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Friday, 29 November 2013

FALLOUT OF GOV DICKSON’S TOUR TO LGAs: GOVT APPROVES N3BN FOR THE COMPLETION OF OGBIA/NEMBE ROAD


FALLOUT OF GOV DICKSON’S TOUR TO LGAs: GOVT APPROVES N3BN FOR THE COMPLETION OF OGBIA/NEMBE ROAD


29/11/2013

Bayelsa State Government has approved an intervention fund of N3bn for the completion of the Ogbia/Nembe road which is expected to be completed by 2015.

The State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson during his Thank You tour to Nembe local government area of the state on Tuesday assured the people that the road would be completed by 2015, noting his economic relevance to the growth of the State.

Briefing the newsmen at the end of the 30th Executive Council meeting on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha flanked by his works counterpart, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and the Special Adviser on Political Matters, Chief Fred Agbedi said the construction of the road would reduce sea piracy on the waterways as well as boost commerce in the area.

The commissioner stated that the decision to seek for the intervention fund was in line with the promise made by the Governor during his Thank You tour to the area.

Speaking in the same vein, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ewhrudjakpo said the road was jointly awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) and Shell Petroleum Development Company in 2004 to SETRACO Plc, adding that the Government would hold discussions with the two organizations to ensure that the contractor is mobilized back to site.

The Commissioner noted that the present administration’s plan of constructing a road from Nembe to Brass would not be achieved without the completion of Ogbia/Nembe road.

He submitted, “ordinarily, we wouldn’t have been bothering ourselves with Ogbia-Nembe road but we have to do it for three reasons; the Ogbia-Nembe road, if not completed, our dream of hitting the Atlantic through the Eastern flank, which the Governor promised, and to connect Brass will not be achieved because there is no reason constructing a road between Nembe and Brass when you don’t have a road between Ogbia and Nembe. It will be foolhardy.

“Secondly, that road has become a necessity because of the need to reduce piracy and open up that area for development. Quite a good number of communities are on that alignment, and not only that; we also feel bad about the delay that road has suffered. That road was awarded in 2003/2004 and there has been variation upon variation and so we are worried.

Aside the completion of Nembe/Ogbia road, the Council, according to the Commissioner has approved the award of contract for the repair of Otuasega/Ogbia bridge and construction of internal roads in Ogbia Town.

In a related development, Government has approved the sum of N1.2bn for the payment of compensation to property owners around the Etegwe area for the construction of the second flyover in the State capital.

The compensation as disclosed by the Commissioner would be paid in phases.

His words, ‘we want to use this opportunity to reassure property owners around that area that has been marked for the construction of flyover in Etegwe that in the next one or two weeks, we will start payment of compensation and we will pay it in phases.

‘We, therefore, call for understanding from the affected property owners, so that they don’t feel as if government is not living up to its obligations. We will definitely complete the payment but you know the figure for the compensation is about N1.2 billion and you know what that means, especially since it was not planned or budgeted for.

We have to handle it in such a way that we don’t distort the budget and also breach the appropriation laws.”  

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Fred Agbedi said the Council acknowledged the warm reception that was accorded the Governor and his entourage during the Thank You tour of the Eastern Senatorial district, comprising Brass, Nembe and Ogbia Local Government Areas of the State.

The tour, according to the Chief Agbedi, was broken into phases to enable the governor attend to other pressing matters.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

LATE CHIEF SEKIBO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED – PRESIDENT JONATHAN

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE


LATE CHIEF SEKIBO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED – PRESIDENT JONATHAN


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with much sadness, news of the sudden passing away of the highly respected president of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Chief Tari Sekibo.


On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends sincerest condolences to Chief Sekibo’s family, the people of his hometown, Okrika, the leadership of the INC and all Ijaw people.


The President joins them in mourning the former senator who served with distinction in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly between 1979 and 1983, doing his best, to defend the interests of his people while always upholding the unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria.


President Jonathan believes that Chief Sekibo, who brought immense sagacity, maturity and years of political experience to his leadership of the INC following his election as its president last May, will be greatly missed by the Ijaw and all lovers of peaceful co-existence and national unity.


The President prays that God Almighty will comfort Chief Sekibo’s family, his colleagues in the leadership of the INC and other members of the pan-Ijaw socio-cultural association as they mourn their departed patriarch and leader.


Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

November 19, 2013

LATE CHIEF SEKIBO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED – PRESIDENT JONATHAN

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE


LATE CHIEF SEKIBO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED – PRESIDENT JONATHAN


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with much sadness, news of the sudden passing away of the highly respected president of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Chief Tari Sekibo.


On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends sincerest condolences to Chief Sekibo’s family, the people of his hometown, Okrika, the leadership of the INC and all Ijaw people.


The President joins them in mourning the former senator who served with distinction in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly between 1979 and 1983, doing his best, to defend the interests of his people while always upholding the unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria.


President Jonathan believes that Chief Sekibo, who brought immense sagacity, maturity and years of political experience to his leadership of the INC following his election as its president last May, will be greatly missed by the Ijaw and all lovers of peaceful co-existence and national unity.


The President prays that God Almighty will comfort Chief Sekibo’s family, his colleagues in the leadership of the INC and other members of the pan-Ijaw socio-cultural association as they mourn their departed patriarch and leader.


Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

November 19, 2013

Friday, 22 November 2013

BAYELSA DEPUTY GOV COMMENDS SECURITY AGENCIES



Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) has again commended security agencies for their steadfastness in sustaining the prevailing peace in the state.


Speaking during a courtesy call by the Chief of Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Major–Gen. P.G. Isang, in his office in Government House, Yenagoa, Rear Admiral Jonah (rtd) said the relative peace being enjoyed in the state is as a result of the synergy between the various security agencies and the state government.


The deputy governor noted that the state government is always ready to collaborate with security agencies in order to maintain the existing peace, stressing that presently, the state government is embarking on the construction of some security posts in Southern Ijaw and Nembe Local Government Areas of the state.


According to him, prior to the inauguration of the present government security was a major challenge in the state, hence the declaration of a zero tolerance to crime in the state since the inception of the present administration.


He further said that even the major challenge of oil theft and pipeline vandilisation will soon be a thing of the past as the state government is ready to collaborate with the security agencies in that respect.


Earlier, the Chief of Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja Maj-Gen P. G. Isang said he was in the state as part of his last-quarter visit to the Niger Delta to make projections for next year.


He said so far he has visited Edo and Delta and will be visiting the other Niger Delta states and possibly Imo State before returning to base.

LATE CHIEF SEKIBO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED – PRESIDENT JONATHAN

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE


LATE CHIEF SEKIBO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED – PRESIDENT JONATHAN


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with much sadness, news of the sudden passing away of the highly respected president of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Chief Tari Sekibo.


On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends sincerest condolences to Chief Sekibo’s family, the people of his hometown, Okrika, the leadership of the INC and all Ijaw people.


The President joins them in mourning the former senator who served with distinction in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly between 1979 and 1983, doing his best, to defend the interests of his people while always upholding the unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria.


President Jonathan believes that Chief Sekibo, who brought immense sagacity, maturity and years of political experience to his leadership of the INC following his election as its president last May, will be greatly missed by the Ijaw and all lovers of peaceful co-existence and national unity.


The President prays that God Almighty will comfort Chief Sekibo’s family, his colleagues in the leadership of the INC and other members of the pan-Ijaw socio-cultural association as they mourn their departed patriarch and leader.


Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

November 19, 2013

BAYELSA GOVT DISBURSES N500M OUT OF N1BN EARMARKED FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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<strong>From Right: Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd), Speaker, BYHA, Rt. Hon. Benson Kombowei, Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Rachael Dickson, and the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Mrs. Sarafina Otazi, during the presentation of a cheque of 500M by the State Government, as part of the Bayelsa State Women Empowerment Programme, at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.</strong>


BAYELSA GOVT DISBURSES N500M OUT OF N1BN EARMARKED FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT


22/11/2013

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Friday disbursed N500m out of the N1bn earmarked for women empowerment to various cooperative groups in the 32 Rural Development Areas of the State.


Speaking at the flag-off of the women empowerment programme at the Banquet Hall of  Government House in Yenagoa, Hon. Dickson charged the various organs of government in charge of the disbursement to be transparent by ensuring that the funds get to the beneficiaries before the end of the year.


Flanked by his wife, Dr. Rachael Dickson and other top government functionaries at the occasion, the governor said the gesture would open a vista of opportunities for the beneficiaries, and therefore urged them to make judicious use of the disbursed funds.


The rationale behind the scheme, according to the Commissioner was to enable Bayelsans take control of the local economy, disclosing that his administration would soon float a similar programme which is aimed at empowering the teeming youth in the state.


His words, “One of the policies of my administration is to free you from any kind of slave mentality. We are determined to free you from being slaves to anybody. Take control and be masters and mistresses of your lives and destinies by making judicious use of the opportunity provided by the government.


“Don’t spend this money to buy wrapper and things for Christmas but use it to do something meaningful that will empower you and your family so that you will not depend on anybody.


The whole fund will be released before the end of December, 2013, and if it went well, we will vote another N1bn for next year. We will not stop until the average serious Bayelsa woman is liberated economically.”


Earlier, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development , Mrs Sarafina Otazi had observed that the empowerment programme would spark a multiplier effect not only in the families of the beneficiaries but also on the entire Bayelsa economy.


She implored the beneficiaries to justify government’s confidence in women by keeping faith with the terms and conditions of the scheme, especially in the area of repayment.


Speaking in the same vein, the Director General of the Bayelsa State Micro-Finance and Enterprise Development Agency, Mr. Ifiemi Ikpaikpai described the programme as a revolving soft loan scheme with an 18 month repayment period.


The presentation of cheque to the beneficiaries, according to Mr Ikpaikpai, would be done during the Governor’s thank you tour to the eight local government areas of the state next week.


To ensure success of the programme, he said government has concluded plans to partner with the Central Bank of Nigeria to give entrepreneurship training to the beneficiaries to build the capacity of the beneficiaries in small business management.


Dignitaries present at the occasion include, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, (rtd), the Nollywood Actress, Eucharia Anunobi and host of others.  


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<strong>From L – R: Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd), Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, his amiable wife,Mrs Rachael Dickson and the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Mrs. Sarafina Otazi,  during the Flag-off of the Bayelsa State  Women Empowerment Programme, at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.</strong>





Tuesday, 19 November 2013

AS LEGAL YEAR OPENS IN BAYELSA, GOV DICKSON WANTS JUDGES TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES WITH UTMOST SENSE OF CAUTION


AS LEGAL YEAR OPENS IN BAYELSA, GOV DICKSON WANTS JUDGES TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES WITH UTMOST SENSE OF CAUTION

 

18/11/2013

Judges in the country have been urged to perform their professional duties with utmost sense of caution to meet societal expectation as the last hope of the common man.


Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson gave the charge at a special inter-denominational thanksgiving service marking the beginning of the 2013/14 Legal Year in the State at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa.


Acknowledging the supremacy of God, the Governor who was represented by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Francis Egele called on members of the Bar and Bench to apply the fear of God in the discharge of their responsibilities.


As interpreters of the laws of the land, he noted that they play a critical role in promoting the growth and development of the country, pointing out that any failure on the part of the Judiciary, would adversely affect the wellbeing of society.


Governor Dickson, who congratulated the State Judiciary for carrying out its statutory duties with candor, urged them to maintain the gesture to enhance peace and security in the State.


Delivering a sermon titled, “True Worshippers” at the service, the International Director of the Greater Evangelism World Crusade, Apostle Geoffrey Numbere stressed the need for man to serve God in truth.


Apostle Numbere, who was represented by the Rivers State Minister of the church, Pastor Ibim Alabraba, particularly enjoined legal practitioners to uphold the virtue of truthfulness in carrying out their duties.


In her remarks, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kate Abiri, said the thanksgiving service was put together to enable the Judicial Arm appreciate God for the achievements it recorded in the out gone year.


Describing God as the only true source of wisdom, the Chief Judge remarked that the service was also targeted at dedicating the new legal year into God’s care.


The service, which was anchored by the Greater Evangelism World Crusade, featured special prayers for the State Judiciary, Governor Dickson and President Goodluck Jonathan.


Governor Dickson read the first lesson while the State Chief Judge read the second one.


The service was well attended by members of the Bar and Bench, top Government functionaries including the Speaker of the State House of assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson, traditional rulers, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd) and other well wishers of the Judiciary.    


Daniel Iworiso-Markson


Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State


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Monday, 18 November 2013

AS LEGAL YEAR OPENS IN BAYELSA, GOV DICKSON WANTS JUDGES TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES WITH UTMOST SENSE OF CAUTION


AS LEGAL YEAR OPENS IN BAYELSA, GOV DICKSON WANTS JUDGES TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES WITH UTMOST SENSE OF CAUTION

 

18/11/2013

Judges in the country have been urged to perform their professional duties with utmost sense of caution to meet societal expectation as the last hope of the common man.


Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson gave the charge at a special inter-denominational thanksgiving service marking the beginning of the 2013/14 Legal Year in the State at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa.


Acknowledging the supremacy of God, the Governor who was represented by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Francis Egele called on members of the Bar and Bench to apply the fear of God in the discharge of their responsibilities.


As interpreters of the laws of the land, he noted that they play a critical role in promoting the growth and development of the country, pointing out that any failure on the part of the Judiciary, would adversely affect the wellbeing of society.


Governor Dickson, who congratulated the State Judiciary for carrying out its statutory duties with candor, urged them to maintain the gesture to enhance peace and security in the State.


Delivering a sermon titled, “True Worshippers” at the service, the International Director of the Greater Evangelism World Crusade, Apostle Geoffrey Numbere stressed the need for man to serve God in truth.


Apostle Numbere, who was represented by the Rivers State Minister of the church, Pastor Ibim Alabraba, particularly enjoined legal practitioners to uphold the virtue of truthfulness in carrying out their duties.


In her remarks, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kate Abiri, said the thanksgiving service was put together to enable the Judicial Arm appreciate God for the achievements it recorded in the out gone year.


Describing God as the only true source of wisdom, the Chief Judge remarked that the service was also targeted at dedicating the new legal year into God’s care.


The service, which was anchored by the Greater Evangelism World Crusade, featured special prayers for the State Judiciary, Governor Dickson and President Goodluck Jonathan.


Governor Dickson read the first lesson while the State Chief Judge read the second one.


The service was well attended by members of the Bar and Bench, top Government functionaries including the Speaker of the State House of assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson, traditional rulers, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd) and other well wishers of the Judiciary.    


Daniel Iworiso-Markson


Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State


DR. AGANGA INAUGURATES BAYELSA SMEs COUNCIL, AS GOV DICKSON PLEDGES ADEQUATE FUNDING OF SECTOR

DR. AGANGA INAUGURATES BAYELSA SMEs COUNCIL, AS GOV DICKSON PLEDGES ADEQUATE FUNDING OF SECTOR


18/11/2013

Bayelsa State Government has reaffirmed its confidence in the private sector as a vehicle to drive the economy of the State away from the monthly federal allocations.


Governor Seriake Dickson, who made this known at the Inauguration of the State Council for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Yenagoa, noted that, the present administration was aware of the crucial role of SMEs and its positive impact on the lives of the people.


Represented at the occasion by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Dame (Mrs) Didi Walson-Jack, the Governor said it was the realization of the importance SMEs that informed Government’s decision to incorporate it into the Restoration Agenda.


He commended the Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga for his interest in the State and his presence at the event and the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment on the private sector.


According to him, the various entrepreneurial activities going on in the State were indications that the State government did not misplace its priorities.


Aware of the critical issues of funding and other logistic requirements Gov Dickson disclosed that, practical steps have been taken to ensure that SMEs are not relegated to the background for reasons of inadequate funding in the State.


“In addition to this, we are also leveraging on opportunities in the micro- finance derivatives, especially with the commitment of the Bayelsa State Micro-Finance Agency to establish a micro-finance bank for the purpose of giving out loans and credit facilities to our SMEs in the State”.


The Governor stated that a 24-member committee drawn from all the Local Government Areas of the State have been set up for efficient regulatory and supervisory mechanism to manage the derivatives from the partnership and will be charged with the responsibility of formulating relevant policies and effective supervision of the disbursement and utilization of the funds to beneficiaries.


He said the State Government went further to engage the people in the acquisition of business management skills to promote the growth of local businesses and their sustainability in the State, adding that the administration set aside the sum of N480 million for the purpose in the 2013 budget.


Hon. Dickson assured that Government was focused on the stimulation of the economy using SMEs as a veritable tool to achieve the purpose while, the Bayelsa State Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC) is a vehicle aimed at making the economy principally private sector driven.


Speaking also, the minister who inaugurated the State council on SMEs and the formal flag-off of the National Enterprise Development  Programme (NEDEP) in the State, commended the developmental strides of Governor Seriake Dickson as well as the policy thrust of his administration.


Dr. Aganga, who described Bayelsa as “a small State in size but big in spirit” noted that it is endowed with so many natural resources apart from being the highest producers of oil and gas, adding that, the State is capable of becoming the ‘Dubai’ of Africa a major economic power.


He said the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment initiated SMEs and the launch of NEDEP to integrate and coordinate the development of SMEs, through the establishment of State SME Councils all over the country.


Expressing the impact of the private sectors towards nation building, the minister said the NEDEP initiative is aimed at generating millions of jobs nationwide within two years.


In his remarks, the Director-General, SMEDAN Alhaji Bature Masari said, in order to solidify its partnership, the Agency will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Government specifying the duties and obligations of both parties and the overall deliverables and timelines, noting that the MOU is expected to be operational within the next few weeks.


The DG commended the State Government for promoting the development of the SMEs sub-sector in the State as well as its provision of a befitting office space for the South – South zonal office and the Business Support Centre (BSC) in Yenagoa, which he said, will ensure that the services of the Agency are effectively delivered to all target groups in the State in partnership with the Advisory Council.


He gave an assurance that SMEDAN will remain a trusted ally in SMEs and entrepreneurship development in Nigeria, stressing that it will continue to support entrepreneurial activities in the State.


In an overview of SMEs activities in the State, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the State Governor on SMEs, Engr. Ebiekure Eradiri said, the Governor Seriake Dickson led administration had taken concrete steps to develop SMEs through various strategies, collaborations and alliances to achieve its objects.


This, the SSA noted, include confidence rebuilding of SME operators and restoring the hopes of critical mass of entrepreneurs in the State, collating and updating database, holding  various  entrepreneurial capacity building workshops, the hosting of the 2013 SMEs Summit in Yenagoa and the establishment of N10 billion SMEs Development Trust Fund in partnership with the private sector.


The launch of SMEs Restoration Roadmap, a 12-14 months SMEs policy framework for development of SMEs in the State, An SME Mentorship Scheme in partnership with the private sector, the promotion of made-in-Bayelsa products, the proposed SMEs village in Yenagoa as well as the Integration of Entrepreneurial Training and the infusion Financial Literacy into the educational curriculum in all secondary schools across the State within the shortest possible time are also some of the steps.


According to Engr. Eradiri, all these efforts have started yielding results as the State level, but are now being known and observed by various institutions across the African continent and Europe, while the Bayelsa products such as palm oil, ogbono, plantain, fish/sea foods, Nembe bread are in high demand, and most sought after at Oyingbo market in Lagos with the branded SME products expected to feature on the State stand during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


He disclosed that, in April, last year, the State Government flagged off various SMEs Clusters for which the State has comparative advantage in all the eight Local Government Areas of the State in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Development and Investment Corporation, which is similar to the proposed one Local Government, one product (OLOP) programme initiated by the Federal Government.


The SSA noted that the main policy thrust of the SMEs sector under the Restoration agenda is to optimize the source of economic growth using the SMEs to achieve the objective.


In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, Barr. Collins Daniel stated that the ministry has put in place mechanism to encourage the transition of businesses from the informal to the formal sectors of the economy.


According to him, cooperatives and training sessions have been held for them in all the Local Government Areas of the State with impressive delivery rate.


Barr. Daniel, who welcomed the inauguration of the State council, stressing that, it came at a time when Government efforts were beginning to yield results and helping to consolidate on gains already recorded.


 


Daniel Iworiso-Markson


Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

BAYELSA KICK-STARTS WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME WITH N500M

BAYELSA KICK-STARTS WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME WITH N500M


18/11/2013

The Bayelsa State Government says it is set to launch the first phase of its Women Empowerment Programme to various cooperative groups next week.


Governor Seriake Dickson announced this when the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Government House, Yenagoa.


According to the Governor, about N500 Million will be disbursed to the women cooperative groups during his ‘thank you’ tour to the eight local government areas of the State, which is expected to kick off next week.


Governor Dickson, who expressed delight at the visit of the Minister, explained that Government decided to test-run the programme with women in view of the critical role they play in their families and society in general.


While commending the Minister for his efforts in promoting the growth of business and investment in the country, the Governor noted that his administration had since keyed into the Federal Government development programmes for small and medium enterprises.


He restated the State Government’s commitment to diversifying its economy from oil and gas with a view to generating employment and creating wealth through industrialization.


His words, “This was where oil and gas started but we don’t have the big oil companies located here.  In this State, it is only the Government that employs people, and that has to change.  So, I am actively promoting the policy of expanding the economy of this State beyond oil and gas.  We are doing a lot in agriculture and tourism.  That is why we have invested so much in security and the infrastructure that can bring about industrialization.  And that is why we are talking to people and building partnerships within Nigeria and even outside because we want people to come in here to invest and create jobs and generate wealth.


Earlier, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga said he was in Bayelsa to inaugurate the State council on Small and Medium Enterprises as well as launch the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP).


Describing the small and medium enterprises sub-sector as the greatest employer of labour in the country, Dr. Aganga quoted a survey conducted by SMEDAN as revealing that, “about 17.25 million micro, small and medium enterprises exist in this country employing closed to 32 million people.”


The Minister who announced the sitting of the headquarters of the South – South Office of SMEDAN in Bayelsa, added that NEDEP which is aimed at addressing the needs of SMES in the country has so far been launched in six States.


To make the agency more result-oriented, Dr. Aganga explained that, SMEDAN has not only been restructured but now has its presence in all the States of the federation following the directives of President Goodluck Jonathan.


“In the past we coordinated it from the National Council in Abuja.  It doesn’t work that way.  You need to have State councils because they are the first point of contact dealing with local issues and problems.  So, we changed that structure to make sure that we now have SME Councils at the State level that will be made of Government, the SMEs themselves and the private sector.


“In terms of funding, we have restructured the Bank of Industry (BOI) to ensure that we have bottom of the pyramid programme, which means that we form them into cooperatives, register them with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) at no cost to them without any legal requirements because we want to bring them from the informal to formal sector.”


 


Daniel Iworiso-Markson


Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State


Friday, 15 November 2013

BEST SECURITY GOVERNOR AWARD IS A CALL TO FURTHER BOOST SECURITY EFFORTS …GOV DICKSON


BEST SECURITY GOVERNOR AWARD IS A CALL TO FURTHER BOOST SECURITY EFFORTS …GOV DICKSON



15/11/2013

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has described the award of Best Security Governor in West Africa conferred on him by Security Watch Africa in South Africa, as a call to boost security efforts in the State.


 


Governor Dickson made the remark when the Special Adviser on Security, Colonel Bernard Kenebai (rtd) who received the award on his behalf in South Africa presented award to him at Government House, Yenagoa.


 


Hon. Dickson dedicated the award to the people of the State for their peaceful disposition and cooperation with security agencies and the selflessness on the part of the various security agencies, stressing that, the award was made possible largely by the existing cooperation between them and assured that no effort would be spared in his drive to continue to improve on security.


 


According to him, the award given to Operation Doo Akpor is heartwarming as it was as a result of their diligence and support for Government’s policy on zero tolerance to crime and violence as well as dedication and gallant efforts that have always paid off and received accolades from outside the shores of the country.


 


Calling on various security agencies in the State to redouble their efforts in sustaining the prevailing peace and stability in the State, he noted that it has become imperative to beef up security as the yuletide approaches and increased political activities.


 


Governor Dickson, who expressed appreciation to the organizers of the award for the honour accorded him and the State, assured that no effort would be spared in his drive to continue to improve security.


 


In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Colonel Bernard Kenebai (rtd), said Bayelsa was high on the mark of activities this year of the Security Watch Africa Lecture and Award Series.


 


Colonel Kenebai who led a team of security personnel and officials of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), attributed the awards of Best Crime Busting Squad in West Africa for Operation Doo Akpor and Best Security Governor in West Africa for Governor Dickson to the recognition of the present administration’s huge investment in security.


 


Daniel Iworiso-Markson


Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

A SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON AT THE ANNUAL LECTURE/FLAG OFF OF NATIONS’ CEREMONY AND CULTURAL PRESENTATION, BY THE CENTRE FOR AFRICAN ISRAELI DEVELOPMENT, HELD AT NICON LUXURY HOTEL, ABUJA ON NOVEMBER 7, 2013


PROTOCOL

I am delighted for being invited as Guest of Honour on this important occasion of the 5th Annual Lecture of the Centre for African Israeli Development (CAID).The theme of this auspicious lecture, bothering on “Food Security: Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development” is by no less timely, as the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the able leadership of Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan (GCFR), has made agriculture one of the cardinal policies in his Transformation Agenda.

My conviction is that the outcome of this lecture will be of immense benefit, not only to the Federal Government, participants and other stakeholders, but also to my dear State, Bayelsa.

I must commend the CAID for its peace initiatives, in a time that terrorism, violence and killings have become the most worrisome issues in different countries of the continent and the world at large. Indeed, the quest to maintain food security is as important as maintaining peace itself. This is because, without peace, no development can take place in any sector, including agriculture which is the main source of livelihood to mankind.

It will be recalled that in Nigeria, cash crops such as groundnut, palm oil, cocoa, and rubber latex, were the mainstay of the nation’s economy, until the discovery of crude oil in 1956 at Oloibiri in Ogbia Local Government Area of present Bayelsa State, which relegated agriculture to the back seat. 

The over dependence on the booming crude oil sector, coupled with the non-diversification of the economy, led to food scarcity, unemployment and increase in crime rate. As the popular saying goes, ‘a hungry man is an angry man,’ as such the attainment of peace and security will be elusive if there is no food on the common man’s table. 

Agriculture is therefore, one of the effective remedies for driving the economy to tackle the social and economic insecurities bedeviling the society. In line with my administration’s Restoration Agenda, the Bayelsa State Government recently entered into a bilateral agreement with the Israeli Government to partner in the cultivation of large scale fish farms, food crops and vegetables. Other than this, we have a robust policy of making Bayelsa State the hub of rice, cassava and poultry production, for commercial purpose.

Our mission is to diversify the State’s economy from oil and gas sector to alternative sectors in order to provide self-employment as well as create wealth for the unemployed populace.

As part of our economic empowerment and agricultural programmes, we have successfully trained over 500 youths in different aspects of agriculture, in Songhai, Benin Republic. In addition, we are poised to setting up a School of Agriculture to train more youths in farming and agribusiness.

Through the economic empowerment programmes and increased food production, we have been able to maintain social and economic security and peace in the State. These achievements were also made possible by the Doo-Akpo anti-crime team, enactment and enforcement of anti-secret cult law, anti-kidnapping law to re-orientate our people to co-exist peacefully and forge ahead for the common good.

Let me use this occasion to urge Nigerians to support Mr. President’s quest for a peaceful and united Nigeria, despite our ethnic, religious and political affiliations. Violence, whether at the communal, state, national or global levels, deters development. Therefore, it is time for us to take advantage of the proposed national dialogue, to address thorny issues in order to move the nation forward, under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, may I at this juncture, join the CAID to advocate for the implementation of agricultural schemes to boost food supply, promotion of our core cultural values, and the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARD) method at all levels of society and Government, in maintaining security, peace and good neighbourliness.Once again, I thank the organisers of this occasion for giving me the opportunity to address this august audience. Thank you for listening. 

HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON,
Governor of Bayelsa State


PROTOCOL

I am delighted for being invited as Guest of Honour on this important occasion of the 5th Annual Lecture of the Centre for African Israeli Development (CAID).The theme of this auspicious lecture, bothering on “Food Security: Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development” is by no less timely, as the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the able leadership of Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan (GCFR), has made agriculture one of the cardinal policies in his Transformation Agenda.

My conviction is that the outcome of this lecture will be of immense benefit, not only to the Federal Government, participants and other stakeholders, but also to my dear State, Bayelsa.

I must commend the CAID for its peace initiatives, in a time that terrorism, violence and killings have become the most worrisome issues in different countries of the continent and the world at large. Indeed, the quest to maintain food security is as important as maintaining peace itself. This is because, without peace, no development can take place in any sector, including agriculture which is the main source of livelihood to mankind.

It will be recalled that in Nigeria, cash crops such as groundnut, palm oil, cocoa, and rubber latex, were the mainstay of the nation’s economy, until the discovery of crude oil in 1956 at Oloibiri in Ogbia Local Government Area of present Bayelsa State, which relegated agriculture to the back seat. 

The over dependence on the booming crude oil sector, coupled with the non-diversification of the economy, led to food scarcity, unemployment and increase in crime rate. As the popular saying goes, ‘a hungry man is an angry man,’ as such the attainment of peace and security will be elusive if there is no food on the common man’s table. 

Agriculture is therefore, one of the effective remedies for driving the economy to tackle the social and economic insecurities bedeviling the society. In line with my administration’s Restoration Agenda, the Bayelsa State Government recently entered into a bilateral agreement with the Israeli Government to partner in the cultivation of large scale fish farms, food crops and vegetables. Other than this, we have a robust policy of making Bayelsa State the hub of rice, cassava and poultry production, for commercial purpose.

Our mission is to diversify the State’s economy from oil and gas sector to alternative sectors in order to provide self-employment as well as create wealth for the unemployed populace.

As part of our economic empowerment and agricultural programmes, we have successfully trained over 500 youths in different aspects of agriculture, in Songhai, Benin Republic. In addition, we are poised to setting up a School of Agriculture to train more youths in farming and agribusiness.

Through the economic empowerment programmes and increased food production, we have been able to maintain social and economic security and peace in the State. These achievements were also made possible by the Doo-Akpo anti-crime team, enactment and enforcement of anti-secret cult law, anti-kidnapping law to re-orientate our people to co-exist peacefully and forge ahead for the common good.

Let me use this occasion to urge Nigerians to support Mr. President’s quest for a peaceful and united Nigeria, despite our ethnic, religious and political affiliations. Violence, whether at the communal, state, national or global levels, deters development. Therefore, it is time for us to take advantage of the proposed national dialogue, to address thorny issues in order to move the nation forward, under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, may I at this juncture, join the CAID to advocate for the implementation of agricultural schemes to boost food supply, promotion of our core cultural values, and the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARD) method at all levels of society and Government, in maintaining security, peace and good neighbourliness.Once again, I thank the organisers of this occasion for giving me the opportunity to address this august audience. Thank you for listening. 

HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON,
Governor of Bayelsa State

Monday, 11 November 2013

A SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON AT THE ANNUAL LECTURE/FLAG OFF OF NATIONS’ CEREMONY AND CULTURAL PRESENTATION, BY THE CENTRE FOR AFRICAN ISRAELI DEVELOPMENT, HELD AT NICON LUXURY HOTEL, ABUJA ON NOVEMBER 7, 2013


PROTOCOL

I am delighted for being invited as Guest of Honour on this important occasion of the 5th Annual Lecture of the Centre for African Israeli Development (CAID).The theme of this auspicious lecture, bothering on “Food Security: Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development” is by no less timely, as the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the able leadership of Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan (GCFR), has made agriculture one of the cardinal policies in his Transformation Agenda.

My conviction is that the outcome of this lecture will be of immense benefit, not only to the Federal Government, participants and other stakeholders, but also to my dear State, Bayelsa.

I must commend the CAID for its peace initiatives, in a time that terrorism, violence and killings have become the most worrisome issues in different countries of the continent and the world at large. Indeed, the quest to maintain food security is as important as maintaining peace itself. This is because, without peace, no development can take place in any sector, including agriculture which is the main source of livelihood to mankind.

It will be recalled that in Nigeria, cash crops such as groundnut, palm oil, cocoa, and rubber latex, were the mainstay of the nation’s economy, until the discovery of crude oil in 1956 at Oloibiri in Ogbia Local Government Area of present Bayelsa State, which relegated agriculture to the back seat. 

The over dependence on the booming crude oil sector, coupled with the non-diversification of the economy, led to food scarcity, unemployment and increase in crime rate. As the popular saying goes, ‘a hungry man is an angry man,’ as such the attainment of peace and security will be elusive if there is no food on the common man’s table. 

Agriculture is therefore, one of the effective remedies for driving the economy to tackle the social and economic insecurities bedeviling the society. In line with my administration’s Restoration Agenda, the Bayelsa State Government recently entered into a bilateral agreement with the Israeli Government to partner in the cultivation of large scale fish farms, food crops and vegetables. Other than this, we have a robust policy of making Bayelsa State the hub of rice, cassava and poultry production, for commercial purpose.

Our mission is to diversify the State’s economy from oil and gas sector to alternative sectors in order to provide self-employment as well as create wealth for the unemployed populace.

As part of our economic empowerment and agricultural programmes, we have successfully trained over 500 youths in different aspects of agriculture, in Songhai, Benin Republic. In addition, we are poised to setting up a School of Agriculture to train more youths in farming and agribusiness.

Through the economic empowerment programmes and increased food production, we have been able to maintain social and economic security and peace in the State. These achievements were also made possible by the Doo-Akpo anti-crime team, enactment and enforcement of anti-secret cult law, anti-kidnapping law to re-orientate our people to co-exist peacefully and forge ahead for the common good.

Let me use this occasion to urge Nigerians to support Mr. President’s quest for a peaceful and united Nigeria, despite our ethnic, religious and political affiliations. Violence, whether at the communal, state, national or global levels, deters development. Therefore, it is time for us to take advantage of the proposed national dialogue, to address thorny issues in order to move the nation forward, under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, may I at this juncture, join the CAID to advocate for the implementation of agricultural schemes to boost food supply, promotion of our core cultural values, and the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARD) method at all levels of society and Government, in maintaining security, peace and good neighbourliness.Once again, I thank the organisers of this occasion for giving me the opportunity to address this august audience. Thank you for listening. 

HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON,
Governor of Bayelsa State


PROTOCOL

I am delighted for being invited as Guest of Honour on this important occasion of the 5th Annual Lecture of the Centre for African Israeli Development (CAID).The theme of this auspicious lecture, bothering on “Food Security: Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development” is by no less timely, as the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the able leadership of Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan (GCFR), has made agriculture one of the cardinal policies in his Transformation Agenda.

My conviction is that the outcome of this lecture will be of immense benefit, not only to the Federal Government, participants and other stakeholders, but also to my dear State, Bayelsa.

I must commend the CAID for its peace initiatives, in a time that terrorism, violence and killings have become the most worrisome issues in different countries of the continent and the world at large. Indeed, the quest to maintain food security is as important as maintaining peace itself. This is because, without peace, no development can take place in any sector, including agriculture which is the main source of livelihood to mankind.

It will be recalled that in Nigeria, cash crops such as groundnut, palm oil, cocoa, and rubber latex, were the mainstay of the nation’s economy, until the discovery of crude oil in 1956 at Oloibiri in Ogbia Local Government Area of present Bayelsa State, which relegated agriculture to the back seat. 

The over dependence on the booming crude oil sector, coupled with the non-diversification of the economy, led to food scarcity, unemployment and increase in crime rate. As the popular saying goes, ‘a hungry man is an angry man,’ as such the attainment of peace and security will be elusive if there is no food on the common man’s table. 

Agriculture is therefore, one of the effective remedies for driving the economy to tackle the social and economic insecurities bedeviling the society. In line with my administration’s Restoration Agenda, the Bayelsa State Government recently entered into a bilateral agreement with the Israeli Government to partner in the cultivation of large scale fish farms, food crops and vegetables. Other than this, we have a robust policy of making Bayelsa State the hub of rice, cassava and poultry production, for commercial purpose.

Our mission is to diversify the State’s economy from oil and gas sector to alternative sectors in order to provide self-employment as well as create wealth for the unemployed populace.

As part of our economic empowerment and agricultural programmes, we have successfully trained over 500 youths in different aspects of agriculture, in Songhai, Benin Republic. In addition, we are poised to setting up a School of Agriculture to train more youths in farming and agribusiness.

Through the economic empowerment programmes and increased food production, we have been able to maintain social and economic security and peace in the State. These achievements were also made possible by the Doo-Akpo anti-crime team, enactment and enforcement of anti-secret cult law, anti-kidnapping law to re-orientate our people to co-exist peacefully and forge ahead for the common good.

Let me use this occasion to urge Nigerians to support Mr. President’s quest for a peaceful and united Nigeria, despite our ethnic, religious and political affiliations. Violence, whether at the communal, state, national or global levels, deters development. Therefore, it is time for us to take advantage of the proposed national dialogue, to address thorny issues in order to move the nation forward, under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, may I at this juncture, join the CAID to advocate for the implementation of agricultural schemes to boost food supply, promotion of our core cultural values, and the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARD) method at all levels of society and Government, in maintaining security, peace and good neighbourliness.Once again, I thank the organisers of this occasion for giving me the opportunity to address this august audience. Thank you for listening. 

HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON,
Governor of Bayelsa State

COURTESY VISIT TO HON. SALO ADIKUMO BY THE STATE EXECUTIVES OF GRASSROOT RESTORATION MOVEMENT

COURTESY VISIT TO  HON. SALO ADIKUMO BY THE STATE EXECUTIVES OF GRASSROOT RESTORATION MOVEMENT

 

The State Executives of Grassroot Restoration Movement paid a courtesy visit to the Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Education Bayelsa State, Hon.Salo Adikumo on the 7th of Novemeber,2013 as  part of its visit to some key government functionaries.

In his remark, the President of the organisation Chief Thompson Amule commended our Contriman Governor Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson on the monumental achievements recorded so far in virtually all the critical sectors of the State, especially in the area of Education and Road Construction; he also specifically thanked the Hon. Commissioner for his relentless effort in ensuring that the good policies and programs of the RESTORATION administration in the Education sector is implemented to the letter. He further stated that as a non-governmental organisation, but a social political organisation we shall continue to give our unflinching support to the Restoration administration at all times.

 

In his speech, the Secretary of the organisation Mr. Honest Onyerin informed the Commissioner of the groups upcoming Local Government, Constituency and Ward Executives inauguration which will take place in a couple of weeks’ time, and also the reason behind the formation of the group.

Mr Honest Onyerin stated that the group’s key mandate is to showcase and inform Bayelsans and Nigerians within and outside the State about the massive infrastructural and human capital development of the Restoration administration ably led by our Contriman Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson through the print, electronic and social media; he also used the occasion to inform the Hon. Commissioner about the organisation’s spread; disclosing how the organisation is structured having its membership cutting across all the various wards in the State.

Responding, the Hon. Commissioner while expressing is happiness with the group used the occasion to inform the group that over 250 post-primary scholarships have so far been awarded to indigenes of the State who are currently  in some choice schools in the country; and also for the Masters and Ph.D. category a good number are currently studying overseas.

He further stated that over 400 primary schools have so far been renovated, and Headmasters quarters have also been built across the rural communities, and that very soon all schools in the State capital will also be given a facelift.

In the same vein the Hon. Commissioner stated that over 35 Constituency schools of international standard with boarding facilities have been embarked upon by the Restoration Administration, and when completed the free education policy of the Restoration Administration which is already on will be enhanced as students will be kept in boarding schools and catered for freely.

The Hon. Commissioner stated that teachers will also be trained and retrained to meet international standard.

Members of the State Executives who were part of the delegation include the Woman Leader, MS Diye Mbasi, Director of Finance ,Mr Luis Stanley Udisi, Director of Mobilisation, Mr Sogo Peres Clinton, Organising Secretary, Mr Ateigbanyo Alabo, Director of Welfare, Mr.Effort Ogbe and Legal Adviser,

Barr. Belac Prince Edovie.

 

 

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

A SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON AT THE ANNUAL LECTURE/FLAG OFF OF NATIONS’ CEREMONY AND CULTURAL PRESENTATION, BY THE CENTRE FOR AFRICAN ISRAELI DEVELOPMENT, HELD AT NICON LUXURY HOTEL, ABUJA ON NOVEMBER 7, 2013


PROTOCOL

I am delighted for being invited as Guest of Honour on this important occasion of the 5th Annual Lecture of the Centre for African Israeli Development (CAID).The theme of this auspicious lecture, bothering on “Food Security: Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development” is by no less timely, as the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the able leadership of Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan (GCFR), has made agriculture one of the cardinal policies in his Transformation Agenda.

My conviction is that the outcome of this lecture will be of immense benefit, not only to the Federal Government, participants and other stakeholders, but also to my dear State, Bayelsa.

I must commend the CAID for its peace initiatives, in a time that terrorism, violence and killings have become the most worrisome issues in different countries of the continent and the world at large. Indeed, the quest to maintain food security is as important as maintaining peace itself. This is because, without peace, no development can take place in any sector, including agriculture which is the main source of livelihood to mankind.

It will be recalled that in Nigeria, cash crops such as groundnut, palm oil, cocoa, and rubber latex, were the mainstay of the nation’s economy, until the discovery of crude oil in 1956 at Oloibiri in Ogbia Local Government Area of present Bayelsa State, which relegated agriculture to the back seat. 

The over dependence on the booming crude oil sector, coupled with the non-diversification of the economy, led to food scarcity, unemployment and increase in crime rate. As the popular saying goes, ‘a hungry man is an angry man,’ as such the attainment of peace and security will be elusive if there is no food on the common man’s table. 

Agriculture is therefore, one of the effective remedies for driving the economy to tackle the social and economic insecurities bedeviling the society. In line with my administration’s Restoration Agenda, the Bayelsa State Government recently entered into a bilateral agreement with the Israeli Government to partner in the cultivation of large scale fish farms, food crops and vegetables. Other than this, we have a robust policy of making Bayelsa State the hub of rice, cassava and poultry production, for commercial purpose.

Our mission is to diversify the State’s economy from oil and gas sector to alternative sectors in order to provide self-employment as well as create wealth for the unemployed populace.

As part of our economic empowerment and agricultural programmes, we have successfully trained over 500 youths in different aspects of agriculture, in Songhai, Benin Republic. In addition, we are poised to setting up a School of Agriculture to train more youths in farming and agribusiness.

Through the economic empowerment programmes and increased food production, we have been able to maintain social and economic security and peace in the State. These achievements were also made possible by the Doo-Akpo anti-crime team, enactment and enforcement of anti-secret cult law, anti-kidnapping law to re-orientate our people to co-exist peacefully and forge ahead for the common good.

Let me use this occasion to urge Nigerians to support Mr. President’s quest for a peaceful and united Nigeria, despite our ethnic, religious and political affiliations. Violence, whether at the communal, state, national or global levels, deters development. Therefore, it is time for us to take advantage of the proposed national dialogue, to address thorny issues in order to move the nation forward, under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, may I at this juncture, join the CAID to advocate for the implementation of agricultural schemes to boost food supply, promotion of our core cultural values, and the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARD) method at all levels of society and Government, in maintaining security, peace and good neighbourliness.Once again, I thank the organisers of this occasion for giving me the opportunity to address this august audience. Thank you for listening. 

HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON,
Governor of Bayelsa State


PROTOCOL

I am delighted for being invited as Guest of Honour on this important occasion of the 5th Annual Lecture of the Centre for African Israeli Development (CAID).The theme of this auspicious lecture, bothering on “Food Security: Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development” is by no less timely, as the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the able leadership of Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan (GCFR), has made agriculture one of the cardinal policies in his Transformation Agenda.

My conviction is that the outcome of this lecture will be of immense benefit, not only to the Federal Government, participants and other stakeholders, but also to my dear State, Bayelsa.

I must commend the CAID for its peace initiatives, in a time that terrorism, violence and killings have become the most worrisome issues in different countries of the continent and the world at large. Indeed, the quest to maintain food security is as important as maintaining peace itself. This is because, without peace, no development can take place in any sector, including agriculture which is the main source of livelihood to mankind.

It will be recalled that in Nigeria, cash crops such as groundnut, palm oil, cocoa, and rubber latex, were the mainstay of the nation’s economy, until the discovery of crude oil in 1956 at Oloibiri in Ogbia Local Government Area of present Bayelsa State, which relegated agriculture to the back seat. 

The over dependence on the booming crude oil sector, coupled with the non-diversification of the economy, led to food scarcity, unemployment and increase in crime rate. As the popular saying goes, ‘a hungry man is an angry man,’ as such the attainment of peace and security will be elusive if there is no food on the common man’s table. 

Agriculture is therefore, one of the effective remedies for driving the economy to tackle the social and economic insecurities bedeviling the society. In line with my administration’s Restoration Agenda, the Bayelsa State Government recently entered into a bilateral agreement with the Israeli Government to partner in the cultivation of large scale fish farms, food crops and vegetables. Other than this, we have a robust policy of making Bayelsa State the hub of rice, cassava and poultry production, for commercial purpose.

Our mission is to diversify the State’s economy from oil and gas sector to alternative sectors in order to provide self-employment as well as create wealth for the unemployed populace.

As part of our economic empowerment and agricultural programmes, we have successfully trained over 500 youths in different aspects of agriculture, in Songhai, Benin Republic. In addition, we are poised to setting up a School of Agriculture to train more youths in farming and agribusiness.

Through the economic empowerment programmes and increased food production, we have been able to maintain social and economic security and peace in the State. These achievements were also made possible by the Doo-Akpo anti-crime team, enactment and enforcement of anti-secret cult law, anti-kidnapping law to re-orientate our people to co-exist peacefully and forge ahead for the common good.

Let me use this occasion to urge Nigerians to support Mr. President’s quest for a peaceful and united Nigeria, despite our ethnic, religious and political affiliations. Violence, whether at the communal, state, national or global levels, deters development. Therefore, it is time for us to take advantage of the proposed national dialogue, to address thorny issues in order to move the nation forward, under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, may I at this juncture, join the CAID to advocate for the implementation of agricultural schemes to boost food supply, promotion of our core cultural values, and the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARD) method at all levels of society and Government, in maintaining security, peace and good neighbourliness.Once again, I thank the organisers of this occasion for giving me the opportunity to address this august audience. Thank you for listening. 

HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON,
Governor of Bayelsa State