Dickson Approves New Minimum Wage For Bayelsa Workers

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has approved the payment of the 30,000 Naira New National Minimum wage to workers in the State from January.

The Governor, who gave the approval during a meeting with the Leadership of organised labour in Government House Yenagoa that ended Friday night, also directed the State’s financial team to follow through the template set by the National wages and commission, in implementing the New salary structure.

According to the Governor, there was nothing too much to be paid to workers in view of their contributions to national development.

Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a new minimum wage into law. But the federal government and organised labour have struggled to agree on the implementation of the N30,000 limit across the board.

“Our state cannot be left out,” Dickson said. “What is good for the goose is good for the gander. There is nothing we pay to our hard-working workforce that is too much.”

The Head of Service, Biobelemoye Onyeama, also assured that the modalities for the implementation would be concluded for effective payment from this January.

“It has been approved,” she said. “We are going to work out the details.”

The organised labour, represented by Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Bayelsa Chapter, John Ndiomu, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting.

He added that issues of arrears arising from the new payment would be addressed by the incoming Government.

The Dickson administration is set to leave office in February.

Police Rescue Kidnapped 6-Year-Old Son of Commissioner In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

 

 

The six-year-old son of the Bayelsa State Commissioner of water resources who was abducted on the 22nd of December, 2019, has been rescued and the alleged kidnappers arrested by the police.

The young Antonio was rescued by a team of operatives from Operation Puff Adder led by DSP Chris Nwaogbo at the riverside town of Ikiebiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Thé Commissioner’s son was abducted at about 8.30 pm, three days to Christmas at his parents Opolo Commissioners Quarter by the gunmen who also carted away from a suitcase containing their victim’s father certificates and other vital documents thinking it was stashed with cash.

The rescued son was presented to the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Uche Anozia who in turn handed over the boy to his parents at the Marine Police jetty in Yenagoa.

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Presenting the child to the parents, Mr. Anozia said: “the rescue of the child was as a result of the effort put in place by the police command.

“We have been chasing the kidnappers from creek-to-creek. You know Bayelsa is about 80 percent of water.

“Today we went to Ikiebiri where the child was kept and being fed by a man. Fortunately, we succeeded in rescuing the child and also arrested his abductors,” he said.

The father of the child, Mr. Nengi Talbot, thanked God for ensuring that no harm came his son’s way during his incarceration at the kidnappers’ den.

“It has been a nightmare experience for us since his abduction on December 22, 2019. I want to thank God, the state police command and all those who made the rescue of my son possible.

“Most kidnapped victims are often killed but I thank God my son was rescued unhurt,” he stated.

The police arrested and paraded the alleged abductors.

Angry Bayelsa Youths Protest Alleged Shooting Of Corps Members, Others

An ATM belonging to a new generation bank vandalised by angry Bayelsa youths following the alleged killing of a corps members and two others in the state on January 6, 2020.

 

Angry youths in Bayelsa State have protested the alleged shooting of a serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member and two others in the Ekeki area of Yenagoa, the state capital.

The incident occurred on Monday evening after a policeman attached to a new generation bank in the area allegedly shot at close range and killed them.

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According to eyewitnesses, one of the victims was the driver of a 14-seater bus.

He had conveyed some passengers who were returning from the yuletide celebration and tried to disembark close to the bank premises.

But a minor disagreement ensued between the driver and the policeman after he had asked him not to drop the passengers there.

Thereafter, the policeman opened fire on the occupants killing the driver and two other passengers including a serving corps member.

Visibly angered by the developments, the youths went on a rampage, destroying the bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

Meanwhile, three police vans and mobile policemen have been drafted to the scene of the incident located close to the Central Motor Park, in Ekeki, the state capital.

Reacting to the development, the State Police Command said the officer, accused of extra-judicial killing, has been arrested.

According to a statement issued by the spokesman of the Command, SP Asinim Butswat, the Commissioner of Police, CP Uche Anozia, has now ordered that he be remanded in custody.

“The authorities of Bayelsa Police Command have arrested and taken into custody one Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel for suspicion of Discreditable Conduct and Unlawful Use of his Firearm.

“The suspect, a male NCO, who was arrested on the orders of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Uche Anozia is currently in detention at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Yenagoa,” Butswat said.

The Police, however, claimed that no lives were lost. Rather, the victims were rushed to the hospital where “they are currently responding to treatment.”

They have also vowed to investigate the case and ensure that all indicted persons are brought to justice.

Fire Rages Through Bayelsa Community

 

Tragedy struck on Friday at a community in Bayelsa State after a building was ravaged by fire.

The incident occurred at Amassoma town in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

It has yet to be ascertained if anyone was injured or killed in the inferno.

Channels Television gathered that the incident was a result of fire said to have been lit with the intention of burning some debris.

It was, however, left unattended causing it to spread to the neighbouring building in the community.

A crowd of residents, majorly youths, and a police officer were seen at the scene of the event making efforts to put out the fire at the time of this report.

See photos from the scene of the incident below:

Arrest Attackers Of Jonathan’s Home, PDP Tells FG

A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Federal Government to immediately track down and apprehend the gunmen that attacked the home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

It made the demand as it condemned the attack in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The PDP described the attack on the former President’s home as extremely disturbing, stressing that an extensive investigation must be carried out into the incident.

READ ALSO: Buhari Calls Jonathan, Condemns Attack On Ex-President’s Home

“Our party insists that the gun attack is a direct threat to the life and safety of the former President and members of his family and as such the assailants must be tracked down,” the party said.

It commiserated with the families of the soldier killed in the attack and urged the security agencies to go after the assailants.

The PDP also asked the security agencies to rescue those reportedly abducted during the attack.

Buhari Calls Jonathan, Condemns Attack On Ex-President’s Home

Muhammadu Buhari                                                                                                  Goodluck Jonathan

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with former President Goodluck Jonathan following an attack by gunmen on his country residence in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed that the President called his predecessor on Tuesday.

In the telephone conversation, President Buhari expressed sadness over the “tragic and unfortunate attack.”

He regretted that a gallant soldier lost his life but commended other soldiers on guard for bravely repelling the attack.

The President also condoled with family members, as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Army over the loss of one of the guards.

He gave an assurance that the protection of the life of former President Jonathan and all citizens of the country would continue to be the major preoccupation of his administration.

Gunmen Attack Ex-President Jonathan’s Residence, Kill One Soldier

 

Gunmen stormed the residence of former President, Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, early Tuesday morning in a bid to steal a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek.

The assailants who came in about five engine boats stormed the security post about 100 metres away from Dr Jonathan’s residence but met resistance by soldiers who engaged them in a firefight.

A statement by the Media Adviser to Dr Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, confirmed the attack which he said occurred by 1:30 am.

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He said that the military overpowered the criminals, forcing them to retreat, but one soldier was killed in the fight while another was injured.

Mr Eze intimated that Dr Jonathan was not in town when the attack happened, but Channels Television gathered that the former president was in his residence as at the time of the attack.

He said the former President has condoled with the family of the deceased soldier, the military and has urged the concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book.

Consequently, all roads in Otuoke/Otuaba is currently blocked by military personnel, with movement of residents restricted.

The former president is presently in his residence at Otuoke, getting briefed by top security personnel on the incident.

When contacted, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Maj. Jonah Danjuma said he will issue a statement, as soon as he gets more details.

On his own part, the Bayelsa Police Command Spokesman, SP Asinim Butswat, said he does not want to talk about the military affair.

Court Reverses Disqualification Of Bayelsa Deputy Governor-Elect

Court To Decide Certificate Case Against Buhari Today
A file photo of the Court of Appeal in Abuja

 

 

An Appeal Court in Abuja has reversed the judgment of a Federal Hight Court disqualifying the Deputy-Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo from participating in the Bayelsa State governorship election on November 16.

This comes as Senator Degi-Eremienyo who is now the deputy governor-elect challenged the High Court verdict that restrained him from taking part in the recently concluded poll.

Justice Iyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on November 12 disqualified the lawmaker for allegedly supplying false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of requirement for the governorship poll.

READ ALSO: Court Disqualifies Bayelsa APC Deputy Governorship Candidate

In a judgment, Justice Ekwo said Senator Degi-Eremienyo gave false information in relation to his educational qualifications and went ahead to depose to an affidavit to correct the discrepancies.

The judge held that all his documents bore different names.

But in his ruling on Monday, a three-man panel chaired by Justice Stephen Adah held that the High Court erred in law and in breach of the appellant’s right to a fair hearing.

According to him, the case which was brought under Section 36 of the Electoral Act is criminal in nature and the respondents in the case ought to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Senator Degi-Eremienyo gave false information in his form C001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of his qualifications to contest the election.

The Appellant Court held that more so the lawmaker submitted an affidavit sworn to court to prove that the names Adeyi-Eremienyo on his school-leaving certificate is one and the same as Degi-Eremienyo on his GCE certificate and newspaper cuttings announcing to the whole world a change in name and same was not challenged by the respondents in the lower court as such the findings of the lower court are erroneous.

The trial judge concluded by saying that “I agree with the appellant that the owner of the school leaving certificate and the GCE certificate are one and the same and I therefore set aside the judgment of the court below.”

 

 

 

APC Trying To Use Jonathan To Legitimise ‘Fraudulent’ Bayelsa Election – Dickson

 

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State says leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are trying to use the image of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to give legitimacy to the “fraud” which transpired on Saturday. 

Dickson’s statement comes on the heels of the victory of David Lyon, candidate of the APC in the Bayelsa governorship election.

After Mr. Lyon’s visit, APC leaders visited the former President Jonathan at his Bayelsa residence, a visit which raised eyebrows in different quarters and sent tongues wagging across the nation, with many suggesting that the former president was working with the APC.

In reaction to the claims, Governor Dickson said the former president has the right and liberty to receive dignitaries when they come into the Bayelsa.

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“Former President Jonathan who is a former leader of our country remains a leader of our country and is at liberty to receive dignitaries when they come into state”.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Mr. Dickson said it is unfair for people to attempt using such “blackmail” stories to reflect the true state of affairs in Bayelsa.

As regards the election, Dickson said what took place in Bayelsa on the 16th and 17th was not a democratic election.

According to Dickson: “It was a military coup against our democracy.

“It was the height of conspiracy by the Federal Government and security agents and with the umpire, INEC colluding and enabling in most cases the subversion of the democratic rights of our people for the sole purpose of achieving a pre-determined conclusion”.

‘Bayelsa Will Be Great Again,’ Lyon Reacts To Election Victory

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon. Photo: Twitter – @iamlyondavid

 

 

The Governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, has promised to make the state great again.

He made the pledge in a tweet on Monday, shortly before he was declared the winner of the keenly contested governorship election in Bayelsa.

In another tweet, Lyon thanked the people of the state for electing him and for their support during the exercise which held on Saturday.

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The tweets came before and after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa as the winner of the election.

 

INEC’s Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, declared Lyon as the winner after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival of the PDP who scored 143,172 votes.

Following the declaration, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated APC candidate on what he described as an “impressive victory”.

He, however, condemned the loss of lives in the state, particularly prior to the election and, commiserated with the families of the victims.

According to the President, it is unfortunate that pockets of unrest, mostly sponsored by desperate politicians were recorded during the poll.

He, therefore, promised to work with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa, while ensuring the security of lives and property of all citizens.

Buhari Congratulates Lyon, Condemns Violence In Bayelsa

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon, at the Aso Villa in Abuja in October 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, on his “impressive victory”.

He felicitated with the governor-elect in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

The President also commended APC supporters in particular and Nigerians in general in Bayelsa who exercised their civic rights in a peaceful manner, despite the pockets of unrest recorded in some parts of the state.

He, however, condemned the loss of lives in the state, particularly prior to the election and, commiserated with the families of the victims.

“Violence during elections vitiates our commitment to demonstrate to the world and upcoming generation that we are a people capable of electing leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in the statement.

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He noted that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

According to the President, it is unfortunate that pockets of unrest, mostly sponsored by desperate politicians were recorded during the poll.

He promised to work with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa while ensuring the security of lives and property of all citizens.

President Buhari also urged the governor-elect to carry other divergent interests along in the next phase of governance.

He appealed to those aggrieved by the outcome of the election to seek redress through the constitutionally established channels.

INEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon.

 

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has won the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, announced this on Monday morning.

Professor Orunmuwese returned Lyon as the winner of the keenly contested election after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Duoye Diri, who scored 143,172 votes.

 

Six Of Eight

Residents of Bayelsa had taken to various polling units in their respective wards to cast their ballots in a bid to elect a new governor to succeed Mr Seriake Dickson who is about to complete his second term as governor of the state.

Governor Dickson had supported Mr Diri to succeed him in his bid to ensure the PDP continues to rule in Bayelsa, following the exit of the state’s former governor and present Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, from office in 2012.

He was, however, unable to achieve this as Diri suffered defeat to his APC rival with a difference of over 180,000 votes.

 

Meanwhile, the election was characterised with reports of violence and ballot snatching in some areas while some wards were merged together as a result of flooding.

The collation of results of the election across the eight local government areas of the state began on Sunday afternoon and lasted until the early hours of Monday.

Of the first six LGAs whose results were collated, Lyon dominated the election with a difference of over 80,000 votes and extended the lead by an additional 100,000 votes after the results of the remaining two local governments were collated.

The Governor-elect won in six LGAs while his PDP rival claimed the remaining two LGAs.

Lyon won in Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, and Yenagoa LGAs while Diri won in Kolokuma/Opokuma and Sagbama LGAs.

Declaring the APC candidate as the winner, Professor Orunmuwese explained that a total of 505,884 votes were cast, out of which 499,551 were counted as valid votes.

He added that a total of 922,562 voters registered for the election but 517,883 voters were accredited.

See the table below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

352,552

143,172