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Monday, 29 June 2015

BAYELSA GOV ELECTION: DICKSON GETS AUTOMATIC TICKET, AS PDP DUMPS PRIMARY

BAYELSA GOV ELECTION: DICKSON GETS AUTOMATIC TICKET, AS PDP DUMPS PRIMARY


29/6/2015. 
Indications have emerged that Bayelsa State governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, would emerged as the consensus candidate of the People Democratic Party, PDP in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state. 

It was also learnt that following heightened political activities in the state, ahead of the election slated for later in the year, various groups are said to have endorsed the governor and more of such endorsements were also believed to be in the offing.

Sources in Wadata Plaza, PDP Headquatres in Abuja said on Monday that, it was a decision already concluded by the national leadership because conducting a primary would not be in the interest of the party.

The source, who is a key member of the party's decision making body, said various issues were considered before arriving at the position which, he said, were all about the chances of the PDP to win the state in the next governorship election.

"Despite opposition to the governor, the party's leadership thought it wise to give automatic ticket to Dickson because members were convinced that he was actually on the ground in Bayelsa State. Being an incumbent, it would be more reasonable because going into primary will likely divide the party more than allowing the governor to re-contest as a sole candidate with high possibility to win the election", the source stated.

According to him, the issue of performance was considered with majority giving Dickson a passmark adding that consequently, the suggestion by a member of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the party to also consider him on the right of first refusal not only as incumbent but a strategic state.

He said, "The honour has been unanimously accepted and adopted. It is true Governor Seriake Dickson will likely emerge as our candidate for the governorship election in Bayelsa State in due course. You know a lot of issues were considered before the national leadership gave the nod. 

"First we are interested in winning the state. You can see the situation in our party now since the last election, so winning Bayelsa is a must for us. Then if you look at all the current dynamics shaping politics in that state, it is clear that we have to apply tact and come up with a winning strategy in Bayelsa State. So being a performing governor who also has the support of members and the state executive, he has been adopted as our sole candidate.

"How many states are paying salaries? Dickson was recently eulogized through a vote of confidence by the State House of Assembly for his regular payment of salaries and settlement of about N242 billion out of the N332 billion debts said to have been incurred by his predecessor, Timipre Sylva."

Still on the need for tact, the source said democracy is all about the support of the people, once that is ascertained, then the party could find an exigent strategy to win and retain the state. 

He stated: "We don't have any trouble in getting the PDP well set to win in the next election in the state. The suggestion is there to conduct primary but in the face of the situation there, primary will divide us more than uniting us. That is what experience has taught us and more so in view of the unfolding developments in the state. So applying the right of first refusal is a way of delivering on that objective. No matter how you look at it, a sitting governor with such record of performance and party supporters across including the state house of assembly is much more promising in the election for us".

Somehow there also appears that the state executive of the party could be ready to support such moves. Sources close to the party's executive in the state confided yesterday that there were hints toward such possibility and in such instance coming from the national leadership, then it would just be fait accompli at the state level.

"There were repeated hints about it as I can recollect now. Seriously I personally believe it is good strategy especially when we consider the work the governor has done here in Bayelsa. What is important is winning and so this incumbent one should be better than any outsider. I am a member of the state exco, the state executive ably led by the acting chairman, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, is well disposed to the idea of granting Governor Dickson an automatic ticket. And I tell you that so far PDP in the state has not received any one who have come forward to express interest in contesting the governorship ticket on the platform of the party in the state," a source said.

Monday, 22 June 2015

APC’S ATTACK ON GOV DICKSON: CONDEMNABLE, A FIGMENT OF ODIGIE-OYEGUN’S IMAGINATION ....SAYS PARTY’S POSTURE CURIOUS

APC’S ATTACK ON GOV DICKSON: CONDEMNABLE, A FIGMENT OF ODIGIE-OYEGUN’S IMAGINATION ....SAYS PARTY’S POSTURE CURIOUS
 
22/06/2015. 
When Hon, Henry Seriake-Dickson assumed office as Governor of Bayelsa State in February 2012, he inherited a massive debt profile of N332 billion from the administration of Chief Timipre Sylva. Through prudent management and commitment to the ethos of good governance, that debt today stands at N90 billion.
 
Out of the N440 billion that his government received as allocation from the Federation Account, about N242 billion was used to help pay down that debt even as it embarked on an unprecedented level of infrastructural development and socio-economic welfare schemes. 
 
This is why the Bayelsa state government considers as very uncharitable, the statement attributed to APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun that the government has nothing to show for that allocation from the centre.
 
The statement was made on his behalf by the APC National Vice Chairman,  South-South Hilliard Etaho, while formally receiving a new defector from the PDP, former Chief of Staff, Government House,  Chief Diekivie Ikiogha at a ceremony in Yenagoa. 
 
The APC chairman's posture is highly curious, given that he had warned against defections to his party, after its victory at the March, 2015 presidential elections, advising potential defectors to remain in their existing parties and help build a virile opposition in the interest of the development of the nation's democracy. So, why is the APC now welcoming the sudden influx of power prostitutes and fair weather politicians, who spin cock and bull stories into its fold?
 
Such defectors are no loss to us in the state and the APC richly deserves what it gets by welcoming and accommodating elements steeped in treachery into its ranks. 
 
But Chief Oyegun should kindly leave the Bayelsa State government out of its growing confusion. 
 
The  state government is preoccupied with changing the lives of Bayelsans for good as is already evident in its transparent administration, commitment to good governance, landmark infrastructural development, empowerment of the people, free compulsory qualitative education, social welfare payments to the elderly and unprecedented health infrastructure. 
 
If the APC is expecting the defectors it is now welcoming with open arms to win the governorship election in the state, they will have to wait till eternity. Bayelsans have no time for political miscreants.

TOP 5 SEX POSITIONS THAT PUT HER IN THE CONTROL

Top 5 Sex Positions That Put HER in Control

1.Sex Position: Rocking Horse

Position Difficulty: 1/5

This position brings you up close and intimate in ways the usual woman-on-top sex positions don’t, and by having him sit upright, it can also be much easier for your movement as well. While he leans back onto his hands, yours are free to run over his chest, neck and back, or you can simply lean back, place your hands on his knees, and grind against his hips. Dial up the heat in this position with the addition of a vibrating couples’ ring.

The Good: All this face-to-face closeness leaves him open to intense teasing of his major erogenous zones. With your body-weight on top he’ll have no choice but to submit to the very best sort of torture.

The Bad: Any position requiring kneeling or crossed legs can get uncomfortable, but it can easily be adapted if your partner stretches his legs straight and lies flat, letting you pin his legs and arms down against the bed.

2.Sex Position: The Lock and Key

Position Difficulty: 2/5

Not all these positions put you on top. This modification of missionary allows you to use your thighs and knees, locked tightly around his hips, to both elevate your own hips towards him and also give you control of the depth of his thrusts. It’s like the missionary sex position, except you’re in control from beneath. Remaining face to face, you can frustrate his efforts to enter you deeply while giving complete view of your body. If you’re strong enough, you can also have him support himself entirely with his legs and stimulate you manually as you please.

The Good: You can both decide how active your partner will be as suits the mood – and your fantasies. He can remain still as you push yourself on him, or actively strain against your locked legs.

The Bad: It does take a fair amount of strength to keep your legs gripping tight, so use your arms wrapped around the back of his knees or his forearms to help push your hips upwards.

3.Sex Position: The Kiss of Life

Position Difficulty: 2.5/5

While straddling your partner as he performs oral may be the go-to dominant position, you really can’t beat this position in terms of heat and passion. Easiest against a wall or while you’re sitting on the edge of a bed, you will get an amazing view of him beneath you.

The Good: You can attempt this position without back support to truly challenge your partner, or let him use that support to free up his hands to cup your bottom or stimulate you manually. And of course, his hair is easily accessible…

The Bad: We genuinely struggle to think of any downsides to oral, but we do sympathize with knee-soreness when it comes to extended sessions. Cushions can help with this, but be aware they can destabilize your partner if too slippery.

4.Sex Position: The Hot Seat

Position Difficulty: 4/5

The Hot Seat does anything but let you sit back and relax. While he needs the flexibility to curl backward, you will need balance and muscle control to hold him there, and to move up and down on him. To lend further support, you can both clasp each other’s forearms to facilitate your movements―which will only need to be minor in range to create some major pleasure.

The Good: This position is also great for anal sex, putting you in control of depth and speed.

The Bad: Requiring both flexibility from him and extreme care from you, you may not want to stay in the hot seat too long!

5.Sex Position: The Bridge

Position Difficulty: 5/5

This position is for that special yoga-enthusiast in your life. After he bends backwards into the bridge position, you straddle him and move up and down (shifting weight from your toes to heels) completely controlling the speed and depth.

The Good: Because your body isn’t needed for support, your hands are free to dial up the heat with a small hand-held clitoral vibe.

The Bad: We’re not going to pretend this doesn’t take a heroic amount of flexibility, not to mention upper body strength. If your partner is up to the challenge, your respective height differences may also make movement difficult for you.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

BAYELSA: WHAT MANNER OF ASSEMBLY? By Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

BAYELSA: WHAT MANNER OF ASSEMBLY?
 
By Daniel Iworiso-Markson. 
Democracy is held to be the most advanced and judicious form of governance developed by man. It gives people a say in how their affairs are ordered and to choose those to superintendent over their affairs. Therein lies its beauty.

But it is also a system that accommodates the ugly, the malcontent and even those working to subvert its tenets. The flaws in the system have become worryingly visible, essentially because of the character of politicians and their do or die notion of politics. 

Many practitioners of the art in our clime see political enterprise solely within the prism of capturing power and deploying the most Machiavellian methods and tactics to realize their ambition. The endpoint of this conception of politics is largely prebendal: crude acquisition of power for primitive accumulation in furtherance of a selfish, hedonistic lifestyle as opposed to work in the service of the people.

This mindset undoubtedly undergirds the unfolding political macabre dance in Bayelsa State by a fractious elite formation masquerading as the new conscience of the people but which infact is united by the pursuit of greed. Their kind is all too familiar and their motive clear: acquire political power by means more foul than fair and then set upon the public treasury with reckless abandon. As late Professor Claude Ake noted, the problem with development in Africa is not so much that development has failed but that it was never really on the agenda of the rulers in the first place. It is the politics of prebendalism as popularly analysed by Professor Richard Joseph. What seems to matter to this set of politicians is never the germane question of the utility of political power in relation to the interest of the people.

The undiscerning would hardly equate the foregoing mindset with the recent advertorial published in The Nation newspaper by the self-styled Bayelsa Peoples Consultative Assembly. There is a pretended public spiritedness as the motivation but it was so much high falutin nonsense.The publication , among other things, raised posers on alleged high-handedness by the state government in running its affairs, claimed that successive governments in the state had not met the expectations of the people in terms of development and wondered "whether or not the strategic interest of our dear state can still be served through the PDP which has become the opposition party at the federal level and in many states of the country". Accordingly, the purported assembly declared in the 4th of its 5-point resolutions:"As a result of this state of affairs in governance and in the PDP, the Bayelsa Peoples Consultative Assembly resolves to align ourselves with the APC to effect a new direction in the governance of the state". Now, are they leaving the PDP because it lost election at the centre and thus lost the power to award them unmerited favour? And are they now seeking power elsewhere perhaps to continue to enjoy privileges attached to power which they are in danger of losing or are they out to serve the people? What is their objective in politics?

To be sure everyone is entitled to exercise their freedom of association and to change political parties as they deem expedient. What they are not entitled to do unchallenged is to clothe their selfish motivation with the robe of principled conviction and highminded politics.A cursory look at the names on the attendance list as published and then discerning their hidden promoters indicate that they were all until recently members of the PDP, who at one point or the other, also occupied important positions in government both at the state and federal levels. Now with Presidenf Goodluck Jonathan no longer in power they have suddenly found everything wrong with the PDP and with the state government whose largesse they had hitherto enjoyed.

What is in fact playing out is an offshoot of the governor's long running battle with this class of politicians and philistines on the proper utilisation of state resources. Are these resources to be used to serve the people or are they to be cornered to serve the greed of a few?The selfish conception of the purpose of politics and power is what retarded development in the state since the era of the late statesman, Chief Milford Okilo. Now however Bayelsans can never exchange the present peace and tranquility in the state as well as the unprecedented level of development for the chaos and unmitigated rent culture of the past.

To the unsuspecting public, the so-called consultative assembly sounded public-spirited but it is all a charade: the driving force of the members is to return the state to the status quo ante where the resources were shared among a few greedy lot at the expense of state development and the welfare of the people. These are the same set of people who since 1999 have benefited in state and federal appointments which came with huge influence and privileges. But what did they do with such power and influence? What has been their vision and achievements in the economic development of the state and empowerment of Bayelsans? These people have no record of distinction in personal enterprise, they never set up or run any business neither are they noted for empowering the people beyond meagre handouts. Their business was profiteering in politics pure and simple. Their modus operandi which is repeated ad nauseum is to gang up against the government of the day to press for unreasonable demands and when such is resisted, they resort to threats, blackmail and promote instability. These same people have promoted a culture of impunity in governance over time resulting in wanton looting .

All they want is free access to money which will enable them to live big at the expense of quality education for the people, at the expense of good medicare, infrastructure and employment generation. Academic to them are visions of economic diversification to change Bayelsa State from being a civil service state to a productive economy that can create good jobs and ensure long term, solid development. These are the dividing lines between the new found voices in the Consultative Assembly and the Restoration Government headed by Governor Seriake Dickson in Bayelsa State.

Without question, the incumbent Restoration Government has in the last three years made its presence felt in major areas of development: from free, compulsory and qualitative education to health, landmark infrastructure and economic empowerment. And for the first time there is an articulated, overarching vision of development and rooted in good governance. Resetting the apparatus of government has led to greater efficiency and the remarkable progress so far is well known to all except the power mongers. The creed of transparency and accountability has paid off, leading to blockage of leakages and is the reason the inherited huge wage bill of N6 billion came down to N4 billion monthly and why the state government is among those that can still pay salaries regularly till date in spite of the suffocating economic situation in the country.

It all boils down to prudent management of state resources. In summation, the issue in the state is not the orchestrated discontent we see in the media but the fact that the era of special interests is gone for good. The profiteers from the misery of our people, like all vested interests who benefit from such ungodly enterprise are not happy. 
!Thus joining the opposition by anybody is not the issue. What is their motivation? Although it is now much harder for them to prevail, no matter how they try in a free and fair election, judging by what is on the ground in the state, Bayelsans and the general public should ask those in the so-called assembly about their antecedents and what roles they have played in development of the state since they had all along been part and parcel of the past governments they are now discrediting? In which case, they are guilty as well. So how can they represent any part of the future of Bayelsa State?

These are yesterday's men seeking yet again to confiscate Bayelsa's future. This time our people will not allow them.
 
Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor sent this piece from Yenagoa

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

SHELL: IJAWS PETITION NJC OVER APPEAL COURT RULING

SHELL: IJAWS PETITION NJC OVER APPEAL COURT RULING

  

 Monday, 15 June 2015. 

Leaders of 145 Ijaw communities in Bayelsa State have protested the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt that struck out the $1.5b oil spillage and environmental degradation case against Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC).

The group regretted that the judges were allegedly compromised by Shell to deliver a favourable judgment for them despite evidence of death, oil spillages and environmental pollutioI'm n which Shell activities in the land has brought to them.

Former presidential aspirant of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) and leader of the protesters Chief Pere Ajuwa, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that they had forwarded a petition to the NJC to take decisive actions on the matter and that they would also proceed to the Supreme Court.

He said the matter had appeared before the two chambers of the National Assembly which ordered Shell to pay the sum of $1.5b to the 254 Ijaw communities in Bayelsa State.

He regretted that Shell took them to the Court of Appeal where judges struck out the decision of the lower court despite overwhelming evidence.

Friday, 5 June 2015

GOV DICKSON INAUGURATES WATERWAYS SECURITY OUTFIT ...... CHARGED TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY BASED INTELLIGENCE

GOV DICKSON INAUGURATES WATERWAYS SECURITY OUTFIT ...... CHARGED TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY BASED INTELLIGENCE

05/06/2015.  

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has inaugurated the Local Government Chairmen/Coordinators for the Bayelsa State Waterways Security Patrol Task Force with a mandate to feed security agencies with community-based intelligence on criminal activities. 

Governor Dickson, who gave the charge, while inaugurating the chairmen/coordinators, urged them to liaise with community leaders in their various local government areas to gather information on criminal acts, such as sea piracy, crude oil theft, kidnapping, illegal refineries.

He observed that in the last 2 months there has been an upsurge in security breaches, especially in the East and Central senatorial districts of the State, stressing that, effective synergy between the task force and security agencies would bring about sanity on the waterways. 

The Governor however, pointed out that, the chairmen will work under the direct supervision of the Special Adviser on Security Matters.

 “You will recall that when we came on board, we took measures to ensure that our state and even our waterways became relatively safe. But in the last one or two months, we have been having some instances of security breaches by way of kidnap incidents particularly in the Brass area and occasionally in the central senatorial district as well.

 “Security agencies are up to their task, but we feel that a committee like this made up of people who know the waterways and some of the players along the creeks should be put together to give timely information to the security agencies.

“And let me make it clear that this task force will work under the general supervision of the Special Adviser on Security and we expect you all to send regular daily reports about goings-on in your various local government areas because we need to know who is doing what; we need to know who is hiding under the guise of politics to commit crime; we also need to know those who are involved in kidnapping and bunkering and how you can give timely information to security agencies.

“As a matter of fact, after this inauguration, if any incident takes place in your local government area, you will be called upon to be part of the investigation and solving the problem so this is a very serious responsibility.”   

The Chairmen include, Mr. Bello Bina in charge of Brass, Lucky Asanakpo-Sagbama, Tolu Amatu-Ekeremor, Soubre Appah-Yenagoa.

Others are, Ken Ogbise-Kolokuma/Opokuma, West Alaibo-Nembe, Azibola Elabha-Ogbia and Timiondi Agoke-Southern Ijaw.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Chairman in charge of Ekeremor local government, Mr. Tolu Amatu expressed the preparedness of the task force to carry out their functions effectively.

FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN PLEDGES TO DEDICATE LIFE TO PEACE BUILDING, AS GOV DICKSON APPLAUDS EX-PRESIDENT’S POSITIVE VIRTUES AT STATE RECEPTION

FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN PLEDGES TO DEDICATE LIFE TO PEACE BUILDING, AS GOV DICKSON APPLAUDS EX-PRESIDENT’S POSITIVE VIRTUES AT STATE RECEPTION


30/05/2015. 

The immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has promised to dedicate his life to peace-building efforts across the country to reciprocate the opportunity Nigerians gave to him to serve them.

Dr. Jonathan made the pledge at a civic reception and home coming organized in his honour by the State Government at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.

He said peace was paramount to the development and growth of any nation, rather than political crisis that could cause chaos and anarchy.

His words: “From 1999 to date, my people, Bayelsans and Nigerians have given me the rare opportunity for me to serve as the Deputy Governor, Governor of Bayelsa and Vice President and President of the country. I remain most grateful to all Nigerians. The best I can do now is to dedicate the remaining part of my life to peace building across the country. 

“Nigerians have given me so much that I cannot pay back. That is why I maintained, that we need peace in this country; we need development; political crisis do not bring development, but rather it brings destruction. And, I believe the new administration will work with all Nigerians to make sure that Nigerians are happy. I am indeed happy that one of the statements that President Muhammadu Buhari made is that he does not belong to any clique; he belongs to all Nigerians. I congratulate him for that bold statement”   

Reminiscing his early political life with former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, Dr. Jonathan said he and his wife, Dame Patience would remain appreciative of the love and support demonstrated by the people of Bayelsa, the Ijaw nation and indeed all Nigerians.

He also used the occasion to applaud President Muhammadu Buhari for his declaration in his inaugural speech for not belonging to any clique, describing it as a bold statement.

In his remarks, Governor Seriake Dickson described Dr. Jonathan as a hero of democracy in Nigeria and of the African continent, who did his best to serve the country.

While commending former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience for being a pillar of support to her husband and her peace-building initiatives, Governor Dickson thanked Nigerians, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for making a minority, Dr. Jonathan its flag bearer, which made his presidency possible. 

“Today is a very symbolic day and on this day I can report to this state and the Ijaw nation and the world that our hearts are full. In one breadth, there is a lot of gloom in this state, but in an another breadth, we are very grateful to God and to our fellow Nigerians, to our party and to all lovers of Nigerians that our dear brother and leader was given an opportunity to serve and he did it to the best of his ability.

“And so today, we are celebrating the glorious and historic home coming of our dear leader, the hero of democracy and the father of modern democracy. As I stood awaiting the arrival of the presidential aircraft, something historic crossed my mind, which is that, I was performing that duty for the last time and that filled me with a lot of thoughts and emotion. That is a honour that in a long while I would not have a rival in sharing; the honour of receiving a fellow citizen of this great state, a brother and a friend, a father and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Today, as I welcome you, our father and our leader, on behalf of the people of this state and the Ijaw nation, on behalf of all those who care, we welcome you.”   

Also speaking, chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council and Amayanabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete Spiff, urged Dr. Jonathan to count his blessings and lauded his leadership style while in office.

King Diete-Spiff, who noted that God has done great things for Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation, pointed out that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo desired to be in the presidency for just one day, but Dr. Jonathan occupied the exalted position for 3,000 days.

Highpoint of the event was a brief drama sketch, titled, “The Ambassador of Peace” by the State Council for Arts and Culture.

GOV DICKSON ASSENTS TO WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS PROTECTION LAW …. HARMFUL CULTURAL AND TRADITIONAL PRACTICES NOW PUNISHABLE BY LAW

GOV DICKSON ASSENTS TO WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS PROTECTION LAW …. HARMFUL CULTURAL AND TRADITIONAL PRACTICES NOW PUNISHABLE BY LAW

02/06/2015. 

 Bayelsa State Governor on Tuesday signed into law the Widows and widowers’ Protection Bill 2015, bringing the total number of bills signed so far in the life of the administration to 50.

Speaking at the event in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Dickson explained that the new law was designed to offer protection to the vulnerable group in society, particularly widows and widowers against harmful cultural and traditional practices.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (2nd L), signs the Widows & Widowers Protection Bill into law, under the watchful eyes of the Speaker, BYHA, Kombowei Benson (2nd R), Clerk of the House, Mr. Aaron Timiye (R), and the State Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kemasuode Wodu (L) at the Governor’s Conference Room, Government House, Yenagoa

Applauding Mrs. Agatha Goma for the sponsorship of the bill, the Governor said henceforth, marriage to a relation of a deceased spouse against the individual’s wish and compelling a widow or widower to do any of the several acts contained in the law would be considered unlawful. 

Governor Dickson, who pointed out that, women were most affected in some traditional practices, which he described as negative, noted that, the law seeks to offer some protection to them as they were one of the vulnerable groups in society.

His words: “The Widows and Widowers’ Law of our state deals with a lot of negative cultural practices, particularly affecting the womenfolk in our society. I like to appreciate the contributions of the member who sponsored this bill, our dear sister and colleagues, Hon. Agatha Goma.

“We need to protect women more particularly women who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances because we all know that sometimes our cultural practices are not friendly to widows who lost husbands and breadwinners. And this bill has stepped in to offer some protection.”

 He also called on the State Assembly to take urgent steps at considering and passing the Child’s Rights Bill, before the end of the 7th legislative assembly for his executive assent.

Governor Dickson urged the Ministries of Justice and Women Affairs to enlighten the public on the provisions of the new law and lauded members of the Assembly for their hard work and dedication to legislative business.

Earlier in his remarks, Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson said, the bill was sent to the house on the 8th of July last year and passed on the 5th of May, 2015.

GOV DICKSON ASSENTS TO WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS PROTECTION LAW …. HARMFUL CULTURAL AND TRADITIONAL PRACTICES NOW PUNISHABLE BY LAW

GOV DICKSON ASSENTS TO WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS PROTECTION LAW …. HARMFUL CULTURAL AND TRADITIONAL PRACTICES NOW PUNISHABLE BY LAW

02/06/2015. 

 Bayelsa State Governor on Tuesday signed into law the Widows and widowers’ Protection Bill 2015, bringing the total number of bills signed so far in the life of the administration to 50.

Speaking at the event in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Dickson explained that the new law was designed to offer protection to the vulnerable group in society, particularly widows and widowers against harmful cultural and traditional practices.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (2nd L), signs the Widows & Widowers Protection Bill into law, under the watchful eyes of the Speaker, BYHA, Kombowei Benson (2nd R), Clerk of the House, Mr. Aaron Timiye (R), and the State Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kemasuode Wodu (L) at the Governor’s Conference Room, Government House, Yenagoa

Applauding Mrs. Agatha Goma for the sponsorship of the bill, the Governor said henceforth, marriage to a relation of a deceased spouse against the individual’s wish and compelling a widow or widower to do any of the several acts contained in the law would be considered unlawful. 

Governor Dickson, who pointed out that, women were most affected in some traditional practices, which he described as negative, noted that, the law seeks to offer some protection to them as they were one of the vulnerable groups in society.

His words: “The Widows and Widowers’ Law of our state deals with a lot of negative cultural practices, particularly affecting the womenfolk in our society. I like to appreciate the contributions of the member who sponsored this bill, our dear sister and colleagues, Hon. Agatha Goma.

“We need to protect women more particularly women who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances because we all know that sometimes our cultural practices are not friendly to widows who lost husbands and breadwinners. And this bill has stepped in to offer some protection.”

 He also called on the State Assembly to take urgent steps at considering and passing the Child’s Rights Bill, before the end of the 7th legislative assembly for his executive assent.

Governor Dickson urged the Ministries of Justice and Women Affairs to enlighten the public on the provisions of the new law and lauded members of the Assembly for their hard work and dedication to legislative business.

Earlier in his remarks, Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson said, the bill was sent to the house on the 8th of July last year and passed on the 5th of May, 2015.