BAYELSA GOVT PARTNERS FOREIGN FIRMS ON MASSIVE FISH PRODUCTION, MAPS OUT STRATEGY TO UNCOVER PAYROLL FRAUD

7 Aug
Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (right) presenting an instrument of transfer to the Managing Director of P & R International Ltd, Mr. Yaron Pinchas (centre) shortly after signing a partnership agreement with the firm for the establishment of aquaculture fish farm, cold storage facility and fish processing plant at Government House in Yenagoa, while the State Deputy Governor, Rtd Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (left) looks on

Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (right) presenting an instrument of transfer to the Managing Director of P & R International Ltd, Mr. Yaron Pinchas (centre) shortly after signing a partnership agreement with the firm for the establishment of aquaculture fish farm, cold storage facility and fish processing plant at Government House in Yenagoa, while the State Deputy Governor, Rtd Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (left) looks on

07/08/2013
Bayelsa State Government has signed a bilateral agreement worth millions of dollars with two foreign firms- P&R International Limited and Onida Development Company for the establishment of aquaculture farm project and fish processing plant in Angalabiri, Sagbama local government area of the state.
Also, the Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson sought the support of well meaning people in the state, including media practitioners in uncovering payroll fraud, adding that all hands should be on deck to rid the civil service of corrupt and sharp practices.
Rendering his account of stewardship during the Monthly Transparency Press briefing held on Tuesday at the Banquet Hall Yenagoa, Governor Dickson said the State posted N19.9bn at the end of July,2013 after statutory deductions and capital payments.
The governor disclosed that the Fish Farm project upon completion would increase the revenue profile of the State as well as create employment opportunities.
Stressing the need for diversification from oil and gas sector of the economy, Hon. Dickson said investment in the agricultural sector; especially aquaculture fish farm is one of the cardinal programmes of his Restoration Agenda.
In realization of this lofty aim, the governor disclosed that 500 youths drawn from the eight local government areas of the state are undergoing training in Songhai Farms in Benin Republic, while the government has concluded plans to set up an Agricultural School to train middle level manpower.
His words, “we want to be number one as far as Aquaculture is concerned not only in this country but in our continent and beyond because we have the climate.
“We have also a contract for the development of a PGA rated Golf Course of the highest International standard and with the assurances that I have been given and with the little that I have come to know about what our contractor has delivered already in this country, I expect that you will perform according to the terms of the contract.
“As you know, our government is serious about broadening the base of our economy because that is the right thing to do. On our own part, we have got to invest more and more in Agriculture. We want large cassava, banana and plantain plantations springing up here. This is where we have the climate. We are also working with partners to develop oil palm resources and in all of these because agriculture going forward is going to be a major plan upon which a viable economy will be based in this state.
Giving the financial breakdown on behalf of Governor Dickson, the Deputy Governor, Retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah declared N19.96bn as balance of funds available after statutory deductions including recurrent expenditure and capital receipts.
He explained that out of a gross inflow of N17.96bn, FAAC deductions took N2.07bn leaving the state with a net inflow of approximately N15.9bn.
Rear Admiral John Jonah, who put the Internally Generated Revenue for June at N658m, announced that civil servants salaries gulped N3.96bn while N428m was spent on the payment of political appointees’ salaries.
Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2ndright) supported by the Amayanabo of Twon Brass, His Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff (right) presenting an instrument of transfer to the Managing Director of Total Golf Development Company of Florida, Mr. Jeff Brewster (2ndleft) shortly after signing a contract with the firm in respect of the construction of a standard Golf Course in Yenagoa , while the State Deputy Governor, Rtd Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (left) looks on.

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2ndright) supported by the Amayanabo of Twon Brass, His Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff (right) presenting an instrument of transfer to the Managing Director of Total Golf Development Company of Florida, Mr. Jeff Brewster (2ndleft) shortly after signing a contract with the firm in respect of the construction of a standard Golf Course in Yenagoa , while the State Deputy Governor, Rtd Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (left) looks on.

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (right) presenting an instrument of transfer to the Managing Director of Onida Development Ltd, Mr. Kidron Israel (centre) shortly after signing an agreement with the firm for the establishment of aquaculture fish farm project at Angalabiri community, at Government House in Yenagoa, while the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (left) looks on

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (right) presenting an instrument of transfer to the Managing Director of Onida Development Ltd, Mr. Kidron Israel (centre) shortly after signing an agreement with the firm for the establishment of aquaculture fish farm project at Angalabiri community, at Government House in Yenagoa, while the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (left) looks on

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (left) exchanging a document with the Managing Director of Total Golf Development Company of Florida, Mr. Jeff Brewster (right) shortly after signing a contract with the firm in respect of the construction of a PGA standard Golf Course/Village in Yenagoa during the monthly transparency initiative press briefing for the month of July, 2013 at Government House in Yenagoa.

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (left) exchanging a document with the Managing Director of Total Golf Development Company of Florida, Mr. Jeff Brewster (right) shortly after signing a contract with the firm in respect of the construction of a PGA standard Golf Course/Village in Yenagoa during the monthly transparency initiative press briefing for the month of July, 2013 at Government House in Yenagoa.

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