Bayelsa Targets N150m Monthly Revenue From Environmental Sanitation Authority

Bayelsa Govt. Targets N150m Monthly Revenue From Environmental Sanitation AuthorityThe Bayelsa State Government says it is targeting 150 million Naira monthly revenue from activities of the state environmental sanitation authority.

This is part of efforts to boost its internally generated revenue.

Chairman of the Bayelsa Environmental Sanitation Authority, Robert Enogha, disclosed this in Yenagoa at the inauguration of the state Environmental Authority Enforcement House.

Enogha, who hailed the state government’s support for its activities, said the office could make about N150 million monthly.

According to him, there is the need to improve activities of the authority because it would go a long way in boosting the revenue of the state.

“I am appealing for more support, which includes supply of equipment like wheelbarrows, patrol vehicles among others,” he said.

The Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (Rtd), who attended the event said the government is poised to achieve a clean and fresh environment.

“Clean environment does a lot of good to the human health, therefore, we cannot neglect nature of cleanliness. We will continue to improve for the betterment of our people.

“On revenue, we are no longer going to allow cash payments of fines and levies to avoid missing of funds, by next year, all tax and levies are going to be visible.

“We are not going to tolerate any form of harassment by officers who are going to be in charge. I urge every officer to step up in their conduct as the state is strategizing to improve its internally generated revenue through this agency”, he said.

Bayelsa Government Release 200 Million Naira For Students’ Bursary Payment

Gov dicksonThe Bayelsa State Government says it has released the sum of N200 million for the payment of bursary allowances to its students studying in institutions of higher learning across the country.

Governor Seriake Dickson disclosed this while responding to questions during a live interview programme in Yenagoa. He said that the funds were already at the disposal of the state scholarships board for disbursement.

Apart from the bursary allowances, he said that the Government was also keeping faith with the payment of inherited pension and 18% minimum wage arrears, despite dwindling revenues accruing to the state.

On efforts at tackling unemployment, Governor Dickson noted that, though it is a global problem, his administration was taking practical steps such as provision of vocational training, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) development fund, among others, to address the scourge.

While urging the youths to take advantage of the various empowerment programmes already put in place by the present administration, he pointed out that, Government alone could not absorb the whole army of unemployed youths in the state, through the provision of white collar jobs.

He said, “I am not one of those politicians that will tell you lies, I will tell you what most people will not want to hear.  The truth is that Government cannot provide automatic employment for every available graduate and young person in Bayelsa State. But, let me assure you that we are concerned about the issue.”


Bayelsa Police Command Gets New Commissioner

The Bayelsa State Police Command has confirmed the deployment of the former Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa as the new Commissioner of Police in the state.

According to the Bayelsa Police Command Spokesman, Alex Akhigbe, the new Commissioner of Police who hails from from Ondo State, resumed duty on Thursday to replace retired Commissioner, Kingsley Omire.

According to a statement from Mr. Akhigbe, the new commissioner is an astute and professional police officer.

The Former Commissioner of Police, Mr. Omire was retired by the Force Headquarters after he was confirmed to have attained the retirement age of 60 years old.

Mr. Omire is credited to have contributed tremendously to the various security measures of the present administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.

Chief among his accomplishments is the establishment of a functional security outfit known as Operation Door Akpor and the procurement of Police gunboats for the patrol of the state’s waterways.

Nollywood to start producing Ijaw films

The Bayelsa State government on Wednesday organized a one day symposium with the aim of promoting the makıng of fılms ın Izon and other indigenous languages in Nigeria.

The governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, who was represented by hıs deputy Gboribiogha John Jonah, told guest at the symposium, that the government is interested in the project and will support the rich heritage of the Izon race.

In hıs remark, Mr Jonah stressed on the resolve of the state Government to encourage mandatory teachıng of the Ijaw language ın schools.

“When we can produce students that will be proficient in writing in our language then they can actually act in the language. They must be able to read and write in the language before they are able to act,” the deputy governor said.

The symposium, which attracted top Nollywood actors, took place in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital.

Nollywood actor, Olu Jacob emphasızed the need for fılms to be made ın our ındıgenous languages.

“There are already Hausa language movies, Igbo language movies, why should there not be Ijaw language movies,” he asked.

Mr Jacob said acting movies in indigenous language is good for communication.

“English is not our language. It is our joy; it is our pride to use our language to communicate. The power, the joy and love in that language will be lost when you translate it,” he said.

Veteran actress Hılda Dokubo also applauded the ıdea, referrıng to ıt as a welcomed development.

“This is not only a welcome idea but an idea that is very fruitful and productive,” she said.

Wıth thıs ınnovatıon the Nollywood ındustry ıs gradually taking ıts root ın Bayelsa State.