Archive by Author

SALARIES: WE’RE NOT INDEBTED TO WORKERS IN BAYELSA — GOV DICKSON

6 Jul

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.”

Advertisements

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

1 Jun

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. 

  

 

DON’T TRADE WITH MY NAME, I REMAIN A BONAFIDE MEMBER OF PDP….. GOV DICKSON

22 May

DON’T TRADE WITH MY NAME, I REMAIN A BONAFIDE MEMBER OF PDP….. GOV DICKSON 22/05/2015

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Friday re-affirmed his commitment to re-positioning the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), ahead 2019, warning opposition parties in the state against peddling his name in a bid to seek political relevance. 
Making his stand known at the monthly media transparency briefing in Yenagoa, Hon. Dickson expressed his readiness to join hands with other critical stakeholders to rebuild the party.

The governor, who took exception to the unwholesome practice whereby some individuals resort to cheap blackmail and propaganda to further their political interests in the state, said the PDP would no longer condone indiscipline and disloyalty from members.

   

 PHOTO: Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (right) in a discussion with the State Information and Orientation Commissioner, Barr. Esueme Dan- Kikile (left) during the March/April 2015 Transparency Initiative Monthly Press Briefing at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa, while the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah rtd, (centre) looks on
According to him, “all the kinds of characters I have been tolerating, those days are gone. This is a new order. Most of the so-called people in Abuja from this state are major beneficiaries of our restoration government. 

‘If you have power, use it for the good for our state. A number of them have big contracts, which were given to them; which they have abandoned. And very soon, I am going to tell our people who most of those characters are. I hereby announce the cancellation of the contract for the construction of a model hospital in Kaiama that our government awarded to the company nominated by Hon. Waripamowei Dudafa, which he has abandoned. The Commissioner for Health will re-award it to someone who will complete it. Also the contract awarded to Hon. Bekes Etifa is hereby terminated and the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure should re-award it.  

 ‘It is only our own politicians, who when they leave here for Abuja, don’t know that they have an obligation to support the home government. They think that development is only a matter for the government to do. And even as a government, we are trying our best to change our state in a way they cannot ever imagine. What do they do? They stay afar and throw stones. They engage in blackmail and spread propaganda.

‘With this development the contracts awarded to the Special Adviser on Domestic Matters to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Dudafa Waripamowei and former Commissioner on Youth and Conflict Resolution, Chief Bekes Etifa have been revoked over non-performance.

In spite of the economic depression in the country, the Governor assured the people that the government would continue to meet its financial obligation, including the payment of workers’ monthly salaries and allowances.

In compliance with his words, Hon Dickson gave the assurance that, the salaries of workers for this month would be paid next week Monday. 

This is just as he directed the leadership of the state chapter of the National Union of local Government Employees (NULGE) to liaise with local government chairmen to ensure payment of salaries to workers at the third tier.

According to him, in this month, very few states will be able to meet their salary obligations because of the terrible low allocation from the federation account. And even with our low Internally Generated Revenue base, we, (economic team) are working round the clock, making necessary sacrifices and now we are in a position to meet our salary wage obligation.

Governor Dickson hails Muazu and Anenih’s resignation, urges support for Secondus as acting National Chairman

20 May

Governor Dickson hails Muazu and Anenih’s resignation, urges support for Secondus as acting National Chairman


20/05/2015. 
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has hailed the resignation of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Muazu and the party’s Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, commending both men for putting the interest of the party and that of the nation above their personal interests and aspirations.

While wishing the former governor of Bauchi State, who is on medical treatment abroad, a quick recovery, governor Dickson, said he looks forward to his return back to the country in sound health, to support in the on-going effort to rebuild the party. He thanked Chief Tony Anenih for his years of service to the party. 
  
A Government House statement, signed by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, commended members of the party National Working Committee (NWC) for ratifying the resignation of both of men.

While commending the emergence of Uche Secondus as the acting National Chairman of the PDP, the Bayelsa State Chief Executive, has urged all party leaders and members to rally round Secondus, noting that he has the experience and needed capacity to reposition the party and re-launch it back to reckoning, pending the time a substantive National Chairman will be elected at the national convention of the party.

GOV DICKSON MEETS KANU NWANKWO, RESTATES COMMITMENT TO SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, AS EX SUPER EAGLES CAPTAIN THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND GOVERNOR’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT

20 May

GOV DICKSON MEETS KANU NWANKWO, RESTATES COMMITMENT TO SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, AS EX SUPER EAGLES CAPTAIN THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND GOVERNOR’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT

  

19/05/2015

As the forth-coming Governor Seriake Dickson Football tournament gathers momentum, the Bayelsa State Governor has reiterated his commitment to the promotion and the development of football and other sporting activities in the State.

Governor Dickson, who gave the assurance while exchanging ideas with Ex – Nigerian international, Kanu Nwankwo in Abuja, noted that, even as Bayelsa State is endowed with abundant sporting talents, not much has been done to harness them and groom them to stardom, stressing that, the proposed tournament is among other things, intended to reverse the trend.

 He used the opportunity to extend an invitation to Kanu Nwankwo, other notable soccer stars and football scouts to avail themselves of the opportunity of the Governor Seriake Dickson Tournament, christened “Restoration Cup 2015” to discover talents, who could be groomed to attain greater heights in the game.

 Lamenting the near absence if Ijaw sons and daughters in the nation’s National teams, Governor Dickson, urged youths across the State to grab the opportunities presented by the tournament with both hands, as its an avenue for them to showcase their talents and spotted for future national and international glory.

On his part, the former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu, expressed gratitude to the Governor for his commitment to the development of football at the grassroots level, noting that football has since became the father of all sports and a source of livelihood to many.

The two-time African footballer of the year, further expressed his readiness to partner with the Restoration Cup project, stressing that the selected team from the tournament, would undertake a playing tour of England, which he would personally coordinate . 

THOSE UNWARRANTED TIRADES AND VITUPERATIONS AGAINST GOVERNOR SERIAKE DICKSON BY MISGUIDED ELEMENTS MUST STOP

19 May

THOSE UNWARRANTED TIRADES AND VITUPERATIONS AGAINST GOVERNOR SERIAKE DICKSON BY MISGUIDED ELEMENTS MUST STOP


Every game on earth be it politics or statecraft has ground rules. In politics for instance, you discuss issues, policies and programmes and that is different from witch-hunting or peddling propaganda. Witch-hunting and misrepresentation of facts is the flipside of what democracy is all about. Ordinarily, one would have overlooked some false allegations levied in some quarters to bring Governor Seriake Dickson’s office and his person to disrepute, but there comes a time when it becomes compelling to lay the facts for people to see and allow them to make fair deductions, untainted by political idiosyncrasies or parochial self-interest. 


Since the Restoration Administration took the saddle, the song on the lips of everybody is transparency, accountability and prudence. It was for this reason government institutionalized the monthly Transparency Briefing Initiative to entrench public accountability in the State. The treasury was re-organized to block all financial leakages which had hitherto constituted a conduit-pipe in the past. Ghost workers were weeded out of the system and some job opportunities were created in a few sectors. These institutions have checked fraud and other sharp practices in the system. Our MoUs with foreign investors have reached an advanced stage in spite of the catastrophic plunge in the price of crude oil and its attendant spillover effect on project execution. 


Frankly, Governor Seriake Dickson has impeccable integrity in terms of good governance as translated in transparency, accountability and welfarism, including the provision of much-needed infrastructure in the State. His development strides are unprecedented and even ardent critics will attest to this fact. Against the background of his achievements, many organizations; local and international have adjudged Governor Seriake Dickson as the best in terms of peace and Security, transparency and accountability and prudence in the management of resources in Nigeria. 


To cut the cost of governance, Governor Seriake Dickson is the least traveled Governor in Nigeria. For the past eight to nine months, Governor Seriake Dickson has not traveled out of the shores of Nigeria. His trips to Abuja are predicated on the imperatives of assisting Mr. President and to shore-up the Peoples Democratic Party like other Governors who are faithful and steadfast to the ideals of the founding fathers of the PDP. 


In the same spirit of entrenching prudential ethics, during such travels, Governor Seriake Dickson and his aides stay in a rented apartment in Abuja. Those who know the Contriman Governor will attest to the fact that he even denies himself his legitimate entitlements in order to cut the cost of governance. It is for this reason that Bayelsa State is perhaps the only State where salaries are paid as and when due, while so many States in Nigeria are in salary arrears of several months. Some are even applying for a bailout as a panacea for covering up their extravagance. 


It is therefore absurd, unfounded and against commonsense for politicians seeking to score cheap political points to accuse Governor Seriake Dickson of frivolities- which is far from the pragmatic life style of the leader. Those who betrayed their conscience and stooped so low as to undermine their political party may be black sheep behind this wanton nugget of vile and unfounded criticism, which is out of touch with reality.  


Bayelsa peole should be rest assured that Governor Seriake Dickson will remain focused, determined and as resolute as ever to deliver the dividends of democracy even as the nation faces the harsh economic realities. He has already consummated his electoral promises to Bayelsa People. 


As a pragmatic and loyal Party man, Governor Seriake Dickson believes in Party discipline at all levels, as a precondition for entrenching internal democracy in PDP. He believes in the ideals of good governance and will continue to pursue them vigorously within the limits of available resources and the structures established to sustain democratic governance. At God’s appointed time, the elders and leaders of the Party and the people of Bayelsa State will determine the political future of the high performing Governor. 


Our advice is that politicians should discuss issues, policies and programmes as against playing politics of mudslinging and falsehood. Politics is guided by some ethical underpinnings and we should play our part to adhere to those ethical standards. “Let Bayelsans honour this prophet at home because he has given a good account of himself”. We should be realistic in our pursuit of power, because the ultimate use of power is to further the interest of the people but the unwarranted tirade and unfounded allegations against Governor Seriake Dickson most stop. 



May God bless Bayelsa State!


Barr. Osaro Ehis Osagie
19th May, 2015

NGF: IN-COMING GOVERNORS SHOULD PARTAKE IN ELECTION PROCESS, TO AVERT CRISES – GOV DICKSON

17 May
NGF: IN-COMING GOVERNORS SHOULD PARTAKE IN ELECTION PROCESS, TO AVERT CRISES – GOV DICKSON

It has come to my knowledge that my distinguished and respected senior colleagues, the out-going governors, whose tenures will be ending May 29, 2015, have summoned a meeting of the purported Nigeria Governors’ Forum for Monday, May 18, 2015. Among other things on the card for discussion, I understand, may be the selection of a new leadership of the forum.

Having participated in the activities of the NGF at the period during its crisis with my respected colleagues, most of whom are now ending their respective governorship tenures, and having also known the roles played by most of the key actors of the forum in the orchestration and mismanagement of a needless crisis at such a critical phase in our nation’s political journey, I owe it as a duty to our country and its fledgling democracy to alert the nation and caution my respected colleagues, especially the in-coming governors of the dangers in allowing themselves to be railroaded by the out-going governors, most of whom created the NGF crisis, to foist on our country and political system another NGF contraption (in their own image and likeness) that will in due course threaten the stability of our democracy and be a distraction to citizens and the leadership of our country, as the NGF tussle has done between 2012 till date. 


They failed to show leadership by example, when it mattered most. They played politics with everything and put their personal ambitions and egos above national interest. As a democrat, I believe in robust dialogue, disagreement and the need to accommodate a variety of opinions and consensus building where the national interest so dictates. Therefore, as true democrats and nationalists, whether we agree or disagree, it must be in the national interest. These they did not show throughout the crisis, even after the tireless and fatherly intervention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who held series of late night meetings with us. Most colleagues took the view that both Governors Jonah Jang and Rotimi Amaechi should step down for a neutral candidate to emerge. Again, they disagreed.

The NGF is neither a political party nor a trade union but a voluntary association of governors who are the heads of federating units in our country. I believe that the duties are to provide a mechanism for peer review, a platform to collaborate with the federal government and amongst ourselves on issues of national security, law and order, management of the economy of the federation and strengthening our democratic values and practices. But contrary to these lofty ideals, the forum was used as a trade union and an alternative ‘federal government’ or an opposition platform.

The leaders of the NGF from the majority party have always tried to use it as a stepping stone to seeking higher office, and an instruments of the enforcement of their will on their political parties and the nation. From experience, the seeds of instability in NGF are always sown by out-going governors, foisting their favourite candidates on the in-coming ones. I disagree with this practice. The leadership of NGF has to be consensual, not by a divisive election and I agree that its chairman should come from the majority party with a vice chairman from the minority party and it should respect the principle of rotation between the north and the south for a period that the members may determine, not more than two years and not subject to re-appointment. The process of consultation by the existing PDP Governors’ Forum and the APC Progressive Governors’ Forum should commence regarding the desirability and procedures for bringing about its leadership after May 29, when the new governors would have taken office and therefore become active members.

From inception of the NGF till date, the leadership has always been surreptitiously put in place without the input of all members, especially the in-coming governors as new members, thus short-changing them. This is what the out-going members who have destroyed the forum plan to do. I disagree with this. I believe that the out-going members, most of whom allow themselves to tear the NGF apart, should just let things be.

One may ask, what is the hurry in summoning a moribund and divided NGF under its multiple leaderships, especially in the dying days of its actors whose clash of egos and ambitions brought about the crisis in the NGF in the first place?

Our nation and democracy cannot afford another NGF whose leaders will develop ambitions and use same to undermine the federal government or be a threat to the stability and peace of our country and their political parties. I have shared these views with Governors Amaechi, Jang, Akpabio and others. I have also shared it with some of the in-coming governors. Let all the issues of the NGF be handled by the governors who will be left after May 29. The secretariat should be told to receive the handing over notes from the two leaders and be prepared to give account when the need arises.

I appreciate the contributions and sacrifices made by our out-going governors and indeed, the sacrifices every one of us has made and will continue to make in the building of a prosperous, stable and democratic Nigeria. Happily, a number of the out-going governors will still be around in one form or the other. With their guidance and that of others, let the governors who are left after May 29 rise to the occasion.

The Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson
Governor of Bayelsa State

17/05/2015

JONATHAN ALLOWED HIS WIFE TO DENY BAYELSA OF MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT. 

17 May

JONATHAN ALLOWED HIS WIFE TO DENY BAYELSA OF MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT. 


May 17, 2015

Dame Patience Jonathan’s unsuccessful effort to undermine Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State backfired with the April 11 House of Assembly elections. This was the view of Chief Peretimi Akari, chairman of Bayelsa Grassroots Initiatives who addressed the media in Lagos yesterday adding that President Goodluck Jonathan allowed his wife, Patience, to deny Bayelsa state of development.

Chief Akari said his position stems from the resounding victory recorded at the just concluded polls, just as he said that his group has vowed to continue to expose all enemies of progress in Bayelsa State.

Chief Peretimi who literally relocated to Lagos in the heat of struggle to wrest Bayelsa from Patience Jonathan’s grip, said, “Bayesla State has spoken with the April 11 polls despite the show of shame by Mrs Jonathan and her political thugs. President Jonathan kept mum while his wife stifles the state of needed federal presence, just because she is not getting her ways, instead of the people, remains very disappointing. That beats us hollow.”

He stressed that, “Though Jonathan speaks on the need for Bayelsans to continue working with Dickson for a continued developmental stride since assumption of office three years ago, his actions are contrary as there has not been deliberate effort to support the state on infrastructural development from the presidency. Take a visit there and you will discover that all the projects in Bayelsa are state funded.” 

 

He further explained that, “The truth is that the governor’s offence is bringing sanity to governance as he started by cutting costs from government house; put a stop to the inflation of salaries and getting the civil servants to sit up. That definitely did not go down well with the beneficiaries; especially, when he stopped the N250million that his predecessor was dolling out monthly to some cult groups.”

Another factor he pointed out was that before now, civil servants in the state hardly ever go to work except few days to month end when they come to collect their salaries. But the situation is changing.

He asked rhetorically, “Why would Mrs Jonathan be fighting a performing governor who has touched almost all the communities with his state-wide infrastructural development stride? What they are failing to understand is that Bayelsans were not for Jonathan, but mainly for the governor who has remained a grassroots person. And the embarrassing situation of the Bayelsa politics is why Dame Jonathan overstretched her luck instead of working with the governor to save the situation from damaging the party’s fortune.

“President Jonathan said recently to Bayelsans that, ‘I have noticed that you have been instigated by people who don’t like us… Don’t allow anybody to deceive you. I am telling you as your brother. I am telling you as your uncle. You must work with the government to make sure that we develop this state. You have to work with us.’

“In all this, an accusing finger points at Mrs Jonathan and the senior special assistant to the president on domestic and social events, Hon Waripamo-Owei Dudafa. We have it on record that Hon Dudafa, a former member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, and a commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs under former governor, Timipre Sylva, has largely been used by Mrs Jonathan to undermine the governor.

Akari said it all started when Dame Jonathan tried hoisting Dudafa as deputy governor to Dickson, but the governor, rather offered him a commissionership slot, which he turned down.

“And instead of the president’s wife who was championing his case to see reasons with Dickson, Dudafa was taken to Abuja and elevated as a senior special assistant to the president on domestic and social events. Your guess of that position is as mine.”

SOURCE: Leadership Newspaper. 

DEFECTIONS: BAYELSA GOVT BLASTS IKSIKPO; SAYS HE IS FRUSTRATED

14 May
DEFECTIONS: BAYELSA GOVT BLASTS IKSIKPO; SAYS HE IS FRUSTRATED

14/05/2015. 
The Bayelsa State Government has described as most uncharitable, the comments credited to out-going Senator representing Bayelsa-East Senatorial District, Clever Ikisikpo, during his defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
  
The lawmaker had while officially announcing his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alongside other lawmakers with their supporters at the APC national secretariat, said the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, will soon defect to the APC. 

But a statement issued on Thursday in Yenagoa by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, berated Senator Ikisikpo over his comments, noting that, the comments were made out of frustration “to dignify his perfidy and robe Governor Dickson into his dubious defection scheme.”

He said, “A man who rose from relative obscurity through the platform of the PDP from 1999 as House of Assembly member and later to the National Assembly, serving as a two term member of the green chambers and from there rose through the shoulders of President Goodluck Jonathan to the Senate, could not even as a mark of honour and respect, wait for the President, his benefactor, kinsman and leader of a political party that gave him so much, to leave office before defecting to the APC. 

“It shows the height of desperation, treachery, mischief and blackmail perpetrated by some of the so-called PDP leaders, who worked to deny the party victory at the polls even against one of their own.

“As a government, we are not surprised at Ikisikpo’s action and others like him. In fact, the public should expect many more defections in the days to come from those, who worked against candidates of the party in the recently-concluded House of Assembly elections. It is pertinent to state that, their leaving the party is of no consequence to the fortunes. We want to assure them that posterity will be the judge.”

PRESIDENT JONATHAN, CHIEF EDWIN CLARK, COMRADE JOSEPH EVAH, T.K OKOROTIE, ALAMIEYESEIGHA AND  STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ENDORSES GOV. DICKSON’S FOR SECOND TERM IN OFFICE: WHO’S NEXT ON THE LINE

12 May
PRESIDENT JONATHAN, CHIEF EDWIN CLARK, COMRADE JOSEPH EVAH, T.K OKOROTIE, ALAMIEYESEIGHA AND  STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ENDORSES GOV. DICKSON’S FOR SECOND TERM IN OFFICE: WHO’S NEXT ON THE LINE


FEBRUARY, 06, 2014. 

ELDER STATESMAN AND FOREMOST IJAW LEADER CHIEF EDWIN CLARK ENDORSES GOV DICKSON FOR ANOTHER TERM IN OFFICE…SAYS ACHIEVEMENTS UNPRECEDENTED. 

His words: “You are now an Obama in Ijaw nation. Today, you have done what many people have not been able to do. You went to the place where the body of Boro was buried, exhumed it and today his remains are being re-buried. 
Today, you have changed the face of Bayelsa, particularly Yenagoa, the state capital. The structures are new… you have new infrastructure everywhere. What is not new? It is in this regard that, we have decided to present this to you to show to you that you have to serve a second term to change the face of Bayelsa State.”
  

JUNE, 04, 2014.
JONATHAN WON’T STOP DICKSON’S SECOND TERM ——COMRADE JOSEPH EVAH ENDORSE DICKSON.  

Bayelsa State is the homeland of the Ijaws. How do you rate the state governor?

Governor Dickson is much focused. You know that I don’t manage words about politicians. Governor Dickson, by every standard, symbolizes the Ijaw character and boldness. You know I criticized him when some youths were arrested for demonstrating over employment and, as a listening leader, he allowed the court to set them free. We have states in this country that force the court in their states to keep those opposed to their policies away in prison custody for years. You see, Dickson is desperate to develop Bayelsa and he is a selfless servant who will never compromise hard work to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

Is the governor’s relationship with the Presidency still cordial? Is there any plan to replace him?

There is nobody in the Presidency planning that. President Jonathan will never plan such a thing. The President is lucky that somebody who is prepared to work is there for him to have rest of mind in Abuja. The President and his wife are still pleased with Governor Dickson. Let me tell you the truth, no normal Ijaw person will talk about replacing Governor Dickson now.   Anybody thinking about that needs to re-examine his head. This is a governor that the speed with which the government took off has not yet abated. We know the kind of political class we produce in our region; 90 per cent of them are political gamblers. They don’t have conscience. So if we identify few that can work for the people we have to encourage them. There are few people proving to the world that we are in government. Hon. Kingsley Kuku and Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi of NIMASA and few others are symbols. The secret of Governor Dickson’s leadership qualities and that of the likes of Ambassador Godknows Igali, Kingsley Kuku, Akpobolokemi and a few others is that they entered government to work for the people. So, the spirit of the struggle for mankind will push them to do their best for society. When my set of executives in Ijaw National Congress, INC, left the scene after the military era, the Exco that Governor Dickson belonged took over. I was the spokesman of INC when Abacha killed Ken Saro-Wiwa during the military era. Dickson cannot be a governor and do something else. It is God who saw the plight of Ijaw people and sent him to be governor. So anybody who tries to be funny with his mandate will face the power of the people and I believe he will never derail because the spirit of Ijawness is burning inside him. We pray he does not fail till the end of his Second tenure.  Jonathan won’t stop Dickson’s second term – comrade joseph Evah


SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
BAYELSA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY BACKS GOV. DICKSON FOR SECOND TERM 

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on the 10th of September 2014 during one of their seatings   backed the second term ambition of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The Assembly passed a vote of confidence in the governor in a move suggesting the “breaking of the second term jinx”.
The endorsement came a day after Dickson praised many groups for supporting his re-election bid.
Dickson also promised to consider endorsements of various groups and to respond to them.
The lawmakers acknowledged the governor’s efforts in transforming the state, especially in human capacity building.
They recalled their experiences when they toured many projects, including the re-modelled Assembly complex.
The lawmakers said they were impressed with the developmental initiatives of the administration.The Deputy Speaker, Sam Ateki, moved the motion endorsing the governor, which was supported by Jonathan Obuebite( Nembe 1).
The motion was unanimously adopted by other members.
Ateki said: “In the light of dwindling financial resources, Governor Dickson has performed beyond expectation in all the sectors of the economy and deserves a vote of confidence.”
The Speaker, Konbowei Benson, assured that the lawmakers would continue to work with the governor to build a united, peaceful and prosperous state.
He said the number of people-oriented motions and bills passed by the Assemnly would not have been possible without the lawmakers’ loyalty and dedication.


February 5, 2015. 
PRESIDENT JONATHAN PUBLIC ENDORSEMENT FOR GOV. DICKSON’S SECOND TERM

Public endorsement for the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson in 2016 by President Goodluck Jonathan,
But the President said: “Those who don’t like the governor (Dickson) don’t like me because I am working with the governor. I have read stories. Some people are coming to spoil your minds.
“If you don’t like the leadership that we put in place then you don’t like me. So, don’t allow people to spoil your minds. I have noticed that you young people 0.4 per cent of you who are here have been instigated by people who don’t like us.
“But I am telling you that you must work with the governor of this state for you to benefit from us. We are together, we work together to bring dividends of democracy to this state. Don’t allow anybody to deceive you. I am telling you as your brother.
I am telling you as your uncle. You must work with the government to make sure that we develop this state. You have to work with us.”



MAY, 11, 2015.
BAYELSA GOV RACE: LET’S UNITE, JOIN FORCES WITH DICKSON — T K OKOROTIE …….. ENDORSES DICKSON’S RE-ELECTION. 

“Having lost power at the centre, we have to come together and be unified for a common purpose that can realistically help us to reposition Bayelsa State and the Niger delta for greater political relevance. It is imperative for all Bayesians and the entire Niger Delta region to remain committed in our support for Dickson’s Restoration Government. We have seen what he has done and his resolve towards the key interest of the Ijaw nation, which no one can wish away”, Okorotie stated.
He, therefore, cautioned the people against politics of greed and self-centeredness which, he said, were the bane of underdevelopment, adding that, true development can only be made possible when public spirited leaders were at the helm of affairs. 
This, he said, should be the concern of the people rather than cultivating cut-throat politics or the tendency to blackmail those in government.
While endorsing the incumbent Governor, Seriake Dickson, for a second term, which he said was based on his performance in office, he advised the people of the state to disregard attempts by those he referred to as “desperate politicians” to run down his administration, saying the governor’s record in infrastructure, education, health, urban renewal, economic diversification and general restructuring of the government to deliver on the welfare of the people were clear indications that he meant well for the state.


MAY, 08, 2015.  
ALAMIEYESEIGHA DENIES GOVERNORSHIP BID; BLAME MISCHIEF MAKERS…. ENDORSE GOV. DICKSON FOR SECOND TERM IN OFFICE

Chief Alamieyeseigha who  reaffirm his total support for the restoration administration of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, expressed satisfaction with the performance of the PDP controlled Government in the State and called on all right meaning Bayelsans to rally round the second term bid of the Governor.
While reassuring Governor Dickson of his support, especially his second tenure bid, he called on Bayelsans to be focused and not allow themselves to be deceived by persons, who do not mean well for them
“Having served my people as Governor about ten years ago; I don’t have any intention to go back to Government House, after all I did not forget anything in Government House and nobody should draw me into such games” he stated.


MORE ENDORSEMENTS ARE COMING AND GOV. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON WILL RESPONDS TO ALL  OF THEM AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME  


These endorsements so far was compiled by Saint Mienpamo Onitsha of the Bayelsa Social Media Team. 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
%d bloggers like this: