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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

ANOTHER BIG SET BACK TO APC IN BAYELSA AS SYLVA'S DEPUTY OTHERS DUMP SYLVA, SUPPORT PDP AND GOV DICKSON.

ANOTHER BIG SET BACK TO APC IN BAYELSA AS SYLVA'S  DEPUTY OTHERS DUMP SYLVA, SUPPORT PDP AND GOV DICKSON. 
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APRIL 29, 2014. 
There are strong indications that some key members of the All Progressives Congress and loyalists of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, have dumped him.

The loyalists have therefore switched party loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party. The defected loyalists have also  declared support for President Goodluck Jonathan.
Prominent among persons that left Sylva is his former deputy, Chief Werinipre Seibarugu, and many persons that served in his cabinet as commissioners and special advisers.

The aggrieved persons numbering about 70 took their decision under the auspices of the Ex-Bayelsa Government Officials Forum.
They declared that their former boss was on his own in his romance with the APC and other tirades he launched at President Jonathan in recent times.
It was learnt that persons involved in the move were unhappy that Sylva failed to consult them before declaring himself the APC leader in the state.

Members of the group said they had suffered political marginalization in the PDP because the ruling party thought they had defected to APC along with Sylva.
Investigation indicated that the Sam Inokoba led PDP had been mandated to meet with the group.
The meeting it was learnt had been fixed for Wednesday at the state party secretariat in Yenagoa.

EBGOF comprises former Secetary to the State Government, Gideon Ekeuwei; former Commissioner for Information, Chief Nathan Egba-Ologo; former Special Adviser on Economic Planning, Michael Amaegberi; former Special Duties Commissioner, Mr. Kesiye Frank-Oputu and former Commissioner for Employment and Conflict Resolution, Mr. FitzGerard Olorogun.
Other members are former Commissioners of Finance, Mr. Stephen Ogulah; Health, Mr. Benson Dagidi; Commerce and Industry, Mr. Kenigua Ibomo; Sports and Social Development, Opukiri Jones-Ere.
Also, former Political Adviser, Mr. George Fente; the former Personal Assistant to Sylva, Austin Adigio and the and former Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Ben Eyororokumoh, among others.

It was further learnt that the group had former state legislators, including the former House Committee Chairman on Information, Chief Robert Enoa, as members.
The decision to dump Sylva for Jonathan was taken at different meetings held by members of the group in Abuja and Yenagoa.
While Seibarugu was said to have been nominated as the leader of the group, Ekeuwehamas was said to have been given the deputy leader.

The agreement was contained in a letter written by the group to the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, the President and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, the State Chairman of the Party, Col.Sam Inokoba (retd) and the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson.
The letter which all the members signed, clarified that they did not dump PDP along with Sylva.

Monday, 28 April 2014

GOV DICKSON TASKS US AMBASSADORS ON GLOBAL PEACE THROUGH FOREIGN INVESTMENTS… WANTS ENVOYS TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT, WEALTH.

GOV DICKSON TASKS US AMBASSADORS ON GLOBAL PEACE THROUGH FOREIGN INVESTMENTS… WANTS ENVOYS TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT, WEALTH. 

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28/04/2014. 

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has urged the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, Ambassador Rick Barton and US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle to be worthy ambassadors of the state by projecting its true image and that of the Niger Delta.

 Governor Dickson made the remark, while speaking at a command performance organized by the state government in honour of the two ambassadors, who were dressed in the state’s traditional attires at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa.

 Governor Dickson, who stated that, their visit to Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area has afforded them the opportunity to see for themselves, the lifestyles of the people, challenges and prospects of the state, called on the duo to attract investors to explore the potentials, that abound in Bayelsa to create wealth and employment. 

 He said Bayelsa has potentials in the tourism sub sector waiting to be harnessed, as they had confirmed through their trip to Nembe, which is endowed with beautiful, serene and alluring environment.

 According to the Governor, the US ambassadors now have a better perception and understanding of the true situation of the people of the Niger Delta, particularly the Ijaws, having visited the creeks in the heart of the Niger Delta to experience first hand, the peace and warmth of Bayelsans.

 “I like to appreciate the wonderful job Ambassador Entwintsle, and the Consul General, and members and the US mission in Nigeria have been doing in terms of broadening and deepening the frontiers and breaking down barriers that may exist in the relations between our two countries.

 “What you have come to Bayelsa for, took you down the creeks to Nembe, which is all part of building partnerships to identify and break down barriers, so that we can make the world a better place.

 “ On your trip to Nembe, you must have seen the swamps, mangrove forests, the creeks, rivulets, culture in its fullness on display. I want to thank you, that you have been able to give yourselves the opportunity to interact more with our people and by so doing, you will be leaving here better informed persons in terms of our situations, traditions and a fair idea of our challenges and our humble efforts to make a difference.

 “Our land is one of endless potentials and possibilities. Tonight, I invite all of you as you leave Bayelsa State, to tell the Bayelsa story and to begin a new narrative about the realities, potentials and the possibilities of the new Bayelsa, particularly under my leadership.

 “You have been to the heart of the Niger Delta, you have been to the great Nembe kingdom and seen the prevailing peace, the warmth and the hospitality of our people.”     

  Consequently, he stressed the need to promote a better understanding among the people of the world, as this was the only way they could create wealth, better societies and contribute to global peace.

 Responding, the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, Mr. Rick Barton, said he was in the state for the first time and expressed optimism, that Nigeria and the United States could be true partners in delivering peaceful democratic process and progress for the country.

 Mr. Entwistle stated that, he was impressed and deeply touched by the warmth and hospitality extended to him and members of his delegation during their visit to Nembe and had a glimpse of the lifestyles and history of the people.

 His words: “The Governor said to us, ‘welcome to the heart of the Niger Delta’ and then he expanded upon it, ‘welcome to the heart of Nigeria’ and what we found, is not only have we been welcomed, we have been shown your heart through your culture, food, music, dances, history that you have shared with us and the towns, that we have driven through and on the waterways.

“In every way your heart has been extended to us; it has warmed us and impressed us and we want to share our love with you. We are deeply touched by your generosity of spirit. We are here, because we believe in peaceful democratic process and we are happy to know that, here in Bayelsa State, you are deeply committed to it.

“The young people that we are working with are giving us the same impression and we hope that we can be your true partners in delivering peaceful democratic process.”

High point of the event was the conferment of Honourary Citizenship of Bayelsa on the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations and the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle in recognition of their country’s efforts towards making the world a better.

The conferment of citizenship on the US officials was concretizedwith Governor Dickson giving Ijaw names to Ambassador Barton as “Izontariowei”, meaning he who loves the Ijaw people, while Ambassador Entwistle was named “Ebidouwei”, which translates to one who seeks good.

BAYELSA RECRUITS OVER 1000 YOUTHS INTO STATE VOLUNTEERS; TO COMPLEMENT SECURITY AGENCIES IN CURBING CRIME, OIL THEFT, SECURITY BREACHES IN COMMUNITIES.

BAYELSA RECRUITS OVER 1000 YOUTHS INTO STATE VOLUNTEERS; TO COMPLEMENT SECURITY AGENCIES IN CURBING CRIME, OIL THEFT, SECURITY BREACHES IN COMMUNITIES. 

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Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2nd L), his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd) (L), SSG, Bayelsa State, Prof. Edmond Allison Oguru (2nd R), and the State Chairman, PDP, Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd), discussing, shortly before the inauguration of the Bayelsa Volunteers, in furtherance of peace and security in the state, at the Exco Chambers, Banquet hall, Government House, Yenagoa.

28/04/2014. 

Governor Seriake Dickson on Monday inaugurated a state security outfit code named Bayelsa State Volunteers with a membership of 1000 youths to complement the efforts of other security outfits in reducing crimes and other related vices to the barest minimum.


The membership drawn from the eight local government areas are to engage in community based intelligence gathering.

In his charge, Governor Dickson enjoined them to work closely with the constituted authorities in their communities to forestall any security breach.

His words: “I want to specifically charge you all, because of the times we are living in. You have to be, particularly watchful and make sure that people do not use you to do things that you are not meant to do.

“You are to mobilize support for the government and work with the security agencies; you areto workwith all constituted authorities in your communities. Where you suspect any imminent breach of the peace, you are to alert the agencies and that is why your overall coordinator is a Police officer.

“You are also going to support the great work the state is doing and ensure that the youths in this state are better informed about what we are doing. That is very important, because when they want to create confusion, they just spread false stories.

According to him, the volunteers and their coordinators are expected to engage in community based intelligence gathering to aid the other state security agencies in stemming criminal acts, such as crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and piracy on the waterways.

“In this state, we do not want to see cultism again that will make young people to be killing themselves on the streets of Yenagoa. Our policy of zero tolerance to criminality, violence and cultism stays.

Governor Dickson, who noted that the administration’s policy on zero tolerance was still in place, cautioned that, government would not condone acts capable of causing disaffection among the people and destabilizing the state.

He further advised the youths not to allow themselves to be used to foment trouble, emphasizing that, government would take appropriate action to bring the full weight of the law to bear on them.

“Let me make this clear that anybody, who wants to use the youths of this state to foment crisis, whether it is by way of mindless killing or it is an attempt to use youths to create crises; or mindless action that is aimed at destabilizing this state and returning it back to those old dark days, I have the mandate, duty and authority to ensure that appropriate measures are taken in accordance with the law.”  

Governor Dickson noted that additional 100 graduate youths would be recruited to support the efforts of the state volunteers.

In his acceptance speech, the state coordinator of the volunteers, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Asufi assured the government of their readiness to work towards actualizing the objectives assigned them.

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Photo: Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (2nd L), flanked by the State Co-ordinator, Bayelsa Volunteers, CSP Asufi Idowu (2nd R), and the State Secretary, Hon. Enekiyor Bonny-Ayah (L). With them are other members of the Bayelsa State Volunteers’ Management team, shortly after the formal inauguration of the security support outfit, at the Banquet hall, Government House, Yenagoa.

GOV DICKSON TASKS US AMBASSADORS ON GLOBAL PEACE THROUGH FOREIGN INVESTMENTS… WANTS ENVOYS TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT, WEALTH.

GOV DICKSON TASKS US AMBASSADORS ON GLOBAL PEACE THROUGH FOREIGN INVESTMENTS… WANTS ENVOYS TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT, WEALTH. 

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28/04/2014. 

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has urged the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, Ambassador Rick Barton and US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle to be worthy ambassadors of the state by projecting its true image and that of the Niger Delta.

 Governor Dickson made the remark, while speaking at a command performance organized by the state government in honour of the two ambassadors, who were dressed in the state’s traditional attires at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa.

 Governor Dickson, who stated that, their visit to Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area has afforded them the opportunity to see for themselves, the lifestyles of the people, challenges and prospects of the state, called on the duo to attract investors to explore the potentials, that abound in Bayelsa to create wealth and employment. 

 He said Bayelsa has potentials in the tourism sub sector waiting to be harnessed, as they had confirmed through their trip to Nembe, which is endowed with beautiful, serene and alluring environment.

 According to the Governor, the US ambassadors now have a better perception and understanding of the true situation of the people of the Niger Delta, particularly the Ijaws, having visited the creeks in the heart of the Niger Delta to experience first hand, the peace and warmth of Bayelsans.

 “I like to appreciate the wonderful job Ambassador Entwintsle, and the Consul General, and members and the US mission in Nigeria have been doing in terms of broadening and deepening the frontiers and breaking down barriers that may exist in the relations between our two countries.

 “What you have come to Bayelsa for, took you down the creeks to Nembe, which is all part of building partnerships to identify and break down barriers, so that we can make the world a better place.

 “ On your trip to Nembe, you must have seen the swamps, mangrove forests, the creeks, rivulets, culture in its fullness on display. I want to thank you, that you have been able to give yourselves the opportunity to interact more with our people and by so doing, you will be leaving here better informed persons in terms of our situations, traditions and a fair idea of our challenges and our humble efforts to make a difference.

 “Our land is one of endless potentials and possibilities. Tonight, I invite all of you as you leave Bayelsa State, to tell the Bayelsa story and to begin a new narrative about the realities, potentials and the possibilities of the new Bayelsa, particularly under my leadership.

 “You have been to the heart of the Niger Delta, you have been to the great Nembe kingdom and seen the prevailing peace, the warmth and the hospitality of our people.”     

  Consequently, he stressed the need to promote a better understanding among the people of the world, as this was the only way they could create wealth, better societies and contribute to global peace.

 Responding, the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, Mr. Rick Barton, said he was in the state for the first time and expressed optimism, that Nigeria and the United States could be true partners in delivering peaceful democratic process and progress for the country.

 Mr. Entwistle stated that, he was impressed and deeply touched by the warmth and hospitality extended to him and members of his delegation during their visit to Nembe and had a glimpse of the lifestyles and history of the people.

 His words: “The Governor said to us, ‘welcome to the heart of the Niger Delta’ and then he expanded upon it, ‘welcome to the heart of Nigeria’ and what we found, is not only have we been welcomed, we have been shown your heart through your culture, food, music, dances, history that you have shared with us and the towns, that we have driven through and on the waterways.

“In every way your heart has been extended to us; it has warmed us and impressed us and we want to share our love with you. We are deeply touched by your generosity of spirit. We are here, because we believe in peaceful democratic process and we are happy to know that, here in Bayelsa State, you are deeply committed to it.

“The young people that we are working with are giving us the same impression and we hope that we can be your true partners in delivering peaceful democratic process.”

High point of the event was the conferment of Honourary Citizenship of Bayelsa on the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations and the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle in recognition of their country’s efforts towards making the world a better.

The conferment of citizenship on the US officials was concretizedwith Governor Dickson giving Ijaw names to Ambassador Barton as “Izontariowei”, meaning he who loves the Ijaw people, while Ambassador Entwistle was named “Ebidouwei”, which translates to one who seeks good.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

BAYELSA GOVERNMENT TO INJECT N20b TO SMEs FUND, HOSTS 2014 INTERNATIONAL SMES SUMMIT.

BAYELSA GOVERNMENT TO INJECT N20b TO SMEs FUND, HOSTS 2014 INTERNATIONAL SMES SUMMIT.

16/04/2014. 
As part of efforts to boost small and medium scale enterprises in the state, the government of Bayelsa state has concluded plans to inject N20bn into an SME’s fund. This will be done during the International summit schedule to hold between the 30th of April and 3rd of May in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.

Disclosing his administration’s readiness to support SME, the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson at an International Conference held in Abuja, said the Government is very interested in stimulating the growth and development of SMEs in other to help stimulate the state's economy.

He added that his administration has commenced the use of computerized certificates of occupancy with just 60 days processing duration, so that citizens can become major players in the state's economy”.

At event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SMEs stated that a vibrant private sector is essential for promoting growth and development of a State, as a result, Bayelsa state government is keying into various sectors to develop the economy of the state.

On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Mr Cyril Akika, stated  that the state government is taking a census of all SMEs in the state in order to support them with adequate funds, adding that, the administration of Hon. Seriake Dickson had created a fund with a minimum of  ₦20 billion in that regard.  

He further stated that, the Enterprises Development centre of the Lagos Business School will partner with the Department of Enterprises Development of the Niger Delta University to equip undergraduates with entrepreneurship skills.

In a goodwill message at the event, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley Mamabolo congratulated Gov Dickson, on the successful winning of the hosting rights of the world SME's event in Bayelsa state, noting that, his efforts at fighting poverty and unemployment were genuine and laudable.

He stated that the Bayelsa State government had established an economic relationship with South Africa, with the opening of a business office in South Africa by the Bayelsa State Government last year, stating that there is a symbiotic link between economy and politics.

Mr. Mamabolo welcomed further integration of policies between Nigeria and South Africa.

Also present at the event were representatives of the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, SMEDAN, NOA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finance and top government functionaries from Bayelsa State. 

GOV DICKSON ADVOCATES COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATION LAWS TO CHECK RISING CASES OF IMPUNITY AND VIOLENCE IN RURAL AREAS.

GOV DICKSON ADVOCATES COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATION LAWS TO CHECK RISING CASES OF IMPUNITY AND VIOLENCE IN RURAL AREAS. 

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18/04/2014. 

Governor Seriake Dickson has described the incessant breakdown of Law and Order in the rural communities of Bayelsa State as a result of the lack of community administration laws.

As a result, the new commissioner of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Martin Agbede has been directed to work with other stakeholders to ensure that, the State House of Assembly passes the Community development based legislation.

“You have to work with major stakeholders and your colleagues to ensure that the assembly passes the community based legislation, which is to define and regulate community administration in the State.

“Most of the crises in our communities are due to the breakdown of community administration

“Young people overthrowing one another, sometimes violently, youth groups overthrowing elders’ councils, dethroning of chiefs and claiming compensation with all the attendant violence and litigation that has also destroyed our values”

Governor Dickson stated this while fielding questions from reporters in Government House, Yenagoa.

He said Government intends to have more presence in communities in the State, adding that, it is for this reason, the new Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Development was created.

“We cannot have a Government that is distant from our rural dwellers. We want to close this gap by dealing directly with communities by doing projects directly with the communities that are development oriented” Governor Dickson Disclosed.

According to Governor Dickson, even the colonial masters had District Officers going round to administer the districts and wondered why such could be done now, when Government is the hands of theindigenes.

Governor Dickson explained that, when he was the commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General, he sent a bill to the House on community development, which was not passed before he left for the National assembly.

JONATHAN 'APPROVES' RIVERS' WATER PROJECT LOAN:

JONATHAN 'APPROVES' RIVERS' WATER PROJECT LOAN:

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If you are still wondering why the governor of Rivers state has gone quiet, wonder no more. President Goodluck Jonathan has intervened to ensure Rivers state gets the necessary waiver required to get the nod of the FG to guarantee the World Bank loan. What is worrisome about this development is that the state government has made no statement yet.

The total project cost is about $346 million and the World Bank will be financing the project to the tune of $205million. The Rivers state government is rushing to the capital market for funding via another round of bonds.

Any more noise from the governor of Rivers state in this period will send a negative signal to the already bearish Nigerian capital market, and can easily torpedo the expected fulfilment of the counterpart obligation of the state.

Once again, I think the president has looked beyond politics, despite the innuendos to give his nod. Appreciation must also go to the honourable minister of finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala her steady hand and focus.

Now, we shift our focus to the flag-off of yet another major project, in a state with chains of projects that are sufficiently solicitous of progress.

As a big advocate of water for all, I welcome this development and wish the AFDB, FG and Rivers state government well.

‘MULTI NATIONAL FIRMS ARE INSENSITIVE TO THE PLIGHT OF OIL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES IN THE NIGER DELTA’’… GOV DICKSON

‘‘MULTI NATIONAL FIRMS ARE INSENSITIVE TO THE PLIGHT OF OIL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES IN THE NIGER DELTA’’… GOV DICKSON

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 14/04/2014.  

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has berated international oil companies over what he referred to as, ‘insensitivity to the plight of oil producing communities in the Niger Delta.’

 He stated that over the years, the accumulated effects of their activities were beginning to have its toll on the people of oil producing states, as they have impacted adversely on the lives of the people, especially Bayelsa where oil companies have the bulk of their operations.

 His words: “I have said it before that what has been going on in Bayelsa State and in all oil producing areas concerning the levity with which oil companies treat the issues of the environment and the maintenance of environmental and health standards is unimaginable.

 “We all have a duty to keep the environment safe and hand it to our children’s children, the same way our parents handed it over to us. Already, in our villages and communities, we can see what is happening; the accumulated effects of several years of oil exploration and exploitation; a regime of lack of transparency and accountability by oil companies, who are operating in this area because they have no respect for our laws and even our lives.

 Governor Dickson, who stated this in an exclusive interview with Government House correspondents in Yenagoa, urged Non Governmental Organizations and other well meaning groups to join government in championing the cause of protecting the environment for the sake of posterity.

 His words: “The environment is one of the greatest challenges our people are facing. This government is aware of the precarious situation of our environment and we are aware of our overall responsibility to protect the environment, which is the most important heritage.

 In the same vein, the Governor condemned the activities of pipeline vandals and operators of illegal refineries for their unpatriotic acts, calling on the people of the state to see the fight against such crimes as a collective one, adding that his administration would create awareness on compliance to standard practice as regards the environment.

  “Of recent our own people have added to the environmental challenges even in a more direct and insidious way. They break pipelines where crude oil flows freely on our precious great land spoiling our rivers and destroying our ecosystem.”

 According to him, the government will strive to ensure adherence to environmental sanitation laws of the state to keep Yenagoa, the state capital clean and green in line with the tourism drive of the restoration agenda, as it is the most important heritage.

 “We will promote awareness; on the need for a safe and green environment and ensure compliance, to lay down rules and standard practice in line with international standards.  We will look at our legal regime where necessary on matters concerning the environment and we want under our government to see a Yenagoa, the state capital to be the cleanest city in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 Governor Dickson remarked that his administration was in the process of working on initiatives to improve on the sanitary situation of communities, especially in Yenagoa and called on the people to support government accomplish the task of safeguarding the environment.

BAYELSA: WHY THE PURPORTED RALLY WAS CALLED OFF IN YENAGOA -- BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA CHIEF

BAYELSA: WHY THE PURPORTED RALLY WAS CALLED OFF IN YENAGOA -- BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA CHIEF

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Yesterday, April 19th, 2014, there were rumours of a proposed rally billed to take place at the Community Secondary School Opolo Epie in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The organizers of the rally, who are faceless had gone to take Police Permit for the purpose. The said rally was botched because of the following reasons:

1. Prior to the day of the rally, the Police and other security agencies uncovered sundry security challenges to which the Police had initially not averted their minds to. Such challenges include but not limited to crowd control, security of the persons to be involved in the rally, the real essence of the rally in a State as peaceful as Bayelsa State and the Principal characters involved in the said rally.

2. Bayelsa State, being the home State of the President is very critical in the political arithmetic of the nation. This explains why there is a huge synergy between the State and the Federal Government. Security infirmation gathered prior to the said rally showed that the sponsors were either bent on undermining the existing synergy or to cause instability to create a climate of fear, mayhem and chaos. Recognizing the fact that the State has invested massively in peace and security to create a veritable platform to attract Foreign Direct Investment and the flourishing of tourism, the State Government can ill-afford to allow people to sponsor chaos, especially now that terror is spreading in Nigeria. NEVER!

3. What is perhaps most worrisome is that those who obtained the police permit used pseudo-names and this is not congruent with conventional practice. Most suspicious is the fact that neither the principal officials of the State Government nor the PDP were aware of the rally. The scenario therefore was that the real sponsors of the purported rally were hiding under the smokescreen of some ubiquitous groups. No responsible Government willl allow some faceless persons to hold a rally in a public place without identifying the principal actors. The question is if the rally turns violent who will the State Government and the Police hold responsible?

4. Even the venue of the purported rally -the Community Secondary School Opolo-Epie is a public educational facility, which needs to be protected given the premium the Governor Seriake Dickson's administration places on human capital development. Besides, so many people were at a loss for the choice of that venue -not-too-far away from a market facility, for such a rally. Credible NGOs and CBOs exist in Bayelsa State but none if them was aware to the best of our knowledge.

5. The State Government has made over 10,000 youths to renounce cultism and about a month ago the State volunteers was constituted, Security information further pointed to the fact that the rally was targeted at recruiting some miscreants from neighburing States to cause a breach of the peace in the State, and this was a well orchestrated design to undermine the existing peace and security in the State.

Freedom is not a luxury, but we can only savour our basic freedoms under a peaceful and secure atmosphere. Without security we can neither have fundamental rights nor prosperity and social justice which are accompaniments of security. This underpins the saying that "security is the first law of nature". It was John Locke who said " Government has no other end, but the preservation of property". This assertion, by extention means protection if human lives, private property, public infrastructure and investments.

Those who wish to hold public rallies in Bayelsa State should not be hiding if their intentions are genuine. At this critical time the State is on the fast lane of development, Bayelsa State cannot be used as a testing ground for illegality, chaos and wanton confusion as thus will undermine the State. Here in the State, the people rule and we build no chinese walls between government and the people.

Idumange John
SSA to the Governor of Bayelsa State
On Research & Social Media
20/04/2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

GOV DICKSON ADVOCATES COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATION LAWS TO CHECK RISING CASES OF IMPUNITY AND VIOLENCE IN RURAL AREAS.

GOV DICKSON ADVOCATES COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATION LAWS TO CHECK RISING CASES OF IMPUNITY AND VIOLENCE IN RURAL AREAS. 

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18/04/2014. 

Governor Seriake Dickson has described the incessant breakdown of Law and Order in the rural communities of Bayelsa State as a result of the lack of community administration laws.

As a result, the new commissioner of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Martin Agbede has been directed to work with other stakeholders to ensure that, the State House of Assembly passes the Community development based legislation.

“You have to work with major stakeholders and your colleagues to ensure that the assembly passes the community based legislation, which is to define and regulate community administration in the State.

“Most of the crises in our communities are due to the breakdown of community administration

“Young people overthrowing one another, sometimes violently, youth groups overthrowing elders’ councils, dethroning of chiefs and claiming compensation with all the attendant violence and litigation that has also destroyed our values”

Governor Dickson stated this while fielding questions from reporters in Government House, Yenagoa.

He said Government intends to have more presence in communities in the State, adding that, it is for this reason, the new Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Development was created.

“We cannot have a Government that is distant from our rural dwellers. We want to close this gap by dealing directly with communities by doing projects directly with the communities that are development oriented” Governor Dickson Disclosed.

According to Governor Dickson, even the colonial masters had District Officers going round to administer the districts and wondered why such could be done now, when Government is the hands of theindigenes.

Governor Dickson explained that, when he was the commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General, he sent a bill to the House on community development, which was not passed before he left for the National assembly.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

BAYELSA GOVERNMENT TO INJECT N20b TO SMEs FUND, HOSTS 2014 INTERNATIONAL SMES SUMMIT.

BAYELSA GOVERNMENT TO INJECT N20b TO SMEs FUND, HOSTS 2014 INTERNATIONAL SMES SUMMIT.

16/04/2014. 
As part of efforts to boost small and medium scale enterprises in the state, the government of Bayelsa state has concluded plans to inject N20bn into an SME’s fund. This will be done during the International summit schedule to hold between the 30th of April and 3rd of May in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.

Disclosing his administration’s readiness to support SME, the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson at an International Conference held in Abuja, said the Government is very interested in stimulating the growth and development of SMEs in other to help stimulate the state's economy.

He added that his administration has commenced the use of computerized certificates of occupancy with just 60 days processing duration, so that citizens can become major players in the state's economy”.

At event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SMEs stated that a vibrant private sector is essential for promoting growth and development of a State, as a result, Bayelsa state government is keying into various sectors to develop the economy of the state.

On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Mr Cyril Akika, stated  that the state government is taking a census of all SMEs in the state in order to support them with adequate funds, adding that, the administration of Hon. Seriake Dickson had created a fund with a minimum of  ₦20 billion in that regard.  

He further stated that, the Enterprises Development centre of the Lagos Business School will partner with the Department of Enterprises Development of the Niger Delta University to equip undergraduates with entrepreneurship skills.

In a goodwill message at the event, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley Mamabolo congratulated Gov Dickson, on the successful winning of the hosting rights of the world SME's event in Bayelsa state, noting that, his efforts at fighting poverty and unemployment were genuine and laudable.

He stated that the Bayelsa State government had established an economic relationship with South Africa, with the opening of a business office in South Africa by the Bayelsa State Government last year, stating that there is a symbiotic link between economy and politics.

Mr. Mamabolo welcomed further integration of policies between Nigeria and South Africa.

Also present at the event were representatives of the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, SMEDAN, NOA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finance and top government functionaries from Bayelsa State. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

8 NEW COMMISSIONERS TAKE OATH IN BAYELSA, CHARGED TO WORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND UNITY OF THE STATE.

8 NEW COMMISSIONERS TAKE OATH IN BAYELSA, CHARGED TO WORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND UNITY OF THE STATE. 

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L-R: The newly appointed commissioners, Barr. Kemasuode Wodu, Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei, Commissioner for Health, Barr. Kemela Okara, Commissioner for Trade, Industry & Investment, Barr. Iniruo Wills, Commissioner for Environment, Chief Martin O. Agbede, Commissioner for Community Development & Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Indutimi Komonibo, Commissioner for Science & Technology, and Manpower Development, Chief Jumogbolo Partner, Commissioner for Power and Hon. Diongoli Ebikitin Sunday, Commissioner for Sports Development during their swearing-in ceremony held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.

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The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has sworn-in eight new commissioners and announced the re-organisation of some of the ministries to reinvigorate the machinery of government to deliver on its mandate to the people of the state.

The new Commissioners are Barrister Kemasuode Wodu- Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei-Health, Barrister Kemela Okara – Trade, Industry and Investment and Barrister Iniruo Wills-Environment.

Others are Chief Martin Agbede for the newly created Ministry of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Inditimi Komonibo  for Science, Technology and Manpower Development, Chief Jim Ogbolo Partner-Edward for  the new Ministry of Power and Hon. Ebikitin Diongoli for Sports Development.

The Bayelsa State Governor also approved the redeployment of the former Sports Development Commissioner, Chief Mitema Obordor to the new Ministry of Local Government Administration, while Barrister Francis Ikio heads the Ministry of Mineral Resources, which was out of the former Ministry of Energy.

Governor Dickson made the announcement, while swearing-in the eight newly appointed Commissioners Friday, at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House in Yenagoa.

The Governor, who announced the scrapping of the Ministry of Capital City Development, directed the transfer of the functions of the Ministry to the Capital City Development Authority, CCDA, adding that ongoing projects in the Ministry would be handled by the Ministry of Special projects in the Governor’s office.

The Ministry of Energy has also been split into the Ministries of Power and Mineral Resources, while the Ministry of Local Government was split into the Ministries of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs and Local Government Administration.

His remarks said “Today marks a very important turning point in the restoration government, as it is the mid-term of the administration”

Governor Dickson noted that all the appointees were eminently qualified, congratulating them for their well deserved appointments.

According to the Governor “ You have been called to serve; do your best in your capacity. You are coming in at a critical time of the administration of this government, as policies and programmes have been laid”

Governor Dickson enjoined all the appointees to work for the development and unity of the state, urging them to sell the policies and programmes of the government to the people.

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Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2nd L), his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd) (3rd R), and the Speaker, BYHA, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson (L), poses for a group photograph with the newly sworn-in commissioners of Trade, Industry & Investment, Barr. Kemela Okara (behind L), Hon. Ndutimi Komonibo of Science, Technology & Manpower Development (2nd R), and his counterpart of Sports Development, Hon. Ebikitin Diongoli (R), shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa

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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (R), congratulating the new commissioner of Trade, Industry and Investment, Barr. Kemela Okara (L), during the swearing-in ceremony, at the Exco chambers, Government House, Yenagoa.

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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (R), congratulating the newly sworn-in Attorney-General, and Commissioner of Justice, Bayelsa State, Barr. Wodu Kemasuode, during the swearing –in ceremony, at the Exco chambers, Government House, Yenagoa

“THIS STATE, THAT IS THE ONLY HOMOGENOUS STATE OF THE IJAW PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SURRENDERED TO VULTURES AND BUCCANEERS”… GOV DICKSON.

“THIS STATE, THAT IS THE ONLY HOMOGENOUS STATE OF THE IJAW PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SURRENDERED TO VULTURES AND BUCCANEERS”… GOV DICKSON. 

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Governor Seriake Dickson has tasked the newly sworn in commissioners to work as a formidable team to protect the overall interest of the state as the only homogenous home of the Ijaws.

Governor Dickson gave the charge at the swearing in ceremony of 8 members of his cabinet at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa.

 According to him, never again will the state be on offer to the highest bidder and will not be surrendered to those who do not mean well for the state.

 The restoration and revolution of the state he noted, was on course, stressing that his administration would continue to work to mobilize support for President Goodluck Jonathan and the development of the state.

  His words: “You are all going to work as a team, because your functions overlap. I urge you to stand firm; this state will not be surrendered to riff raffs anymore. What we have done will be permanent. The restoration and revolution that we have started in this state, we will take it to the end and never again will this state be on offer either to the highest bidder.

 “This state, that is the only homogenous state of the Ijaw people will not be surrendered to vultures and buccaneers. This state will continue to be in the hands of those who understand why this state was created and why our people fought and died over the years to have this state to stand up as a beacon of hope for the Ijaw man and I assure you, we will continue to work and mobilize support in this state behind me and therefore, behind the President this state will continue to grow from strength to strength.  

 Addressing the commissioner for the new Ministry of Power, Chief Partner Jim-Ogbolo, Governor Dickson challenged him as an expert in the field to work towards ensuring that the state becomes number one in terms of electricity supply.

The governor said his predecessors having made huge investments in the sector, asked Chief Jim-Ogbolo to ensure that projects under his ministry were completed as well as convert the potentials in the Power Sector to wealth and job creation in the state.

“This state wants to be number one in terms of provision of power. I want you as an expert, working with your colleagues to drive the power agenda. My predecessors in good faith, all invested heavily in power generation. There are several gas turbines that are not utilized and so, it is your duty to break that jinx. This is the state of gas. This state has more gas resources than any other state, so it is your duty to convert these potentials to create wealth and job opportunities for the state.

“Under my leadership, we have also invested in a number of initiatives. One of such initiatives is the Four Power, which is owned by four states in the Niger Delta. We have set up the Bayelsa State Electricity Company Ltd and several other initiatives in order to safeguard what I call, ‘our energy security and our future’ in an industrialized and competitive world.”  

He called on the new commissioner to streamline the policies and programmes in his ministry and generate new ideas to place Bayelsa State as the number one in power generation and move the sector forward.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan must contest the 2015 presidential election.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan must contest the 2015  presidential election.

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Obasanjo, who said this during a reception organised in honour of the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Jubril Martin-Kuye, at Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party to unite.


The reception was organised in honour of Martins-Kuye by the founder a political organisation, Omo Ilu Foundation, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.


The former president had in an interview with Voice of America some nights ago, faulted former National Chairman of the party, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, who said Jonathan was barred from contesting the presidential poll because of the zoning arrangement of the party.


Obasanjo‘s stand had however generated controversy. While his former deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubabar, insisted that the zoning arrangement must be complied with, the first National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Solomon Lar, said the zoning arrangement in 1999 was temporary.


The former president was said to have started wooing elder statesmen to support Jonathan‘s bid to contest the election.


Last week, there were reports that the former president caused a stir at the Presidential Villa during his visit when in his usual comical manner, he pointed at the President and repeatedly said, “You will run, you will run, don‘t tell me that you are thinking about it. We just have to move forward.”


On Sunday, Obasanjo, who spoke immediately after Senator Lekan Mustapha addressed the PDP supporters at Ijebu Igbo, said that he supported Mustapha‘s stand on zoning and power shift in the country.


Mustapha, who represents Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, had said Jonathan should run for the presidency in 2015.


He said that he had not found any reason why Jonathan ”should not spend beyond 2015 as President.”


He said, ”Someone has said it and I know that when that person talks, that is the way it should be. I‘m not saying the person is Baba Obasanjo but when he says it that is what happens. Personally, I don‘t see why Jonathan should not continue in office beyond 2015. I believe that is the way it should be.”


In his speech, Obasanjo said he agreed with Mustapha on what he said concerning ”what we are talking about in the country.”


He said, ”I have never deceived you before. It has always been said that whatever we do in Ogun State is where Nigeria is going. Our Senator has talked about power shift in our country. If a Senator has spoken, who am I, a farmer, to oppose a Senator? So, if you have listened to him, you already know that‘s where I belong. I think you understand what I‘m saying? In PDP, we are one family, we should be one; there should not be factions.”


The former President denied that he sacked Martins-Kuye in his first term in office, saying it was an established policy that a minister could only serve for four-year tenure.


Martins-Kuye expressed delight at the presence of the guests, praying that Obasanjo would continue to be alive to lead the party.


At the event, a former Governor of Oyo State, Dr. Omololu Olunloyo said that zoning had become anachronistic.


He said, ”Zoning is not good for Nigeria. Modern political arrangement has gone beyond the issue of zoning. What is good for Nigeria is what our party will do. So, Jonathan is free to contest the election because he is not using his term in office.”


The ceremony was also attended by the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun, his Deputy, Pastor Remmy Hazzan; member PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tunde Oshunrinde; Chief Bisi Rodipe; members House of Representatives, Mr. David Salako and Mr. Rasak Adewusi.

Oil providing states see Northerners as beggars – Lamido of Amamwa

Oil providing states see Northerners as beggars – Lamido of Amamwa
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A traditional ruler and delegate at the ongoing National Conference, the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu Mustapha has explained that his reason for advocating that the oil producing states should control their oil wealth was because the oil states see the north as a beggar region.

The Monarch stated this at the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Service (BBC), in Kaduna yesterday.

He lamented the attitude of oil producing states, accusing them of threatening other parts of the country as if they cannot survive without oil money.

“These people who come from oil producing states are looking at us as if we are beggars, gold diggers who have nothing to do. That is why I said the non oil producing states are not cowards, they don’t fear anybody.

“Everybody is contributing his quota to make Nigeria great, but these people from oil producing states think that if what they want is not given to them, they would even prefer to stay out of Nigeria.

“That is why I said, we too – even the expanse of land is a natural endowment. I said if that is the case, we have agreed they should go with their oil money,100 per cent and the other parts of the country, all the non oil producing states in Nigeria, not only the Northern states, as there are non oil producing states in the Southwest and in the Southeast, who are blessed with land, and should keep their lands,” he said.

He said some delegates at the conference were so arrogant and speak authoritatively as if they were more Nigerians than others, insisting that he will continue to speak his mind and the truth.

“They want to turn the North as if we are beggars or Almajiris who have nothing to do. That’s the reason why I spoke. I told them that mine is a warning to the people because from the way we were going, the confab will disperse without achieving anything and if we didn’t do anything many things will happen including the disintegration of Nigeria.

“But I said God forbid. I said if Nigeria disintegrates, those people shouting at this conference as if the whole world will break, will have nowhere to go, but I and the people of Adamawa, and some other people in Nigeria, have where to go.

“I also explained to them that my kingdom, stretches to three countries – Nigeria, Cameroun and Chad. In all these countries, whichever one I go to, I will get into these countries and nobody will look at me as a stranger and I will remain there comfortably. So it was a warning that I have sounded to the people”, he said.

Lamido of Adamawa causes further stir at national Confab calling northerners lazy -

Lamido of Adamawa causes further stir at national Confab calling northerners lazy -

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LAMIDO of Adamawa Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu Mustapha has caused a further stir at Nigeria's ongoing National Conference by labelling northerners as lazy people who have become totally dependent on oil for survival. Already, the Lamido has proven to be one of the most controversial characters at the conference by first threatening to pull his people out of Nigeria and move them into neighbouring Cameroon when some delegates tried to stop him making a point. Last week, the Lamido then suggested that if Niger Deltans insist on resource control, in return, they should give up all their land in Abuja. Stirring things further, yesterday, Alhaji Mustapha described northern Nigerians as a lazy lot whose over reliance on oil has beclouded their sense of exploring other avenues that could bring economic prosperity to the region. He added northerners should make the best use of all the arable land they have as it could generate as much revenue as oil if well exploited. Alhaji Mustapha said: “These people who come from oil-producing states are looking at us as if we are beggars, gold diggers who have nothing to do. Non-oil producing states are not cowards, they don’t fear anybody and everybody is contributing his quota to make Nigeria great but these people from oil-producing states think that if what they want is not given to them, they have been wronged and they would even prefer to stay out of Nigeria. “That is why I said the oil producing states should go with their oil 100% and we, the others should keep our land. The larger percentage of the land belongs to us including Abuja and what also is on the land belongs to us." Last week, the Lamido kicked against demands by Niger Delta delegates for 100% resource control, adding he is opposed to the principle because it would give room for many demands. He added that if they insist on resource control, however, northern Nigeria could stand on its own economically if it decided to be productive. "What money do we get from oil which is used to run the states? Just one state in the Niger Delta, gets in a month what it will take Adamawa state 10 years to get, so what are we getting? "If not for the laziness on the part of northerners, agriculture is big business. Look at all these advanced countries of the world that have progressed like Japan, they don’t have oil,” Alhaji Mustapha added. Parts of Adamawa State, once known as British Cameroon did not become part of Nigeria until 1961 after a referendum was conducted in the territory. This thin strip of land in current Adamawa State was part of German Cameroon but was taken over by British troops at the outbreak of World War One and after independence, the residents of the territory were asked if they wanted to be Nigerian or Cameroonian. During this period, Nigeria's federating units were responsible for all the natural resources within their domain and remitted 50% of revenues that accrued from them to the federal government. A return to this arrangement known as resource control, has been one of the key demands of Niger Delta delegates at the conference.