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Saturday, 31 May 2014

AMAECHI IS ANGRY... AFTERMATH OF 5-MILLION LARGESSE TO APC SOCIAL MEDIA AGENTS.

Friday, 30 May 2014

AMAECHI IS ANGRY... AFTERMATH OF 5-MILLION LARGESSE TO APC SOCIAL MEDIA AGENTS. 
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Consequent of his birthday celebration that was held in Port Harcourt yesterday, where some social media activists and bloggers on APC’s payroll were invited, Gov Rotimi is livid about the outcome of the whole event, which has become an embarrassment to him and his party, APC.

Information filtering in from Port Hacort says; Amaechi was said to have thoroughly tongue lashed the middle man of the invitation, one “Femi Adeoya” for bringing immature and “never see money before people” (quoting Gov Rotimi Amachi) who ran to town to spread news of the largesse they got from Amaechi.

Amaechi is said to be embarrassed by the whole incident has it has become a big scandal on social media, so much that he has been bombarded with phone calls from other APC stalwarts, including Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Gov Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, who are quarrying the handling of the issue and why he chose to deal with such incompetent people.
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From yesterday’s event, it was gathered that, the highlight of the event was a dinner hosted by Gov. Amaechi and where cheques of N5 million each was presented to the as initial payment for the task ahead. The trip for each of the attendees was also an all-expense paid trip and they were lodged in five star hotels – Presidential Hotels, Port Harcourt.

Meanwhile tongues have been waging in government quarters and civil service in Rivers state, as civil servants and public office holders in the state have come hard against the move, referring to it as a waste of tax payers money.

On the other hand, social media in the past 24hrs has been awashed with the unveiling of the so-called bloggers, who have now been referred to as “hungry pocket activists”

Godspower Etinosa Igunma, a social media activits said: When IBB told the world dat "The Nigerian youth is useless, cannot lead", he was actually referring to these ones. Femi Adeoya and co are  SLIMMY Patriots.

In her defence, one of the “paid agents”; Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri lashed out at one of her critics:

"Adeyinka...I abuse you..I curse you...your mother...your father....and your entire lineage...All of you will perish like Sodom and Gomorrah...You are an idiot...a big fool. Next time I see my name featuring on your timeline, I will personally locate you and beat you up and show you what Igbo girls are made of..." - Victoria Ibezim Ohaeri
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On his part, Paul Achalla said: What an economic crime against 170m Nigerians by Gov Rotimi Amaechi and his online APC sycophants .....?

Give 20 Onitsha or Aba Traders 5M Naira they will create 1000 Jobs in a year. 

But our brothers and sisters masquerading themselves as activist pocketed the same amount alone without impact on the economy. 

There is God ooooooooooooooooo. #Bringourback5m.

Those who attended and shared in the loot include:  Japheth J Omojuwa, Jasper Azuatalam. Kelechi Jeff Eme, Petra Akinti Onyegbule Kelechi Deca, Soni Akoji, Femi Adeoya of SkytrendNews, Preye Aganaba. Theresa Ugwuanyi, DisuAdeyemi Yesufu, Danjuma Azemobo Musa, Oviebor Okeh Goodluck, Eba Okorodudu White, Mercy Ugo, Uche Igwe, Victoria Ohaeri-Ibezim, Bukky Hassan and Many others

Thursday, 29 May 2014

DEMOCRACY DAY: GOV DICKSON EXTOLS PRESIDENT JONATHAN, CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE PRAYERS FOR NATION’S PEACE, UNITY.

DEMOCRACY DAY: GOV DICKSON EXTOLS PRESIDENT JONATHAN, CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE PRAYERS FOR NATION’S PEACE, UNITY. 

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29/05/2014. 

As the Nation marks 15 years of uninterrrupted democratic rule, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and expressed satisfaction with his commitment, dogged disposition and adherence to democratic principles in the face of daunting security challenges.

In his democracy day message, Hon Dickson extolled the calm disposition and focus of Mr. President, who has continued to lead by example and promoted the core and age long values of democracy by upholding the rule of law, freedom of speech and support for democratic institutions across the country to thrive.

He called on Nigerians to be supportive of the policies and programmes of President Jonathan, describing him as the most democratic leader in the history of the country.

The Bayelsa state Chief Executive also appealed to Nigerians, especially the political class, to jettison all divisive tendencies, believe in one another and work together to move the nation to greater heights.

While urging Nigerians to pray fervently for the sustenance of the Nation’s democracy, he called for mutual respect among Nigerians, noting that, the present challenges, which appear to be threatening the peace and unity of the nation were for a moment.

Governor Dickson also used the occasion of the democracy day to call on Nigerians to use the nation’s diversity as a source of unity and build a virile and egalitarian society, where the collective strength and wishes of the people will become the driving force and the cornerstone on which the nation can realize its true potentials in all fields of human endeavour.

The Governor’s message equally enjoined Bayelsans to remain steadfast and believe in the ability of the restoration administration in the state to keep track with its agenda of turning around the fortunes of the state.

Hon. Dickson assured Bayelsans of government’s preparedness to continue to strive to live up to its responsibilities to the people of the State.

He called on Bayelsans to also pray for President Jonathan and his Transformation agenda at the federal level, noting that, the President needs the prayers of the people now, more than ever before.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Court sacks Sanusi as CBN Governor forever ...transfers suit to National Industrial Court

Court sacks Sanusi as CBN Governor forever ...transfers suit to National Industrial Court
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The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi yesterday lost his bid to return to office in his suit challenging his suspension from office.

The Federal High Court, Abuja in a judgment dismissed the case for want of subject-matter jurisdiction.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole though agreed with the Federal Government that the issues raised in Sanusi’s suit were matter for the National Industrial Court, he however disagreed that the suit disclosed no reasonable cause of action.

The judge consequently transferred the case file to the National Industrial Court for determination of the issues raised in the suit.

The Federal Government had removed Sanusi from office while on an official assignment abroad.

Government had cited financial recklessness as one of the fundamental reasons for suspending him from office.

The suspension came at a time Sanusi was critical of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration with regards to alleged mismanagement, diversion and brazen stealing of public funds made from crude oil sale

He had given statistics of the alleged missing funds.

The ex-governor had also gone to court to challenge his suspension.

He had contended that President Jonathan lacked the powers to unilaterally remove him from office over any reason whatsoever without the consent of the National Assembly.

But the government had fought back, saying the issues raised by Sanusi in his suit fell within the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court and not the Federal High Court

The government consequently prayed that the suit be dismissed.

THERE IS NO BOKO HARAM IN BAYELSA---- JTF

THERE IS NO BOKO HARAM IN BAYELSA---- JTF
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On May 22,2014

The Military Joint Task Force patrolling the streets in search of Boko Haram extremists

“Those masquerading as MEND to perpetrate all kinds of atrocities in the Niger Delta are pipeline vandals and illegal oil bunkerers.”

The Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta on Thursday said there was no Boko Haram terrorists in Bayelsa and no schools were shut in the state due to the fear of the insurgent group.

The Media Coordinator of the task force, Mustapha Anka, who addressed a press conference, said that there was no truth in the rumours and assured that adequate measures were in place to guarantee safety of life and property in the state.

“The JTF wishes to state categorically that the rumours being peddled on the presence of Boko Haram Terrorists Group in Bayelsa is not only false but misleading information capable of causing panic among the good people of Bayelsa.

“The closure of schools in Bayelsa is in line with a directive from the National Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Michael Olukoga, directing its members to stay out of classrooms today May 22.
“The directive is to protest the killing of their colleagues by Boko Haram terrorists and abduction of over 200 girls of Government Secondary School Chibok in Borno State.

“The JTF urges the good people of Bayelsa and general public to go about their normal business without fear as the Command of JTF is working assiduously in collaboration with other security agencies to protect lives and property in the state,” Mr. Anka, a Lieutenant Colonel, said.
The official also reacted to the recent explosion at the Port Harcourt refinery and the claim by the Movement of the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, that it carried out the attack.

“Those masquerading as MEND to perpetrate all kinds of atrocities in the Niger Delta are pipeline vandals and illegal oil bunkerers who in the process of rupturing pipelines caused the outbreak of fire that gutted the NNPC jetty.

“They are criminals and renegade militants seeking relevance in the affairs of the Niger Delta, the JTF is on their trail and will soon round them up to face the law,” Mr. Anka said.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Court sacks Sanusi as CBN Governor forever ...transfers suit to National Industrial Court

Court sacks Sanusi as CBN Governor forever ...transfers suit to National Industrial Court
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The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi yesterday lost his bid to return to office in his suit challenging his suspension from office.

The Federal High Court, Abuja in a judgment dismissed the case for want of subject-matter jurisdiction.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole though agreed with the Federal Government that the issues raised in Sanusi’s suit were matter for the National Industrial Court, he however disagreed that the suit disclosed no reasonable cause of action.

The judge consequently transferred the case file to the National Industrial Court for determination of the issues raised in the suit.

The Federal Government had removed Sanusi from office while on an official assignment abroad.

Government had cited financial recklessness as one of the fundamental reasons for suspending him from office.

The suspension came at a time Sanusi was critical of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration with regards to alleged mismanagement, diversion and brazen stealing of public funds made from crude oil sale

He had given statistics of the alleged missing funds.

The ex-governor had also gone to court to challenge his suspension.

He had contended that President Jonathan lacked the powers to unilaterally remove him from office over any reason whatsoever without the consent of the National Assembly.

But the government had fought back, saying the issues raised by Sanusi in his suit fell within the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court and not the Federal High Court

The government consequently prayed that the suit be dismissed.

Friday, 16 May 2014

NIGER DELTA IS ENTITLED TO 100% RESOURCE CONTROL AS SERIAKE YOUTHS VANGUARD PAYS A COURTESY VISIT TO BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA CHIEF.

NIGER DELTA IS ENTITLED TO 100% RESOURCE CONTROL AS SERIAKE YOUTHS VANGUARD PAYS A COURTESY VISIT TO BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA CHIEF. 

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Bayelsa State Social Media Chief Comrade John Idumange has said that the Niger Delta is entitled to 100% resource control or fiscal federalism. The Social Media Chief bared his mind when group of Seriake Youths Vanguard for Good Governance paid him a Courtesy visit today. The spokesman of the Group Mr. Youdiowei Ebikibena said they were in his office to appreciate the work of the Social Media in projecting the achievements of the Restoration Administration. 

The Seriake Youth Vanguard also thanked the Social Media Chief for providing a robust support base for the President Jonathan administration and urged the Social Media infrastructure to push for true federalism, including fiscal federalism so the Niger Delta will have a fair share of the oil resources being produced by the people.


The Group lamented the rising unemployment, lack of industrialization, and inability of people to invest in the Region and the environmental challenges facing the Region, adding that only a regime of fiscal federalism can resolve these anomalies and create a sense of equity in the land. 


Responding, Comrade Idumange John thanked the Seriake Youth Vanguards for the visit and assured them that the National Conference is set to discuss the matter elaborately and arrive at a positive conclusion. He said, if Nigeria was a true federalism, then the federating units should be guaranteed financial autonomy so each State can develop at its own pace. 

He explained that as the Constitution is today, the fiscal laws in Nigeria tend to give more powers to the centre than the federating units. In fact, there is increased dependency of the States on the Federal Government because most States can ill-afford to generate 10% of revenues needed to run their States. Idumange said, there were so many obnoxious laws in Nigeria that vitiate the prosperity of the Nigeria Delta. Foremost among them are the Land Use Act of 1978, as amended and the Petroleum Act of 1969 as amended. 


He lamented that the whittling down, over the years of the derivation principle in the allocation of revenue is a way of denying the Oil Producing Niger Delta Region its rights. Oil Producing areas remain the most under-developed areas of the Country because the Region lacks modern infrastructure such as roads, medical facilities, electricity and when this combines with the delicate ecology and its attendant environmental challenges, the problems can better be imagined. 


Federalism is a Union of States under a central government distinct from that of the separate states, which retain certain individual powers under the central government. It is a system of government in which power is divided between a central authority and constituent political units. 

That is why it is described as self-rule and shared rule. Self-rule in the sense of the component units exercising some measure of autonomy and shared - rule because the component units share some powers with the centre.
Resource Control is one of the tenets of true federalism. 

It is a manifestation of federalism and one of the strategies to encourage productivity and catalyze development among the component units. In fact, in a federal system; the component units are autonomous and have the right to control their resources. The units can only pay tax to the centre. 

It is only in Nigeria’s federalism that all manner of criteria that defy commonsense and logic are used to allocate resources by the centre. It is Resource Control that defines federalism. As it is now, Nigeria appears to be practicing unitary federalism. The Centre is heavy while the States are lean. 

This should not be so. Every month the States go cap in hand begging the Centre for revenue. Revenue allocation issues appear to be the most tortuous issues surrounding boundary disputes. A true federalism will solve that problem and the struggle for State and Local Government creation will abate. Ordinarily, most of the matters on the exclusive list should be the responsibility of States.


The attitude of the Northern leaders toward resource control is strange. What beagles my mind with subtlety is whether they are looking at crude oil alone. We have 34 solid mineral resources, which can be exported in commercial quantity. 

Resource control also means that all resources including solid mineral resources that abound in the North will be controlled by those States. One may recall that resource control was 100% during the heyday of the groundnuts pyramids and when Cocoa was the economic mainstay of Nigeria in the North and West respectively. 

The West used cocoa to fund free education and had a head-start in Western education. 

The reward for producing oil for the Niger Delta is environmental degradation, ecological annihilation, the infernos of hell called gas flaring; sea shore erosion, silting of the soil, oil pollution which has rendered our land infertile. 

The people of the Niger Delta now suffer enormous biodiversity loss among some long term health hazards. 


Comrade Idumange assured the Seriake Youths Vanguard that the National CONFAB should as a matter of priority address the issue of fiscal federalism for purposes of equity, sustainable development and to lift the Region from the pervasive morass of poverty, environmental degradation and improve the quality of lives of the people. “There is hope for the Niger Delta Region for accelerated development. 

True fiscal Federalism is real federalism. We must practice what we preach. Inequity has brought untold hardship to the oil producing areas. Resource control is extremely important since it affects administrative responsibility and the political balance and significantly and by extension a basic determinant of our development, our future and our hope, Idumange remarked!


Our Reporter
May 16th, 2014

BAYELSA WELFARE PROGRAMME FOR THE ELDERLY GULPS OVER N.7B ANNUALLY; SAYS DICKSON.

BAYELSA WELFARE PROGRAMME FOR THE ELDERLY GULPS OVER N.7B ANNUALLY; SAYS DICKSON. 

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 16/05/2014

The Bayelsa State Government says it currently spends about 65 million naira every month to implement its welfare programme for the elderly in the state, who have attained 70 years and above.

 Governor Seriake Dickson, who stated this during a chat with Government House correspondents in Yenagoa, justified the programme, noting that the beneficiaries belong to the vulnerable group in the society.

 Reaffirming his administration’s commitment to improving the quality of life of the people, the governor assured that more empowerment policies, which are mainly economic in nature, would soon be rolled out to drive the human capacity building process.

 Describing the elderly programme as novel in the history of the country, he observed that, more often than not, old people are neglected in government’s scheme of things.

The governor noted,  “One of the sections of our population that had been ignored before now are old people. All of us, you will agree with me are praying to grow old. We have a situation where, because of economic realities, people have to migrate from the villages to the urban areas to look for greener pastures and most of our parents and relations that are old are just left in the communities. That is not good”.

 “I am a welfarist and so, I believe government must be committed to the welfare of the individual, especially the most vulnerable in society. So, I thought that we should have a welfare programme, that should attend to these people. We are trying to do something for the women as well”

 “This is just a precursor to a more robust programme of empowerment policy that will unfold. For the aged, who are 70 years and above, we presently pay them five thousand naira every month and our government spends sixty to sixty five million naira every month. That is a huge amount, because if you multiply sixty or sixty five million to the 12 months plus administrative cost, you find out that, we are spending about seven hundred and twenty million in a year.

 He said that, the state government has also re-launched the Bayelsa Volunteers, a community based intelligence-gathering unit as part of its youth empowerment programme.

According to the governor, about one thousand youths would be recruited as initial intake to kick-start the programme.

 “The volunteer programme that was unfolded less than a week ago, will start with one thousand youths and they will earn fifteen thousand naira monthly. They will be selected through a rigorous process, which will be community based. An orientation course will be organized for them and they will have to stay in their communities”.

“If they perform well and have good conduct and work with all leaders respectfully, then we will be encouraged to increase the number. So, you can see that this government is committed to welfare, but it must follow due process” he said.

GOVERNOR HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON NEW OFFICIAL PORTRAIT

GOVERNOR HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON NEW OFFICIAL PORTRAIT

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 16/05/2014

WE WISH TO BRING TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR ESTEEMED FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS, IN PARTICULAR OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW OFFICIAL POTRAIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY, HONOURABLE HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON, GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE.

THIS CURRENT PORTRAIT SUPERCEDES EVERY OTHER ONE BEFORE IT AND YOUR COOPERATION IS ONCE AGAIN SOLICITED IN THIS REGARD.


THANK YOU AND REMAIN BLESSED

 

DANIEL IWORISO-MARKSON

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE

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13 per cent derivation: Ijaw Youth threaten to cripple Nigeria’s oil production.

13 per cent derivation: Ijaw Youth threaten to cripple Nigeria’s oil production. 
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May 15,2014

“The Niger Delta people are still willing, ready and capable of bringing the Nigeria economy to its knees.”

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has condemned the decision of the National Conference Committee on Devolution of Power on derivation for oil producing states. The group also threatened to cripple oil production if its demands were not met.

According to a statement issued by Eric Omare, IYC’s spokesman, the decision of the committee to retain the current 13 per cent derivation fell short of the expectation of the Niger Delta region.

The committee had arrived at the decision after days of disagreements among its 26 members along ethnic lines; with northern leaders seeking a reduction in the derivation percentage and southern delegates an increase. The compromise was to maintain the statusquo of 13 per cent.
The IYC threatened to cripple oil production activities and the national economy if the aspiration of the Niger Delta region for at least 50 per cent derivation was not achieved at the conference.

Niger Delta militants had in the last decade crippled Nigeria’s oil production to as low as 1 million barrels a day through an armed struggle. The matter was only resolved when late President Umaru Yar’Adua commenced the Amnesty Program that has seen many of the militants leave the creeks, abandon their arms, and accept the government’s amnesty offer. Nigeria now produces about 2.3 million barrels a day.

In its statement, the Ijaw Youth Council threatened that “the Niger Delta people are still willing, ready and capable of bringing the Nigeria economy to its knees.”

It also vowed to ostracize delegates who work against the interest of the Niger Delta region.

Read the group’s statement below:::::::::
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide rejects in its entirety the decision of the National Conference Sub-Committee on devolution of power and resource control to maintain the current status quo of 13% as derivation for oil producing states and thereby rejecting the demand for resource control.
This decision is retrogressive, anti-federalism and totally unacceptable to the Niger Delta people.

The Committee’s decision to maintain the status quo and refusing to address the crucial issue of resource control betrays the expectation of Nigerians and Niger Deltans in particular that the National conference would right the wrongs of the past, deepen our federal system of government and put Nigeria on the path to development.

The IYC wish to warn that the decision of the Niger Delta people to give peace a chance to allow the federal government address the problems of the Niger Delta should not be taken as weakness.

The Niger Delta people are still willing, ready and capable of bringing the Nigeria economy to its knees. The opposition of reactionary northern delegates to resource control and demand for scrapping of the NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Amnesty programme are provocative to the Niger Delta people and we may be forced to take drastic actions.

These are interventionist agencies created for specific purposes which are not only beneficial to the Niger Delta Region but the entire country as demonstrated in the astronomical increase in the nation’s revenue as a result of the Amnesty programme.

The IYC working with other ethnic nationalities and stakeholders in the Niger Delta would in the coming days review and take a position on the way forward.

The IYC strongly call on southern delegates, particularly Niger Delta delegates to the National Confab to insist on resource control during the debate in plenary and not to deviate from the position of the region on resource control under any circumstance.

The IYC has observed with dismay the unauthorised and reckless contributions of some Niger Delta delegates who have taken positions which amounts to deviation and betrayal of the Niger Delta position.
Any Niger Delta delegate who deviates from our position on resource control would be declared as a persona non gratia and would not be allowed to return to the region.


Dated this 15th day of May, 2014.
Signed for Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide:
Eric Omare,

GOVERNOR HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON NEW OFFICIAL PORTRAIT

GOVERNOR HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON NEW OFFICIAL PORTRAIT

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 16/05/2014

WE WISH TO BRING TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR ESTEEMED FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS, IN PARTICULAR OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW OFFICIAL POTRAIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY, HONOURABLE HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON, GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE.

THIS CURRENT PORTRAIT SUPERCEDES EVERY OTHER ONE BEFORE IT AND YOUR COOPERATION IS ONCE AGAIN SOLICITED IN THIS REGARD.


THANK YOU AND REMAIN BLESSED

 

DANIEL IWORISO-MARKSON

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

BAYELSA WELFARE PROGRAMME FOR THE ELDERLY GULPS OVER N.7B ANNUALLY; SAYS DICKSON.

BAYELSA WELFARE PROGRAMME FOR THE ELDERLY GULPS OVER N.7B ANNUALLY; SAYS DICKSON. 

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 16/05/2014

The Bayelsa State Government says it currently spends about 65 million naira every month to implement its welfare programme for the elderly in the state, who have attained 70 years and above.

 Governor Seriake Dickson, who stated this during a chat with Government House correspondents in Yenagoa, justified the programme, noting that the beneficiaries belong to the vulnerable group in the society.

 Reaffirming his administration’s commitment to improving the quality of life of the people, the governor assured that more empowerment policies, which are mainly economic in nature, would soon be rolled out to drive the human capacity building process.

 Describing the elderly programme as novel in the history of the country, he observed that, more often than not, old people are neglected in government’s scheme of things.

The governor noted,  “One of the sections of our population that had been ignored before now are old people. All of us, you will agree with me are praying to grow old. We have a situation where, because of economic realities, people have to migrate from the villages to the urban areas to look for greener pastures and most of our parents and relations that are old are just left in the communities. That is not good”.

 “I am a welfarist and so, I believe government must be committed to the welfare of the individual, especially the most vulnerable in society. So, I thought that we should have a welfare programme, that should attend to these people. We are trying to do something for the women as well”

 “This is just a precursor to a more robust programme of empowerment policy that will unfold. For the aged, who are 70 years and above, we presently pay them five thousand naira every month and our government spends sixty to sixty five million naira every month. That is a huge amount, because if you multiply sixty or sixty five million to the 12 months plus administrative cost, you find out that, we are spending about seven hundred and twenty million in a year.

 He said that, the state government has also re-launched the Bayelsa Volunteers, a community based intelligence-gathering unit as part of its youth empowerment programme.

According to the governor, about one thousand youths would be recruited as initial intake to kick-start the programme.

 “The volunteer programme that was unfolded less than a week ago, will start with one thousand youths and they will earn fifteen thousand naira monthly. They will be selected through a rigorous process, which will be community based. An orientation course will be organized for them and they will have to stay in their communities”.

“If they perform well and have good conduct and work with all leaders respectfully, then we will be encouraged to increase the number. So, you can see that this government is committed to welfare, but it must follow due process” he said.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

SOUTHERN IJAW IN ACTION; AS OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE SWING INTO ACTION.

SOUTHERN IJAW IN ACTION; AS OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE SWING INTO ACTION. 
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As part of promises made by the Governor of Bayelsa State Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson during his Thank You Tour To Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Monday the 9th of December 2013. Gov. Dickson Said “Hard times await oil thieves and vandals of petroleum products pipelines in Bayelsa State, as Governor Seriake Dickson warned the perpetrators to desist from the unwholesome practice or face dire consequences as from 2014”

Speaking at Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area during his thank you tour to the area, Chief Dickson said Government was disturbed by the alarming rate of oil theft and its effects on the State and Nation’s economy, stressing that stringent measure would be taken to stop it.

In line with the Restoration Agenda of the Governor, the Executive Chairman Of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council Chief Remember P.N Ogbe has inaugurated the Silga Oil and Gas Taskforce on the 7th of May 2014, the general public is hereby notified on the assumption of duty by members of the Taskforce.

The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw L.G.A Chief Remember P.N Ogbe has directed all tradition rulers, Chiefs, parents and stakeholders in the local government area to advise those that were ignorantly doing illegal bunkering as business to refrain from oil theft as necessary security apparatus are being put in place to curtail the act.

According to him, the Silga Oil and Gas taskforce is to clamp down on the perpetrators of the criminal acts, warning that anybody caught in the act will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Thanking the people for their support during and after his election in April 6th, 2013 as Chairman of the L.G.A, he said that he would not renege on his promises. 

The members of the Taskforce include:
(1). Wilson Levi Clifford - Chairman (2). Progress E. Neverdie - Vice Chairman (3). Eguda Preye - Secretary (4). Souebitei L. Angasei - PRO (5). Undukakpo Ogede - Coordinator Operation Others are:
(6). Esau Woniowei - member (7). Felix Kurobo - member (8). Commissioner Gobo - member (9). Freedom Oki - member (10). Roman Deriabere - member (11). Gboloko Emmanuel - member (12). Gerekumo Aaron - member (13). Alex Enaeimi - member (14). Okito Wilson - member (15). Wilcox Apollos - member (16). Kemela Tarilatei - member (17). Efere Bunatari - member (18). Blacky Sokari - member (19). Alfred Ibomo - member (20). Akpata Apollos Wilson - member (21). Omiebi Fouebi - member (22). Kaizer Leghemo - member (23). Naira C. Yeyei - member (24). Endurance David - member (25). Ogbozimo Tonbie - member (26). Hon. Preye Oseke - member (27). Izeokumo Ayibatonye - member (28). Esinkumo Anbaiduwei - member (29). Isaac Otobo - member (30). Jeremiah Biewari - member (31). Godbless Jonah - member (32). Kpou Konboghe - member (33). Ditorudokumo Kelsy - member (34). Iniye Kekebu - member (35). Living Jackson - member (36). Lawson Ebiwei - member. 

Members of this Taskforce is to work in collaboration with various security agents in the local Government Area such as NSCDC, Navy, Police and DSS as their Primary Assignment which will go a long way to curb the menace of oil theft, illegal bunkering, pipeline Vandalism, local refining of petroleum products and other vices.

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

BAYELSA GOVT TO INITIATE SOUND POLICIES TO ENCOURAGE THE GROWTH OF INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES

BAYELSA GOVT TO INITIATE SOUND POLICIES TO ENCOURAGE THE GROWTH OF INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES.  04/05/2014

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Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2nd R), admiring a ‘Made in Bayelsa’ product, during an exhibition by local and international entrepreneurs, as part of activities in the ongoing 20th International Conference on Small & Medium Enterprises (ICSME), at the Banquet hall, Government House, Yenagoa. With him are: Commissioner for Trade, Industry & Investment, Barr. Kemela Okara (L), Prof. Ovidiu Nicolescu of Romania (2nd R), and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Dame Didi Walson-Jack (R).

The Bayelsa State Government says, it will institute policies andprogrammes that will encourage the growth of indigenous businesses as well as enhance the rapid turnaround of the state’s economy.

Governor Seriake Dickson made the declaration, when he undertook a tour of some of the exhibition stands at the ongoing International conference on Small and Medium enterprises at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa.

He expressed confidence in the capacity of Bayelsans to participate in the emerging economy of the State, which he noted, has been reinforced by the number of Bayelsa entrepreneurs and the quality of wares, that were put on display at the exhibition.

 “Today my faith and confidence in the capacity of our people to participate in our economy has been reinforced.  What we have seen is a tip of the iceberg.” He declared.

The state governor asserted that various businesses of international repute definitely will spring forth, because of the Bayelsa spirit.

“Businesses of International repute will spring forth because of the Bayelsa ingenuity. Already, the world is getting to know and notice them.  Their products are already found in exclusive shops in the world and some have started receiving international acclaim,” the Governor remarked.

Governor Dickson attributed the rapid growth and successes of businesses in the state to the robust policies and programmes of the government to promote local enterprise.

According to him, “am left with no doubt at all, that Bayelsa will start to lead the way for other states to follow”

Speaking in the same vein, the commissioner of Trade, Industry and Investment, Barr. Kemela Okara, said the state government wants to grow the private sector, adding that, everything possible was being done in that regard.

In the financing of private enterprise, the commissioner explained that the state government has a short term plan to create access to finance for those with business plans, stating that incubation centreswill be put in place to nurture businesses to attain desired heights.

He added that “to get financing, you have to have a good business plan. The Government will help the private sector in order to help the economy grow”.

On how to assist Bayelsans, Barr. Okara explained that,the government will assist by teaching people how to put good business plans together, that will build their capacity and business management skills as well as access to finance.

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From L – R: D.G, Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Ms Freda Bruce, Secretary/Legal Adviser, Bayelsa Development & Investment  Corporation (BDIC), Funkazi Koroye-Crooks, Commissioner for Trade, Industry & Investment, Hon. Kemela Okara, Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, an exhibitor, Patience Torlowei, Eniye Ambakederemor, and the S.A, Investment, Mr. Cyril Akika, participating in an exhibition by local and International entrepreneurs, at the ongoing 20th International Conference on Small & Medium Enterprises (ICSME), at the Banquet hall, Government House, Yenagoa.


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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (2nd R), and an exhibitor, Pere Lei (L), displaying ‘Made in Bayelsa’ products, while the Commissioner for Trade, Industry & Investment, Hon. Kemela Okara (2nd L), and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Dame Didi Walson-Jack (R), looks on with delight, during an exhibition by local and International entrepreneurs, as part of activities in the ongoing 20th International Conference on Small & Medium Enterprises (ICSME), at the Banquet hall, Government House, Yenagoa.

BOKO HARAM; JONATHAN SEEKS SUPPORT OF NIGERIANS …..AS DICKSON, AMOSUN, MU’AZU, TINUBU, BUHARI, OTHERS CELEBRATE AWUJALE AT 80

BOKO HARAM; JONATHAN SEEKS SUPPORT OF NIGERIANS

…..AS DICKSON, AMOSUN, MU’AZU, TINUBU, BUHARI, OTHERS CELEBRATE AWUJALE AT 80

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11/05/2014.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State called for the collaborative efforts of the people, irrespective of their religious and ethnic backgrounds in proffering lasting solution to the lingering security challenges in the country.

This is just as the Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’Azu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and a host of others lauded the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona over what they described as distinctive style of leadership.

Speaking through his Chief of Staff, General Jones Arogbofa (Rtd) at a luncheon party to mark the 80th birthday of the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, the President pleaded with Nigerians to rally round his administration in putting an end to the activities of the terrorist group, otherwise known as Boko Haram.

Piqued by the spate of killings, especially the recent abduction of over 200 girls at the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, President Jonathan said the government would do everything possible to overcome the security problem soon.

His appeal, “I want to plead with all of us that these are challenges that we are all faced with. They are challenges that all of us should join hands together to resolve for the good of our dear country.

He disclosed further, that he has been meeting with some interested parties, especially people from outside the Country on how best to tackle the security challenges, citing it as reason for his absence at the occasion.

Describing the Awujale as epitome of peace and unity, not only in Ijebuland, but Nigeria as a whole, the President attributed the celebrant’s leadership style to the prevailing peace in Ijebuland.

He said, “I deeply appreciate all you have been doing for this land and indeed for the Yorubaland and even for the entire nation. For the period that you have been in the saddle as ruler, extreme peace has existed in Ijebuland. You have contributed enormously to the development of governments during your period of service as attested to by your own son who is the governor of the state.

In his goodwill message, the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson eulogized the qualities of the celebrant, describing him as a unifying factor that has strengthened the traditional institution in Ijebuland and development efforts of the Ogun State Government in particular and the nation in general.

Hon. Dickson, who was accompanied by his Political Adviser, Chief Fred Agbedi and Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, Barrister Kemela Okara, prayed God to endow the monarch with more wisdom and good health to continue to impact positively on humanity.

According to him, “On behalf of the government and good people of Bayelsa State and even as one of your sons, I congratulate you on your well deserved 80th birthday and may God in His infinite wisdom and mercy continue to bestow upon you, all that you need to continue to do what you have been doing so well for the great people of Ijebuland of which I am one, and for the good people of Ogun State. And also, for all that you are doing, working with your brother traditional rulers in promoting the cause of harmony and peaceful co-existence.

In his tribute, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun acknowledged that both previous and present administrations of the state have benefited from the wealth of experience of the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland.

Amosun who noted that his administration couldn’t have achieved its present feat of success without the contributions of the royal father, named the first flyover constructed by the State government in Ijebu-Ode city after the monarch.

Addressing the people, the celebrant, Oba (Dr.) Adetona called on Nigerians to sink their political and religious differences and join the President Jonathan led administration to combat the security challenges bedeviling the Country.

While expressing gratitude to all who identified with him on the occasion, Oba Adetona urged leaders in the Country to tolerate public opinion in their quest to building a better Nigerian society.

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