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Friday, 30 August 2013

BAYELSA DEP. GOV. INAUGURATE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

BAYELSA DEP. GOV. INAUGURATE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Sequel to the signing of the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency Bill by Governor Henry Dickson on 3rd July, 2013, a nine- man State Emergency Management Agency has been inaugurated.
Speaking during the inauguration in Government House, Yenagoa, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) called on the committee to borrow a leaf from already existing disaster management agencies to carry out it assignment.
The deputy governor noted that because of the flood experienced last year, the state government is not resting on her oars; it has set up various state organs to tackle disasters and the impending floods in the state.
He explained that the State Emergency Management Agency is a very important Agency that needed to be put in place since it was a federal government directive.
He urged the agency to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency to attract relief assistance, since they are saddled with the responsibility of giving relief to disaster- prone states.
According to the deputy governor, some of the functions of the agency, include, formulate policy formulation on all activities relating to disaster management and co-ordinate plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disaster in the state.
Other functions are to develop and maintain an electronic data base, co-coordinate and promote research activities, relating to disaster management in the state as well as monitor the state of preparedness of all organizations or agencies which may contribute to disaster management in the state.
The Agency is also to carry out other functions by educating and informing the public on disaster prevention and control measures and also to co-ordinate and facilitate the provision of resources for search and rescue and other types of disaster curtailment activities in response to distress call amongst others.
In his response, the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Col. Roland Yekorogha (rtd) thanked the state government for finding them worthy to be appointed to serve in the agency.
Col. Yekorogha noted that they will collaborate with all relevant agencies related to disaster management in the state to tap ideas to bear in the discharge their assignment.
Other members of the agency are Mr. Monday Gamage, Mr, Blackson Osomkivie, Chief Godbless Fetongha, Mr. Ukie Ugo, Mr. Robert Enaikator, Mr. Michael Ibiene, Doulouebimo Kime and Hon. Angus Dide is to serve as secretary.
Dignitaries present during the inauguration include, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru, Chief of Staff Government House, Didi Walson-Jack, Commissioners of Environment, Dr Silvanus Abila, Health Dr Anapurere l Awoli, Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha , Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Thomas Commander, Principal Executive Secretary, Mr. Douye Diri, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Deputy Governor’s office, Navy Capt Suona Obiate Offor(rtd), Chairman Post- Flood Committee, Chief Francis Doukpola and Special Adviser on Relief Matters Mrs Faith Opene.

Ebi Evinson
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Deputy Governor
29th August, 2013

ITALIAN GOVERNMENT PLEDGES SUPPORT TO BAYELSA STATE GOVERNMENT

ITALIAN GOVERNMENT PLEDGES SUPPORT TO BAYELSA STATE GOVERNMENT

30 August 2013.
The Italian Government has pledged its support to the Bayelsa state government, praising the government of governor Henry Seriake Dickson for its commitment towards developing the state.

The Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Roberto Colamine, pledged the Country's support when a high powered delegation from the Bayelsa State Government led by the Chief of Staff, Bayelsa House Abuja, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, paid him a courtesy call at the Italian Embassy, European Union House, Abuja.

The Italian government, he said, appreciates the commitment of the Bayelsa government in developing the state and its people and assured of its partnership in the area of investment in Agriculture and capacity building.

According to him "Italian firms engaged in the Manufacture of Improved Farm equipment are ready to supply tractors and allied equipment to the State as well as set up a manufacturing plant if the right environment exist".

Ambassador Colamine also commended the Bayelsa Governor for improving the security of the state noting that though the Boko Haram crises was worrisome initially, it had not stopped major economic and commercial activities in other parts of the Country.

Italian companies, he revealed, are ready to invest in Nigeria but needed the right economic environment and legal framework in order to operate effectively.

Confirming that some Niger Delta youths are being trained in Shoe manufacturing by the Federal Government, he revealed that" Italian companies are interested in the Agriculture, manufacturing and fashion industries and are eager to transfer technology especially in fashion design and shoe manufacturing which Italians are noted for".

The Italian Ambassador invited the Governor and his team to visit Italy to meet potential investors while pledging to visit Bayelsa state in a couple of Months.

Chief Ikiogha in his remark had stated that he was at the embassy on behalf of the Governor of Bayelsa State Hon Henry Seriake Dickson to solicit the collaboration of the Italian Government in attracting investment and development to the State. The Chief of Staff noted that though the Italian Government already has investments in Bayelsa State in the Oil and Gas Industry but that government would like more collaboration in the areas of agriculture, trade, skills acquisition and manufacturing.

He reiterated that the State would like to tap into the expertise and experience of the Italian people in shoe manufacturing in other to gainfully engage youths of the region and transfer life's skills to them.

The Chief of Staff further called on the Italian Government to help the state tackle its environmental challenges noting that the peculiar terrain of the state as well as oil pollution occasioned by oil exploration and vandalisation of oil pipeline has thrown up enormous developmental challenges to government.

He appealed to the Italian Ambassador to support the Government of President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson by providing support to the development of the Niger Delta region and the country as a whole.

The Chief of Staff, Bayelsa House , Chief Dekieve Ikiogha was accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa State Governor on e-Media and Head of the Bayelsa House Media Team, Mr. Ono K. Akpe Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa State Governor on International Cooperation, Princess Mariam Onouha and Mr Kingdom Blessing, aide to the Chief Of Staff.

BAYELSA DEP. GOV. INAUGURATE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

BAYELSA DEP. GOV. INAUGURATE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Sequel to the signing of the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency Bill by Governor Henry Dickson on 3rd July, 2013, a nine- man State Emergency Management Agency has been inaugurated.
Speaking during the inauguration in Government House, Yenagoa, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) called on the committee to borrow a leaf from already existing disaster management agencies to carry out it assignment.
The deputy governor noted that because of the flood experienced last year, the state government is not resting on her oars; it has set up various state organs to tackle disasters and the impending floods in the state.
He explained that the State Emergency Management Agency is a very important Agency that needed to be put in place since it was a federal government directive.
He urged the agency to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency to attract relief assistance, since they are saddled with the responsibility of giving relief to disaster- prone states.
According to the deputy governor, some of the functions of the agency, include, formulate policy formulation on all activities relating to disaster management and co-ordinate plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disaster in the state.
Other functions are to develop and maintain an electronic data base, co-coordinate and promote research activities, relating to disaster management in the state as well as monitor the state of preparedness of all organizations or agencies which may contribute to disaster management in the state.
The Agency is also to carry out other functions by educating and informing the public on disaster prevention and control measures and also to co-ordinate and facilitate the provision of resources for search and rescue and other types of disaster curtailment activities in response to distress call amongst others.
In his response, the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Col. Roland Yekorogha (rtd) thanked the state government for finding them worthy to be appointed to serve in the agency.
Col. Yekorogha noted that they will collaborate with all relevant agencies related to disaster management in the state to tap ideas to bear in the discharge their assignment.
Other members of the agency are Mr. Monday Gamage, Mr, Blackson Osomkivie, Chief Godbless Fetongha, Mr. Ukie Ugo, Mr. Robert Enaikator, Mr. Michael Ibiene, Doulouebimo Kime and Hon. Angus Dide is to serve as secretary.
Dignitaries present during the inauguration include, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru, Chief of Staff Government House, Didi Walson-Jack, Commissioners of Environment, Dr Silvanus Abila, Health Dr Anapurere l Awoli, Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha , Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Thomas Commander, Principal Executive Secretary, Mr. Douye Diri, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Deputy Governor’s office, Navy Capt Suona Obiate Offor(rtd), Chairman Post- Flood Committee, Chief Francis Doukpola and Special Adviser on Relief Matters Mrs Faith Opene.

Ebi Evinson
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Deputy Governor
29th August, 2013

DEP. GOV PAID UNSCHEDULED VISIT TO BAYELSA PALM.

DEP. GOV PAID UNSCHEDULED VISIT TO BAYELSA PALM.

In a bid to revamp the Bayelsa Palm Limited, Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), paid an unscheduled visit to the Company for an on-the-spot assessment.
During the visit, he noted that with appropriate encouragement and determination, Bayelsa Palm Limited, can be turned around and operate profitably like other Oil Palm companies in the country and also offer employment to some of our teeming unemployed youths in the state. 
He, therefore, directed the Commissioner of Agriculture Dr Thomas Commander to visit the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research in Edo State to explore the possibility of fully installing the oil mill, a key component of the operations of the company which the Institute was contracted to install a few years back.
Some of the units inspected by the deputy governor include the Sterilization Unit, currently in operation, storage tanks and the boiler. 
It would be recalled that the State Government recently constituted a Committee to critically assess the state of affairs at the Bayelsa Palm and the Committee submitted its report last week.
Top Government functionaries that accompanied the deputy governor on the unscheduled visit were, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru, Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr Thomas Commander and Special Adviser on Agricultural Development, Mr Izonebi Odubo while Mr Pagaranyo Oguara, Director, Finance and Administration, Bayelsa Palm, conducted the team round the company during the visit.

Ebi Evinson
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Deputy Governor
August 18,2013.

BAYELSA STATE GOV'T EXPRESSES APPRECIATION TO J.I.L. MEDICAL TEAM

BAYELSA STATE GOV'T EXPRESSES APPRECIATION TO J.I.L. MEDICAL TEAM

Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) has expressed the State Government’s appreciation to members of the Jesus-is-Lord Medical Mission, Chicago, United States for collaborating with the state government in the health sector.
Speaking at a State Banquet in honours of the visitors, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah(rtd), noted that partnering with non-governmental organizations, such as the J.I.L. Medical Mission, will go a long way in improving health-care delivery services in the state.
He also remarked that the State Government is very keen in the health sub-sector and has initiated a number of programmes in that sector such as the recently launched health insurance scheme to ease accessibility to health services in the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner of Health, Dr Awoli Anapurere disclosed that the J.I.L. Medical team visited five local government areas while in the state, namely, Sagbama, Southern Ijaw, Yenagoa, Nembe and Ogbia as well as the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri.
In his speech, the leader of the team Dr Ayo Akere said that the team was satisfied with the various health programmes of the State Government, adding that in the next 10 years, given the current momentum, Bayelsa would be able to achieve most of the parameters in the health-care delivery.
He also thanked the State Government for the warm reception accorded members of the team since their arrival, noting that the visit will leave lasting memories.

Ebi Evinson
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Deputy Governor.
August 18th 2013


Thursday, 29 August 2013

INTRA-PARTY TRUCE RAISES PDP’S HOPE FOR 2015 ELECTIONS

INTRA-PARTY TRUCE RAISES PDP’S HOPE FOR 2015 ELECTIONS

The Peoples Democratic Party National Reconciliation Committee has raised hope that the party will record overwhelming victory in the 2015 general elections, due to the on-going peace moves.
Chairman of the Committee, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, stated this during the Committee’s meeting at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Governor Dickson said already, efforts made so far, have given positive signals to a successful reconciliation of the matters it was assigned to handle.
According to him, the major success was the withdrawal of the law suit against the forthcoming convention of the party, following the Committee’s intervention.
He further stated that the Committee’s mediation in matters concerning Anambra and Ekiti State chapters of the party was another achievement, adding that Ekiti State chapter has held a post-reconciliation meeting to prepare for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the State.
Meanwhile, the Dickson led truce committee received reports from 13 non-PDP state executive committees who presented their reports on the state of the party in their respective states.
Speaking before presentation of the reports at the National Secretariat of the party, Governor Dickson said the meeting was to assess the progress made at the state chapters as well interact with State Executives of the party in states where PDP has no stronghold, so as to gain control of such states. States invited included Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Edo, Imo, Anambra, Borno, Nassarawa, Zamfara and Yobe States
Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, the Committee said they had fruitful deliberations with the state chapter executives and sub committees.
They expressed confidence, that with the reunification, the party will gain control of the 13-non-PDP states as well as secure other states, given free and fair general elections.

2013 INTERNATIONAL YOUTHS DAY: CHIEF OGBE CHARGE YOUTHS TO REFRAIN FROM PIPELINE VANDALISM, CULTISM AND OIL THIEFT

2013 INTERNATIONAL YOUTHS DAY: CHIEF OGBE CHARGE YOUTHS TO REFRAIN FROM PIPELINE VANDALISM, CULTISM AND OIL THIEFT

 15 August 2013
The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government, Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe has charged youths to refrain from pipeline vandalism, cultism, oil theft, violence and all forms of criminality. He stated this during the International Youths Day celebration at the Restoration Play Ground in Oporoma. Represented by the Council’s Political Secretary, Barrister Amaebi Ekpitibo, the chairman reiterated his commitment in ensuring the total wellbeing of youths in the area.
 
Delivering a public lecture to commemorate the event, a guest lecturer, Professor Prince Efere, speaking on the 2013 theme of the annual fiesta christened ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’, lauded the Chief Ogbe’s youth-friendly disposition enumerating the training of fifteen youths of the area in the Niger Delta University entrepreneurship centre, appointment of a Supervisor for Youth, Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant on Youths, amongst others. Prof. Efere however tasked youths to reciprocate the administration’s gesture by living above boards in their dealings.

Monday, 19 August 2013

SILGA BOSS LAUDED CONTRACTORS HANDLING COUNCIL's ONGOING PROJECTS

SILGA BOSS LAUDED CONTRACTORS HANDLING COUNCIL's ONGOING PROJECTS


 16 August 2013

The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government in Bayelsa state, Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe has lauded contractors handling the Council’s ongoing projects. Chief Ogbe gave the commendation when he paid an unscheduled visit to the project sites of the Ultra-Modern Market, and Police Post at Amassoma where work has reached an advanced stage. He however urged contractors to adhere to the timeframe as spelt out in their terms of reference in order to ensure timely handover.

 

Earlier, the Southern Ijaw Local Government helmsman had embarked on a similar visit to the council’s secretariat at Oporoma where renovationwork is ongoing.

 

In another development, Chief Ogbe frowned at encroachment of land developers into the council’s premises. The statement urged all affectedproperty owners to contact the Supervisor for Works without delay.


BAYELSA ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS BAYELSA PALM LIMITED; PROMISES IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION

BAYELSA ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS BAYELSA PALM LIMITED; PROMISES IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION

The Acting Governor of Bayelsa State Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah Rtd; in the early hours of today visited the Bayelsa Palm Limited. In his entourage are several top government functionaries including the SSG to the State Government Professor Edmund Allison-Oguru; and Commissioner for Agriculture Dr. Thomas Commander. The Acting Governor was conducted round the oil un-installed mill and the palm estate. He was told that if the plant operated at fully installed capacity, the company was capable of creating 2000 jobs. 

The Acting Governor promised government’s immediate intervention and tasked the Board and management of the Company to submit a comprehensive memo to his office. The memo according to the Acting Governor, should outline the steps needed to be taken, the status report, the challenges and what needs to be done to revitalize the company as part of intervention measures to inject vitality to the company

It will be recalled that one of the promises made by the Restoration Administration is to create jobs for youths through the revitalization and restructuring of state-owned companies. Plans have reached an advanced stage on the acquisition of a new palm estate to improve the prospects of job creation and poverty reduction. Early this year, the Company received 75,000 improved seedlings from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture as part of efforts to capitalize on the comparative advantage of palm production because of its capacity to create jobs in the State. 
Among the menu of demands by the company include:
Importation and Installation of a modern 40 tons per hour mill from Malaysia to boost harvesting 3,000 Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFBs) per day 
Provision of 6 No. Tractors to convey Fresh Fruit Bunches from the Farm to the processing plant. 
Hilux Vehicles for mobility of personnel
Acquisition and development of the new estate with a view to incorporating small holders in the State
Investment in the development of the proposed new farm where land has been acquired. The site for the farm needs to be cleared among others.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

BAYELSA GOVT DONATE BUSES TO JOURNALISTS, PLEDGE TO MAINTAIN EXISTING RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESS

BAYELSA GOVT DONATE BUSES TO JOURNALISTS, PLEDGE TO MAINTAIN EXISTING RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESS

13 August 2013.
The Bayelsa State Government has demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the existing relationship with the media by the presenting of two 18-seater buses to the Bayelsa State Federated Correspondents' Chapel and the Bayelsa State Federated Newspaper Publishers Association at a ceremony in Government House, Yenagoa.

Governor Seriake Dickson, who handed over the keys of the vehicles to the Chairmen of the two bodies, said the gesture was in fulfillment of an earlier promise he made to them.

Represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Dame Didi Walson-Jack, Governor Dickson described the gesture as a mark of friendship between the Restoration Government and the media in the state to enhance its statutory role as watchdog of the society.

Commending members of the journalism profession for their selfless dedication to duty, the Governor remarked that government would strive to maintain the cordial working relationship with the media in promoting good governance, which he said is the hallmark of his administration.

"Our desire is that the buses would add impetus to the work of the media. It will help to make your work a lot easier," he stated.

Responding, the chairmen of the two associations, Mr. Union Oyadongha of the Bayelsa Federated Newspaper Publishers' Association and Mr. Samuel Ese of the Federated Corespondents Chapel of the NUJ expressed gratitude for the governor's magnanimity in fulfilling his pledge.

They described the ceremony as a unique one as it was the first time in the state, government would donate a bus to the Bayelsa Federated Newspapers Publishers Association.

Monday, 12 August 2013

AGIP LOSES 20,000BPD TO OIL THIEF, AS BAYELSA GOVT MOVE INTO CURB MENACE

AGIP LOSES 20,000BPD TO OIL THIEF, AS BAYELSA GOVT MOVE INTO CURB MENACE

Nigeria Agip Oil Company, (NAOC) disclosed on Monday in Yenagoa that it loses 20,000 barrels of crude oil per day to oil theft thus necessitating the discussion initiated by the Bayelsa State government on how to tackle the scourge.

The tripartite meeting held at the Banquet Hall had in attendance the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, the representatives of NAOC and surveillance contractors engaged by the company to tackle the scourge.

In his address the Deputy Governor said that Government was losing a lot of revenue due to crude oil theft in the Niger Delta.

According to him, crude oil theft was impacting negatively and adversely on the economy of the nation, which is dependent on oil, hence, Government is worried at all levels and was making efforts to ensure that the menace is checked.

The deputy governor also expressed concern over the damage done to the environment as a result of oil exploration activities of the International Oil Companies in the Niger Delta.

He also said that the Federal Government had already constituted a committee headed by the Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, which comprises governors of the south-south region to deal with the issue of crude oil theft in the region.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Energy, Mr Francis Ikio, said that the mechanism of crude oil theft is very technical which can only be carried out by persons that have professional knowledge to do so, adding that the International Oil Companies should check their internal systems as there is the possibility of insider abuse.

In his comments, Mr Albert Ijuwe, Manager, Security, Nigeria Agip Oil Company, thanked the State Government for the initiative to curb oil theft in the State.

He also said that the company was losing about 20,000 barrels of crude oil per day due to oil theft and even had to shut down production early this year to enable the company effect repairs on 162 theft points.

In his remarks, Chief Nengi James, one of the surveillance contractors said that the meeting was a welcome development, given the activities of pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta.

He also said that apart from the adverse effects on the national economy, occasioned by oil theft, the ecosystem in the Niger Delta has been damaged due to oil exploration activities.

Ebi Evinson
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Deputy Governor
August 12, 2013

BAYELSA SECURITY OPERATIVES NABS 2 SUSPECTS OVER ATTACK ON CORPS MEMBER

BAYELSA SECURITY OPERATIVES NABS 2 SUSPECTS OVER ATTACK ON CORPS MEMBER

09 August 2013.
Bayelsa State Special Security Task Force code named Operation Doo Akpor has arrested members of a 2-man gang over an attack on a 26-year old corps member, Miss Folakemi Akinbode.

Akinbode's limb, according to media reports was chopped off after being attacked by the suspected hoodlums on Tuesday while returning from her place of primary assignment.

The hoodlums, earlier in the day under pretence went to the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri to donate blood.

However, after being attended to by the victim, they were paid an undisclosed amount by the Hospital Management through Akinbode.

After effecting the payment, the hoodlums, (not cultists as reported) waylaid the corps member and attacked her with machete and cudgels. Disturbed by the incident, the State Special Security Task Force swung into action and its efforts paid-off with the arrest of the perpetrators, Weri Malua and Ebi West Jato while the operatives are on the heels of others.

Disclosing this to newsmen, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security matters, Col Bernard Kenebai, (rtd), said the security operatives acted on a tip off and this led to the arrest of Weri and Jato.

According to him, the Special Task Force around 1:30pm received a call at the State Government's Security Coordination Centre which eventually led to the arrest of the 2 in Gbarain, Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State.

Members of our team raided the area and arrested Weri and Ebi with Machete and two handsets-Blackberry and Nokia belonging to the corps member.

Weri and Ebi have since been handed over to the Police for further interrogation while the police is on the trail of other suspects.


ATTEMPTED RAPE: WHY I WAS DETHRONED AS MISS UNITED NATION NIGERIA 2013, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MISS MARIAN MAKBERE


ATTEMPTED RAPE: WHY I WAS DETHRONED AS MISS UNITED NATION NIGERIA 2013, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MISS MARIAN MAKBERE 

Miss Makbere grant an exclusive interview with De-Saint Online news www.mienpamo.com.ng on the story behind her Disqualification on the ongoing Miss united nation Nigeria 2013, She also told us that the African Director for Miss united nation wanted to have Sex with her and her refusal brought the issue of attempted Rape by one Mr Zelly Mighty the African Director.
Q: 
WHY WERE YOU BEEN DETHRONED FROM THE ONGOING MISS UNITED NATION NIG 2013

ANSWER:  
It all started when I got the Franchise for participation at the Miss United Nations Pageant on the 17th to 18th of April 2013.
Because I was getting late for everything, they immediately forwarded my invitation letter and other documents to facilitate my VISA application. In addition, they assigned to me an African Director whose job was to make sure I secure a Tourist Visa to Mexico were the finals would take place. I had all his details sent to me and I contacted him and we started working.
First he sent me Embassy requirements which I met but one thing never went well with me. And that was the Exaggeration of the visa fee from 30pounds to 700USD for each person and for 3 people, that would be #280,000 in Nigerian Currency, and I was to travel with my chaperone and personal director.
I paid him the sum of #70,000 for a start before he went ahead with the procession of visa.
Some days after we were invited for Biometrics and on getting there  we also made another payment of 30,000. We got the Visa and promised to pay up when we return to Yenagoa. 
When we got home, Mr Richard who was my personal director suggested I should do a Coronation Party for Recognition and attention and it came to pass with guests as Mr Zelly Mighty the African Director, Mr Jahn Basil the National Director, Sharon Mmezie Miss Unity Nigeria, Lynda Onwuka' Queen Culture, Chisom Ubadike' Miss Agulu, Amaka' Runway Queen and so many others on the 19th of May. 
The next day, 20th, I took them on a Courtesy visit to my State Govt' Chief of staff and were received with warm hands. They were also given an Appreciation of 100,000.
Along the line, something camp up. I had a little problem and my personal director secretly suggested that I should be replaced by one Emilia Miebi. It came to my knowledge and I had him removed as my director.
A few weeks after, Mr Zelly invited us to Concord hotels for the Official unveiling of Delegates to Miss United Nations. I attended the event with my Manager/Chaperone, Miss Jessica. We were allocated to our rooms. While we were around, they called us for a meeting to discuss with us, I never knew they had it all planned. I was with Mr Zelly and he was beginning to irritate me with all Sex talks and proposals. Telling me, he can make me win if I go to bed with him. The next minute, I heard Jessica shouting out of annoyance and raining insults on Mr Jahn Basil for having locked up the room and attempted rape with force. We would have recorded the discussion but never knew the utilities of the phone we were using at that time. Though we had chats via sms on our phones. We also felt we would report to the UN pageant authorities by the time we arrive in Mexico.
We returned to our homes and went about flight bookings. But then, we got a message again from them saying they have been able to talk to some airlines in our favour and that they have reached a subsidised agreement of #420,000 instead of #456,050 flight ticket fee since we were travelling in numbers.
I and Jessica paid that amount to this account number... "Mr Zelly Chidi Mighty, 0211....." and also prepared to leave from Lagos to Mexico on the 30th of June as the flight itinerary was booked. The event was to kick off on the 1st and end on the 7th of July 2013. 
On getting to Lagos, we were informed that the pageant was postpone to October and the Venue shifted to Miami. When we reached were the other girls were staying, we asked them if the pageant truly was authentic due to the impromptu in changing dates, and if they knew much about these Directors but we got no for an answer. I stand to say, Mr Zelly hides his identity and the other girls are aware but wouldn't want to tell us. Often a time, he would always tell me that Miss Sharon and Lynda are his girls and no doubt I was always seeing them hug sexually and I also noticed they always inhabit a single room anytime they lodge. I believe the girls have compromised their dignity for a position because he had also promised me such a place in the Miss United Nations if I agree to go to bed with him. I was yet to understand what he earlier meant by telling me Sharon and Lynda are his girls until I saw for my self how he Pimped them for men and how they always say yes to his commands whether right or wrong.
Anyway, since the pageant was no longer holding, we pleaded  for our Tickets to be put on refund. At first they were reluctant, trying to convince us to keep it till the Miami trip because the other girls must have agreed. We stood our grounds and made them put our tickets on refund. They also told us that the refund process would take 5working days to be done and we agreed.
Later we realised they wanted to travel to Togo, to while away time and leave us behind, so we also thought of the fact that we don't know these men to their offices and houses and if they eventually run away with our money, what would we tell those who are already in doubt about the whole pageant?
We decided to follow them to Togo after agreeing that everybody would pay 50,000 for all logistics. We also did, just to follow up our ticket money. While we were there, we would remind them everyday if they had checked for updates about our Ticket. They brought back those Harassment again and because we would bluntly refuse all the time, they decided to hate on us with passion. Treated us wrongly, always puts his girls first and us second in everything. And I never knew Mr Zelly, the African Director of Miss United Nations was a PIMP until the day we were all preparing to go for a party. We got all dressed up but before we could reach the venue for the party, these two(2) girls, Miss Unity Nigeria and Queen Culture were already there and Lynda was closely Leaning on one of the guy while Sharon was sitting on one of the guys lap. They were some Nigerian guys in Togo. The rest of the girls were forced to question them why they were at the party before every other person and after hearing their explanations, especially from Sharon who confided in me and said in #quote, "Zelly insisted we should arrive here before anyone, that there were some men that he arranged for us to spend the night with, so they could give us some money to do some of the shopping here in Togo" she also said that Zelly also felt we would have reduced their chances of hooking up with the guys since I was always beating her to her beauty and looks.(i was laughing @this point) and we never saw them till the next morning.
A lot of Similar cases like this happened severally, even at the beach, we were made to arrive later than everyone. I mean i, Jessica, Steiner and Chisom with Amaka.
A day before our departure, he sent his P.A to our room to request for another #50,000 and if we don't pay, they will leave us in Togo. At this very point, my chaperone, Jessica let loosed her anger and was talking while walking out of the room. She went outside to meet the African Director and while talking to him, a lot of people gathered. This brought one Nigerian girl that understood "Ibo" to us and Steiner who speaks Ibo was narrating the whole story to her when she laughed and told us we've been fooled all this while. She also added that these men are Fraudsters, what we call in Nigeria as 4.1.9. She then promised to call on her friend, and to our surprise, those friends she called were International Policemen! They came around our hotel and had all of them arrested except for the girls. 
Through the night, we thought to our selves and and decided to settle everything cause it might blow out of proportion and besides, we were not in our home country. We begged for bail and the next day, we left Togo for Nigeria. Reaching Nigeria we headed straight to the Bank and had them refund us our money. Meanwhile, they had deducted our money as follows;
Actual Amount: #420,000 minus
Togo Trip: 50,000
Deduction from Airline which was supposed to be 15%, they collected 20%and that was 80,000
My Outstanding Visa fee: 90,000.
And told us that the money due to us is just 200,000 only. The same thing was done to Jessica but we all collected it that way with no complaints.
A few days ago, I received some messages from this same monster in my dreams, Mr Zelly Mighty, via emails, facebook and whatsapp that i am an ingrate and that he has tried to help me but I wouldn't take it and rather I proved difficult to him and for that reason, he was going to deal with me. He also promised to replace me with another delegate. He never stopped there, he went further to ruin my personality to the United Nations Pageant president, Mr Leong Williams. He said in #quotefrom one of the chats he had with someone that I am a street and club girl and not worth being a queen. Ask me, are his girls worth being one? When all they do is sell their dignity for positions? 
I also reported to the United Nations Organisation and they told me to hang on, that their board of directors were attending to that dispute and they would reply me with a letter. I felt it was my Invitation letter for Miami.
Not until, yesterday, the 9th of August 2013, I got a message alert only to find a heading as "Dethronement Of Miss Nigeria United Nations".
Though I didn't panic cause I had already concluded that I won't be part of such a pageant.
But it pained me cause the African Director had no idea how I got my Franchise, neither does he have the power to replace or dethrone anyone not me either. After all I had been through from him and his co-conspirators and he wouldn't just let me be.
From what I read in the Dethronement letter, it seems, he had also advice the other girls, Sharon, Amaka, Chisom and Lynda to complain and write False stories about me which are not true and can never be true.
I don't care the number of people who are set to taint and destroy my image & personality.
Am doing this Press release to inform the Media, TV stations, Radio Houses, Bloggers, websites and every other communication centre to know that I am a Personality to behold and would never ever Stand to be Used in such a Derogatory manner. There are back-ups to what I've just explained.
Pass this on..."I bluntly refused to Compromise my Dignity and that is why I was Dethroned as Miss Nigeria United Nations". 
Thank you.

Continuation of the Reply...

I am aware that this Pageant is by the acclaimed nomenclature under auspices of the United Nations, which has as one of it's Articles, the need for every individual to have the Right to respect, for the dignity inherent in him/her human persons and to the recognition of higher Legal Status. All forms of exploitation and degradation of men(women inclusive) particularly slavery, slave trade, torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment and treatment shall be prohibited.
No doubt, the African Charter and the Present Nigerian constitution have adopted the foregoing piece of Legislation.
Therefore, my dethronement based on complaint founded as the above without Fair hearing to me indicates fundamentally that you are all Co-conspirators in the said plot. And one is inevitably carrying the conclusion that those who are drafted to replace me and deprive me of my self-attained franchise for the contest are all reasonably suspected to be tainted with having Compromised their Dignity.
Accordingly, I have no Doubts based on the Foregoing, that the would-be Miss United Nations and Candidates or Contestants Submitted to the INDIGNIFYING Amorous Acts.
I will forever stand to oppose those Agents and Media of this Obnoxious Acts. 
I don't see why Bayelsans and Nigerians would want to have anything to do with you, Mr Zelly Mighty.





SAHARA REPORTERS: EPITOME OF CASH AND CARRY JOURNALISM

We have observed with utter dismay and disappointment, Sahara reporters’ penchant for standing the truth on its head in all its reports on Bayelsa State.
But for the realization that lies, when repeatedly, might to some people seem the truth, we had resolved to completely ignore Sahara reporters.
The decision to ignore this website was reinforced by the knowledge that nothing good can ever come out of Sahara reporters- at least as far as Bayelsa State- under Governor Seriake Dickson is concerned. Since the emergence of democracy, many impartial observers say without equivocation that the aggressive development strides embarked upon by the Governor Dickson administration are unparalleled in the annals of our history. 
We want to note with utter dismay that Sahara reporters’ caustic attacks on Governor Dickson started right from the moment he indicated interest in the governorship race, suggesting that this online publishing website had its preferred candidate ab initio. 
While we conclude that there is nothing wrong with having preferences, Sahara reporters has, however, demonstrated time and again that it is too sore to come to terms with the fact that its candidate is no longer Governor of Bayelsa State.
To be sure criticism, or dissent, is a key ingredient of democracy; Governor Dickson has been state chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), a party in opposition. He has been a federal law maker and therefore perfectly understands that dissent is the engine that drives democracy.
May we place on record that Sahara reporter has veered from the pristine principles of fairness, objectivity, balanced reportage and upholding the truth. It is sad commentary that Sahara reporters now engage in guerilla journalism, undeserving of the noble pen profession. When you publish stories without proper investigation and given the parties fair hearing, then you practice the flipside of what robust journalism should be. 
That said, must one, however, perpetually be locked in criticism for the sake of it? Of course not! That is the problem with Sahara reporters. From claiming to be a news site that helps to expose the ills of society, Sahara reporters has steadily turned into a tomahawk in the hands of a few powerful, but discredited politicians.
But for Sahara reporter’ fixation on the self-serving agenda of its paymasters, the organization would have long realized that in just about 18 months under Dickson, Bayelsa State witnessed total transformation.
For the records, in less than two years of the Dickson administration, Bayelsa has transformed from one rural state into a tourist haven. This became possible because Governor Dickson moved in Julius Berger Plc., arguably the most competent construction firm in Nigeria, into the state.
Dickson has ensured that the navy blue earthmoving machines of this construction giant are at work, day and night, in the nooks and crannies of Bayelsa State, churning out state-of –the-art roads and bridges.
Perhaps only Sahara reporters does not know that Dickson has almost completer over 400 model secondary schools built with modern boarding facilities across the senatorial districts of the state. This in addition to the 400 teachers’ quarters with other completion such as free school uniforms, shoes, bags, textbooks and other stationery supplied free to other pupils.
Of course, this news organization that is always quick to report each time Dickson as much as sneezes, curiously does not find anything newsworthy in reporting that education in now free and compulsory in Bayelsa State, with government equally paying exam fees and compulsory in JAMB, NECO and various certificate examinations free for students of Bayelsa origin. This is not to mention the over 500 scholarships to post graduate students from Bayelsa around the globe, from the same government. Indeed, the entire gamut of governance architecture has been positively restructures. 
Or need mention be of Dickson’s interest in Medicare, which has resulted in the construction of a World Class Diagnostic Centre, which when completed will be the first of its kind by any government in the country and expected to provide top-rate diagnostic services that will aid the treatment of patients suffering from all manner of ailments?

Why isn’t Sahara reporters interested in reporting why Dickson is the only governor who gives a monthly breakdown of his state’s financial status to the whole world?
Isn’t it laughable that Sahara reporters would always seek to twist facts of events in Bayelsa State just to serve some interests?

Reports of this news site over the past 18 months on Bayelsa State have been typically consistent with the self-serving agenda of its paymasters. The fact that only reports in Sahara reporters have consistently maintained the same slant, casts a large shadow of doubt on its integrity.

Governor Dickson has never claimed to have the mathematical genius of Pythagoras, or of our own Professor Chike Obi, both of blessed memory. And given the number of on-going projects in the state, cannot be expected to know the cost of each project by heart.
For anyone howsoever to claim that Govenor Dickson didn’t know the cost of the agricultural project, is the height of mischief by Sahara reporters. We do not intend to join issues but it is obvious that Sahara reporters epitomizes BAD PRESS. This is SAD!

Wellington Okurakpo
Abuja, August 8, 2013

BAYELSA GOVT INVESTS N1.17BN ON AQUACULTURE FARMS



Bayelsa government is investing N1.17bn on Aquaculture farms; fish processing and storage facilities, while its foreign partners will source for N2.73bn. The project is expected to gulp N3.9bn.
 
Disclosing this at an interactive session with newsmen, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Thomas Commander said the government has signed a pact with two foreign technical partners to establish Aquaculture Farms, Fish Processing and storage facilities in the state to boost food production for local consumption and export.
 
Dr. Commander said the present administration is taking a giant leap to diversify the economy from oil and gas by taking advantage of its climate that is ideal for massive rice, cassava, banana, fisheries and aqua- culture production.
            
According to him, “P and R International, which is one of the partners, is going to establish a fish farm with a capacity of about 1500 metric tones of Cat fish with 500 metric tons of Tilapia making a total of 2000 metric tons of fish per annum.
 
“In view of the volume of fish that would be produced, they have been asked to also establish a fish processing factory with a capacity of 2500 Metric Tonnes and a Cold Storage Facility
 
These three components amount to 24 million US dollars with a naira equivalent of about N3.9bn. That is the cost, but this amount is to be shared across three important components- fish farm, fish processing factory and the cold storage facility which, has never happened in Nigeria. So it is cost effective and we are sure that we have done the best thing.
 
“In this amount, 30% is what the state is going to pay while the partners are going to source for 70% of this fund. However, there is an agreement that whatever they bring in will be paid back over 24 months.
 
He stated further that in line with the present administration’s target of achieving self-sufficiency in food production, the state would boast of its indigenous rice as government would commence harvest of the produce in the next three months.
 
According to him, government is making frantic efforts in revamping the Peremabiri, Isampou and Kolo farms for commercial rice production, noting that 1000 hectares of land have already been cultivated in Otuasega, Fando and Burma under what he called, “the Outgrowers Scheme.”
 
Dr. Commander maintained that government is working with foreign technical partners on Commercial Cassava Starch Processing Factory at Ebedebiri in Sagbama local government area; while efforts are on to rehabilitate the Bayelsa Palms in partnership with Malaysian experts.
 
 
Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State
08/08/2013