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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

Wednesday, 15 July 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

Thursday, 9 July 2015

GOV DICKSON WANTS GREATER FUNDING FOR NDDC ….CALLS ON FG TO COMPLY WITH THE ACT ESTABLISHING IT

GOV DICKSON WANTS GREATER FUNDING FOR NDDC ….CALLS ON FG TO COMPLY WITH THE ACT ESTABLISHING IT

 09/07/2015

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Thursday called on the Federal Government to adequately fund the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in conformity with the provisions of the Act establishing the commission.

 Governor Dickson made the call, when a delegation of members of the board of the NDDC, led by its chairman, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.

 Governor Dickson, who urged the Federal Government to accord states in the region a special attention, especially Bayelsa, given its challenging terrain, which requires huge funds and efforts to develop.image1.JPG

 According to the Governor, the poor funding of the commission has limited its ability to execute critical infrastructure, such as the airport, major roads and bridges that would impact on the wellbeing of the people, rather than award contracts for the construction of classroom blocks.

His words: “The Niger Delta is an endangered region, even the colonial masters before they granted independence to Nigeria, recognized the existence of this region as a special area and designated it so. And they were aware that the developmental challenges of this area are more than that of the challenges of most other parts of the country.

“The Niger Delta challenges are ecological and environmental and that realization should affect the release of funds by the federal authorities. I think that the governors will meet to see how we can work with you to ensure that the provisions of the NDDC Act are enforced.  

 “The purpose of establishing the NDDC will be defeated if it is not in a position to undertake critical development projects in the Niger Delta; its purpose will be meaningless, if it will only award contracts for construction of classroom blocks and other jobs that may not have the capacity to impact the development of the area.” 

 Governor Dickson, who expressed displeasure over the non-completion of a number of NDDC projects in the state, noted that, the committee, empaneled by the state government was aimed at collating and monitoring the progress of all on-going NDDC projects in the state.

 He also called for the collaboration of the governors of the NDDC states towards embarking on regional projects to expand the scope of development in the region.

 In his remarks, Chairman of the Board of the NDDC Commission, Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw highlighted some of the challenges bedeviling the commission, which include, inadequate release of budgeted funds contrary to section 14, sub-section 2a and c of the Act establishing the NDDC.

 Senator Henshaw explained that the Act requires the Federal Government to provide 15% of monies paid from the federation accounts, pointing out that, the commission has never got its fair share in terms of funding from inception.image2.JPG

 He said the current board inherited over 7,000 projects alongside huge liabilities in excess of N1 trillion, stressing that, in the past one year, the interventionist agency had been striving to complete on-going projects.

“The funding for NDDC remains a major challenge and obstacle to the progress that we could have made. For example, since 2001, funds held back by the Federal Government is now in excess of N800 billion under-payment.” 

 Senator Henshaw, who intimated Governor Dickson on the purpose of the visit, noted that, the leadership of the NDDC was in the state to seek advice on the way forward, in providing strategic interventions in the areas of power, roads, rail, education and create business opportunities for the people.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

GOV DICKSON HARPS ON DIVERSIFICATION OF NIGERIA’S ECONOMY, BLAMES OVER DEPENDENCE ON OIL AS THE BANE OF THE ECONOMY

GOV DICKSON HARPS ON DIVERSIFICATION OF NIGERIA’S ECONOMY, BLAMES OVER DEPENDENCE ON OIL AS THE BANE OF THE ECONOMY

07/07/2015. 
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has blamed the present economic woes of the country on the over-dependence on crude oil revenues by successive administrations. 
Governor Dickson, who stated this on Monday while speaking on a live programme on Africa Independent Television, AIT, emphasized that, until the national economy is diversified, the country would continue to experience harsh economic realities.
He pointed out that, the present import-oriented monolithic economy places Nigeria in a precarious situation as the country is not in a position to influence oil prices at the international market.
He, therefore, underscored the need for all states to identify sectors where they have comparative advantage with a view to developing such areas to create wealth and job opportunities.
On his efforts to diversify the Bayelsa economy, Governor Dickson said, the  government was working in collaboration with reputable partners both within and outside the country to boost agricultural production to ensure food security as well as create employment for the people.
His words: “Over the years, there has been over reliance on oil revenues to the utter neglect of agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, which shouldn’t have been allowed to be. And we have not been able to get the power situation right, which will also aid industrialization.
“Our country should have known that over-reliance on oil revenues is a very risky step for our national economy. As a matter of fact, it is a national security issue because you are dealing with an oil politics that you don’t even control at the global level. So when the big world powers calculate their national interest and play the sort of games that they play from time to time, then those of us who are totally dependent on oil revenues; who don’t have proactive leadership suffer for it. We have no excuse for reducing the country to that level.
According to the Governor, his administration has established a 400 hectares of cassava farm at Ebedebiri in Sagbama local government area in addition to a cassava processing plant, which he described as the largest in the country being constructed by a Danish company.
Governor Dickson called on investors to take advantage of the state’s vast resources in gas to generate power, arguing that it would be more profitable to make investments in areas where the much needed raw materials are readily available.
Consequently, he announced that Bayelsa would hold its second investment summit with focus on agriculture and power generation towards reducing unemployment as well as creating sustainable economic development and prosperity.
According to him, through aggressive desire to broaden the state’s economy, his administration has succeeded in shoring up the internally generated revenue base of the state from a paltry sum of N50 million at the inception of the present government to about N800 million monthly.
“In Bayelsa, since we came in, there has been an aggressive desire to broaden the economy beyond oil revenues. We are investing seriously in agriculture. We have a massive cassava farm at Ebedebiri. We are working with European companies and very soon, the biggest cassava processing plant in this country will happen in Bayelsa. We are working on a major aqua culture project with some Israeli firms as well as massive poultry projects, some of which have been completed so that some youths can be trained.”
Governor Dickson, who acknowledged the lull in the execution of projects in the state occasioned by the shortfall in the federal allocation, assured that, no project would be abandoned.
He said by next month, most of the completed projects, which were earlier billed for commissioning by former President Goodluck Jonathan will be inaugurated just as the Teachers’ Training Academy at Bolou Orua would be put to use by September this year.

SALARIES: WE'RE NOT INDEBTED TO WORKERS IN BAYELSA -- GOV DICKSON

SALARIES: WE'RE NOT INDEBTED TO WORKERS IN BAYELSA -- GOV DICKSON


...my predecessor took over N100 billion bond ...civil servants receive June salaries today

06/07/2015. 

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Monday re-assured workers of the state that payment of salaries for the month of June 2015 will commence this week.

Speaking in a live interview on "Focus Nigeria " aired on the Africa Independent Television, (AIT) and monitored in Yenagoa, the governor said he had already authorized the payment of the salaries to commence from today (Tuesday July 7).

Dickson, who lamented the current economic downturn in the country, however maintained that Bayelsa State was not owing its workers, as it was the case with most states in the federation due to the sharp drop in oil revenue.

As part of efforts to meet salary obligations to workers, the Governor said there has been a drastic reduction in government’s expenditure, adding that his office has not received security votes and some other statutory allowances for the past 3 months.

According to him, Bayelsa was one of the heavily indebted states upon his assumption of office, adding that the state is now ranked among the least indebted as a result of his administration’s prudent management of resources.

Dickson said:, “We are not owing our normal monthly obligations to our workers. Just yesterday, after reviewing the financial reports for the month, I have authorized that salaries for June be paid and the process will commence from tomorrow (Tuesday). But we have been slowed down in terms of execution of most of the massive infrastructural programmes that we got involved in over the past 3 years.

“To that extent there are major challenges facing Bayelsa and indeed all states in the country but not to the extent of not paying our workers because of the structures and mechanisms we have put in place. We need the bailout because of the obligations we have to our contractors towards the completion of on-going projects.”

Although the state does not owe salaries, the Governor lent his voice to the on-going clarion call on the Federal Government to provide financial bailout to state governments, including Bayelsa to enable the state meet its outstanding contractual obligations.

“We inherited a very high debt profile. The bond that was taken by my predecessor (Timipre Sylva) is close to N100 billion when you add the interest elements, which we are servicing in order to maintain the corporate integrity of the state. But now, I can report to you that Bayelsa is one of the least indebted states. 

"So from inheriting a government that was one of the heaviest indebted, now over 3 years, even in the midst of funding our massive infrastructural and other development projects; because of the way we have been managing the resources of the state, Bayelsa has now translated from being one of the most heaviest indebted to one of the least indebted states", he emphasized. 

Commenting on the inability of local government councils to pay salaries, Governor Dickson absolved the state government from the predicament, noting that there was no time his administration made any illegitimate deductions from council allocations.

The Governor, who said efforts were being made by the state House of Assembly to address the issue through its oversight functions, explained that, the state government is augmenting the recurrent expenditure of councils by paying 60 per cent of teachers’ salaries. 

Dickson said, “My local government chairmen will tell you that since I became Governor, I have not tampered with local government funds. Statutorily, local government councils are responsible for the payment of primary school teachers. But because of our emphasis on education, Bayelsa state government pays 60% of that obligation and allowed the local governments to pay only 40%.

“I am aware that most councils are owing their workers some months in arrears which is not acceptable. Recently, I am told that the house of assembly is conducting a public hearing into the issue and I have directed the chairmen to appear before the house to explain why they are defaulting because I am not owing at the state level."

Sunday, 5 July 2015

GOV DICKSON TO APPEAR ON AIT FOCUS NIGERIA TOMORROW MONDAY 6th JULY 2015

Gov. Seriake Dickson will on Monday 6th July 2015, appear on a Live Television Programme "FOCUS NIGERIA" on AIT by 10am in the morning. Kindly tune in to watch  the restorer of Bayelsa State. image1.JPG

Thursday, 2 July 2015

BAYELSA APC SACKS OFFICIALS OVER N248m FUNDS DIVERSION

BAYELSA APC SACKS OFFICIALS OVER N248m FUNDS DIVERSION

 

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa. July 1st 2015. 

The state executive committee of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, led by Tiwei Orunimighe, has been dissolved by aggrieved members of the party under the aegis of Legacy Party.

The members alleged in a statement in Yenagoa on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 that Orunimighe and his officers diverted N248 million presidential campaign funds donated by some APC governors to the state chapter of the party.  

The members in the statement signed by Prince Timidi also accused the chairman of anti-party posturing which they said was antithetical to the party’s plan to take over power in the state.

They said the Orunimighe-led state executive committee had never held a meeting since its inauguration, adding that the former officials were always in Abuja and that the state secretariat of the party in Yenagoa had been under lock and key.

The Legacy Party comprises members of the defunct New Peoples Demicratic Party (NPDP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).

They explained that the action was aimed at rescuing the APC from the clutches of a misguided few led by former Governor Timipre Sylva.

They said their action had become necessary to ensure victory for the party in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

They also announced the setting up of a 9-man state executive committee headed by Perekeme Kpodoh.

“Uptil date, the party does not have a functional bank account contrary to Article 23 of the party’s constitution.

“These people (Orunimighe and co) have been involved in fraudulent diversion of party funds and donations from party leaders and national secretariat.

“The sum of N248 million including N5.8 million released by the national secretariat of the party for delegates from the state, the N130 million given to host the presidential campaign in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, the N14.6 million given to Bayelsa delegates by former Kano State Governor (Rabiu) Kwankwaso and N2 million donated by Governor Rochas Okorocha was diverted and shared with the knowledge of the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva”, they alleged.

Accepting the headship of the nine-member committee, Perekeme Kpodoh, called on the national executive committee of the APC to investigate the allegations and take necessary action in line with Article 21 (b) of the party’s constitution.