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BAYELSA SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME; LINCOLN UNIVERSITY ASSURES HITCH FREE SELECTION PROCESS

26 Nov

26/11/2013
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, United States of America says the selection of the beneficiaries of the Bayelsa State scholarship scheme will not be politically motivated.

Out of the over 5,000 undergraduate students that sat for the examination conducted by the State Scholarship Board two weeks ago in Yenagoa, eighty students have been shortlisted for the next stage.

Briefing the newsmen, the representatives of the University, Professors Evelyn Poe and Connie Lundy said the University in collaboration with the Scholarship Board would ensure a hitch free selection process. Continue reading

GOV DICKSON BAGS CHIEFTANCY TITLE FROM ALEIBIRI, PLANS VISIT TO COMMUNITY

24 Nov

24/11/2013
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has expressed gratitude to the Alei of Aleibiri, His Royal Highness, Chief Simon Ebebi, the Chiefs and people of Aleibiri Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area for the warm reception planned for him and his entourage during the funeral rites of Late Oyarede Selekere, father of the Hon. Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Ball Oyarede.

Even though, he could not make the trip due to some unforeseen circumstances that, urgently needed his attention, Governor Dickson commended the Aleibiri people for their show of solidarity and support for the programmes and policies of the Restoration Government in the State.

The Bayelsa State Chief Executive, who expressed regret over the last minute cancellation of the trip, assured the Chiefs of his plans to visit the community and express his appreciation at a date to be announced soon.

He used the opportunity to thank them for their warm disposition and conferring on him the coveted title of ‘Tari-kekere-owei” of Aleibiri, meaning ‘The Man Who Adores and Nurtures Love’ as a mark of honour for his support over the years.

He assured them that, to demonstrate his appreciation for their continued love, he will visit the community during his proposed thank you tour to Ekeremor Local Government Area, early next month.

DICKSON’S INFRASTRUCTURE REVOLUTION

10 Nov

 By Daniel Iworiso-Markson, 10/11/2013

 At inauguration, Governor Seriake Dickson clearly spelt out the strategic value of the Restoration Agenda of his administration.
 
His swift proclamation of this template of renewal definitely wasn’t a cheap move to join the bandwagon of  political sloganeering.
 
Rather theRestoration Agenda was in response to the people’s cry for urgent development and progress.
 
The Governor actually had a personal experience of the deplorable situation during his campaigns.
 
Everywhere he went, he had to deal with emotional calls for the building and upgrading of infrastructure, meandered through bad roads and saw other dilapidated infrastructure in need of urgent rehabilitation.
 
Understandably, accelerated development of infrastructure was made the core of the Restoration Agenda.
And, quickly Governor Dickson rallied his team to action, underscoringthe sense of urgency to change the state of infrastructure throughout Bayelsa and in particular the State capital, Yenagoa.  
 
He tasked members of his team to appreciate the fact that for the State Government to actualize the lofty goal of diversifying the State’s economy through tourism, agriculture and industrialization, the construction of new infrastructure, including a good network of roads and the expansion of other existing infrastructure must be a priority.
 
At different fora, the Governor has emphasized the importance of opening up the State for easy accessibility across the three senatorial districts as it would go a long way in promoting trade and industry.  
He also noted the implication for investors who will be able to navigate the entire State and opening businesseswherever suitable without worrying about basic infrastructure. With a good road network in Bayelsa, famers and agro-allied businesses will easily transport their products to markets just as tourists could move around to locate and enjoy the natural beaches and visit the numerous tourist attractions in the State.
 
To the joy and relief of Bayelsans, Governor Dickson hasn’t only been talking. Many will agree and rationally, too, that his actions on infrastructural development in the last two years speak louder than words. 
It is akin to a revolution by any serious evaluation. 
Despite the marshy nature of the soil in Bayesla State which makes infrastructural development relatively costly and cumbersome, the administration has a lot to show for its short period in office.
So far, over 350 kilometres of roads across the state have been completed.
Government has also constructed 15 bridges, over 50 public buildings and 2 flyovers, while the dualisation of 18 roads and 2 outer ring roads are in progress. The secretariat of the State Traditional Rulers’ Council inYenagoa has been completed. The road linking the old and new campuses of the State-owned Niger Delta University at Amassoma is also completed.
 
Government is set to award contracts for the construction of 15 internal roads in Yenagoa which will also be replicated in all the 8 Local Government headquarters in the first phase of total rehabilitation and transformation of roads in the State for easy accessibility.
 
The expansion and upgrading of many of the roads particularly in Yenagoa would, however, and infact, inevitably lead to demolition of some houses, not because they offended any town planning regulation but as necessary price to pay for the greater good and emergence of a modern city. 
The expansion of Opolo-Elebele/Imiringi road, for instance, has necessitated the demolition of Governor Dickson’s personal house which is a demonstration of commitment to achieving this goal.
 
Yet the ambitious new Yenagoa city is coming on stream soon, to further open up the State to investors, which when completed is targeted to be the new Dubai in Africa, especially in terms of facilities and business opportunities.
 
Among other on-going projects are the construction of the State
archive, museum, language centre, new secretariat annexes, Governor and Deputy Governors’ office complexes, modern police officers’ mess, rehabilitation of the Gloryland Cultural Centre and construction of the Government House Clinic, now close to completion.
And of course, work is ongoing at the pharmaceutical storage and distribution centre, which when completed will be the first of its kind in Africa.
 
Allied to the provision of roads are the strategically located bridges in the three senatorial districts in addition to the equally strategic construction of an airport and the Agge Deep Seaport.   
In the estimation of Governor Dickson, the successful completion of these two projects will speed up the quest for a diversified and vibrant economy, thereby making oil just one of the sources of income for the State.
 
The Governor’s dream is that the Bayelsa airport will create a direct link to Yenagoa, thereby consigning to the past the 200- kilometer drive from Port-Harcourt airport. The seaport will also jump start the State economy so much in terms of massive job creation, boom in trade, leading to a huge leap in income for the State and of course a greater lease of life for the people.
 
The people of Bayelsa, visitors and experts alike have noted with satisfaction the quality of the jobs undertaken as they were awarded to reputable construction firms including Julius Berger, Setracoand CCECC. The unusual volume of construction has also created fresh opportunities for a legion of youths as well as qualified engineers, architects and quantity surveyors in the State.  
 
Many won’t dispute the fact that in the last two years, the Hon. Seriake Dickson-led Restoration Government has displayed its commitment and determination to make a difference in the lives of the  people by providing such massive and strategic infrastructure throughout the State. 

Iworiso-Markson is the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State.
 

BAYELSA, HERITAGE OIL PLC, LONDON SIGN AGREEMENT FOR MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN OIL AND GAS SECTOR

6 Nov

06/11/2013
In its bid to broaden the economy of the State, Governor Seriake Dickson has stressed the need for Government’s active participation in the oil and gas sector of the economy.

To achieve this feat, the Bayelsa State government has signed a partnership agreement with Heritage Oil PLC of London.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Government House Yenagoa, Hon Dickson noted that effective collaboration between the company and the State would not only engender the creation of employment opportunities but also position the State as one of the active players in the industry.

According to him, the pact will midwife the setting up of a major oil conglomerate in the State and properly place the Bayelsa Oil Company to compete favourably with other stakeholders in both the down and up streams of the industry.

Governor Dickson lamented that, though the State has been known for the production of oil and gas over the years, the area has little or nothing to show for its contributions, partially due to non-participation of its people in the business.

He therefore urged the company to bid for all assets that are currently offered for sale to broaden its asset base and explore the opportunities thrown up by the partnership to actualize the expectations of the State Government and its people.

“You are aware that even at a time that people are divesting from oil assets in this area, no mention is made of our involvement. Today, that era of standing by and non-participation has ended. What we have signed Today is going to blossom and move from strength to strength and be strong enough to compete favourably with other competitors in the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry. My charge to our partner and those of our people who are involved is to see that they work hard so that they actualize the dreams and expectations of our Government and people. It is our expectation that in no distant time, we will have a befitting office of the new conglomerate in Bayelsa that will employ our people and give them an opportunity to develop their skills in this sector. It is also our expectation that this company will bid for assets that are presently offered for sale. And let me announce to all those stake holders in the industry that for once Bayelsa State is ready for active participation in the oil and gas industry.” 

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Oil Plc, Mr Tony Buckingham, pointed out that the partnership, which will run into hundreds of millions of dollars is targeted at developing the resources of the State to facilitate its economic well-being.

Mr Buckingham lauded the efforts of Governor Dickson in expanding the frontiers of opportunities in the oil industry for the benefit of Bayelsans, and indicated his company’s readiness to provide the requisite funding and expertise.

“The natural resources of Bayelsa and indeed Nigeria belong to the Nigerian and Bayelsa people. These resources are to be used for the betterment of the people. They are to be used for education, healthcare and for the everyday man, woman and child in the street who had suffered and who have not had what they actually deserve. But I think the Governor has a passion and the desire to enable everybody within Bayelsa and also Nigeria to reap the just reward of the country’s oil reserve.”

Also speaking, the Managing Director of Bayelsa Oil Company, King Amalate Turner expressed delight at the signing of the agreement, which he noted was a fallout of fruitful interactions between the State and its partner that earlier held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate.

Describing the agreement as a leap in the development strides of the present administration, King Turner noted that the partnership would benefit the State hugely in terms of job creation and boosting of internally generated revenue.

 

Daniel Iworiso-Markson

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

GOV DICKSON URGES OPERATORS OF PRIVATE VENTURES TO EXPLORE CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT CREATED BY GOVT TO IMPROVE THEIR BUSINESSES

6 Nov

06/11/2013
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, Tuesday commissioned the Barbie Place Supermarket, a private initiative situated at Ekeki area of the Melford Okilo Expressway, Yenagoa.

In his remarks, Hon. Dickson urged Bayelsans to emulate the owner of the venture by exploring the enabling environment created by Government to contribute their quota to the development of the State by engaging in small and medium scale enterprises.

“This is the kind of things we want to see in Bayelsa. We want our people to show enterprise. We want them to contribute and be part of our economy in this State. We don’t want to be bystanders and onlookers even in our local economy”.

The Governor stated that, his presence at the occasion was to encourage and support the private sector, noting that his administration was in the process of working out ways and means of helping local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses for the overall benefit of all.

He commended the Chief Executive Officer of Barbie Group of Companies, Mrs. Barbie Jitoboh for her unique style of supporting the State’s economy while also lauding her show of industry.

According to Gov Dickson, “ This is what we want to see in the new Bayelsa. We don’t want everybody to depend and look up to Government in this State. There is enough for people to do, to make a living and contribute to the States’ economy, and create wealth as well as employment opportunities for the people.

 Governor Seriake Dickson also used the occasion to enjoin women in the State to be prepared to take advantage of Government’s empowerment programmes on small enterprises to improve themselves and their families.

He acknowledged their valuable contributions towards nation building, describing them as hardworking and dedicated mothers.

Earlier, the CEO of Barbie Group had informed Gov. Dickson that her business organization currently has a staff strength of four hundred and ten persons, adding that, the supermarket has variety of products ranging from household and office furniture, party items, dinner wares, boutique, stationery, groceries, cosmetics/jewelry and others items.

The Governor undertook a tour of the supermarket, which occupies the first and second floors of a 2-storey building at  Ekeki.

 

Daniel Iworiso-Markson

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

PRESIDENT JONATHAN, DICKSON CALL FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF NIGERIANS IN THE ACTUALIZATION OF TRANSFORMATION AGENDA

2 Nov

 

L-right: Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina, Mrs. Ukpai, her husband, Rev. Dr. Umar Ukpai,Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, his wife, Rachael, Deputy Governor of the State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah rtd, Chairman of the State Traditional Ruler’s Council, HRM.King Godwin Igodo and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson jointly cutting the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration Cake at the. Samson Siasia Sport Complex in Yenagoa

L-right: Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina, Mrs. Ukpai, her husband, Rev. Dr. Umar Ukpai,Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, his wife, Rachael, Deputy Governor of the State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah rtd, Chairman of the State Traditional Ruler’s Council, HRM.King Godwin Igodo and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson jointly cutting the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration Cake at the. Samson Siasia Sport Complex in Yenagoa

Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) his wife, Rachael (right) and Rev. Dr. Umah Ukpai (left) during the Bayelsa State 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa

Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) his wife, Rachael (right) and Rev. Dr. Umah Ukpai (left) during the Bayelsa State 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa

02/11/2013
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday led other top dignitaries including, Governor Seriake Dickson, political bigwigs captains of industry and other eminent personalities to mark the 2nd Bayelsa Thanksgiving Day anniversary, calling for the support of the people at ensuring the success of the transformation agenda of the present administration at the State and Federal levels.

Speaking through the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade at the mainbowl of the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, President Jonathan said meaningful development could only take place in an atmosphere of peace and stability.

The President who hailed the State Governor for his leadership and initiative for instituting a thanksgiving day in the State, emphasized the need to thank God at all levels of Government for His divine protection and guidance as they strive to bring about peace, development and prosperity.

Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) his wife, Rachael (right) and Rev. Dr. Umah Ukpai (left) during the Bayelsa State 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa

Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) his wife, Rachael (right) and Rev. Dr. Umah Ukpai (left) during the Bayelsa State 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa

“With what the State Government is doing in terms of projects and programmes, the Government is keying into the transformation agenda of the Federal Government which, I believe the benefits of these will definitely turn things around quickly for the better.

On my part as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will remain committed and focused to keeping Nigeria united and peaceful under the banner of God who made it possible for me to be here as your elected President in that free and fair election”

He said the people must show gratitude to God for the peace being enjoyed in the country, despite what he described as a few distractions and expressed hope that Nigerians would rally round him in his quest to make the country one of the greatest economies of the world.

R-left: Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, Rev. Dr. Umah Ukpai, his wife, Mrs Ukpai , Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Omoniyi Olubolade rtd, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina during the Bayelsa State 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa

R-left: Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, Rev. Dr. Umah Ukpai, his wife, Mrs Ukpai , Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Omoniyi Olubolade rtd, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina during the Bayelsa State 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa

In his remarks, the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson called for active participation in the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day, stating that the event is for every Bayelsan within and outside the country.

Governor Dickson who expressed appreciation to the people of the State for their show of support particularly the youths, whom he observed had not disrupted any on-going projects in the State.

According to him, the existing peace is also attributable to the efforts of traditional rulers, security and the unity among the three arms of Government.
“I can bear testimony to God’s abiding mercies and blessings upon this land. You are all aware of what is going on and our State is on a new page of hope. In spite of the numerous projects going on across the nooks and crannies of our State, I have never heard of any serious disturbance from any community that has led to any stoppage of work. And that is testimony to the goodness of God and to the peace, stability and development and therefore prosperity that has come to reign in all the parts of our State.”

In a message, the Guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai, stressed the need for people to always appreciate God’s blessings irrespective of their challenges as they are stepping stones in life.

Commenting on the attitude of Nigerians towards thanksgiving, Rev. Dr. Ukpai noted that, most people are not given to such disposition but rather find faults in almost everything.”

Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmund Alison Oguru had earlier given a brief history of Bayelsa State.

L-right: Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, his wife, Rachael and the wife of ( Rev.Dr.Umah Ukpai )Mrs. Ukpai during the 2nd Bayelsa State Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.

L-right: Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, his wife, Rachael and the wife of ( Rev.Dr.Umah Ukpai )Mrs. Ukpai during the 2nd Bayelsa State Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

AWOLI VISITS PROJECT SITES; COMMENDS GOV. DICKSON

29 Oct

29 October 2013.
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Anapurere Awoli has commended the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson for the attention given to the health sector.
The Commissioner gave the commendation while speaking to newsmen shortly after an inspection tour to some health project sites.
According to Dr. Awoli, the Governor has always said he would not play politics with the health of the citizenry, hence his attention to the sector.
He said the various projects being embarked upon by this Administration in the sector is a manifestation of the governor’s desire to turn around the health sector.
The inspection tour took the Commissioner to Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and Yenagoa Local Government Area, where he inspected the referral hospital under construction in Tombia as well as the hostel block, lecture theatre and the administration buildings at the School of Nursing in Tombia.
Dr. Awoli, who expressed satisfaction with the level of work at both project sites, urged the contractors to maintain the tempo, stressing that the target date for commissioning of the projects is the second administration of the administration.
The Commissioner was accompanied on the tour by the ministry’s engineer, Mr. Isaac Alazigha.

GOV. DICKSON COMMENDED FOR ENTHRONEMENT OF PEACE IN NEMBE

29 Oct

29 October 2013.

The Nembe Legislative Concil has commended the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) for the enthronement of peace in Nembe Kingdom.
The Nembe Legislative Council gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Energy, Barr. Francis Ikio in Yenagoa.
The Legislators, led by the Leader of the House, Hon. Asuku Mayomi noted that they are pleased with the existing peace in Nembe Kingdom and pledged to complement this by passing bills that would further promote peace and development in the area.
They also promised to carry out vigorous enlightenment programmes that would enlighten the youths of the area on the need to sustain peace and also to key into state government’s skills acquisition programmes.
The Legislators however, appealed to the state government to provide the area with ele ctricity, roads, Traditional Rulers Secretariat and employment opportunities for the teeming youths.
In his response, the Commissioner of Energy, Barr. Francis Ikio assured the people of Nembe of the state government’s continued commitment towards the sustenance of peace and development in the state.
The Commissioner noted that government places a very high premium on the maintenance of peace and order because no meaningful development can take place in an environment of devoid of peace.
He urged the Councillors and youths of the area to encourage peace and unity by playing the role of agents of peace and development.
On the recent security challenges along Nembe water ways, Barr. Ikio noted that state government is seriously working to contain the menace of piracy.
Commenting on the Ogbia-Nembe road under construction, he said because of its importance, the state government has stepped in to complement the efforts of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to ensure early completion of the project.
On the request for job creation, the Commissioner said the state government has done much in that area and urged the youths of Nembe to embrace government’s skills acquisition programmes in order to acquire skills.

BAYELSA ANNOUNCES NEW SECURITY, TAX POLICIES FOR INVESTORS

29 Oct

29 October 2013.

Bayelsa State Government has announced a new tax regime and special security policy for potential investors interested in doing business in the state or seeking partnership with the state and its new development drive.
The Director General of the Bayelsa State Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Ms. Freda Murray-Bruce disclosed this while speaking to the news men in her office recently in Yenagoa.
Ms Murray –Bruce said the new security package involved the on-going installation of close circuit camera televisions (CCTV) in most part of the state in order to curb crime, tackle insecurity, protect investors’ business concerns as well as a reviewed tax policy aimed at encouraging and sustaining private investment in the state.
The BIPA boss said the package proposed by the state government was fair and investment-friendly as the new tax policy would straighten out grey areas in the existing tax regime.
Ms. Freda Murray Bruce said that the Agency would partner with the special police outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo, established by Governor Seriake Dickson to protect people’s investment.
She disclosed that BIPA was established to enhance transparency, security of lives and property of investors, promote investment as well as render investment assistance at every stage of investment procedures.
Ms. Murray-Bruce added that BIPA equally collates high data base of potential Nigerian and foreign investors and has received over 50 proposals from investors willing to invest in the several sectors of investment opportunities in the state.
She however called on every stakeholder in the state to pursue the dream of the present administration in making Bayelsa State the preferred investment anchorage.

BAYELSA PLANS INVESTMENT SUMMIT AND DIASPORA FORUM

29 Oct

29 October 2013.
Bayelsa State Government has disclosed plans to organise an investment summit in the state, aimed at show-casing the investment potentials that abound in the state to international investors.
The state has equally expressed interest in packaging a Diaspora Forum to enable Bayelsans in Diaspora as well as intercontinental investors to converge in Yenagoa to rub minds on the state’s and economic and investment potentials.
The Director General of the Bayelsa State Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Ms Freda Murray-Bruce stated this while addressing newsmen in her office in Yenagoa.
Ms. Murray-Bruce said that the state would organise a sensitization road show to acquaint Bayelsans of these programmes and equally key into the investment plans of the present administration.
She however enumerated BIPA’s strategies at ensuring the actualization of the summit as well as the Diaspora Forum and every other state investment plan.
The BIPA boss said that the state, through the Agency is already working hard to provide the enabling investment-friendly environment as well as promoting Bayelsa State as the preferred destination for investors in Nigeria.
She explained that the Agency, since inception, has continued to help interested investors with pre-investment, investment and post- investment decisions by availing them of the required information about the state and aiding them with the paper work.
Ms Murray–Bruce said the Summit and Diaspora Forum would serve as avenues to showcase the state’s investment potentials in tourism, communication, infrastructure, mineral, manufacturing as well as the real and service sectors.
She added that the programmes would not only dispel negative rumours about Bayelsa State but also provide opportunity for indigenous investors to interact with their foreign counterparts.
She therefore called on Bayelsans to embrace this wind of change and cue into the present administration’s restoration agenda as it relates to attracting investors into the state and making it the international investment hub.

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