Fashola Promises More Federal Presence In Bayelsa State

Fashola Inspects Federal Projects In Anambra, SoutheastAs part of the tour of highway projects in the south-south zone of Nigeria, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has visited Bayelsa state for an on the spot assessment of some ongoing federal government projects in the state.

During the visit, the minister expressed displeasure over the absence of federal  presence in the state, while giving assurance of the Federal government’s support.

In response, the state Governor, Seriake Dickson, expressed the readiness of his government to collaborate with the federal ministries and agencies in other to fast track development in the state.

According to him, most developmental projects are too expensive for any state government to embark upon.

As part of his tour, Fashola immediately proceeded to the Yenagoa – Okarki- Kolo road project which had been awarded since 2009.

He assured the state of the Federal Government’s readiness to pay for the completion of projects, which were said to have been abandoned as a result of lack of funding.

Furthermore, he urged the people of the region to change the narrative regarding how the region is been viewed.

With the visit of the minister and that of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, just days apart, there is a renewed hope that Bayelsa state will immensely benefit from the developmental agenda of the Federal Government.

Bayelsa’s Dickson Inaugurates 5-Member Due Process Bureau

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa ResidentsThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson, has inaugurated a five-member Due Process Bureau, with a call on them to exhibit a high level of dedication, diligence and integrity in their assignment.

Mr Dickson, who inaugurated the Bureau Board at the Government House in Yenagoa on Wednesday, noted that the job of members was a sensitive one that would keep them very busy.

He stated that every authorised government procurement would pass through the Bureau, adding that, quantities and surveys must be reasonable.

The Governor expects the state to have value for money, since the government expects every price to be fair, reasonable and competitive.

“Your job is sensitive and I expect members to exhibit a high level of diligence, dedication and integrity. The state expects to have value for money and every price to be fair, reasonable and competitive,” he told the members of the Bureau.

Responding on behalf of the other Directors of the Bureau, the Director-General, Mr Amaebi Ikipitibor, expressed gratitude to the Governor for finding them worthy to serve and to be part of the restoration government.

Other directors of the bureau are Surveyor Benedict Suoyou, Engineer Wilson Aggrey, Mr Benjamin Ogbara and Architect Stella Raine.

Bayelsa Plans Calendar For Monthly Cultural Shows

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa ResidentsThe government of Bayelsa State has asked the Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs and the Council for Arts and Culture to develop a cultural calendar for the hosting of monthly cultural shows as well as an annual cultural carnival in the state.

Governor Seriake Dickson gave the mandate to the agencies on Friday at a state dinner held in honour of the state Council of Arts and Culture for emerging the overall winner at the just concluded 29th National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

At the dinner held at the Diepreye Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, the governor congratulated the Council for their meritorious outing, noting that, tourism, arts and culture would be major revenue earners for the state, in the nearest future.

“The government will continue to honour and reward those who go for gold in representing the state. You are champions of culture. Henceforth, you will participate in all annual festivals including that of Abuja,” he said.

Governor Dickson further urged the Council to generate revenue and remit a certain percentage to the state government coffers and also announced that the government would provide a monthly subvention to enable the council function optimally.

The governor disclosed that his administration had spent close to 50 billion Naira on the international airport and other facilities, as a deliberate policy to boost infrastructural development to attract foreign investments towards shoring up the state’s revenue profile.

“We have already spent close to 50 billion Naira on our international airport and other facilities within the project site.”

Governor Dickson, then announced the elevation Mrs Payeboye Festus Lukor, from an acting capacity to the substantive Director of the Council for Arts and Culture, describing the staff of the council, as champions of culture.

Dickson Urges Continuous Support Of Bayelsa Residents

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa ResidentsThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has called on the people of the state to jettison all divisive tendencies and join forces with his administration to build the state.

Governor Dickson made the call at the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Service of the state in Igbogene, Yenagoa.

He emphasised the need for Bayelsa State residents to be united, irrespective of their political differences with the aim of moving the state forward.

The Governor added that with effective collaboration between the government and the people, the state would continue to witness peace, stability and progress.

He also explained that the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Law was enacted during his first tenure in June 2012, to re-dedicate the state to God and promote Christianity in the state.

Sheriff’s Faction Presents Jimoh Ibrahim As Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate

Jimoh Ibrahim, PDP, Ondo election, Ali Modu SheriffThe Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s candidate in the coming Ondo State governorship election.

The primary election which lasted over two hours was preceded by an all-night congress among over 800 delegates at the Premier Hotel, Mokola in Ibadan, the Oyo State’s capital in Nigeria’s southwest zone.

The electoral committee, headed by Mr Ahmed Gulak, hinted that the congress was moved out of Akure, the Ondo State capital for security reasons.

After three other aspirants had stepped down for Mr Ibrahim, he polled 502 votes to emerge the winner with his only co-contestant, Mr Olusola Ebiseni, scoring 41 votes while 17 votes were voided.

In his acceptance address, the factional flag bearer promised to defend the mandate by creating jobs and making Ondo State an industrial hub.

The National Vice Chairman and Southwest Chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, the PDP Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Popoye Biyi and the Southwest Secretary, Mr Otemolu Adepegba, were among party dignitaries present at the primaries.

Prior to Ibrahim’s emergence, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had presented a former Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, as the flag bearer in the coming governorship poll.

Jegede Wins Ondo PDP Governorship Primaries

A former Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has emerged the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Mr Jegede was declared winner by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP at the primaries held in Akure, the Ondo State capital in southwest Nigeria.

The former Commissioner for Justice polled 760 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Saka Lawal who scored 22 votes.

The election was conducted on Monday by the Chairman of the PDP Electoral Committee and Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson.

It was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, security personnel, journalists and various election observers.

Not less than 840 delegates from 203 wards in Ondo State participated in the election.

Supreme Court Judgment: Akwa Ibom Holds Thanksgiving Service

akwa-united-UdomThe Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Governor Emmanuel Udom has held a thanksgiving service for the Supreme Court judgement which held that he was validly elected as governor of the state.

Present at the event are Governor of Ekiti State, Gov. Ayodele Fayose, former Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, Bishop Oyedepo, amongst others.

The Supreme Court on February 3, 2016 affirmed the election of Udom Emmanuel, as the Governor of Akwa Ibom and that of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.

In judgments on Wednesday that lasted less than 30 minutes, the court said Governor Emmanuel and his Abia counterpart, Ikpeazu, having won the lawfully cast votes, are duly elected as governors of their states.

Bayelsa State Governor Declares Interest For Second Term

gov seriake dicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has officially declared his interest to run for a second term in office in the governorship election that will hold on December 5.

Governor Dickson, on Friday, submitted his nomination form at the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja, with men, women and youth of Bayelsa State singing, drumming and dancing to celebrate the number one citizen of the State.

Governor Dickson was described by leaders of the party in the state, as ‘a good product to sell’ to Bayelsans. They said he deserved a second term in office.

He has promised Bayelsans that his campaign during the electioneering process would be issue-based.

The Governor, who had been accorded a welcome fit worthy of a winner in a battle that has not yet been fought, handed over the form to the officials of the PDP at their national secretariat.

Governor Dickson, in company of most of the political and traditional leaders of Bayelsa State, then paid the Acting Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, a courtesy visit in his office, assuring him of the party’s victory in the coming election.

He said that the presence of the bigwigs at his submission of nomination form was an indication of victory for the PDP in the polls, giving the statics of elective offices presently occupied my members of the party.

In spite of the overwhelming support for the Governor, the Acting Chairman insisted that the party would conduct primaries in the state, while wishing the Governor a favourable outcome.

Some of the party’s leaders in Bayelsa that were present , were a former Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, former Deputy Governor Peremobowei Ebebi and a former Senator, now Pro-Chancellor of Federal University of Petroluem, Effurun, Senator Amange. They were optimistic that the PDP was a party to beat in Bayelsa State.

Governor Dickson Commissions Ultra Modern Stadium In Nembe

gov seriake dicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has commissioned the ultra modern Nembe City Stadium at Ogbolomabirian.

At the commissioning ceremony, the Governor said that his administration had proposed to spread development to all parts of Nembe, a resolution that had led to the construction of roads in the area.

Governor Dickson said his administration had provided 3 billion Naira to the contractor handling the Ogbia-Nembe road, borne out of his personal love for the Nembe people.

The Governor also vowed not to be dissuaded by the activities of his political detractors from implementing the well intentioned plans of the present administration’s restoration agenda.

Expressing gratitude to the people for their support towards his administration and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Dickson said, the government would soon mobilise the contractors to commence work on a similar stadium at Nembe-Bassambiri.

Bayelsa Economic Summit Is Focusing On State’s Industrialisation – Dickson

Seriake-DicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, says the State’s ongoing economic summit is a State government’s strategy of bringing more investments into the state to open it up and reduce the stake of the government in employment of labour.

In an interview with Channels Television on Friday, Governor Dickson said that there were gains already recorded from the inaugural summit held last year, as investors had expressed interest in various sectors of the state’s economy.

He said that having investments in different sectors would create more jobs to ensure that the government would not remain the major employer of labour in the state.

An Ambitious Programme

“We have made a lot of progress, with so many Memorandum of Understanding signed and a lot of conversations have gone on in terms of how most of those projects can move into reality.

“We have finished the design of the industrial park. We are also working with investors who have come to indicate interest. We have acquired and provided a place for power investors to go.

“We are working on agricultural investment. There are a lot people, who from last year till today, are building major aquaculture farms. There is cassava plantation going on,” he said, listing the investments that the summit had brought to the state.

The Governor further stressed that the programme of the 2015 summit had a practical concept centred on ‘Unfolding Bayelsa State’s Industrial Future’ for investors.

He said that the state had made a lot of progress after the summit of last year.

“There are partnerships that are on. We are starting from ground zero and for us any progress is a progress well-made and appreciated.

“We don’t expect to be Dubai overnight. That is an aspiration. We are pursuing an ambitious programme of expounding the base of our economy.

“We have made a lot of progress and advance conversations that we have started last year.

“The programme is a practical concept that is zeroing in on power this year,” he said.

Investment Opportunities

Listing the investment opportunities in the state, the governor said that State government was focusing on the huge gas deposit in the state and other areas that the state had comparative advantage.

“Our position is that if we have gas and we have people who come in to indicate interest building power plants and we generate power, we will have people who will come down and set up businesses.

“Shell already has a four billion dollars gas gathering facility where the power hub we have created lies.

“What we are showcasing this year is that very close to that place we have decided to create the industrial park. We have factories, industries there now.

“We want to create as many jobs as possible but the basic foundation must be laid,” Governor Dickson stated.

On the availability of manpower to sustain the industrialisation and the investment in the power sector, he said that Bayelsa State started the first independent power plant in Nigeria and had over the years groomed persons that were knowledgeable in the sector.

“There is abundant manpower that we are prepared to export. This is a practical summit.

“We have the biggest fish farms going on now. In this year, we are unfolding a micro finance bank, which the CBN has approved.

“The aim is to extend credit to people who are involved in SMEs to be able to create inclusive growth.

“We are also showcasing the Deep Sea Port and the Brass Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone approved by the government.

“These are very critical concepts in terms of developing our state,” he reiterated.

No Security Concerns

On Security, Governor Dickson said that there were no special security concerns in Bayelsa, as security agencies were committed to the security of lives and property of residents.

“Bayelsa is safe and we have made sufficient investments to ensure that it will remain safe because we see safety as the first condition for development,” he said.

On Friday, the summit will focus on Fixing Nigeria’s Power needs, exploring the huge gas deposit, transmission and greenfield projects, with Dr. Sam Amadi of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission delivering the key-note address.

The summit will also look at the value chain of agriculture, with focus on creating jobs and growing prosperity.

Bayelsa Is One Of Most Secure Places To Do Business – Seriake Dickson

Seriake DicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has urged both local and foreign investors to pitch their tents in the oil-producing State, noting that it is one of the most secure places to do business in Nigeria.

Dickson, who made the call at the on-going maiden edition of the Bayelsa Investment and Economic Forum, in Yenagoa, commended security agencies for doing a good job of keeping the peace in the State, thereby making it a choice destination for investors.

Investors and Government officials from both Federal and State levels, who had gathered for the ceremony, included the Vice President, Nnamadi Sambo, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga.

While delivering his speech, Governor Dickson made a strong case for his state, urging investors to do business in the land as his administration had made plans to position Bayelsa as a major vibrant economy.

Dickson, who described Bayelsa as Nigeria’s best kept economic and leisure secret, noted that his administration was “working hard to lay the foundation for a vibrant economy,” he said, noting that the government had embarked on several projects in some sectors, including education, power, agriculture, fashion, tourism e.t.c.

“In the past 2 years, we have built schools and schools and schools,” he emphasized, noting that over 600 primary schools had been built, including teachers’ quarters.

He disclosed plans to have a school in every state House Constituency of the House of Assembly.

He further highlighted that education is free in the State and that the government also paid for external examinations, maintaining that “our goal is education for the economy”.

According to him, human capacity development is the nation’s greatest challenge, hence different schools for music, agriculture, language studies, driving, fashion, photography are being set up to develop the youths.

He also called on investors in the fashion and tourism sector to pitch their tents in the State as the government was already making preparations to train youths.

The governor also spoke about power generation, maintaining that “we are aspiring to be the number one in power generation” and since the State produced about 40% of the nation’s crude oil and mineral resources, “we are aspiring to be the nation’s power hub”.

He stressed that the government was also interested in palm oil production, as well as aqua-culture. He disclosed that the State was targeting production of 3000 tonnes of fish for local consumption and export.

Also, the governor stated that about 6000 hectares of land set aside for cassava planting as the largest cassava processing company was stationed in the State.

Governor Dickson also addressed people of the State to reduce their dependency on the government. “We have got to move away from over-dependence on government and into production,” he stressed.

“You the people of Bayelsa must also do your part… don’t live a life of dependence. Take responsibility for your livelihood,” he said.

Governor Dickson Visits Ogbia LGA, Bags Chieftaincy Title

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has visited Ogbia Local Government Area of the state as part of a state-wide ‘thank you’ tour.

This is the 3rd Local Government Area the governor is visiting in the “thank you” tour which he embarked on to appreciate citizens of the state for voting him into office, and to enable him know first-hand, the things he could do to serve them better.

Speaking to the Council of Chiefs, Gov. Dickson described the recent return of kidnapping in the state as worrisome. “It is sad that there are some few elements that are collaborating with others to tarnish our efforts to build a peaceful and secure society for our people,”

“Just last week, kidnappers also abducted the aged father of the Commissioner for Tourism, Nelson Belief, in his family home near Akassa, in Brass LGA.’’

“I enjoin you all to condemn this criminality because this administration will not play politics with law and order,” he told the chiefs.

The Governor, who was welcomed with gifts by the chiefs and people of Ogbia was also bestowed with a chieftaincy title of ‘Edi 1 of Ogbia Local Government Area’ which means ‘The Pillar of Ogbia Local Government’ by the Obanema of Ogbia, King George Lawson.

Governor Dickson expressed delight with his chieftaincy title and assured the people of his intention to occupy the youths of the kingdom with various capacity building projects that will make the life of crime unattractive to them. He announced the award of scholarship to a boy in the community who is part of the local dance group.

Ogbia Local Government of Bayelsa State is also home to Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.