Bayelsa, adding that she was a mother to all.While praying for the eternal repose of the soul of the departed, the Governor prayed God to comfort the First Family and assured them that, the entire State was fully behind them in this trying period.

Responding, President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the delegation for coming to identify with them in their moment of grief.The President described the departed as a very peaceful and contented Woman, who hardly complained of anything, noting that she was so dear to the family and that is why her death is so painful.

Bayelsa delegation also had former governor of the State, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, King AJ Turner, King Edmund Daukoru, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Chairman, Traditional Rulers Council, King Godwin Igodo and some members of the National Assembly from the State. 

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State
30/07/2013

DICKSON’S COMMITTEE ACHIEVES MAJOR BREAK THROUGH, AS AGGRIEVED MEMBERS WITHDRAW SUIT STOPPING PARTY CONVENTION

DICKSON’S COMMITTEE ACHIEVES MAJOR BREAK THROUGH, AS AGGRIEVED MEMBERS WITHDRAW SUIT STOPPING PARTY CONVENTION 

30/07/2013
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Reconciliation Committee chaired by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has started yielding positive results. This follows the decision of some of its members (plaintifs) to discontinue the suit seeking to stop the forthcoming PDP national convention.

The decision to discontinue the case with Suit No. CV/2418/13, which was brought before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Apo, Abuja headed by Justice Suleiman Belgore by three aggrieved PDP members- Abba K . Yale, Yahaya A. Sule and Bashir Maidugu, is seen as a major break through by the Governor Dickson led Committee. 

Counsel to the plaintiffs, FN Nwosu filed an application yesterday withdrawing the matter paving the way for Dickson’s committee to amicably address their grievances, since his clients had requested for the discountinuance of the matter.

In his submission before the court, Barr. Nwosu stated that, the most logical thing to do was to strike out the suit as well as save the PDP from unnecessary delays in the conduct of its National convention. Justice Belgore however, adjourned hearing on the suit to to September.

In a joint press statement signed by the plaintiffs, they pledged to support and cooperate with the committee and all other agencies of the PDP in order to have a hitch-free national convention of the party.

They also praised Governor Dickson for brokering peace amongst aggrieved members of the party and urged all party faithfuls that had ditched the party to take advantage of the window provided by the Dickson led committee to reappraise their stance in the interest of the party.

Even though the case has been adjourned to September 23, political analysts have described the move persuading aggrieved party members to drop their suit as a commendable feat by the Reconciliation Committe to reposition the PDP. 

Meanwhile, the Committe has expressed appreciation to members for their understanding, noting that, they have by their actions demonstrated that, they are true and committed party faithfuls.While. 

Renewing his call on other aggrieved members of the PDP to sheathe their swords by embracing the peace efforts of the committee, Hon. Dickson assured party faithfuls of his committee’s preparedness to amicably resolve every individual and collective differences and ensure the smooth delivery of the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. 

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

GOV DICKSON PUSHES VACATION FORWARD FOR PRESSING STATE AND NATIONAL DUTIES

GOV DICKSON PUSHES VACATION FORWARD FOR PRESSING STATE AND NATIONAL DUTIES

30 July 2013.
Due to very pressing State and National assignments, His Excellency Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has moved his 3 weeks annual vacation to take effect from the 15th of August, 2013.

The leave had been planned to commence from the 5th of August, 2013.

According to a Government House statement, the decision to move the date was among other things informed by the Governor's present role as Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee, the need for expeditious attention to the committee's job and other pressing state duties.

The leave itself is going to be a working leave as he is expected to break up at some intervals to attend to pressing issues at both State and National levels.

The statement expressed gratitude to Bayelsans for their understanding and cooperation, stressing that, the Governor will remain focused and will not be distracted in the implementation of his administration's restoration programme to the people of the State.

GOV DICKSON EULOGIZES DIETE SPIFF, AS TWON-BRASS MONARCH CLOCKS 71

GOV DICKSON EULOGIZES DIETE SPIFF, AS TWON-BRASS MONARCH CLOCKS 71
30/07/2013
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has congratulated the Amayanabo of Twon-Brass, HRM King Alfred Papapriye Diete-Spiff as he clocks 71.

In a statement, the Bayelsa State Governor described King Diete Spiff as a role-model, pace-setter and a patriotic leader, who demonstrated enormous courage and vision as pioneer Military Governor of old Rivers State to translate his dreams for the new State at the time to reality.

He also commended his humble disposition, stressing that as a Governor at the age of 25 in 1967, when old Rivers State was created, King Diete-Spiff never allowed his exalted position to becloud his good intentions for his people, but listened to wise counsel and advice in administering the young State to enviable heights.

Governor Dickson recalled how the sound and people oriented programmes and policies of his administration laid the foundation for what is today Rivers and Bayelsa States as well as turned Port Harcourt to one of the best State capitals and Rivers State the cynosure of all eyes in all ramifications at the time.

“Even at the age of 71, you have not relented in rendering quality service to our people. You have regularly answered the clarion call to contribute and give wise counsel to successive leaderships of our dear State from creation in 1996 to date and our Nation.Many years after you served our people as Governor of old Rivers State, you are still revered and appreciated, because you were truly exceptional in many ways”

As you celebrate 3 scores and eleven, on behalf of a grateful State and people, I pray God Almighty to continue to grant you sound health and mind to continue to contribute meaningfully to the development of our State. 

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

"BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR" WILL SOON COME ON STREAM

"BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR" WILL SOON COME ON STREAM

A radio and Television programme titled " SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR" will soon come on stream for people to discuss the contributions of the social media to the Restoration Administration. 

The objectives of the programme include but not limited to the following: 

Highlight the contributions of the Social Media Unit to the Restoration Administration

Spotlight the Transparency & Accountability profile of government with very visible examples.

Create a platform for uniting Social Media Practitioners to rally round the Restoration Administration.

Enlighten people on the do’s and don’t’s of Social Media as pertaining to Bayelsa State and thereby debunk innuendos, fill policy gaps and dispel misinformation. 

Project and canvass support for the policies and programmes of the Restoration Government

The programme will be the toast of youths in Bayelsa State and beyond. Bloggers, facebookers and writers of repute will be invited to explain down-to-earth the achievements of government sector by sector, Ministry by Ministry and programme by programme and LGA by LGA. The policy thrust of Government will also be x-rayed. It will produce a repertoire of evidence on the progress made so far by the Restoration Administration. The programme will also enable the public to track the progress of the Administration. It will be as interactive as possible. 

Courtesy: Bayelsa Social Media Committee

Sunday, 28 July 2013

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PDP NATIONAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PDP NATIONAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE

The Ad Hoc Committee on Reconciliation established by the National Working Committee of the PDP under the able leadership of His Excellency, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, after its inaugural meeting on Thursday July 25th 2013, held its first business session on Friday July 26th 2013.

2. The Committee deliberated on, and appraised its terms of reference and identified strategies for handling this very important assignment of reconciling members and leaders of the party with particular focus on the Party’s chapters in States not presently controlled by the PDP. The Committee appreciates the enormous confidence reposed on its leadership and members. To this end, the Committee shall consult widely especially among the founding fathers of the party as well as leading stakeholders at all levels and across the country.

3. In executing its mandate the Reconciliation Committee therefore, resolved to conduct the exercise with the highest sense of responsibility, commitment to the core values of national unity and party cohesion while upholding individual and collective integrity of the Committee and the members. In order to ensure a smooth and credible reconciliation exercise, the Committee resolved that, its leadership and members shall be guided in the course of executing its mandate by the following, which shall collectively be regarded as the Committee’s Code of Conduct.

3.1. Confidentiality: The Reconciliation Committee’s work shall place

emphasis on utmost confidentiality of all matters brought to it. Members shall, ensure strict confidentiality of all information received by them or such information that may be processed by the Committee, its leadership or any of its organs (as may be established from time to time).

3.2. Strategic Communication: In order to boost the level of confidence among our members nationwide while this Committee undertakes its

assignment, no member shall interact with the media on any matter under consideration by the Committee, except with due approval by the

Committee or its leadership.

3.3 Neutrality: The Reconciliation Committee shall be committed to the

principles of neutrality. To this end, no member of the Committee shall serve in any Congress Committee in a State where such a member is an interested party. Similarly no member of the Committee shall hold any inappropriate meetings or contacts with any party member whose matter is under consideration of the Committee especially as regards to the subject- matter under discussion at the Committee.

3.4 Commitment to the Principles of Fairness: The Committee as a whole and its individual members shall be committed to the principles of

fairness to all parties. All party members to be reconciled shall be guaranteed the right to fair hearing.

4.0 In view of the INEC time-table for the imminent Governorship election in Anambra State, the Committee is conscious of the urgency to reconcile the various factions in the State chapter of the party. Similarly the Committee is concerned about the on-going challenges in the Ekiti State chapter of the party. We therefore accord reconciling party members in these States our top priority for now. Accordingly, we urge all PDP leaders and members in these States in particular, and the country in general, to refrain from all forms of hostilities in order to give the Committee the opportunity to do its work successfully.

5.0. The Committee also seizes this opportunity to call on all patty members at all levels, and irrespective of status, to refrain from comments, remarks, utterances or actions that may inflame tension among party members, and/or overheat the polity. This is important in order to create the needed atmosphere for genuine reconciliation.

Signed
Ambassador Umar Damagum

(Secretary of the Committee)


GOV DICKSON APPOINTS SHEHU OF BORNO AS CHANCELLOR OF STATE OWNED VARSITY


His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State and visitor to the Niger Delta University, has approved the appointment of a new Chancellor for the University.

He is His Royal Highness Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba El- Amin Elkanemi, the Shehu
of Borno. The appointment is with immediate effect.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State


Thursday, 25 July 2013

BAYELSA STUDENTS GET NEW BUS, AS GOV DICKSON PLEDGES GREATER INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION SECTOR


BAYELSA STUDENTS GET NEW BUS, AS GOV DICKSON PLEDGES GREATER INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION SECTOR

 25/07/2013
In fulfillment of an earlier promise to the Nigeria Union of the Bayelsa State Students Worldwide, (NUBSS), Governor Seriake Dickson has presented an 18-seater bus to the union to enhance its activities.
 
Represented by the Commissioner of Education, Chief Salo Adikumo at the Presentation ceremony in Government House, Yenagoa, the Governor noted that the vehicle would go a long way in boosting their security and welfare.
 
Governor Dickson called on the students to reciprocate the gesture and justify the huge investment made in their education by taking their studies seriously.
 
He also urged them to be good ambassadors of the state and respect constituted authority at all times, stressing that government would continue to strive to improve the educational sub sector.
 
Responding, President of the Nigeria Union of Bayelsa State Students Union Worldwide, Comrade Agbada S. Agbada, expressed delight at government’s magnanimity, describing the event as one of his happiest moments as leader of the union.   
 
Comrade Agbada, who observed that the gesture would add more prestige to the union, noting that NUBSS would continue to explore ways towards ensuring that their bursary allowances were paid.    
 
Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

GOV. DICKSON TO OPEN OFFICE TO COLLATE AND HARMONISE PROJECTS BY AGENCIES/COMPANIES, ALSO TO CHECK DUPLICATION OF PROJECTS

GOV. DICKSON TO OPEN OFFICE TO COLLATE AND HARMONISE PROJECTS BY AGENCIES/COMPANIES, ALSO TO CHECK DUPLICATION OF PROJECTS


25/07/2013
A Partnership Office is to be established soon in Bayelsa State to collate and harmonize all development needs of communities in the State. When established, it will also serve as a one stop office to equally authenticate and harmonize all development efforts being undertaken by interventionist agencies as well as check the duplication of projects.

Governor Seriake Dickson dropped the hint during a tripartite meeting between the state government, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC and Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC on the construction of the Ogbia and Nembe road project. “I like to thank SPDC and NDDC, which are our development partners for their initiative and investments over the years, particularly on this road and all the interventionist projects that are going on.

In this state we are establishing the Partnership Office and once it is functional, it will be a one stop office that will collate and harmonise all development needs of our communities and various efforts by the interventionist agencies they are handling.” When functional, the Governor explained that, all interventionist agencies would liaise directly with the partnership office and communities to streamline their activities. 

In his words: “This meeting has been summoned because we want to know the state of affairs of the Ogbia/Nembe road. I campaigned on the need to invest in critical infrastructure in this state and we are delivering on that” Governor Dickson explained that the meeting was convened for representatives of the companies involved in the execution of the Ogbia/Nembe road project to brief him on the position of the road to enable government intervene where necessary to ensure that the project is delivered on schedule. 

He stressed that it was necessary to move on to the next phase of the road project, which he described as the most expensive and challenging in order to ensure completion of the project within the stipulated time frame. 

While, pointing out that construction work was already ongoing on two senatorial roads, expressed concern over the delay of work on the Nembe-Brass road, stressing that, his administration was desirous of opening up the state to boost socio-economic activities. “We have the objective of hitting the Atlantic Ocean on three main fronts. 

The west through Ekeremor and Agge; that job is going on, the central through Yenagoa-Oporoma-Koluama-Ukubie, work is going on seriously as we speak but then our plans to get to the Atlantic in Brass cannot move further if we are not sure of a realistic time frame for the completion of the road already started from Ogbia to Nembe because the road we want to take is from Nembe to Brass. But even if that road is started and finished, it will be of no effect unless we first ensure that we can get to Nembe and that is why that project is very important to us.

In an interview with government house correspondents shortly after the meeting, Secretary to the state government, Prof. Edmund Alison Oguru, said the issues responsible for the delay on the project were discussed as well as ways and means to address the challenges. 

Also in his remarks, Chairman of the Directorate of Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Chief Walter Feghabo-Amain said the meeting deliberated on issues of compensation and local content employment. Chief Feghabo-Amain who doubles as chairman of the Project Monitoring Committee of the Ogbia/Nembe road noted that, compensation for those whose farms were affected by the project and the issue of employment for communities situated along the road would be addressed. 

In their separate interviews, representatives of SPDC, Mr. Evans Krukrubo, NDDC, Mr. Edi Orubo and the Project Manager of SETRACO, Senaka Rupanett, stated that the partners involved in the execution of the road have expressed commitment to the completion of the project in 2015.

Mr. Krukrubo said the SPDC was funding the project by 70% while the commissioner on the board of the NDDC, Mr. Orubo observed that the meeting would go a long way in improving the performance level of the commission as outstanding payments to it would be sorted out in the next one week. 

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

GOV. DICKSON TO OPEN OFFICE TO COLLATE AND HARMONISE PROJECTS BY AGENCIES/COMPANIES, ALSO TO CHECK DUPLICATION OF PROJECTS

GOV. DICKSON TO OPEN OFFICE TO COLLATE AND HARMONISE PROJECTS BY AGENCIES/COMPANIES, ALSO TO CHECK DUPLICATION OF PROJECTS


25/07/2013
A Partnership Office is to be established soon in Bayelsa State to collate and harmonize all development needs of communities in the State. When established, it will also serve as a one stop office to equally authenticate and harmonize all development efforts being undertaken by interventionist agencies as well as check the duplication of projects.

Governor Seriake Dickson dropped the hint during a tripartite meeting between the state government, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC and Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC on the construction of the Ogbia and Nembe road project. “I like to thank SPDC and NDDC, which are our development partners for their initiative and investments over the years, particularly on this road and all the interventionist projects that are going on.

In this state we are establishing the Partnership Office and once it is functional, it will be a one stop office that will collate and harmonise all development needs of our communities and various efforts by the interventionist agencies they are handling.” When functional, the Governor explained that, all interventionist agencies would liaise directly with the partnership office and communities to streamline their activities. 

In his words: “This meeting has been summoned because we want to know the state of affairs of the Ogbia/Nembe road. I campaigned on the need to invest in critical infrastructure in this state and we are delivering on that” Governor Dickson explained that the meeting was convened for representatives of the companies involved in the execution of the Ogbia/Nembe road project to brief him on the position of the road to enable government intervene where necessary to ensure that the project is delivered on schedule. 

He stressed that it was necessary to move on to the next phase of the road project, which he described as the most expensive and challenging in order to ensure completion of the project within the stipulated time frame. 

While, pointing out that construction work was already ongoing on two senatorial roads, expressed concern over the delay of work on the Nembe-Brass road, stressing that, his administration was desirous of opening up the state to boost socio-economic activities. “We have the objective of hitting the Atlantic Ocean on three main fronts. 

The west through Ekeremor and Agge; that job is going on, the central through Yenagoa-Oporoma-Koluama-Ukubie, work is going on seriously as we speak but then our plans to get to the Atlantic in Brass cannot move further if we are not sure of a realistic time frame for the completion of the road already started from Ogbia to Nembe because the road we want to take is from Nembe to Brass. But even if that road is started and finished, it will be of no effect unless we first ensure that we can get to Nembe and that is why that project is very important to us.

In an interview with government house correspondents shortly after the meeting, Secretary to the state government, Prof. Edmund Alison Oguru, said the issues responsible for the delay on the project were discussed as well as ways and means to address the challenges. 

Also in his remarks, Chairman of the Directorate of Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Chief Walter Feghabo-Amain said the meeting deliberated on issues of compensation and local content employment. Chief Feghabo-Amain who doubles as chairman of the Project Monitoring Committee of the Ogbia/Nembe road noted that, compensation for those whose farms were affected by the project and the issue of employment for communities situated along the road would be addressed. 

In their separate interviews, representatives of SPDC, Mr. Evans Krukrubo, NDDC, Mr. Edi Orubo and the Project Manager of SETRACO, Senaka Rupanett, stated that the partners involved in the execution of the road have expressed commitment to the completion of the project in 2015.

Mr. Krukrubo said the SPDC was funding the project by 70% while the commissioner on the board of the NDDC, Mr. Orubo observed that the meeting would go a long way in improving the performance level of the commission as outstanding payments to it would be sorted out in the next one week. 

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

BAYELSA SIGNS MOU WITH 9 FIRMS UNDER PPP FRAMEWORK TO ACHIEVE A PRIVATE SECTOR DRIVEN ECONOMY

BAYELSA SIGNS MOU WITH 9 FIRMS UNDER PPP FRAMEWORK TO ACHIEVE A PRIVATE SECTOR DRIVEN ECONOMY 

25/07/2013
Bayelsa State Government has signed a memorandum of Understanding with nine companies under the public private partnership (PPP) framework to accelerate its investment drive. 

The companies are Lagray Chemicals, USA, for the development of pharmaceutical products, DST Petroleum Ltd, for the establishment of a fertilizer plant in Brass, Octopol Energy Ltd for gas conversion and Goshen Treasures Ltd for the development of the Bayelsa Plastic Industry. 

Others are, KABLETECH Nigeria Ltd- manufacturing of electricity cables, Ugboduma and Sons Ltd-development of tourism city, Alyn Global Services Ltd, building of aquarium facility and Clinotech Tunkey Management, Canada for the production of quarry and other concrete works. 

Speaking at the signing of the agreements, Governor Seriake Dickson described the event as a step forward in the realization of the present administration’s vision to turn around the state’s economy to a private sector driven one rather than a private dominated economy. 

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Edmund Alison Oguru, the Bayelsa State Chief Executive noted that, the areas government intends to focus on include, oil and gas, agriculture, electricity and development of infrastructure to create employment and income to grow an economy that would be sustainable beyond oil and gas. 

To actualize this dream, he expressed government’s preparedness to collaborate with the private sector, stating that what the state needed most were investment partners and not just contractors.

Governor Dickson assured the investors that Government will continue to provide an investment friendly climate as evidenced in the current efforts being made to enthrone an enduring security.

In his words:” When we came in, we had some experiences; one of which is that over the years we have had instances where investors came into this state and promised to spend their own money but the government ended up footing the bills. What I will like to therefore caution is that the Bayelsa State of the present administration really wants not just contractors but development partners because of one or two bitter experiences.

“Those of you who have signed these memoranda of understanding should try as much as possible to be true development partners and not just contractors. On our own part, we want to assure you that we will create the enabling environment to enable you deliver on these investment proposals.”

The state Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr. Ayakeme Massah and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Francis Egele supervised the signing of the agreements. 

In their separate remarks, representatives of the various firms, commended the state government for opening a window of opportunity for them, noting that the PPP arrangement would go a long way in creating skills, jobs and economic prosperity. 

Representative of Lagray, Dr. Alexandra Graham said her organization would position the state to supply most of the essential medicine needs in a sustainable manner. 

Also, Dr. Bina Avery who stood in for the Goshen Treasure Ltd, said his company was partnering with technical experts from Czech Republic to revamp the state-owned Plastic Company.

According to him, Goshen Treasures Ltd is poised to establish a polymer science institute to train Bayelsans on plastic making, adding that talks are underway on the equity share ownership.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

MBGN TURNS BAYELSA INTO TOURISM HUB


MBGN TURNS BAYELSA INTO TOURISM HUB

The 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant (MBGN)has confirmed Bayelsa State as the new tourism destination in Nigeria as it successfully hosted over 2,000 local and foreign visitors in Yenagoa in an event won by 18 year old Miss Anna Ebiere Banner.

The newly crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, according to Silverbird Group,is expected to represent Nigeria in the Miss World Pageant later in the year in Jakartar, Indonesia.She was also handed a brand new car and appointed the Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism to the Bayelsa State Governor.

The event which was held at the Banquet Hall of the Bayelsa Government House in Yenagoa, was keenly contested by 32 contestants drawn from across the country. Miss Ebiere Banner defeated her closest rival, 19 year old Miss Imo State, Stephanie Okwu, to emerge the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria.

Okwu Stephanie emerged as  first runner up. Others include second runner up, (Miss Adamawa) Powede Lawrence was second runner up while Miss Kaduna, Enoma Agboniko, clinched third runner up.

Miss Abuja, Imelissa Devidal, who could have given the Bayelsa beauty a serious challenge for the coveted prize, emerged fourth runner up due to her poor showing in the question and answer session.

Bayelsa State,according to the Minister of Culture,Tourism and National Orientation, High Chief Edem Duke has also been chosen to host over 7,000 Nigerians and foreigners for the National Tourism,Arts and Culture Festival, the UNESCO UnderWater Community Conference for over 70 world experts for the African Centre for Underwater Imaging.

High Chief Duke said the 2013 MGBN is one of the most colorful and well attended events hosted in the country in recent time,”the successes recorded is brought about by partnership between Bayelsa and the Silverbird group.Dickson has become a great Icon of tourism.Tourism is one of the top three economic investments in the world.If we want to be among the top three economically viable countries and states,we better start doing what Bayelsa is doing.”

The toursim minister said the 2013 MGBN is a spectacle of colour and beauty. “It is a clear display of the beauty in the Nigerian Woman and the values of Woman.”

The event also witnessed the presentation of the Silver Bird Unique Personality Award to Nollyhood star actress, Mrs. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, for her contributions and consistency in acting and show biz.

Jalade-Ekeinde,who is also known for her pet project on Child Right advocacy,took the opportunity to slam the leadership of the National Assembly for the passage of a bill approving early marriage. She described the bill as a “death” sentence passed on a child instead of providing the Nigerian children with an enabling law that will ensure proper and quality education,health care and protection against paedophiles and sex criminals.

An elated host and Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson,while affirming his appointment of the Miss Nigeria as his Special Assistant on Tourism and State Ambassador on Tourism,said “Playing host to these two historic events, the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) and MBGN awards within a space of just four months gives credence to the fact that Bayelsa State is fast growing to become the next tourism hub of the country and Africa,”.

According to him, it was a testament to the existence of peace and security in the state, adding that his “restoration government is geared towards the promotion of gender equality as enunciated in the national gender policy of the country.” Dickson said his administration will ensure that lives and property of investors are secured, noting that investment on security would drive the state economy to greater heights.

Describing the contestants as  worthy ambassadors of Nigeria, Dickson saying 32 contestants had been in the state for the past two weeks and  had visited historic sites in Brass, the first oil well drilled in 1956 at OLOIBIRI  and other tourists sites.

In his speech,the Vice President of the Silver Bird group, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce, commended the Bayelsa State Government for the decision to sponsor the 2013 edition of the MGBN and said such sponsorship has exposed the beauty contestants to life-time memories that will be shared among family and friends for generations to come.

GOV. DICKSON BERATES OIL COMPANIES OVER NON-COMPLIANCE WITH BEST PRACTICES

24/07/2013
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has lent his voice in condemning oil producing companies for not conforming to international standards and best practices in their operations in the Niger Delta.
The Governor, who spoke in Yenagoa when the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Ambassador Bert Ronhaar paid him a courtesy call, observed that the application of double standards by multinational oil companies contributes significantly to the impoverishment of the environment and people of the region.
Hon. Dickson lamented the brazen manner resources of the Niger Delta are expropriated, pointing out that the level of environmental degradation occasioned by the operations of IOCs places the region on a precarious situation.
According to the Governor, the ecosystem and livelihood of people in the Niger Delta have been negatively impacted upon as a result of oil exploration and exploitation activities over the years.
Going down memory lane, Hon Dickson noted that the Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Company struck oil in commercial quantities at Oloibiri in Bayelsa State in 1956, but is today bereft of any meaningful development.
“We have major issues of how to combat flooding, erosion of our communities and damaged ecosystem.  There are also frightening scientific predictions that if urgent steps are not taken, most of the communities in the Niger Delta will be wiped away in the next couple of years.
“There is now a disconnect arising from the decades of what is perceived to be nonchalant attitude by the international oil companies.  The communities now see the operating companies as buccaneers who do not care about them and their conditions. Their (IOCs) concern is only the oil and not the people’s well-being.  The activities here are such that you have double standards in terms of adherence to environmental rules, regulations and procedures” he said.
Governor Dickson, who described the environment as the common heritage of mankind, vowed that his administration would not hesitate in joining forces with other stakeholders in championing the need for environmental rights and justice in the country.
According to him, “The environment has to be respected in the Niger Delta the same way it is protected and preserved in Europe and America; an oil spill is an oil spill wherever it occurs, whether it is in the Niger Delta or in the Gulf of Mexico”.
 While thanking the visiting Ambassador for his efforts in deepening diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the kingdom of the Netherlands, Hon. Dickson urged the envoy to prevail on oil companies particularly Shell to adhere to international operational standards.
He also called on the Ambassador to nominate credible consultants that could work with the government in the designing and construction of a sustainable drainage system that would enable the state overcome its flooding challenges.
Earlier in his remarks, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Ambassador Bert Ronhaar said he was in the state to discuss possible areas of collaboration that will strengthen bilateral ties between his country and the state.
Describing Bayelsa as a state that share a lot of similarities with Netherlands, the Ambassador enjoined people of the state not to see water as an enemy, stressing that there is so much to gain from it if properly harnessed.
Ambassador Ronhaar pledged his country’s readiness to partner with the state government by bringing in Dutch technocrats who possess the much needed technical expertise to combat the problem of flooding, erosion and other environmental challenges.
 
Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

GOV DICKSON HOLDS A TRIPARTITE MEETING WITH SPDC, NDDC....FOCUS ON OGBIA-NEMBE ROAD COMPLETION


A Tripartite meeting with SPDC, NDDC was organised by the Bayelsa State Government with aim of keeping abreast with the state of affairs on critical infrastructure within the State.

Gov Dickson said, our objective as a Government is to embark on massive development projects, which will stand the test of time. He spoke on the massive construction work on-going at Oporoma, Ekeremkor and Agei, which represents the (West), While Yenagoa, Poloama, Oporoma and Kubei, which represents the (Central) is speedily taking form.

Speaking further, Gov Dickson emphasized on the need to solidify plans on the proposed crossover from the Atlantic to Brass, as well as the speedy completion of the roads which has already commenced. He said , the Nembe-Brass road is one very dear and important to this Government.

He said, a partnership will be established as a one-stop office that will be used to harmonise and collate all developmental needs of our people at various Communities, as well as efforts of intervention agencies as soon as it is set up. The Governor said, the aim of this, is to create a direct line of communication with communities and agencies, in order to prevent a duplication of effort.

More emphasis was laid on the timeline for the completion of the roads, which will be beneficial to the people of the State. Gov Dickson said, he runs an open door Government and would like to be briefed on challenges or constraints, if any, as Government is fully ready to assist in every way possible. He said, Government is interested in the Completion of the Nembe road in no distant time, as the take-off of the second Phase which is more critical, can then commence in earnest.

In his closing remark, Gov Dickson said, due to the costly nature of this project, Government will be working with the private sector in order to harmonise our various positions and roles, aimed at delivering this laudable project.

GOV DICKSON HOLDS A TRIPARTITE MEETING WITH SPDC, NDDC....FOCUS ON OGBIA-NEMBE ROAD COMPLETION


A Tripartite meeting with SPDC, NDDC was organised by the Bayelsa State Government with aim of keeping abreast with the state of affairs on critical infrastructure within the State.

Gov Dickson said, our objective as a Government is to embark on massive development projects, which will stand the test of time. He spoke on the massive construction work on-going at Oporoma, Ekeremkor and Agei, which represents the (West), While Yenagoa, Poloama, Oporoma and Kubei, which represents the (Central) is speedily taking form.

Speaking further, Gov Dickson emphasized on the need to solidify plans on the proposed crossover from the Atlantic to Brass, as well as the speedy completion of the roads which has already commenced. He said , the Nembe-Brass road is one very dear and important to this Government.

He said, a partnership will be established as a one-stop office that will be used to harmonise and collate all developmental needs of our people at various Communities, as well as efforts of intervention agencies as soon as it is set up. The Governor said, the aim of this, is to create a direct line of communication with communities and agencies, in order to prevent a duplication of effort.

More emphasis was laid on the timeline for the completion of the roads, which will be beneficial to the people of the State. Gov Dickson said, he runs an open door Government and would like to be briefed on challenges or constraints, if any, as Government is fully ready to assist in every way possible. He said, Government is interested in the Completion of the Nembe road in no distant time, as the take-off of the second Phase which is more critical, can then commence in earnest.

In his closing remark, Gov Dickson said, due to the costly nature of this project, Government will be working with the private sector in order to harmonise our various positions and roles, aimed at delivering this laudable project.