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Thursday, 4 December 2014

BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD 2014: SAINT MIENPAMO DEDICATES ITS AWARD TO THE SPEAKER OF BAYELSA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD 2014: SAINT MIENPAMO DEDICATES ITS AWARD TO THE SPEAKER OF BAYELSA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.  

Comrade Saint Mienpamo Onitsha is one of the Special Assistant to Governor of Bayelsa State and also the Director of Operation of the Bayelsa New Media Team and as well as the Bayelsa Social Media Committee chaired by Ambassador John Idumange. Comrade Saint was Awarded as The Most Visible Social Media Person of the Year 2014.

While receiving the award from former RATTAWU Chairperson  Mrs. Vienna E. Imoukhuede, he thanked the Governor of Bayelsa State Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson and Dr. John Idumange for finding him worthy  to serve as one of the Social Media Aids to the Restoration Government of Bayelsa State. 

According to him. "First of all, my gratitude went to my lovely Children Favour and Emmanuel, also to the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Bayelsa State on General Duties Hon. Bello Bina and Mr Preye Oseke. This award is given to me as I deliver selfless service to the Restoration Government under the leadership of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, since his inception till date. Meanwhile I Saint Mienpamo Onitsha dedicates this prestigious award to my leader, Friend and Brother the Right Honorable Speaker of The  Bayelsa State House of Assembly Hon. Konbowei Benson"

Other key Awardees includes, 

 Dr. George Allen Fente was awarded as the Most Innovative Chairman of the Bayelsa Public Information Management  Committee. 

Hon. Daniel Iworiso-Markson the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State was awarded the Best Leader Of The Bayelsa Media Team of the Year 2014.  

Hon. Waribugo Sylva was awarded the Best LGA Chairman Since Bayelsa State was created 18 years ago. 

Hon. Sunny .J. Soroh was awarded the SSA of the year 2014. 

Mr. Dennis Alemu was awarded the best feature writer of the Bayelsa Social Media Committee. 

Hon. Apere Embeleakpo was awarded the MDG's Man of the Year 2014 and others.


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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

OUR CHAIRMAN SHUTTLES BETWEEN YENAGOA, OPOROMA -- VANGUARD REPORTS.

OUR CHAIRMAN SHUTTLES BETWEEN YENAGOA, OPOROMA -- VANGUARD REPORTS.  
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On October 06, 2014 By Samuel Oyadongha  & Emem Idio. 

YENAGOA—BEFORE now, council chairmen in Bayelsa State had the proclivity to residing at hotels in Yenagoa, the state capital from where they administer their councils, only to resurface fleetingly during public functions or when monthly allocations were to be shared at their council headquarters.

However, investigations by Niger Delta Voice showed that since Governor Seriake Dickson mandated council chairmen to render monthly accountability stewardship to the people, just as he is doing at the state level, their predilection for operating from outside their councils has reduced.

Also, introduction of the biometric data capture exercise, clock in and clock out device at state government offices, an exercise that was  extended to the third tier of government, has helped to eliminate  truancy in the system and check cases of absentee and ghost workers.

Although, some of the chairmen do not frequent their councils in spite of the directive, most now spend more time in their area of jurisdiction for fear of incurring the wrath of the state government, which has put in place measures to check their excesses.

Absentee chair

An indigene of Southern Ijaw council area, Ebikiye Tubolayefa, told Niger Delta Voice that chairman of the council, Elder Remember Ogbe, still travel from Yenagoa to Oporoma, the council headquarters and urged him to put to a stop to it.

His words: “At least, we have a chairman who spends more time in the council. He has recruited many youths. But the security challenges in the area and activities of oil thieves and illegal  refinery operators have remained a problem.

“The truth is that the oil and gas task force he established is helping to rid the area of the menace, but he should stop shuttling between Yenagoa and the council area.”


I spend more time in Oproroma— Chief Ogbe

The chair, Elder Ogbe, however, said  Oporoma is today a peaceful and calm place because he spends more time  there and that his administration has brought smile to the face of  many.

He said: “When you are doing well, people tend to be jealous and want to tarnish  your name. The era of sharing money is over. I have over 600 appointees in the council and we are paying them alongside the council  workforce.”

The chairman explained that he was always in his office to perform his official  duties and travel to other communities within his council area, adding that when  the need arises, he goes to see his family in Yenagoa.

According to him, “My speed boat from Oporoma to Yenagoa takes just 30 minutes because it is 250 horsepower.

“Oporoma today is lively because of the changes we have  effected. I have an accommodation well- furnished and always around to  carry out my official duties.

“My chairmanship position is a threat to some  persons, who are not comfortable with what we are doing to change the  face of the council, which is why they are looking for everything to  indict me.”

‘I don’t share money with any godfather’

“There is no council that is paying up to 600 appointees. No  godfather is sharing money with me; I use the council fund for  projects go round every ward we have ward project.

“I have paid 50 per cent of the projects and most of them are getting towards completion.

“We have completed the Governor’s lodge, we are reclaiming a swampy at the back of  the council secretariat, where is the money to share. It is because we do not have free money to share that some persons have resorted to blackmailing us.

“The governor has warned that council funds must be judiciously used  to impact on the rural people.

“We are constructing road from Amassoma  to Otuan, Otuan to Oporoma, Oporoma to Ekowe, to Olugbobiri, we have  surveyed the land, paid mobilization and about 9km had been cleared  before the contractors stopped due to the flood.

“They promised to  continue by November when the water level would have receded.”


SOURCE: VANGUARD NEWSPAPER. 

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

NIGERIA BAR ASSOCIATION, COUNCILLORS’ FORUM BESTOW AWARDS ON GOVERNOR DICKSON.

NIGERIA BAR ASSOCIATION, COUNCILLORS’ FORUM BESTOW AWARDS ON GOVERNOR DICKSON. 

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11/09/2014

The transparent and accountable leadership style of the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has continued to earn him awards from reputable organisations and individuals both within and outside the country.

The latest came from the National body of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), which members unanimously conferred on the governor an award of excellence in recognition of his developmental strides in Bayelsa and services to humanity in general.

Presenting the award to Governor Dickson at the 44th Session of the state executive council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr.Kemasuode Wodu, who received it on behalf of the governor, said the conferment was made at the just-concluded NBA conference at Owerri in Imo State.

Barr Wodu, who handed over two awards to the governor, explained that the Association of lawyers of the old Eastern Region comprising nine states, including Bayelsa had earlier conferred a similar award on Hon. Dickson in one of their conferences about two months ago.

According to him, " At the just concluded conference in Owerri, Imo State, the NBA acknowledged and recognised the selfless service you have been rendering to the state, to humanity, your developmental strides and even your accountability to the people you govern. Your Excellency, the Association in that wise presented an Award of Excellence to you, which I had the opportunity of receiving on your behalf. I have the award here and with your permission, may I present that award to you, Sir.

"Similarly, the association of lawyers of the old Eastern Region including Bayelsa, which I had the privilege of serving as its chairman before handing over some three years ago. The NBA is now based on regions informally. So, that is one of the regions and in one of their conferences, two months ago an award was presented in recognition of your contributions to the development of Bayelsa State and humanity", he said.

In the same vein, the National Councillors Forum of Nigeria at its sixth national convention in Minna, the Niger State capital identified itself with the achievements of the Dickson-led administration, bestowing on him, the awarding of the Best Governor in Grassroots Development and Truthful Leadership.

Handing over the award to Governor Dickson in Government House, the Chairman of the Bayelsa State chapter of the Forum, Mr Tonkumo Igoniwari, described the governor as focused, prudent and purposeful in piloting the affairs of the state for the period he has been in the saddle of leadership.

Responding, Governor Dickson expressed gratitude to theorganisations for honouring him, and dedicated the awards to the members of the Restoration team and the good people of the state.

Earlier, declaring open the expanded executive council meeting, which had permanent secretaries of the various ministries in attendance, Hon Dickson urged them to work in harmony with their respective commissioners in the formulation and implementation ofgovernment's policies and programmes.

His words: " This is an enlarged executive council meeting for a specific purpose. Most of you, who have not been part of Exco, do not know how we go about the business of managing public expenditures in this government. Last two months I made a statement that, I thought the time has come for us to have inaudience our permanent secretaries, who are the heads of the bureaucracies.

" I wanted them to be with us and have a feel of what we go through month after month as we try to appropriate scarce resources, so that you do not misunderstand your commissioners and all of you also do not misunderstand the state leadership."

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

NDDC PROJECTS ABANDONMENT WORRIES GOV DICKSON ...INAUGURATES COMMITTEE TO MONITOR PROJECTS.


29/06/2014. 
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has expressed serious concern over the alarming rate of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects abandoned over the years in the State, describing the trend as unacceptable.

Hon. Dickson, who spoke in Yenagoa, while inaugurating a 9-member special committee on the monitoring of NDDC projects in Bayelsa State, noted that there are concerns that, most of the projects awarded by the interventionist agency to complement development efforts in the state have been abandoned.

He said the committee was not set up to witch-hunt anybody, but to ensure that the state gets its fair share of NDDC's projects as a major contributor of the funds with which the commission executes its core mandate in the region.

He identified  the perennial politicisation of the Commission as a major factor militating against the effective implementation of of development projects, noting that, some contractors defraud the state and go scot-free with ill-gotten wealth at the the detriment of the people.

The governor maintained that, " There are concerns that some projects are completed and payments made only on paper and because of the over politicisation of NDDC, you have a situation where people sit down in other places, get contracts awarded to themselves and their cronies, receive payment, but will not come onground to do those jobs, and even when they come, they don't execute the jobs to the end.

"I appreciate the Federal Government for the various interventionprogrammes they have executed in this state using the NDDC. But, a number of Bayelsans are asking, why is it that most NDDC projects in some other neighbouring states are completed, visible and being used by their people. You see, most of those projects in other states, but you don't see many of them in Bayelsa.

Continuing he said: " Some have even asked, are we sure that our state benefits maximally according to our production, and therefore our contribution to that fund. These are all relevant questions that we must find answers for our people, because it is their right to know.

While warning such unscrupulous contractors to turn a new leaf, Governor Dickson assured Bayelsans of his administration's readiness to complement the Federal Government in monitoring projects meant for the state to ensure their completion.

To this end, he mandated the committee to identify all contracts awarded by the NDDC from its inception in Bayelsa, find out their locations as well as identify the contractors.

The committee is also expected to determine the costs of those contracts, ascertain the amounts paid as well as the extent of work done and also look at the issue of whether, the state is appropriately represented in all cadres of the NDDC, among other terms of reference.

Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo thanked the Governor for finding them worthy to carry out what he described as a great task and pledged to do their best for the good of the state.

Engineer Wenapre Deo is the Secretary of the committee, while a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Donald Egberibein, Dr Meeting Andawei and Mrs Rebecca Suowari are to serve as members.

Other members include the immediate past commissioner for Science, Technology and Manpower Development in the State, Mr MacManuel Parkinson, Mr Timi Kay and Mr Sunny Omekwe.




PHOTOSPEAKS: Press briefing with the theme: "Unlocking Bayelsa Economic Potentials" at the Oriental Hotel Lekki, Lagos. By Saint Mienpamo

PHOTOSPEAKS: Press briefing with the theme: "Unlocking Bayelsa Economic Potentials" at the Oriental Hotel Lekki, Lagos. By Saint Mienpamo


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R-L, Commissioner for Trade, Industry & Investment, Bayelsa State, Barr. Kemela Okara, Director General, Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Ms. Freda Ruth Murray-Bruce and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, briefing the press on the forthcoming Bayelsa Investment and Economic Forum (BSIEF), with the theme: "Unlocking Bayelsa Economic Potentials" at the Oriental Hotel Lekki, Lagos.

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Commissioner for Trade, Industry & Investment, Bayelsa State, Barr. Kemela Okara,Director-General, Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Mrs. Freda Ruth Murray-Bruce (centre) and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson (1st left) at a press briefing unveiling the forthcoming Bayelsa Investment and Economic Forum (BSIEF), with the theme: "Unlocking Bayelsa Economic Potentials at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.

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R-L, Special Adviser on Investment to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Cyril Akika, Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, Barr. Kemela Okara,  Director General,Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Mrs. Freda Ruth Murray-Bruce and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson at a press briefing in Lagos to unveil the Bayelsa Investment and Economic Forum. 

BAYELSA GOVT DISBURSES 1M POUNDS, N200M FOR SCHOLARSHIP OBLIGATIONS IN THE UK, …. TO COMMENCE BURSARY PAYMENTS.

BAYELSA GOVT DISBURSES 1M POUNDS, N200M FOR SCHOLARSHIP OBLIGATIONS IN THE UK, …. TO COMMENCE BURSARY PAYMENTS. 

20/06/2014. 

The Bayelsa State Government has disbursed the sum of One million British pounds and 200 million naira to the State Scholarship Board for onward transmission to scholars on state government scholarship studying in the United Kingdom.

Disclosing this to Government House correspondents in Yenagoa, the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson said, the monies were in fulfillment of his pledge to the students, during his interactive session with them in London recently.

The Governor, who reaffirmed Government’s commitment to continue to fulfill its scholarship obligations to Bayelsans in different parts of the world, noted with satisfaction, the exemplary conduct of the UK based students, stressing that, they were a pride to the State.

Hon Dickson explained that, despite the dwindling finances of the government, it will continue to make regular remittances to the students, while also urging them to take their studies seriously to justify government’s huge financial investment.

According to him, his administration will continue to make massive investments in the education, because of the manpower requirements of the State and the pivotal role it plays in the overall development of the human being.

Governor Dickson also used the opportunity to restate government’s preparedness to fulfill an earlier promise to pay the bursaries for Bayelsa students in higher institutions of learning in the country, stating that, the payments will commence at the end of June, 2014.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the State Scholarships Board, Evangelist Foster Ogola, commended Governor Dickson for fulfilling his promise to the students, noting that, it will go a long way in boosting the morale of the students.

He assured the Governor that, the 200 million naira and the One million pounds, will be judiciously disbursed to the students, who are spread across various universities in the United Kingdom.

COMMISSIONERS TAKE OATH IN BAYELSA; TOLD TO UPHOLD THE PRINCIPLES OF PROBITY, PRUDENCE, TRANSPARENCY.


28/06/2014. 

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson at the weekend swore in two new commissioners with a call on them to abide by the principles of probity, prudence, transparency and service which his administration represents.

Those sworn in are Mr Nimibofa Ayawei as commissioner for Housing,  while Mr Julius Otele is to man the ministry of Tourism Development.

Governor Dickson, who also swore in a part time representative of the state in the Niger Delta Development Commission board, Mr Ball Oyarede as his Special Adviser on general duties, charged the appointees to show unflinching support and loyalty to the restoration government to enable it provide more democratic dividends to the people.

He reaffirmed the present administration's commitmitment to diversifying the economy of the state through tourism, agriculture and promotion of small and medium enterprises and manufacturing activities by providing the enabling environment.

According to the governor, his administration will not relent in its efforts at  pursuing aggressive infrastructural development and making Bayelsa more secure to attract well meaning investors, which he noted have started streaming into the state.

He particularly urged the commissioner for housing to midwife a major housing scheme, that will benefit the generality of the people, not only in Yenagoa, the state capital, but also at the various local government areas.

The Governor said, "For the ministry of housing development, theHonourable commissioner, who will help pilot our various housingprogrammes. You are already conversant with some of the initiatives that we have started in that sector. We want to see mega housing projects, not only in Yenagoa, so that we can reduce the challenges we have been facing in that area.

" We are also having a system where in very few months from now, we want to see housing estates in local government areas. Some of these projects have started in some of our communities and council headquarters. So, working with your colleagues, you are expected to midwife the delivery of robust housing projects in this state in no distant time.

Underscoring the critical role tourism plays in modern economies, Hon. Dickson noted that efforts were underway to establish a school of tourism in the state to meet the manpower needs of the subsector.

He described the state government decision to host major tourism and entertainment related events as deliberate, adding that " already the steps we have taken in the past two years to market and reposition the image of our state through this effort have started yielding tremendous fruits in all sectors.

  " It is drawing investors and business leaders to the state and with the results that this government has achieved in the area of maintaining peace and security by working with the security agencies, we count on you to give leadership and drive to that ministry, so that, our tourism facilities, cultural activities and carnivals could be enhanced and upgraded.

Dignitaries who witnessed the swearing-in included Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Konbowei Benson, Hon InayeAganaba, who represented the state Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, President Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Daniel Ayah and Chairman, Bayelsa Oil Company, King Amalate Turner.

Monday, 16 June 2014

GOV DICKSON TASKS FATHERS ON CORE FAMILY VALUES


16/06/2014. 
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has admonished fathers to work hard to build stable homes, stressing that no nation can be stable and prosperous, without a stable family.

Governor Dickson, who stated this in a special message to mark this year's Fathers' Day Celebrations at the King of Glory Chapel in Government House, Yenagoa, emphasised the need for fathers to impart the core values of humility, hard work and service to their children and wards.

He also urged them, especially the political class and career civil servants, to create chance, out of their crowded engagements, to spend quality time with their families, noting that providing the financial needs alone would not meet the requirements of building a successful home.

To this end, he directed the Chief of Staff, Government House, Dame Didi Walson-Jack to prepare a roster for annual vacation for all members of the state executive council and other key state government functionaries.

Hon. Dickson, who decried the complete abdication of the responsibility of inculcating moral and cultural values to mothers, house helps and other stakeholders, however congratulated fathers for their contributions towards ensuring peaceful coexistence and nation-building.

According to him, " When a father or mother speaks from the abundance of his or her heart, the words do not go in vain. Today, therefore, presents another good opportunity for us, fathers to remindourselves of the sacred duties bestowed on us by God. Some of us parents delegate our duties of bringing up our children to house helps, teachers and other people, whose backgrounds we do not really know.

Continuing, the governor noted that, children of some successful fathers could not step into the shoes of their fathers, because their parents fail to impart the essential values that make them successful, adding that " without a successful family, there cannot be a successful community, state and nation."

In his sermon, the Chaplain, King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Reverend Dotimi Egbegi, enjoined fathers to emulate the lifestyle of the biblical Abraham and Joseph by investing for their future and children.

Rev. Egbegi, who quoted copiously from the book of Genesis, said God created life in seasons and underscored the need for Bayelsans to imbibe the habit of saving for the rainy day.

Speaking on the significance of Fathers' Day, the Branch Leader, Fidelity Bank,  Yenagoa, Mr Akeem Adebanjo, described fatherhood as an embodiment of sacrifice, noting that, fathers spend much of their productive years to work for the well-being of the family.

The service, which featured thanksgiving and special prayers for the governor, Bayelsa State and the Nation, had in attendance, the wife of the governor, Dr Rachel Dickson, former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and a number of government functionaries.

 

BAYELSA DEPUTY GOVERNOR URGES INEC TO IMPROVE ON ITS LOGISTICS

BAYELSA DEPUTY GOVERNOR URGES INEC TO IMPROVE ON ITS LOGISTICS

Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to put in place, adequate logistics to ensure that every eligible voter get his or her voter’s card so as to that vote in next year’s general elections.

The deputy governor stated this at his pooling unit at Nembe when he wanted to obtain his permanent voter’s card but could not do so because his card was not available even though, his name and other details were found in the voter register.

He however, used the opportunity to call on the people of Nembe Local Government Area and indeed, Bayelsans to take advantage of the exercise by coming out to get their voter’s card and also encouraged those that have not registered at all to get registered at the appropriate time in order to participate in next year’s general elections.

Also speaking, the member, representing Nembe Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Jonathan Oboibitei, pleaded with INEC to consider an extension of time for the collection of the permanent voter cards, stressing that the time allotted for the exercise was too short, given the numerous complaints, in order to avoid disenfranchisement of eligible voters.

He also said the people of his constituency have been effectively mobilized to participate in the exercise.

Ebi Evinson
Senior Special Assistant on Media (Dep. Gov)



RE: “APC: Dickson lavished N2bn to Host AMAA” ITS DELIBERATE FALSEHOOD, AS AMAA WAS PRIVATE SECTOR SPONSORED.

RE: “APC: Dickson lavished N2bn to Host AMAA” ITS DELIBERATE FALSEHOOD, AS AMAA WAS PRIVATE SECTOR SPONSORED. 


01/06/2014. 


The Bayelsa State government has condemned in its entirety, the story making the rounds that, Governor Dickson lavished N2billion to host the 2014 African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA.


A Government House statement has described the story credited to the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, APC in the State and published in the media as false, mischieveous, cheap blackmail and clearly an attempt to mislead the public to score cheap political points.


For the umpteenth time, the government wishes to place on record that, His Excellency, Hon. Seriake Dickson has never and will not waiver in the implementation of his administartion’s Restoration agenda, which is anchored on transparency, accountability, probity, truth and fairplay.


The Governor did not mince words, when he remarked at the inception of his administration that, most of the policies and programmes of government will be private sector driven, as it is with the top economies of the world and this has been the trend since 2012, when he took over the reins of power in the state.


In keeping to this policy, the restoration government of Hon. Seriake Dickson has in the last 2 years, fully involved the private sector in the running of AMAA and this will be sustained throughout the life span of the administartion.


To put the records straight, prior to the 2013 AMAA, government organised a fundraising at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja and realised little over N800m, while it raised over N200m from a pre-AMAA sponsors’ dinner in Lagos for the 2014 edition.


Interestingly, a number of the sponsors made their contributions, even after the fundraising events and with these monies, AMAA 2013 and 2014 were successfully organised.


Furthermore, to gain the confidence of private sector, the Governor also directed that a special account be opened for AMAA funds and has been the case since 2013.


And, in appreciation of the support government got from the private sector, the Governor himself took full page advertorial in some national dailies to personally thank the major sponsors of AMAA 2014 and these things are not hidden.


It therefore, beats one’s imagination that, despite all of these programmes, which were well publicised in the media, somebody, who calls himself the image maker of a party like the APC could come up with a statement that, Governor Dickson lavished N2b to host AMAA and even describing it as an erected conduit through which scarce public funds were drained.


The APC may be stating what perhaps was the practice under the immediate past administration of Chief Timipre Sylva, which they were all a part of, but they failed to understand that, it is no longer business as usual with the restoration government.


The Government wishes to state that, it will continue to host AMAA and other events, like it have been doing in the last 2 years, because it is crystal clear that, these events do not only open up the state’s economy to the benefit of its people, it also exposes and expand the local economy for the active participation of Bayelsans, thereby creating jobs.


The Government and indeed Bayelsans are not blind to the fact that, from the eateries to the hotels to transportation and the vast chain of allied services, the boom benefitted the local economy and will continue to do more in this regard to essentially promote the boundless tourism potentials in the state.

By government’s projection, the youth in particular, who are creative in the arts and music, will continue to get a boost through sponsorship and training in the best creative institutions around the world to unleash their creativity and impact the world to the glory of our dear state.


While we appreciate criticisms, which of cause forms the bedrock of democracies all over the world, it will do us a whole lot of good to have them backed up with facts, instead of the complete falsehood in the APC publication.

GOV DICKSON IN SHOCK, DISBELIEF AS PROF DORA AKINYULI PASSES ON …. SAYS BAYELSA WILL MISS HER WISE COUNSEL, PARTNERSHIP.


07/06/2014

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has expressed deep shock, regret and disappointment over the untimely death of Nigeria’s one time Minister of Information and National Orientation, Professor Dora Akinyuli, who died on Saturday (7th of June, 2014) morning at an Indian hospital, after a long battle with a cancer related ailment.

In a statement, Governor Dickson said, he received the news of Professor Akinyuli’s death with a deep sense of loss and disbelief, describing her passage as a great loss to her family, state and Nigeria, stressing that, she gave her very best to every assignment and position she held at various times and levels of society.

According to him, she would be remembered amongst others, for her pioneering and pace setting roles as Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), during which time, she fought patriotically to bring an end to the fake and adulterated drug syndrome in the healthcare delivery system in the country.

He further stated that, as Minister of Information and Orientation, she delivered on her mandate with utmost diligence, commitment and a unique disposition, that has placed as one of the best that ever held the reins in that all important Federal Ministry.

Governor Dickson noted that, she will be greatly missed by the governemnet and people of Bayelsa State, especially her wise counsel in a number of health related projects and programmes in the state, including the pact on the setting up of the First National Drugs Distribution Center in Yenagoa, to check the selling and distribution of fake drugs in the Niger Delta.

While describing her death as a great loss, he prayed for the peaceful repose of her soul and uged her immedite family to take solace in the fact, she has left worthy footprints in the sands of time.

GOV DICKSON VISITS LINCOLN UNIVERSITY: ASSURES OF MORE LINCOLN SCHOLARSHIPS, TO SIGN MOU TO BOOST CAPACITY OF STATE VARSITY

GOV DICKSON VISITS LINCOLN UNIVERSITY: ASSURES OF MORE LINCOLN SCHOLARSHIPS, TO SIGN MOU TO BOOST CAPACITY OF STATE VARSITY

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 31/05/2014

The Bayelsa State Government is to send the second batch of scholars to the Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in the United States of America by September this year.

 The Government is also to sign a memorandum of understanding with the leadership of the Lincoln University as part of efforts to upgrade the capacity of lecturers and students at the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma.

 Accordingly, the state scholarship board, the Vice Chancellor of the NDU and the Ministry of Education have been directed to work out the modalities of the MOU.

 Governor Seriake Dickson announced this, when he met with the President of the Lincoln University, Dr. Robert Jennings and the beneficiaries of the Bayelsa State special scholarship programme, who are currently at the institution.

 Accompanied by the Chairman of the state scholarship board, Evangelist Foster Ogola and Prof. Steve Azaiki, the governor said he was highly impressed with the academic performance and conduct of the students, which informed his decision to send another set of scholars to study at Lincoln.

 His words: “As a result of your encouraging performance and the way you are comporting yourselves, government is encouraged to send another set of students in September this year.

 “You all should aspire to the top of the academic pinnacle before coming back home. It is my desire that you get to the top of your academic career before you return home as leaders of tomorrow.

 According to Governor Dickson, his administration is making huge investments in their educational advancement and expects them to contribute to the development of the state upon their return.

 “It costs government about half a billion naira a year for the sponsorship of about 250 pupils while government spends over N5 billion for that of post graduate scholars. Excluding the school infrastructure, government is putting in place.”

  Encouraging the students to continue to be good ambassadors of the state, the Ijaw nation and the country as a whole, he urged them to aspire to the pinnacle of their educational career and study hard to meet the expectations of the government and people of the state.

 “In the new Bayelsa, there is no room for failure and mediocrity. The restoration government is more about service to the people, which is what we owe our people. Our expectations of you are high. We are preparing the foundation for a great and prosperous future and that is the relationship between you and that future.”

 Speaking, a lecturer at the Lincoln University, Prof. Lundy Connie expressed delight in the choice of Lincoln University, where the first President of the Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had been a scholar and urged the students to carry on his legacies.

 In his remarks, Chairman of the state scholarship board, Evangelist, Foster Ogola, highlighted the statistics of government’s scholarship programme, stating that, over 900 students are currently on government’s scholarship programme both within and outside the country and a breakdown of the figure indicated that 250 students are at post primary school level, 150 Ph.D and 400 in the masters degree levels.    

 

GOV DICKSON VISITS LINCOLN UNIVERSITY: ASSURES OF MORE LINCOLN SCHOLARSHIPS, TO SIGN MOU TO BOOST CAPACITY OF STATE VARSITY

GOV DICKSON VISITS LINCOLN UNIVERSITY: ASSURES OF MORE LINCOLN SCHOLARSHIPS, TO SIGN MOU TO BOOST CAPACITY OF STATE VARSITY

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 31/05/2014

The Bayelsa State Government is to send the second batch of scholars to the Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in the United States of America by September this year.

 The Government is also to sign a memorandum of understanding with the leadership of the Lincoln University as part of efforts to upgrade the capacity of lecturers and students at the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma.

 Accordingly, the state scholarship board, the Vice Chancellor of the NDU and the Ministry of Education have been directed to work out the modalities of the MOU.

 Governor Seriake Dickson announced this, when he met with the President of the Lincoln University, Dr. Robert Jennings and the beneficiaries of the Bayelsa State special scholarship programme, who are currently at the institution.

 Accompanied by the Chairman of the state scholarship board, Evangelist Foster Ogola and Prof. Steve Azaiki, the governor said he was highly impressed with the academic performance and conduct of the students, which informed his decision to send another set of scholars to study at Lincoln.

 His words: “As a result of your encouraging performance and the way you are comporting yourselves, government is encouraged to send another set of students in September this year.

 “You all should aspire to the top of the academic pinnacle before coming back home. It is my desire that you get to the top of your academic career before you return home as leaders of tomorrow.

 According to Governor Dickson, his administration is making huge investments in their educational advancement and expects them to contribute to the development of the state upon their return.

 “It costs government about half a billion naira a year for the sponsorship of about 250 pupils while government spends over N5 billion for that of post graduate scholars. Excluding the school infrastructure, government is putting in place.”

  Encouraging the students to continue to be good ambassadors of the state, the Ijaw nation and the country as a whole, he urged them to aspire to the pinnacle of their educational career and study hard to meet the expectations of the government and people of the state.

 “In the new Bayelsa, there is no room for failure and mediocrity. The restoration government is more about service to the people, which is what we owe our people. Our expectations of you are high. We are preparing the foundation for a great and prosperous future and that is the relationship between you and that future.”

 Speaking, a lecturer at the Lincoln University, Prof. Lundy Connie expressed delight in the choice of Lincoln University, where the first President of the Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had been a scholar and urged the students to carry on his legacies.

 In his remarks, Chairman of the state scholarship board, Evangelist, Foster Ogola, highlighted the statistics of government’s scholarship programme, stating that, over 900 students are currently on government’s scholarship programme both within and outside the country and a breakdown of the figure indicated that 250 students are at post primary school level, 150 Ph.D and 400 in the masters degree levels.    

 

Friday, 6 June 2014

GOV DICKSON VISITS LINCOLN UNIVERSITY: ASSURES OF MORE LINCOLN SCHOLARSHIPS, TO SIGN MOU TO BOOST CAPACITY OF STATE VARSITY

GOV DICKSON VISITS LINCOLN UNIVERSITY: ASSURES OF MORE LINCOLN SCHOLARSHIPS, TO SIGN MOU TO BOOST CAPACITY OF STATE VARSITY

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 31/05/2014

The Bayelsa State Government is to send the second batch of scholars to the Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in the United States of America by September this year.

 The Government is also to sign a memorandum of understanding with the leadership of the Lincoln University as part of efforts to upgrade the capacity of lecturers and students at the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma.

 Accordingly, the state scholarship board, the Vice Chancellor of the NDU and the Ministry of Education have been directed to work out the modalities of the MOU.

 Governor Seriake Dickson announced this, when he met with the President of the Lincoln University, Dr. Robert Jennings and the beneficiaries of the Bayelsa State special scholarship programme, who are currently at the institution.

 Accompanied by the Chairman of the state scholarship board, Evangelist Foster Ogola and Prof. Steve Azaiki, the governor said he was highly impressed with the academic performance and conduct of the students, which informed his decision to send another set of scholars to study at Lincoln.

 His words: “As a result of your encouraging performance and the way you are comporting yourselves, government is encouraged to send another set of students in September this year.

 “You all should aspire to the top of the academic pinnacle before coming back home. It is my desire that you get to the top of your academic career before you return home as leaders of tomorrow.

 According to Governor Dickson, his administration is making huge investments in their educational advancement and expects them to contribute to the development of the state upon their return.

 “It costs government about half a billion naira a year for the sponsorship of about 250 pupils while government spends over N5 billion for that of post graduate scholars. Excluding the school infrastructure, government is putting in place.”

  Encouraging the students to continue to be good ambassadors of the state, the Ijaw nation and the country as a whole, he urged them to aspire to the pinnacle of their educational career and study hard to meet the expectations of the government and people of the state.

 “In the new Bayelsa, there is no room for failure and mediocrity. The restoration government is more about service to the people, which is what we owe our people. Our expectations of you are high. We are preparing the foundation for a great and prosperous future and that is the relationship between you and that future.”

 Speaking, a lecturer at the Lincoln University, Prof. Lundy Connie expressed delight in the choice of Lincoln University, where the first President of the Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had been a scholar and urged the students to carry on his legacies.

 In his remarks, Chairman of the state scholarship board, Evangelist, Foster Ogola, highlighted the statistics of government’s scholarship programme, stating that, over 900 students are currently on government’s scholarship programme both within and outside the country and a breakdown of the figure indicated that 250 students are at post primary school level, 150 Ph.D and 400 in the masters degree levels.    

 

GOV DICKSON VISITS BRITISH PARLIAMENT: ADVOCATES GREATER COOPERATION AMONG COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES.

GOV DICKSON VISITS BRITISH PARLIAMENT: ADVOCATES GREATER COOPERATION AMONG COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES. 

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Bayelsa Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (left)and Lord Richard Glanton, a key member of the British Parliament (right), after the Governor’s meeting  with the Commonwealth Business Group at the House of Parliament,  Westminster, London.

 06/06/2014. 

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday advocated greater cooperation among countries of the Commonwealth to address major challenges confronting them such as unemployment, political instability, poverty, environmental degradation and access to quality education.

 He stated this at a Luncheon organized by the Westminster Africa Business Group in the House of Parliament in the United Kingdom.

 Governor Dickson, who underscored the need to translate  political interactions towards fostering economic ties and prosperity, noted that countries in the Commonwealth were not doing enough to promote trade and do business among themselves, just as they collectively tackled issues like slave trade and fascism in the past.

 His words: “We in the Commonwealth are not doing enough businessamong ourselves and Africa could do better; the Commonwealth can do even better. After all, our leaders and our people, in the last centuries, confronted common enemies; dealt with the inhumanity of slavery and facism and ended it.

 “I believe that the Commonwealth and lovers of Africa need to transcend politics and convert such political interactions and all these platforms that have been established to create prosperity and wealth, for in the end, political or diplomatic cooperation, desirable as it is, will not bring food to the table and will amount to nothing in the practical sense.

 To this end, the governor urged the countries of the Commonwealth to focus more on promoting trade and investment opportunities and possibilities that abound in their domains as well as proffer solutions to the problems militating against the growth and development of the continent.

 While expressing his administration’s commitment to partnering with the Commonwealth towards fostering economic prosperity, Governor Dickson said Bayelsa and Nigeria were ready to do business as the country recently emerged as the largest economy in Africa.

 Recounting the vast investment opportunities in Bayelsa State to include crude oil and gas, he noted that the state has the highest Gross domestic Product (GDP) in addition to being ranked as one of the safest states in the country, where international events are hosted annually.

 Drawing the attention of members of the Commonwealth to the dangers posed by environmental degradation, which coincided with the World Environment Day, the governor called for concerted efforts to tackle environmental problems as it is a common heritage of all mankind.

 According to him, a report by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) revealed that, Bayelsa state has an average of an oil spill per day and the percentage of such cases in the much-celebrated Ogoni oil spill is a tip of the iceberg, when compared to that of Bayelsa.

  “As an individual, I’m a believer and defender of the environment and all of us need to do more to protect and preserve the environment. The environment is the collective heritage of all mankind. We all have a duty to protect the environment and hand it over to succeeding generations…we all need to be united on this.”