PDP’s Future Safe In Ladoja’s Hands – Dickson

 Court, Rashidi Ladoja,

The Bayelsa State governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Reconciliation Committee, Seriake Dickson, said the party’s future is assured and would be brighter in coming elections with former Governor Rashidi Ladoja as leader of the party and grandmaster in Oyo State.

Dickson said this in Ibadan after a closed-door meeting with Ladoja at his Ondo Street residence in Bodija.

He led other members of the committee, including the Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman of the party, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Senator Abdullah Ningi, John Odey, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide and others to the closed-door meeting.

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Also with the committee were the zonal leadership of the party led by its chairman, Dr Eddy Olafeso, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, including its national publicity secretary and his deputy, Kola Ologbodiyan and Diran Odeyemi respectively and others.

He said Ladoja, who was an aspirant to the national chairmanship seat of the party, had assured the PDP leadership that he would mobilise other leaders in the region for the success of the party in the South-West and at the national level.

The governor said there was nobody in PDP who did not know that “where Ladoja goes determines where Oyo State goes,” and commended him for returning to the party and “nurturing victory and prominence.”

The chairman debunked insinuation that the South-West had been relegated with the loss of the national chairmanship position, assuring leaders in the region that the zone would continue to occupy a pride of place in PDP and in all the calculations the party would have moving forward.

He explained after the meeting that the purpose of the visit was to address “some concerns and issues” that came to the fore in the aftermath of the party’s national convention.

“These are times that we need the guidance and wise counsel of leaders like Ladoja across the country. We had a very fruitful and robust discussion. It is reassuring that Ladoja, the leader of men we have always known, is available to continue to play that leadership role for our party and for the service of our country. He is not only the leader in Oyo State; he is a key pillar of PDP in South-West and Nigeria as a whole.

“Here is Oyo State and in the South-West, we have a grandmaster who has seen it all as a former governor, Senator. We know that in his hands, the fate of the PDP in Oyo and South-West is safe. In his hands and with him mobilising and galvanising other leaders and the followership and the people of the South-West, the zone will continue to occupy its pride of place in the PDP,” Dickson said after the meeting.

In his remarks, Ladoja commended the committee which he said was being led by a straightforward governor. He assured Governor Dickson that all the aspirants who lost out in the power play for the national chairmanship position would remain in the PDP.

The former governor said he and other aspirants had held discussions after the convention and had secured firm assurances from them that they would remain in the party.

“You would have observed that something dramatic happened at the convention when aspirants from the South-West picked a consensus candidate in Professor Tunde Adeniran. Since the convention, those of us from the South-West have been talking and all of us are remaining in the PDP,” he said.

Bayelsa Gov. Signs Education Bills Into Law

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Bayelsa State Governor,  Seriake Dickson,

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the Higher Education Students’ Loan and Education Development Trust Fund bills into law, targeted at building the manpower base of the state.

Assenting to the two bills in Government House, Yenagoa, governor Dickson described the laws as the most revolutionary intervention in the education sector, as they would provide unique opportunities for the Bayelsa youths to advance their educational career.

The Governor, noted that, “The education sector has continued to receive priority attention, since my administration’s inception in 2012, the educational laws would provide a mechanism for sustainable development in the sector.

“The new legislation will go a long way in checking the issue of school drop-outs, due to financial constraints as provision is made for indigent students to draw from the Higher Education loan facility”.

Commenting on the Education Development Trust Fund, governor Dickson said “It was mandatory for all Bayelsans working in the public service, government officials as well as the private sector to contribute to the fund in addition to the 10 percent of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue in support of the fund on a monthly basis”.

To this end, he called on the organized labour and the people of the State to support rather than politicise the new educational policy, as the initiative would be beneficial to the average Bayelsan.

The Governor also noted that 50billion Naira has so far been invested into the education sector with the establishment of 25 constituency compulsory free boarding secondary schools, in addition to 15 model secondary schools, including the Ijaw National Academy, which has taken off.

Dickson, who announced the appointment of Prof. Turner Isoun, as the pioneer chairman of the State Education Development Trust Fund, said, the two boards will oversee the new educational schemes which will be established in due course.

Presenting the two bills for the Governor’s assent, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Konbowei Benson said the Bayelsa State Higher Education Students Loan Bill was forwarded to the House on August 10, 2016, while the Education Development Trust Fund bill was presented on July 19, 2016 and passed on February 13, 2017.

Gov Dickson Challenges Scholarship Beneficiaries On Excellence

Seriake Dickson Challenges Scholarship Beneficiaries On ExcellenceBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has tasked beneficiaries of his scholarship scheme on hard work and excellence.

Governor Dickson asked the beneficiaries of the Restoration Scholarship Programme to be worthy ambassadors of the state and Ijaw nation by excelling in their academic pursuits.

He made the called when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Teachers’ Training Academy, Bulu Orua, where the students were temporarily accommodated.

Addressing the students, the governor described the project as a flagship for the model secondary school vision.

He assured the students that upon resumption from their mid-term break, they would kick off academic activities at the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state in south-south Nigeria.

“This school is expected to accommodate 1000 students and my administration will provide the necessary equipment to enable the school function optimally in line with international standards,” said Governor Dickson.

While urging the scholarship beneficiaries not to allow any obstacle to truncate their dreams, he asked them to remain focused on their studies to justify the huge investment the government has made in the education sector.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Markson Fefegha, explained that the State Government was nurturing a new crop of leaders in various fields of human endeavour.

He revealed that the government has so far invested about 40 billion Naira in the development of educational infrastructure and scholarship schemes, which he said was a demonstration of Governor Dickson’s passion for education.

Principal of the Demonstration Secondary School, Bulu Orua, Mrs Violet Mama, applauded the State Government for establishing and equipping the school with requisite facilities.

She said the school has recorded some successes, one of which was the emergence of the Deputy Senior Prefect, Ekede Majesty, as the winner of the Essay Writing competition.

Bayelsa Govt. Organises Media Chat To Address Developmental Challenges

Bayelsa Govt. Organises Media Chat To Address Developmental Challenges As part of activities marking the first year of the second tenure of the Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, the state government has announced its plans to organise a media chat to address developmental challenges.

The announcement was issued and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

Scheduled for Monday February 13, the special two-hour live media chat is expected to be broadcast on all the Bayelsa based radio stations and would begin at 12 noon at the Governor’s Conference Room, Government House, Yenagoa.

The announcement further explained that the governor is expected to address a wide range of issues, including the various steps the government is taking to address the developmental challenges of the state in the midst of dwindling resources.

Bayelsans and the general public were therefore advised to tune in and also participate by asking questions and sending in comments.

Dickson Commits To Professionalism In Bayelsa Public Service

Public Service, Beyelsa, Seriake DicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, says his administration is committed to professionalising the state’s public service.

Governor Dickson noted that his government would enshrine the tenets of utmost professionalism and dedication to the ideals of the Public Service Rule in the workforce of the state.

He made the remark at the inauguration of the Bayelsa State Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr Thomas Zidafamor, whose predecessor, Dr. Peter Singabele, had retired from the workforce.

The Governor said that his administration has recorded a number of feats in depoliticising the civil service of the state, as well as protecting a culture which promotes a clear change of baton in the leadership of the civil service.

He tasked Mr Zidafamor to create policies that would lead to an efficient and depoliticised workforce in the south-south Nigerian state.

Governor Dickson reiterated that his administration’s drive for professionalism would not be compromised.

He also assured the people of Bayelsa State of his commitment to the prompt payment of the full salaries of every civil servant in the state.

Dickson Tasks New Bayelsa Air Force Chief On Professionalism

Bayelsa, Air Force, Seriake Dickson, Stephen OnuhBayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has challenged the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Air Force Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshal Stephen Onuh, to be proficient in carrying out his responsibility.

The Governor made the call on Tuesday while welcoming Air Vice Marshal Onuh who has just been posted to Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria.

He asked the Air Force boss to carry out his duty professionally without fear or favour.

Governor Dickson reiterated that his administration was committed to zero tolerance for crime and criminality.

He assured the Air Vice Marshal of the support of the people of the state, stressing that with the synergy, he had no doubt that the state’s security would be a lot better.

In his response, Onuh assured the Governor that the command would be dutiful in the assignment which they have come to do.

He highlighted the impact of the security and the contribution of the Air Force in the fight against terror, stressing that they were doing all they can to defend and support democracy.

Dickson Seeks More Cooperation With Organised Labour In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Signs MOU For Management of HospitalBayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has noted with satisfaction, the tremendous support and encouragement, his government received from the people of the State.

In his New Year message, the Governor attributed the achievements of his administration, especially in the periods leading up to and after the last governorship elections, to the divine grace of God and the massive support and love of Bayelsans.

He was particularly grateful to Bayelsans for their firm belief and support during the post election legal tussle, which ended up at the Supreme Court.

The Governor stressed that despite what he described as “threats to lives and in some cases, even physically being assaulted”, the people had supported him.

Dickson also expressed his appreciation to the entire workforce of the state for their extreme show of understanding during the difficult times, especially with dwindling resources of the state, occasioned by the harsh economic realities facing Nigeria.

He, however, encouraged organised labour and the entire people of the southern Nigeria State to continue to work with the government, even in this new year, as it was determined to embark on radical reforms to put the state in proper stead for greater efficiency in all sectors of the economy.

The Governor also in his statement highlight some of the achievements of the administration, despite the harsh realities.

“The massive rehabilitation of infrastructure, especially the massive gains made in education, health, agriculture, the three senatorial roads and others that have been completed or attained appreciable levels of completion are a statement that we in government are ready serve you,” he stated.

He then reiterated the commitment of his Government to diversifying the economy of the state, away from the present dependence on oil and gas, pointing out that, “with the State’s International Cargo Airport, expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year, efforts at bringing the State closer to becoming an economic hub will soon be realised”.

According to him, while the intentions of the government are geared towards turning around the fortunes of the State, he also needs the support, cooperation and understanding of all and sundry to achieve the set objectives.

Dickson Seeks Probe Of Election Violence In Rivers State

Dickson Seeks Probe Of Election Violence In Rivers StateBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the Presidency to investigate perpetrators of the Rivers state rerun election violence and punish the culprits.

In a statement issued on Monday, he called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other relevant organs of the government to “carry out a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators of election violence to book to protect the nation’s democracy and serve as a deterrent to others.”

He condemned the action of the security agencies, “who instead of being neutral, became openly biased and supportive to the opposition in its efforts at maiming, intimidating and derailing the process”.

He then called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other major stakeholders to protect the nation’s democracy through proper conduct of future elections, in line with the tenets and practice of democracy all over the world.

Governor Dickson also commended the winners of the state and National Assembly rerun elections.

According to him, the resilience and bravery of his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, the chiefs and people of Rivers state is a manifestation of the people’s resolve and conviction in the nation’s democracy.

In a congratulatory message to Governor Wike, the government and people of Rivers state, the Bayelsa governor praised the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its supporters throughout the state for resisting attempts to subvert the collective will of the people which according to him was evidenced in the polls.

Dickson praised them for defying all the odds to achieve victory for the party in all the elections.

The Governor also used the opportunity to congratulate all the PDP candidates, who emerged victorious and party faithful “for reposing so much confidence in the party and its candidates in the elections.”

Governor Dickson Advocates Character And Ethics In Youth Development

Minimum Wage-BayelsaThe Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called for a thorough training, which emphasizes on character ethics and values among the youths, so as to enable them fully develop their potentials and render quality service to the society.

Gov. Dickson noted that, it is difficult to talk about the greatness of a nation, without talking about the values, character and knowledge of the young people.
“The greatness of a nation is the summation of the potential of the people in it especially of its young people”, he said.

He observed that, the academic training leading to the award of degrees, which he referred to as unidimensional, was not enough but that some basic values are important in building the human personality.

He called for a multidimensional approach to training the youths of the country with proper grooming.

He said “As humans, we all work very hard to raise money to send our children to school and we all expect them to be first class graduates but all of this training is usually unidimensional.

While hosting the Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES) , the governor noted that there was a collapse in the essential Christian foundation introduced by the western civilization, saying that “Those who introduced us to Christianity are now turning to other gods”. This development, he added, is affecting Nigerians and wonders what Christians were afraid of.

“But some of us are very proud of our faith and whenever we see Christians gather to do things the body of Christ will be proud of, it is always a pleasure to be part of it”, he said.

Gov. Dickson congratulated NIFES for its vision that had lasted forty eight years as he called on the body of Christ to continue to wax stronger.

President Buhari Meets With Governor Dickson in Abuja

Muhammadu Buhari, Bayelsa, Seriaki DicksonPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a meeting with the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriacke Dickson, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting, which lasted for about an hour,  was said to focus on how to unite Nigerian leaders across political lines, following the 2015 general elections and the attendant tribunal cases.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Dickson lauded the President’s non-interference in the elections in Bayelsa State, contrary to the propaganda that trailed the elections.President-Buhari-Meets-With-Dickson

He observed that President Buhari’s stance would go a long way to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic process.

The Governor also extended an olive branch to his opponents and the people of Bayelsa to join him in the development of the state.

Speaking on the way forward on militancy in the Niger Delta region, Mr Dickson upheld dialogue as the only solution, saying that military solution is not the right option.

PDP Constitutes Special Committees To Reposition Party

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-PDP-ChairmanThe opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted four special committees in preparation of its National Convention and the overall rebuilding and repositioning of the party.

The establishment of the committees is in line with the decision of the National Executive Committee of the party and the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff.

A statement by the party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, the Committees would be inaugurated on Tuesday April 5. They are the National Convention Committee, Reconciliation Committee, Zoning Committee and the Finance Committee.

The National Convention Committee has Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, as Chairman, Taraba State Governor, Mr Dairus Ishiaku, as Deputy Chairman and the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr Dave Umahi as Secretary.


Similarly, the Reconciliation Committee has Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, as Chairman and Senator Ibrahim Mantu as Deputy Chairman while the Finance Committee has Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, as Chairman and Senator Godswill Akpabio as Deputy Chairman.

The Zoning Committee has Akwa-Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom as Chairman and Mr. Kelechi Igwe as Secretary.

The committees will be inaugurated by the National Chairman of the party in a ceremony that will hold at the national secretariat of the party.

Governor Dickson Worried Over Bayelsa’s Lowest Allocation

Bayelsa governor seriake dicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has expressed worries over the recent Federal Allocation to Bayelsa State from the Federation Account which he said was the lowest the state had ever received. 

Governor Dickson made the statement while swearing-in the first three Special Advisers to be appointed in his second tenure in office.

The Governor stressed that the allocation of 2.9 billion Naira was not enough to cater for the wage bill of civil servants in the state, which amounts to 4 billion Naira.

He expressed worry over the economic future of the state and advised Bayelsa citizens to seek alternative sources of generating revenue and forget being dependent on the government.

The Governor also said that appointments in his present administration would not be as much as it was in his first tenure.

“The government lacks the fund to cater for the appointees,” he stated.

Those sworn in were Dr Boma Spero-Jack, Mr Francis Agbo and Honourable Timipre Seipulu.

Dr Spero-Jack was appointed Special Adviser on Security, Mr Agbo, Special Adviser on Media Relations and Honourable Seipulu, Special Adviser on Treasury and Accounts.