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Monday, 13 January 2014

BAYELSA INAUGURATES STUDENTS’ LIAISON BODY:…. CHARGED TO CREATE HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVT AND STUDENT BODIES

19/12/2013


 A five member Student Liaison Committee has been inaugurated with the mandate to liaise between the Bayelsa Government and various student bodies in the State to ensure a harmonious relationship between them.


 Inaugurating members of the committee at the Executive Council Chambers in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Seriake Dickson charged them to notify Government of the problems and other needs of students towards ensuring their welfare and wellbeing.


 Represented by the Commissioner for Education, Chief Salo Adikumo, the Governor reminded the committee of Government’s huge investment in education as it remains the cornerstone of the restoration Government and stressed the need to consolidate on the gains made so far in the sector.


 He said the committee also has the responsibility of ensuring peace and stability among student union bodies and called on them to discharge their responsibilities creditably.


  Barrister Ago Agorodi, who is to serve as Chairman of the committee and Moses Robert Odo represent Bayelsa East senatorial district while other members, Moso Duenize and Zimokpoemi Okoya Ogoniba are representing Central senatorial district with Oweibi Prince representing West.


Responding, Chairman of the Committee, Barrister Ago Agorodi thanked Governor Dickson for the opportunity given to them to serve and pledged to work as a team to protect the interests of Government and students in the State.


 

BAYELSA STATE GOVT FLAYS MEDIA REPORT ON GHOST PROJECT ...VOWS TO LEGITIMATELY DEMAND FOR MORE POWER STATIONS TO BOOST SUPPLY


BAYELSA STATE GOVT FLAYS MEDIA REPORT ON GHOST PROJECT
...VOWS TO LEGITIMATELY DEMAND FOR MORE POWER
STATIONS TO BOOST SUPPLY

09/01/2014
The Bayelsa State Government says no amount of blackmail from any section of the
country and the press will stop it from demanding a fair share of additional
transmission stations to enhance electricity supply in the State.
This
position was made known in a joint press statement issued by the State
Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Francis Ikio and Special Adviser to the Governor
on Power, Engineer Olice Kemenanabo in Yenagoa.
Apparently
reacting to reports in some sections of the media, titled “Investigation:
Jonathan Seeks N1.8billion to Fund Ghost Project”, the duo flayed the
publication as a mockery of journalism aimed at embarrassing President Goodluck
Jonathan and abusing the collective sensibilities of the entire people of
Bayelsa State.
“The
publication is to say the least insulting and aimed at embarrassing the
President in furtherance of the smear campaign orchestrated by a group of
persons.
“Irrespective
of the President coming from Bayelsa State, we are not fools in Bayelsa not to
appreciate what we need and legitimately demand for it from the relevant
Federal Government agencies to address our inadequacies especially as it
affects the electricity infrastructure.  The power needs of Bayelsa
State, according to our last comprehensive
load study, indicates far above 250MW, they stressed.
According
to the statement, the funds in question are not meant for any phantom project
but actually targeted at upgrading the existing 40MVA at Gbarantoru in Yenagoa
Local Government Area to connect the entire State.
It
noted, “Bayelsa State as you all know was created on the 1st of
October 1996 and was depending on 2 x 20MW Gas Turbines in Kolo Creek which
capacity was exceeded as far back as 2004 due to rapid load growth in the State
capital alone.
In
2006, when the national grid eventually came, we felt a temporary relief but in
less than no time, the station could serve only parts of Yenagoa due to the
capacity, which was not more than what we were generating from the
power station”.
The
statement further pointed out that “the only 40MVA Transmission station is
grossly inadequate and is under serious stress arising from overload even as
the supply is limited to the State capital and few communities.
Indeed the station (Gbarantoru Transmission
Station) is at the brink of collapse and if urgent steps are not taken to
upgrade it, there is imminent total outage in the state.
“Therefore,
if the Federal Ministry of Power in their wisdom is proposing the upgrade of
the existing station to 90MVA, and a section of the media interprets it as Mr.
President seeking N1.8billion to fund ghost projects in his home State, is
unfortunate”.
Dismissing
as untrue, the claims by the media outfit that officials of the Federal
Ministry of Power, who spoke to it on anonymity  saying “that there is
no official documentation for the project”, the Special
Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on power, Mr. Kemenanabo insisted that,
the process leading to the approval of the project was well documented.
Brandishing
a letter dated 22nd April, 2013 titled “Bayelsa State Power
Situation” and addressed to the then permanent secretary of the federal
ministry of power, Mr Kemenanabo maintained that the development was a product
of effective collaboration between the former and the Bayelsa State Government.
His
words, “That (claim) is not true. On the 22nd of April, 2013 before
the present Permanent Secretary came in, there was a permanent secretary by
name Mrs Dere Awosika to whom we sent technical presentation explaining the
exact situation in the power system in Bayelsa State as it affects the only
transmission station provided by the Federal Government since 2006.
“In
that meeting, we agreed jointly that a technical committee comprising
stakeholders from Bayelsa State that was represented by the commissioner for
energy, me and the Director of power in the Bayelsa State Ministry of Energy.
Then, on the Federal Government’s side, we had a Director from the Rural
Electrification Agency, representatives of the Niger Delta Power Holding
Company, representatives of Transmission Company of Nigeria and those from
Federal Ministry of Power,” he said.

APC LEADERSHIP TUSSLE IN BAYELSA STATE: GOV DICKSON WANTS NATIONAL BODY TO WADE IN FOR PEACE TO REIGN


12/01/2014

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has directed the Police and other security agencies in the State to ensure adequate security at the secretariat of the All Progressive Alliance, (APC) in Yenagoa, the State capital.

A Government House statement says, the directive is in keeping with the policy of the present administration to ensure security of lives and property of residents and visitors to the State.

“As a responsive Government, we will not abandon what is clearly our constitutional duty to provide security and ensure that people go about their legitimate duties without any form of molestation and same for the APC and any other party that is lawfully registered and recognized as a political party in Nigeria”

Governor Dickson however appealed to the leadership of the party at the national level to ensure that, steps are taken urgently to resolve the leadership tussle among its rank and file in the State.

The Governor, who expressed serious concern over the seemingly bitter rivalry among members of the APC in the State, wants it properly handled before it degenerates to a security problem for the State.

Clearly, the rivalry or rift in the party is between loyalists of former Governor Timipre Sylva and members of the ACN, who have been in the opposition all the while and a part of the new alliance that gave birth to the APC.

Another thorny issue within the party is that, Two of Sylva’s loyalists (Richard Kpodo and Godwin Sidi) have reportedly imposed themselves on the party as Chairman and Secretary as well as sited the State Secretariat at Kpodo’s personal property located at the Etegwe area of Yenagoa without due consultation.

Governor Dickson also pointed out that the said personal building of Mr. Kpodo has long been earmarked for demolition alongside other structures, to make way for the second fly-over bridge to be constructed around the area, adding that Government has already set aside the sum of N1 billion for the payment of compensation to owners of properties to be affected by the project.

According to him, the exercise is not to witch hunt anybody or group of persons, but purely intended to bring about infrastructural development to the State capital in line with the Restoration agenda of Government.

Governor Dickson recalled how, a section of his personal property was demolished, as a result of ongoing expansion of the new Opolo/Elebele expressway, describing it as a price everybody has to pay for the development of the critical infrastructure of the State.

While, calling for the understanding and cooperation of the citizenry in this regard, the Bayelsa State Chief Executive noted that, the development of the needed infrastructure in Yenagoa and other parts of the State, is a continuous exercise and buildings and other property that fall within the right of way of such projects will be demolished and compensation paid to their owners.

“Bayelsa is at peace and I want to use this opportunity to call on the APC to ensure that, the problem does not cause a breach of the peace within the State capital and its environs, as Government will do everything on its part to maintain the existing peaceful atmosphere around the State”

DICKSON WINS ONCE AGAIN, AS SYLVA IS FLOORED

DICKSON WINS ONCE AGAIN, AS SYLVA IS FLOORED

13/01/2014
The Court of Appeal today dismissed the suit filed by former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva’s in his bid to unseat Governor Seriake Dickson at the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the suit for lack of jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.

It would be recalled that this is about the third or fourth time Sylva would be challenging the candidacy of Governor Dickson as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) for the 2012 Governorship election in the State.

In the ruling of the previous case, the Presiding Judge, Justice Lambo Akanbi had observed that too many courts had entertained the suit in question. 

The recent case is even coming on the heels of Sylva’s defection to the All Progressive Congress, APC along with his few loyalists who are already engaged in leadership tussle of the party in the State and by so doing, threatening the existing peace and progress in the State.

This is a clear indication of Sylva’s attempt to grab power at all cost and whose action constitutes an abuse of judicial process.

Applauding the Judiciary for its forthrightness in upholding justice, Governor Dickson on his part congratulated the third arm of Government for not allowing itself to be used as a tool to subvert justice, stressing that, the Judiciary has remained the last bastion of the common man

BAYELSA INAUGURATES STUDENTS’ LIAISON BODY:…. CHARGED TO CREATE HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVT AND STUDENT BODIES

19/12/2013


 A five member Student Liaison Committee has been inaugurated with the mandate to liaise between the Bayelsa Government and various student bodies in the State to ensure a harmonious relationship between them.


 Inaugurating members of the committee at the Executive Council Chambers in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Seriake Dickson charged them to notify Government of the problems and other needs of students towards ensuring their welfare and wellbeing.


 Represented by the Commissioner for Education, Chief Salo Adikumo, the Governor reminded the committee of Government’s huge investment in education as it remains the cornerstone of the restoration Government and stressed the need to consolidate on the gains made so far in the sector.


 He said the committee also has the responsibility of ensuring peace and stability among student union bodies and called on them to discharge their responsibilities creditably.


  Barrister Ago Agorodi, who is to serve as Chairman of the committee and Moses Robert Odo represent Bayelsa East senatorial district while other members, Moso Duenize and Zimokpoemi Okoya Ogoniba are representing Central senatorial district with Oweibi Prince representing West.


Responding, Chairman of the Committee, Barrister Ago Agorodi thanked Governor Dickson for the opportunity given to them to serve and pledged to work as a team to protect the interests of Government and students in the State.


 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

APC LEADERSHIP TUSSLE IN BAYELSA STATE: GOV DICKSON WANTS NATIONAL BODY TO WADE IN FOR PEACE TO REIGN


12/01/2014

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has directed the Police and other security agencies in the State to ensure adequate security at the secretariat of the All Progressive Alliance, (APC) in Yenagoa, the State capital.

A Government House statement says, the directive is in keeping with the policy of the present administration to ensure security of lives and property of residents and visitors to the State.

“As a responsive Government, we will not abandon what is clearly our constitutional duty to provide security and ensure that people go about their legitimate duties without any form of molestation and same for the APC and any other party that is lawfully registered and recognized as a political party in Nigeria”

Governor Dickson however appealed to the leadership of the party at the national level to ensure that, steps are taken urgently to resolve the leadership tussle among its rank and file in the State.

The Governor, who expressed serious concern over the seemingly bitter rivalry among members of the APC in the State, wants it properly handled before it degenerates to a security problem for the State.

Clearly, the rivalry or rift in the party is between loyalists of former Governor Timipre Sylva and members of the ACN, who have been in the opposition all the while and a part of the new alliance that gave birth to the APC.

Another thorny issue within the party is that, Two of Sylva’s loyalists (Richard Kpodo and Godwin Sidi) have reportedly imposed themselves on the party as Chairman and Secretary as well as sited the State Secretariat at Kpodo’s personal property located at the Etegwe area of Yenagoa without due consultation.

Governor Dickson also pointed out that the said personal building of Mr. Kpodo has long been earmarked for demolition alongside other structures, to make way for the second fly-over bridge to be constructed around the area, adding that Government has already set aside the sum of N1 billion for the payment of compensation to owners of properties to be affected by the project.

According to him, the exercise is not to witch hunt anybody or group of persons, but purely intended to bring about infrastructural development to the State capital in line with the Restoration agenda of Government.

Governor Dickson recalled how, a section of his personal property was demolished, as a result of ongoing expansion of the new Opolo/Elebele expressway, describing it as a price everybody has to pay for the development of the critical infrastructure of the State.

While, calling for the understanding and cooperation of the citizenry in this regard, the Bayelsa State Chief Executive noted that, the development of the needed infrastructure in Yenagoa and other parts of the State, is a continuous exercise and buildings and other property that fall within the right of way of such projects will be demolished and compensation paid to their owners.

“Bayelsa is at peace and I want to use this opportunity to call on the APC to ensure that, the problem does not cause a breach of the peace within the State capital and its environs, as Government will do everything on its part to maintain the existing peaceful atmosphere around the State”