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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: TERRY-G HANG HIMSELF AND GOV DICKSON SECOND TERM DECLARATION.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
POPULAR NIGERIAN MUSICIAN TERRY-G HANG  HIMSELF FROM THE MAMMOTH CROWED AND FANS AT THE FORMAL DECLARATION OF GOV DICKSON FOR A SECOND TERM IN OFFICE AT THE SAMSON SIASIA SPORTS COMPLEX IN YENAGOA. BAYELSA STATE. 

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
POPULAR NIGERIAN MUSICIAN TERRY-G HANG  HIMSELF FROM THE MAMMOTH CROWED AND FANS AT THE FORMAL DECLARATION OF GOV DICKSON FOR A SECOND TERM IN OFFICE AT THE SAMSON SIASIA SPORTS COMPLEX IN YENAGOA. BAYELSA STATE. 
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MAMMOTHS CROWD DURING GOV. DICKSON'S 2ND TERM DECLARATION IN YENAGOA

MAMMOTHS CROWD DURING GOV. DICKSON'S 2ND TERM DECLARATION IN YENAGOA 

A cross section of the mammoth crowd during Gov. Dickson's formal declaration for a second term in office as Governor of Bayelsa State at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.
A cross section of the mammoth crowd during Gov. Dickson's formal declaration for a second term in office as Governor of Bayelsa State at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.
A cross section of the mammoth crowd during Gov. Dickson's formal declaration for a second term in office as Governor of Bayelsa State at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) acknowledging cheers from a cross section of the mammoth crowd on  arrival for  his declaration for a 2nd term in Office at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) acknowledging cheers from a cross section of the mammoth crowd on  arrival for  his declaration for a 2nd term in Office at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) acknowledging cheers from a cross section of the mammoth crowd on  arrival for  his declaration for a 2nd term in Office at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

YENAGOA STANDS STILL FOR GOV. DICKSON'S OFFICIAL DECLARATION FOR 2ND TERM, AS JONATHAN STRESSES NEED FOR A CHANGE OF POLITICAL MINDSET.

YENAGOA STANDS STILL FOR GOV. DICKSON'S OFFICIAL DECLARATION FOR 2ND TERM, AS JONATHAN STRESSES NEED FOR A CHANGE OF POLITICAL MINDSET. 

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PHOTOS:  Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (left) accompanied by the former 1st lady, Dame Patience Jonathan (centre) acknowledging cheers from the mammoth crowd on their arrival during the Governor’s declaration for 2nd term in office, at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa, while the 1st Civilian Governor of the State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (right) looks on

As Yenagoa stood still for the official declaration of Governor Seriake Dickson’s re-election bid, the immediate past President of the Country, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has called on other aspirants to shelve their ambitions and team up with the incumbent governor for the collective good of the state. 

This is to avoid the age long politics of pull him down syndrome in the state and the Ijaw nation. 

Leading other party faithful, including his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, the chairman of the PDP Governors’ forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the governor of Rivers state, Chief Nyesom Wike, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, Alhaji Dokubo Asari and host of others, President Jonathan said, the incumbent deserves a second term based on his track record of performance.

Giving reason for supporting the re-election bid of Governor Dickson, the ex-President attributed it to his developmental strides, adding, ‘some people are asking why I am supporting Dickson. The reason is not farfetched, having looked at all the parameters of development, I see that Dickson is trying and that is why I am giving him my support.

‘One major problem we have in our state and as Ijaw people is that we always run down ourselves. We use our own mouths to destroy ourselves by betraying our own people for outsiders to kill. And if we continue in this spirit, Bayelsa will not develop.

‘We should allow Dickson to do his eight years. We know there are good men and women and even youths in the PDP, just as we have them in other parties. But we know that Dickson is the best person who can competently lead us for another four years. Those of them aspiring to be governors should work with us.

‘When Dickson is through with his eight years, we will look for one of them and give him the opportunity to govern us. There is no need to engage in any do or die battle.

‘I know what they have done before but I don’t want to say it because I was here for eight years before I left for Abuja. We should think about our future, particularly the future of our children. Let us not be selfish.

‘I have listened to everybody who spoke. Let me thank our Ijaw brothers and sisters who came from far and wide; from Rivers, Ondo, Delta, Edo states and from the Diaspora who are here to support the calling for Seriake Dickson re-election bid. We thank all of you.

‘As leaders of the State and the leadership of our party that we are totally committed to delivering Dickson. And most of the speakers including Asari Dokubo said that the Dickson project is our common project. The election that is coming is beyond Dickson. The election is for us as a people to re-define and re-position ourselves in the Nigerian geo-politics. I believe supporting Dickson is the best thing now, as he will never betray our interest. He will continue to work for our future and for the interest of our children and grand children.

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PHOTO:  Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) welcomes the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan (centre) accompanied by his wife, Patience (right backing camera) shortly on his arrival to attend the Governor declaration for 2nd term at the Sampson Sia-Sia Sport Complex in Yenagoa,

In his speech, the State governor, Hon. Dickson urged the Federal government to provide an enabling environment for the forthcoming election to be credible and peaceful.

He assured the people of his commitment to consolidating his administration’s achievements in the areas of security, infrastructural development, education, and protecting the Ijaw national interest within the context of the Nigerian nation-state.

Said he, ‘we expect the Federal government and all its agencies to be alive to their responsibilities because the people at the other side are not like us. We win election in the PDP by talking to the people. we will go round this state.

‘Let me use opportunity to enjoin you all to set up Restoration groups in all your voting units and communities across the state but as we do this we expect the Federal government to also direct their agencies to be professional, so that our people will continue to enjoy the peace and stability that our PDP government has brought to them’

Describing Bayelsa as PDP state, the governor allayed the fear of the membership of the party over the threat posed by the opposition, adding, ‘even though they are claiming to have INEC, the police, we have you and above all God behind us. They will lose and we will win. We are firmly on the ground in this state, they are not our match.

‘Unknown to some of their leaders even in this state, the other side has become a parastatal of the PDP and after their primaries, we will appoint for them an interim management committee. We will wind them up properly on December 5, 2015 in this glorious and proud land of illustrious people, the Jerusalem of the Ijaw nation.

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PHOTO: Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (with microphone), speaking, amidst applause from his wife, Dr. (Mrs) Rachael Dickson (2nd L), DG, Bayelsa State Restoration Campaign Organization, Chief Fred Agbedi (2nd R), Deputy DG, BRCO, Hon. Talford Ongolo (L), the governor’s daughter, Helen Dickson, and others, during the formal declaration for 2nd tenure by the governor, at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Ovom, Yenagoa.

In their goodwill messages, the Chairman of the PDP governors’ forum and governor of Ondo state, Dr. olusegun Mimiko, the former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and Senator Aniete Okon, called on the people of the state to close ranks by mobilizing support for the re-election of Governor Dickson.

Dr. Mimiko described Governor Dickson as an accomplished giant of performance in all sectors of the state and assured him of the support of the forum.

Earlier in his remarks, the Director General of the Restoration Campaign organization, Hon. Fred Agbedi expressed gratitude to Bayelsans for attending the event in their numbers and urged them to translate their show of support to reality in the forthcoming election.

Also, the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. FridayKombowei Benson, Senator Foster Ogola, Wing Commander Peter Biakpara retd and former Secretary of the Ijaw National Congress, (INC), Chief Francis Williams were among dignitaries who delivered goodwill messages at the event.

08/09/2015.  

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MRS PATIENCE JONATHAN, FORMER PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, GOV HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON AND MRS RACHAEL SERIAKE DICKSON.  AT THE FORMAL DECLARATION OF GOV DICKSON FOR SECOND TERM IN OFFICE

Monday, 24 August 2015

GOV DICKSON GUBER DECLARATION: BAYELSANS URGED TO TURN OUT EN MASSE

GOV DICKSON GUBER DECLARATION: BAYELSANS URGED TO TURN OUT EN MASSE
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After consulting widely with various shades of opinion leaders and stakeholders across the State, coupled with the clarion calls from interest groups, the teeming youths as well as grassroot support groups, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson will formally declare his intention to run for a second term as Governor on Tuesday, 8th of September. 2015 in the December 5 election.
 
The event, which is slated for the Samson Siaisia Sports Complex in the in Yenagoa will be attended by party faithful and supporters of the Restoration Governor from far and near.
 
Majority of the Governor’s supporters across the State, who have indicated their preparedness to give maximum support to his second-term bid, in order to afford him the opportuniy to continue with the good works of his administration, which guarantees good governance, security and peacful atmosphere, economic and infrastructural developmental, and urban renewal, among others.
 
In a press statement release by the Bayelsa Restoration Campaign Organization and signed by its Director of Publicity, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, the good people of the state have been enjoined to come out en-mass and participate in the historic and milestone declaration and also witness the grand rally with unprecedented support and mobilization of the grassroots in the state.
 
The Director of Publicity Hon. Obuebite has also invited media organizations in the state to join in this milestone event by giving it the desired wide coverage.
 
Hon. Jonathan Obuebite
 Director of Publicity/Media
24/08/2015. 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

BAYELSA GOVT DEPLORES EX-LAWMAKER COMMENTS ...… SAYS ITS UNINFORMED AND MISPLACED

BAYELSA GOVT DEPLORES EX-LAWMAKER COMMENTS ...… SAYS ITS UNINFORMED AND MISPLACED
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Former member of the House of Representatives from Bayelsa State, Hon. Warman Ogoriba, has been castigated as being “blinded by political indulgence” to warrant his comments that the incumbent government in the state have nothing to show for the money so far received from the Federation Accounts.

The former lawmaker who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress was quoted in a recent interview that Governor Seriake Dickson should account for over N600 billion naira said to have accrued to the state coffers and for which, according to Ogoriba, “ there is nothing on the ground to indicate that the governor had spent the money for the development of the state”.

But in a statement yesterday, the state government described Ogobia’s remarks as  “reckless political indulgence, uninformed and lacking in facts” and as such misplaced. The statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said it was extremely disappointed with the former lawmaker for his poor understanding of the workings of government, asking if Ogoriba was saying that in all these years the government was not paying salaries or that he was blind to the various “laudable and people-oriented” projects across the state. 

Making further clarifications, the government noted that apart from paying salaries for which Bayelsa State stands out as one of the few states in the country that is not owing salaries to its workers, the government had been consistent in servicing the debt burden of N330 billion it claimed to have inherited from the Timipre Sylva administration.

“When the Restoration Government assumed the mantle of leadership on February 14 2012, Bayelsa State ranked as one of the states with the highest debt profile. Strange enough, a debt burden of N330 billion was the albatross we have to shoulder. But in spite of paying salaries as at when due, running an efficient government with unprecedented level of infrastructural developments and various projects in all sectors of the state economy, we have also been consistent in servicing the N330 billion debt, now reduced to N90 billion because of the Dickson-led government’s prudence and strict discipline in managing the finances of the state. As at today, Bayelsa is one of the least indebted states in Nigeria which is a credit to Dickson’s ingenuity in sound financial management.  This clearly contrasts sharply to Ogoriba’s crude remarks, struggling to distort a glaring reality”, he stated.
The statement berated the former legislator for his alleged inability to present a robust leadership while in the House of Representatives, stating that it was the main reason why his years in the parliament were wasted years because his constituency was shortchanged by his incapacity.
“It is unfortunate that we operate a system that allows all kinds of characters to emerge through a loose political system but we must check this porous system in order to avoid a situation whereby half-baked individuals are made to take up positions that are clearly above their level of reasoning and capabilities. From the utterances of Warman Ogoriba, it is clear why the good people of Kolokuma Federal Constituency are bemoaning the 8 wasted years of his representation. It is that sad for Ogoriba’s kind of leadership”.

August 20 2015. 

BAYELSA GOV POLL: TINUBU, OYEGUN DISAGREE OVER APC CANDIDATE ..... FOUNDATION MEMBERS WARN AGAINST CHOICE OF ALAIBE

BAYELSA GOV POLL: TINUBU, OYEGUN DISAGREE OVER APC CANDIDATE ..... FOUNDATION MEMBERS WARN AGAINST CHOICE OF ALAIBE
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There are indications that the National leader of the All Progressives Congress )APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and its national chairman, Chief John Oyegun are divided over the choice of the party’s candidate for the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa state. 

Sources within the APC said that its foundation members have warned against fielding the likes of a former chairman of Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe, Chief Dikivie Ikiogha and Warman Ogoriba in the governorship election.

While Tinubu was said to be favourably disposed to the candidacy of Timi Alaibe,  Oyegun is rooting for the foundation members of the APC.

Notable members of the party who spoke under condition of anonymities expressed dismay over the decision of the likes of Tinubu and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to support the candidacy of Alaibe.

They specifically queried what makes difference between Alaibe and Chief Timipre Sylva.

A concerned senior citizen in APC said, "There are several cases of alleged fraudulent acts against Alaibe as Director of Finance and Managing Director of NDDC. How on earth could the leadership of the party be supporting such candidate?

"It really shows that they did not mean well for the state. The records are there. How can somebody come overnight and be laying claim to the governorship ticket of the party?

"Alaibe is living in the past. He has no control of the youth in the state. Our leaders should not be deceived. We have old members that are credible. There is need for us to look inward for credible candidate.

"As party members, we are saying no to impostors. This is not Lagos but Bayelsa state. Tinubu should leave us alone. If the party decides to do otherwise, we will go back to PDP, after all we have nothing against Governor Seriake Dickson.

This development is causing ripple among the leadership of the party, especially its national leader and Chairman."

August 19 2015. 

Monday, 10 August 2015

I REMAIN A COMMITTED MEMBER OF THE PDP -- EBEBI ..... DEBUNKS REPORT OF HIS DEFECTION TO THE APC

I REMAIN A COMMITTED MEMBER OF THE PDP -- EBEBI ..... DEBUNKS REPORT OF HIS DEFECTION TO THE APC
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A former Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi has denied reports in some national dailies that he has decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party and declared for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Rt. Hon. Ebebi, who made the denial, while reacting to the reports, stated that, he never discussed any defection plans with anybody or group of persons, describing the report as the figment of the imagination of the reporters and should be disregarded.
According to him, he remains a PDP member, since the advent of the present dispensation, stressing that, he will remain a committed PDP member, despite the party’s failure to retain power at the centre.
The former Deputy Governor, who described himself as a loyal PDP member, pledged his commitment to the success of the party in the forthcoming governorship election in the State and enjoins Bayelsans not to allow themselves to be deceived by the wave of defections, as the PDP remains the real party of Bayelsans. 
 
Signed:
Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi

Saturday, 1 August 2015

PHOTOS-SPEAKS: GOV. DICKSON OFFICIALLY KICK-OFF THE RESTORATION CUP 2015 IN NEMBE

GOV. DICKSON OFFICIALLY KICK-OFF THE RESTORATION CUP 2015 (GOV. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT) IN NEMBE CITY SPORT STADIUM IN NEMBE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, BAYELSA STATE.

   

 

   

 

Friday, 31 July 2015

GOV DICKSON CELEBRATES IJAW MUSICAL LEGENDS, AS BAYELSA MARKS 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF KING EBIZIMOR’S PASSAGE...… DECLARES JULY 31ST OF EVERY YEAR AS IJAW MUSICAL AND CULTURAL DAY

GOV DICKSON CELEBRATES IJAW MUSICAL LEGENDS, AS BAYELSA MARKS 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF KING EBIZIMOR’S PASSAGE...… DECLARES JULY 31ST OF EVERY YEAR AS IJAW   MUSICAL AND CULTURAL DAY


Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson over the weekend presented special awards to some Ijaw musical icons in the state, in recognition of their various contributions to the preservation and promotion of Ijaw culture and tradition.
Governor Dickson made the presentation at the first memorial anniversary of the late musical legend, King Robert Ebizimo at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa, the state capital.
As part of efforts to honour both the living and departed musical icons, he expressed the government’s commitment to establish a studio at the Bayelsa State Musical School, after its inauguration for the purpose of recording all their songs, including that of late Rex Lawson, stating that proceeds from the sale of the albums would be made available to their families.
Governor Dickson, who described King Ebizimo as “the most gifted and prolific musician in Ijaw land,” expressed regret that “he was not celebrated enough, while alive and that the Ijaw nation would greatly miss him.”image1.JPG
His words: “King Robert Ebizimo gave us so much music and a lot to celebrate. Between last year and now, if he had been alive, he would have produced more albums so in that sense, we miss him. When the Bayelsa State School of Music is fully equipped and commissioned, my intention is to have all his songs; from the first to the last one before his death recorded. And, I will also direct the gentleman, who will administer the school to get the songs played by late Rex Lawson and others and the studio will wax their songs and sell them from time to time and the proceeds essentially would be given to their families because from generation to generation, we want to preserve their music as part of our heritage.” 
Accordingly, the Governor designated the 31st of every July as Ijaw Cultural and Musical Day to further project the identity and positive values of the people.
Some of the awardees include, Chief Agbeotu Teinbo, General Alaska, Bestman Doupere, Orutugu Fubara, Skido Ozidi, Simple Boys of Okutukutu and White eagles of Sabagreia.
 Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolo explained that, the event was organized by the government to honour all those who have contributed, through music to the preservation of the language and tradition of the Ijaw people.
Dr. Tuodolo, who applauded Governor Dickson for his passion for the Ijaw culture and language, underscored the need to honour people, who have impacted positively on society and served as role models to the younger generation.

31/07/2015. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

GOV DICKSON OPENS ODI FESTIVAL AMIDST POMP AND PAGEANTRY.....TO RENOVATE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AS LEADERS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR GOVERNOR’S 2ND TERM BID

GOV DICKSON OPENS ODI FESTIVAL AMIDST POMP AND PAGEANTRY.....TO  RENOVATE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AS LEADERS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR GOVERNOR’S 2ND TERM BID

Despite the drop in revenues accruing to the state, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has said the government would complete work on the renovation of Odi General Hospital in no distant time to improve healthcare delivery in the area.

Governor Dickson, who spoke while flagging off the 58th edition of the famous Odi Ogori Ba Uge Festival at Odi in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area on Monday, also promised to build a befitting pavilion for the community to hold its social functions.
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Describing Odi as one of the biggest communities in Ijaw land, he acknowledged that the people have been supportive of the Peoples Democratic Party and his administration right from its inception and, therefore, deserves more dividends of democracy.

Although, the hospital project was initiated by a previous administration, Governor Dickson maintained that the decision to re-award the contract was informed by his policy of completing every people-oriented project within the limits of available resources.

Urging the community leadership to provide land for the construction of the civic centre, he said the government would award contract for the project and mobilise workers to site within the next 3 weeks, as well as support Odi in sponsoring the festival financially.

While commending the community for honouring the heroic exploits of their fathers, which culminated in the killing of the rampaging Ogori (buffalo) some decades ago,Governor Dickson called on the people to resist any temptation that will divide them, but always pitch a common united front to attract more development to the area.

The Governor, who also unveiled an art work depicting a hunter and the killer of the buffalo, announced a donation of one million naira each to the two sculptors, who are students of the state-owned Niger Delta University for doing what he describes as a beautiful job.

In a welcome address, Chairman of the 2015 Odi Ogori Ba Uge Planning Committee, represented by its Secretary, Mr Amaitari Melo, gave a brief history of the festival, noting that the buffalo first appeared at the Mission Primary School in the community in 1953.

According to his account, the animal killed a total of 5 people and injured several others before it was gunned down on the 27th of July, 1957.

He highlighted some needs of the community to include the renovation and proper equipment of the Odi General Hospital, lack of steady electricity supply and the financial burden of sponsoring the annual festival.

In their separate speeches, the Member representing Kolokuma/Opokuma and Yenagoa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Douye Diri and the Chief Whip of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Tonye Isenah lauded Governor Dickson for carrying Odi and their local government area along in his administration's scheme of things.

They particularly thanked the governor for the supportive role he played during their elections and assured him of the people's readiness to work for his re-election in the forthcoming governorship election.

Earlier, Governor Dickson had paid a courtesy visit on the Amadaowei of Odi, Chief Shine Apre where the palace spokesman, Chief Millionaire Asangba also paid glowing tributes to the governor for his development strides in the community and the state at large.

27/07/2015. 

GOV DICKSON CONDEMNS USE OF YOUTHS AS POLITICAL THUGS; AS RESTORATION FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS

GOV DICKSON CONDEMNS USE OF YOUTHS AS POLITICAL THUGS; AS RESTORATION FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has, for the umpteenth time, condemned the use of youths as political thugs and instruments of violence, just as he called on all well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to partner his administration to develop sports in the state.image1.JPG
Speaking through his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Retd) on Friday, at the draws, unveiling of the Mascot and presentation of jerseys for the Governor Dickson's Football Tournament in Yenagoa, he insisted that, youths being the future of any nation, deserve every encouragement to utilise their God-given skills for the overall good of society.
The governor explained that, the tournament, which is also called Restoration Cup, was being organised as part of the state government’s human capacity building efforts to empower youths of the state, through sporting activities.
According to him, though, the government has well-intentioned plans to develop other sports, it is kickstarting the process with football, as the game has gone beyond simple sports entertainment to becoming a major source of wealth creation and career development.
He, therefore, called on young people to take keen interest in football alongside their education, as it provides a platform for self-actualisation and the overall betterment of the society.
While commending the organisers and partners for their contributions to the project, Governor Dickson urged the participants to see the tournament as an opportunity to showcase their talents to the world, adding that, 22 players would be selected to embark on a playing tour of Europe.
His words: " Nigeria as a country has benefitted in some ways in this flourishing global industry. However, there are still a lot of grounds to cover. The need for the promotion and development of football at the grassroots level is a sure way of positioning the industry in proper perspective.
"It is in the light of this that our administration, from inception, pursued vigorously the design and construction of an ultra-modern Football Academy in Angalabiri in Sagbama Local Government Area as well as the construction of befitting football arenas in all the major cities in the state.
In his remarks, Director-General of the Restoration Cup 2015, Mr Cyril Akika, expressed optimism that, the event will not only engender healthy competition and harness innate potentials in youths, but also create a platform for corporate Nigeria to collaborate with the state government on sports development.
Presenting the logo and mascot of the tournament, its Deputy Director-General, Mr Onoriode Akpe described their symbols and colours as an embodiment of oneness, loyalty and faith, as encapsulated in the restoration agenda of the Dickson-led administration.
Also speaking, Secretary, Technical Committee, Sir Braveman Wodi disclosed that, out of 145 teams that registered for the tournament, 118 grassroots-based sides scaled through the screening process to participate at different venues scattered across the state.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of three (3) golden trophies by the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Retd) and goodwill messages by the Commissioner of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr Felix Tuodolo, his information counterpart, Barr. Esueme Dan-Kikile, Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Sports Development, Mr Mightyman Aye-Dikuro, and former Executive Member of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Peter Singabele among others.

24/07/2015. 
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BAYELSA GUBER: IJAWS IN FCT, OTHER YOUTH GROUPS ENDORSE GOV. DICKSON FOR ANOTHER 4YRS IN OFFICE ............... SAYS GOVERNOR'S PERFORMANCE IN JUST 3YRS IS VERY IMPRESSIVE, VISIBLE AND COMMENDABLE.

BAYELSA GUBER: IJAWS IN FCT, OTHER YOUTH GROUPS ENDORSE GOV. DICKSON FOR ANOTHER 4YRS IN OFFICE ............... SAYS GOVERNOR'S PERFORMANCE IN JUST 3YRS IS VERY IMPRESSIVE, VISIBLE AND COMMENDABLE. 

In his remarks, leader of the delegation and Publicity Secretary of the The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Abuja chapter, and the Ijaw Students Union, University of Abuja Chapter have joined thousands of Bayelsans at home and in the diaspora to endorse Governor Seriake Dickson for a second term in office.
 
In their separate remarks, when representatives of the two groups visited the Governor in Abuja, they expressed satisfaction with Governor Dickson in the areas of job creation, massive infrastructural development, which has turned the State into a huge constuction yard, among others and called every Bayelsan,who mean well for the State to rally round the Governor in his well deserved bid for a second tenure in office.image1.JPG
 
The publicity secretary of the IYC, Abuja chapter, Alex Odogu and the Chairman of Ijaw Students Union, UNIABUJA, Ajube Ejitimi, stated that, they took the decision to endorse governor Dickson for second term, because they were impressed with his performance in office, pointing out that, there is alternative to Dickson.

The IYC spokesman remarked “We are here to pay solidarity visit to our governor and endorse his second term bid in the state. We have seen his performance in the areas of job creation and infrastructural development and would want to encourage him to continue.

“As far as we are concerned, we believe that there is no alternative to Seriake- Dickson because we want development to continue in our state.”

“Our governor has delivered in the last four years and we would want him to continue the developmental strides in the state. We can see a lot of road constructions, including fly-overs in the state and we won’t want these gains to be reversed, Ejitimi stated.

“We want continuity, we want prosperity, and we want progress.”Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake-Dickson has admonished the Ijaw people across the country to cooperate with the federal government in the task of nation building.

Responding to the solidarity messages, Governor Dickson said he has started consultations with major stakeholders in the state and would soon address the Ijaw nation whenever he made up his mind on his next step.

“I want to thank you for following closely developments back home. When I came on board, I called Bayelsa the Jerusalem of Ijaw nation. I assure you that in our hands, your Jerusalem, your future, will continue to be safe.”

The Governor, who thanked for the visit, commended their peaceful disposition with other residents of the FCT and urged them to maintain the tempo, as peace remains the surest way to attaining any meaningful development.
 
“I want to appeal to you to continue to be peaceful. Wherever you find yourselves, we’re known as a peaceful and law abiding people, so I want you to continue to be peaceful because you are our ambassadors outside Bayelsa State.

“I can tell you that Bayelsa is on course, roads and roads and bridges are going on. Schools and schools are being constructed everyday because the future lies in educating the young people,” he added.
The Bayelsa State Governor declared that he would not renege in his constitutionally assigned duty to work for security, unity and progress of the country. 

He also restated his commitment to work in harmony with the government at the center and continue to work for the peace and prosperity of the nation, while equally the Ijaw nation to join him to ensure the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
 
“what was important to us was to move the nation forward, no matter what political party produces the leadership at the federal level.”

Dickson further told his visitors: “I enjoin you to work with constituted authority because our country must be safe.

“We are determined to support the federal system because we must be sure that our country is safe. Political parties aside, we must all work for the security of Nigeria; work for security in Bayelsa and work for security in the Niger- Delta.”

26/07/2015.
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Why Workers’ Salaries Are Not Delayed In Bayelsa –Gov. Dickson


Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, during an interactive session with the people of the state and media practitioners, including OSA Okhomina of Leadership, talks about his administration’s relationship with the workers in the state, the high rate of defection from PDP to APC and the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The gubernatorial poll is now a few weeks away and some members of your party, the PDP, are jumping the ship. What is your party doing to face up to the challenge?
Well, let me assure you that this state is a solid PDP state. In the last general elections we saw that a number of these big wigs did not support the candidate of the mainstream party, the flag bearer of the party, yet we won resoundingly and these were elections that were far more keenly contested and more complicated.
And we campaigned in every constituency. Opposition to the campaigns was sponsored by our own party members, party stalwarts but in spite of all interferences, in spite of all the intimidation, PDP won resoundingly and you don’t need to look too far. Politics is not magic that you just conjure victory overnight. No, victory comes as a result of a totality of a lot of factors. Just because we have lost to APC at the general elections, some fair weather politicians are running to APC as if they can make APC win overnight.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

DEFECTORS TO APC ARE TRAITORS TO IJAW NATION -- BAYELSA PDP......SAYS THEY LACK ELECTORAL VALUE AND WERE NEVER WITH US

DEFECTORS TO APC ARE TRAITORS TO IJAW NATION -- BAYELSA PDP......SAYS THEY LACK ELECTORAL VALUE AND WERE NEVER WITH US


The Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State on Saturday in Yenagoa, described as "traitors and enemies of the Ijaw nation", those who defected to the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

Reacting to the defections, the State Secretary of PDP, Keku Godspower, tongue lashed the defected PDP members, describing their action as most reprehensible.
According to him, the defection was wrong because, it came at a time when all well meaning Ijaw sons and daughters are just coming to terms with the "the shocking reality regarding the grand conspiracy to short change the Ijaw nation and render us politically impotent in the scheme of things."image1.JPG

He further berated the defectors, who he said were former aides and political associates of ex-governor Timipre Sylva.

According to him, a close look at some of the names of the defectors clearly shows that a number of them were members of the disbanded Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, the reneged group used by former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, to polarize the state and to work against the re-election of the incumbent governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson.

He said, “It is clear that the defectors were never with us. Most of them in their wards cannot even win one vote against the PDP, we know them too well. For instance, you will recall that in the just-concluded National and House of Assembly elections in the state you saw how we defeated them. 

"Many of them sponsored candidates in other parties against the PDP and yet they were roundly defeated. I can assure you the defectors lack electoral value and come December 5, 2015, we will defeat them again in the governorship polls. Their defection is motivated purely by greed and soon enough they will come begging to be re-admitted into the PDP. The PDP in Bayelsa State remains the party to beat in the coming governorship election.

He said, “I don’t want to dignify the defectors by talking too much. The property that they used as venue for their defection is a property owned by the state government which the former governor, Timipre Sylva illegally bought for himself with funds stolen from the treasury at a whopping N200 million. 

"Sylva used his company’s name to make the purchase, but we are waiting for him and his cohorts; when the time comes, we will reveal all. Most of the defectors are well known criminals and they see politics as bread and butter affair alone. They fail to realize that politics is also about principle. If you jump ship anytime your party have challenges or lost an election, then you are a political harlot, and that is not good for your image."

18/7/2015. 

BRASS ATTAINS OIL AND GAS FREE ZONE STATUS:.......... BAYELSA PLEDGES COLLABORATION,......... SETS UP COMMITTEE FOR A DETAILED PLAN OF ACTON

BRASS ATTAINS OIL AND GAS FREE ZONE STATUS:.......... BAYELSA PLEDGES COLLABORATION,......... SETS UP COMMITTEE FOR A DETAILED PLAN OF ACTON

The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson says, the State Government will set up a committee to collaborate with the management of the Oil and Gas free zone Authority of Nigeria to work out a detailed plan of action for the take off of the new Brass Island Oil and Gas Free Zone.

Governor Dickson, who gave the assurance when the Management of the Authority visited him at Government House, Yenagoa, appreciated the initiative of the Federal Government in designating the oil free zone for Brass Island.image1.JPG

While describing the location of the venture in Brass and the time of the visit as most appropriate, he disclosed that, his administration has been doing so much to provide jobs as well as a stable environment for business to thrive.

He pointed out that, the Oil and Gas Free Zone is a major project that will transform the economy of the State as well as make the State the Dubai of Africa, which the government has over the years been working very hard to achieve.

According to him, the focus of the Government is to expand the base of the State’s economy beyond oil and gas, through the formulation of policies to attract industrialists and promote industrialization to create wealth, job opportunities and a stable environment.

“Our focus is to expand the base of our economy beyond oil and gas.  We have formulated a lot of policies to enable us expand our economy to attract industrialists and promote industrialization; to create wealth, jobs and a stable environment for business.

“This is what Bayelans have always wanted to hear from their government.  I like to use this opportunity to commend the federal government for this laudable project.

In his remarks, the MD/CEO of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority of Nigeria, Victor Alabo explained that, the authority is on a visit to intimate the State Government as well as present all the regulations and laws requesting the Governor’s permission to formalize Brass as an Oil and Gas Free Zone.

He pointed out that, the federal government has gone ahead to do all the formalities, adding that, the Governor’s role include a formal approval for the acquisition of the land for the project.

According to him, the concept of the free zone is to provide incentives for foreign direct investors to come in and do business in order to catalyze business activities and boost the economy of Bayelsa State and Nigeria.


17/07/2015.

BAYELSA GOVT RE-STRATEGIZE TO MEET FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS .....DICKSON ASSURES ON COMPLETION OF PROJECTS

BAYELSA GOVT RE-STRATEGIZE TO MEET FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
.....DICKSON ASSURES ON COMPLETION OF PROJECTS

Bayelsa State Government says it is reworking its financial management strategies to cushion the adverse effects of the shortfalls in federal revenue allocations to the State, due to dwindling oil prices at the international market.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who stated this during a live radio and television interview in Yenagoa on Thursday, noted that more prudent measures would be taken to enable the government continually meet its salary and contractual obligations to workers and contractors.
The governor expressed determination to remain focused on implementing the restoration agenda of the administration, assuring that, the government was poised to complete most of the ongoing infrastructural projects, including the state cargo airport on or before next year.
Emphasising the need for accountability in governance, he explained that, but for his administration's prudence, Bayelsa would not have been ranked among the few states that are not owing workers salaries.
Contrary to reports, Governor Dickson maintained that, the state government is also on a clear standing in terms of payment of pensions to retirees, pointing out that "the only issue there, is that of gratuity, which has lingered for close to ten years that we are trying to solve."
The governor, who expressed concern over unpaid salaries of local council workers in the state, described the situation as unacceptable, even as he stressed the need for governments at all levels to prioritise the payment of salaries in the face of the current harsh economic realities.
According to him, the government is awaiting recommendations that would emanate from the state House of Assembly’s investigation into the development to be able to appropriately address the issue.image1.JPG
Reaffirming his belief in the autonomy of local governments, Governor Dickson maintained that, his administration would not interfere in the affairs of councils beyond the issuance of general guidelines to enable them deliver at the grassroots level.
His words: " The House of Assembly is well within its powers to examine reasons that occasioned that undesirable situation. But, I don't want to prejudge the ongoing investigation by the Assembly. I'm also aware that revenue that accrues to councils have drastically reduced because of the shortfall. But all the same, our expectation is that priority attention should be given to payment of salaries of council workers especially in the new Bayelsa, where we have not deducted and will not deduct any money from local government coffers
"I await the recommendations the Assembly may make at the end of their enquiries and findings on the issue. But from the preliminary reports I have received so far, there is the possibility of our resorting to one measure or the other to support local government councils specifically in the area of clearing their backlog of salaries.
"We have a very difficult situation we are managing at the state level,but I find it unacceptable that any worker in the state public service should, after working for 30 days leaving their families, go home without salary. On that score, by the time I receive the report of the House of Assembly, I will meet with my team to explore ways of supporting the councils for the sake of the workers.

18/07/2015. 

BAYELSA POLL AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE LOVE, TRUST FOR ME -- DICKSON ........MEETS 400 EMPLOYEES.

BAYELSA POLL AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE LOVE, TRUST FOR ME -- DICKSON  
........MEETS 400 EMPLOYEES. 

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has described the forthcoming governorship election as a veritable opportunity for Bayelsans to once more demonstrate their love and trust for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Addressing political appointees numbering over 400 at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa, the Governor said Bayelsa remains a stronghold of the PDP, despite the activities of mischief-makers, who are bent on using propaganda to deceive the unsuspecting public.

Describing the PDP family in the state as strong and united, he noted that all well meaning Bayelsans believe in the ideals and programmes of the PDP as the only national party that has given the Ijaw people a sense of belonging by providing a platform for Dr Goodluck Jonathan to emerge as an elected president of the country.

To this end, he expressed optimism that Bayelsans as true Ijaw people, would come out in their numbers to express gratitude to the PDP by casting their votes for the party and maintain the pride and dignity of their ethnic nation, rather than support sectional and selfish political parties.

According to the governor, PDP has what it takes to win the forthcoming polls, arguing that the overwhelming victory of the party in the March 28th and April 11th, 2015 state and national assembly elections speak volumes of the support the party enjoys in the state.

He said with the announcement of 5th December, 2015 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as date of the state governorship election, the PDP would soon kick off a formidable campaign in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

While charging his political appointees to gear up for the campaigns, the Bayelsa State Governor noted that, apart from the laudable achievements his administration has recorded to the advantage of PDP in its first term, the party structures are strong enough to clinch victory at the governorship polls.

His words: "You are all aware that the drums of politics have started beating. For some people, the drums started beating a long time ago. They have been engaged in one type of distractive action or the other. But, for us, we have all been working to deliver results, which are everywhere for our people to see. And that is why I must congratulate you and all the people of our state for the several achievements that we have been able to put in place.

"We've not started campaigns, but we want to inform you that the PDP is getting ready to reply with our big drums. Every well meaning Bayelsan knows that, the other party has no room for us the minority people and that is why you must be steadfast with the Ijaw people's party, which is the PDP.

"Because it is the party that considered us as equal stakeholders in Nigeria and gave one of us from this small place, the privilege to lead this country. First, as a vice president and later as President for five and half years. So, this meeting is convened to reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of restoration as well as protect the pride, honour and dignity of Ijaw nation.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Hon. Fyneman Wilson said the party would soon come up with its blueprint for issue- based campaigns, in which it will showcase the achievements of the present administration.

Hon. Fyneman also urged his colleagues and all stakeholders of the party to start preaching the message of restoration in their various local government areas and communities to enable the PDP achieve a landslide victory at the polls.

In their separate solidarity messages, dignitaries at the occasion spoke highly of the achievements of Governor Dickson and called on the political appointees to redouble their efforts and ensure a landslide victory for the Governor at the forthcoming polls.

According to them, the Governor needed a second term in office to consolidate on the gains already made.

They include Foster Ogola, Hon. Fred Agbedi of the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson, Acting Chairman of the PDP in the State Chief David Serena Dokubo-Spiff and the Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Esueme Dan-Kikile

15/07/2015