Bayelsa Governor Signs Physical Planning And Development Bill Into Law

Bayelsa StateBayelsa State Governor has signed the state Physical Planning and Development bill into law.

The Act addresses urban, regional and physical planning in line with Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration policy of transforming the entire Bayelsa landscape.

Appending his signature on the bill at the Government House in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital in south-south Nigeria, Governor Dickson said the essence of the bill was not only to tackle the issue of physical planning, but also to strengthen its revenue generation drive towards boosting the internally generated revenue base.

According to the Governor, the establishment of the new law harmonises all the existing legislation in the defunct Capital City Development Authority (CCDA) to be administered by a board at the state level, while the local planning authorities would oversee the same assignment at the Local Government level.

Governor Dickson also urged intending development partners and oil companies operating in the state to abide by the physical planning and development law as responsible corporate citizens of the state, by paying levies as and when due.

“With the establishment of this bill, the stage is set for development partners, as well as those already doing business in Bayelsa and several other oil operators, who hitherto, were operating outside our laws; hopefully will comply with our laws as responsible corporate citizens and pay their levies and bills as and when due.

“The board will be in charge at the state level and in the case of the Local Government Areas, the local planning authorities will oversee their activities,” the Governor said.

The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Konbowei Benson, who presented the Physical Planning and Development Bill for accent, explained that the passage of the new bill brought to 49, the total number of bills considered by the House.

Bayelsa Security Company To Handle Pipeline Surveillance

bayelsaThe Governor of Bayelsa state,  Seriake Dickson has mandated the state-owned Izon-Ibe Security Company to engage the youths in providing pipeline surveillance services.

The Governor disclosed this at the 26th meeting of the State Security Council in Yenagoa. He also debunked claims made by some ex-militants that, his government has hijacked the pipeline surveillance project, which was meant for them to execute.

Every Bayelsa youth who is interested in providing security for these very important pipelines should be given an opportunity under the supervision of the State owned Security Company.

In his opening remarks, Governor Seriake Dickson explained that rather allow few persons to benefit at the expense of the generality of youths in the State, the security outfit would drive a community-based recruitment process to engage willing and able youths to secure pipelines and other oil facilities.

Governor Dickson called on the youths to be wary of disgruntled elements, who just want to use them as cannon fodders to achieve their selfish interests and create crisis in the State.

Briefing journalists shortly after the meeting, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Okafor emphasized the need for aggrieved individuals or groups to explore legitimate means to express their grievances rather than threaten to cause breakdown of law and order.

The Police Commissioner, while advising the youths to shun violence and other vices, reaffirmed the commitment of the security agencies to maintaining the existing peace in Bayelsa State.

It was also announced that the security company would soon call for applications from interested youths at the grassroots, particularly oil producing communities and give them the requisite training that would enable them to discharge their duties effectively.

Bayelsa Assembly Endorses Dickson For Second Term

Seriake Dickson The re-election bid of Governor Seriake Dickson received a major boost as members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly unanimously passed a vote of confidence on his administration.

The lawmakers attested to the governor’s efforts at transforming the state, especially in the areas of human capacity building during the governor’s inspection of the re-modeled House of Assembly complex.

This approval is coming after several local governments had given their approval for the governor to run for a second term in office.

At a meeting with the governor, the Deputy Speaker, Victor Sam Ateki, who said he was impressed by the governor’s developmental initiatives, moved a motion for the members of the House to endorse the governor for a second term in office.

Other members of the House also poured encomiums on the governor, as they said their constituents are pleased with his efforts in transforming the state.

In his address, the Speaker, Hon. Konbowei Benson also assured the governor that the house would continue to work with the executive arm of government to build a united, peaceful and prosperous state for the benefit of generations to come.

In response, Governor Dickson expressed delight by their solidarity and support stating that, all arms of government were stable as “the days of politics of in-fighting in the assembly were gone.”

Sagbama Community Pass Vote Of Confidence On Gov Dickson

HENRY 1The people of Sagbama Local Government area of Bayelsa state have passed a vote of confidence on Governor Seriake Dickson, in view of the positive impact his administration has made on the overall development of the state.

During a meeting of the first Sagbama Local Government area Stakeholders Forum at Sagbama, Mr. Charles Dorgu, Chairman of the forum, advanced reasons that informed their decision to rally round Governor Dickson, to enable him consolidate on his good works in the restoration and transformation of the state.

According to Mr. Dorgu, the government has engendered peace and stability, construction and rehabilitation of dilapidated facilities, construction of roads, bridges, the first flyover,since the creation of the state, schools and general hospitals across the local government area.

Other elders from the Governor’ s local government also recounted the award of scholarships, provision of housing, commercialization of landed property through the establishment of the Bayelsa geographical information System (BGIS), provision of the necessary commercial and industrial infrastructure to assist private entrepreneurship drive in the local government area.

In her speech, the House of Representative member representing Sagbama, Ekeremor Federal constituency, Dr. Stella Dorgu, underscored the need to unite and forge a formidable block towards giving the Governor total support.

According to her,  Dickson’s emergence as Governor of the state was a great opportunity and divine providence, noting that the collective support of the people was required to return the governor for a second term, considering the fact that, he has done creditably well in all sectors of the state’s economy.

Moreover,  the people praised Governor Dickson’s achievements, especially in his efforts to turn around the fortunes of the state’s economy through strategic investments in virtually all sectors.

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.”


Monarch Urges Traditional Rulers To Partner With FG In Fight Against Terror

Shehu_of_bornoThe Shehu of Borno and Pro-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University, Dr Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi has advised traditional rulers to team up with the federal and state governments including security agencies in order to end insurgency in the country.

Speaking at a meeting with the Bayelsa State governor in Abuja, the revered monarch said the activities of members of Boko Haram are anti-Islam and a complete criminality which must be combated by all well-meaning Nigerians.

Commiserating with the Shehu of Borno over the activities of Boko Haram in the north east, Governor Seriake Dickson advised political leaders to refrain from making inflammatory statements on accounts of the insurgency.

He also described the insurgency as an attack on the corporate existence of Nigeria and the sacred religion of her people.

Bayelsa Gov. Race: Court of Appeal Dismisses Sylva’s Suit Against Dickson

The Court of Appeal today dismissed the suit filed by former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva in his bid to unseat Governor Seriake Dickson at the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the suit for lack of jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.

This is about the fourth time Sylva would be challenging the candidacy of Governor Dickson as the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2012 governorship election in the State.

Applauding the Judiciary for its forthrightness in upholding justice, Governor Dickson congratulated the third arm of Government for not allowing itself to be used as a tool to subvert justice, adding that, the Judiciary has remained the last hope of the common man.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had in March last year also dismissed the suit filed by one Austin Ogionwo challenging the election of Seriake Dickson as the governor of Bayelsa State.

Delivering judgement on the suit, Justice Adamu Bello held that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to challenge the outcome of the primary election held on 19 November, 2011 having failed to participate in the said election.

The court also ruled that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has the right to conduct primary elections and also field any candidate of its choice for the purpose of any general election.

Bayelsa Government To Pay Old Citizens N5000 Monthly

The Government of Bayelsa State on Friday officially launched a welfare scheme which will pay citizens aged 75 years and above, the sum of N5000 monthly.

Governor Serıake Dıckson who had promised to put a smile on the faces of the senior citizens announced this on the official receipt of a report containing data of all citizens in the age bracket.

The Specıal Assıstant to the Governor, Mrs Keseme Wilson had been saddled wıth the task of procuring  the data of Bayelsans who are 75 years old and above.

The Governor upon receipt of the data announced an allowance of N5000 monthly for the elderly ın the State.

Sylva Left Only N400,000 In Bayelsa’s Account – State Govt

The Bayelsa State government has declared that it inherited a little over N400,000 from the last administration of former Governor; Timipre Sylva.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the State’s Commissioner for Finance; Mr Duate Iyabi claimed the inherited funds and accumulated debts are hampering the development of the state under the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.

The Commissioner accused the former governor of financial recklessness.

But in a swift reaction, the Special Adviser on media to Chief Sylva stated that the accusations are diversionary attempt by the incumbent government to redirect the focus of the people away from his government which is yet to fulfill its electoral promises one year after it came to power.

Denying the claim by the Seriake Dickson administration, the governor’s aide stated that as at the time the former governor left office, the state had not received its January 2012 allocation from the Federal Allocation Account Committee.

Dickson suspends four civil servants ahead of civil service reform

At the gloryland cultural centre in Yenagoa , Hon. Seriake Dickson  had an interactive session with civil servants in the State.

At the forum, the governor shared with the civil servants his thoughts on what an ideal civil service should be and his plans to restore the Bayelsa state civil service to its time tested principle of diligence, loyalty, contentment and been totally apolitical.

He went further saying from there on, the state civil service will begin the implementation of its  promised reforms as he ordered the immediate suspension of four civil servants starting with a senior accountant in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ransom Temeregha, for alleged acts of “careless talk”, a surveyor with the state Capital City Development Authority (CCDA), Couple Imgibina, over alleged illegal allocation of lands in the Central Business District (CBD) area of Yenagoa for the building of illegal structures, former secretary to the Environmental Sanitation Authority for “wrongful recruitment of persons,” persons from his community and relations in contravention of the civil service rules, and Akpoebi Efidi for “damaging and dissemination of rumour” about the present administration with immediate effect.

Dickson said further that a violation of the Civil Service rule will no longer be acceptable and would not be tolerated for those who will not be flying the flag of the reforms and also the politicisation of promotion in the service would no longer be accepted.

“I have decided to meet with you to reposition the service. We need to change to a new song. The reposition plan does not mean people will be sacked but we will go around and ensure that those not on their duty posts will be considered non-genuine civil servants. The Civil servants I want to know must be at work,” he said.

Dickson civil servants in Bayelsa state were mostly members of the billionaires club, participated in politics at very high level and are leading contractors before his assumption of the exalted office of the governor, he however sounded a note of warning that such will not be taken from any civil servant again as all rules must be abided by from now. He said for those who wants to be active politically, he will advise they retire from the civil service first, saying “the most sacred law of service is loyalty to constituted authority.”

Dickson lays foundation for ecumenical centre in Bayelsa

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has performed the foundation laying ceremony of the State Ecumenical Centre in Yenagoa , the state capital.

He explained that the decision to build the centre was borne out of his administration’s desire to appreciate and dedicate the state to God for his manifold blessings.

Governor Dickson, who expressed gratitude to the church for their continued prayers and support, emphasized the need for Bayelsans to form the habit of thanking and appreciating the goodness of God at all times for His kindness and mercies.

“As the governor of Bayelsa state, I have every reason to thank God. During our electioneering, we put God first in everything that we did and we were able to record a political feat that is unprecedented in the history of our dear state” Governor Dickson remarked.

He went further, “In spite of the threat and the reign of terror then, no life was lost while God has given us victory over all the litigations instituted against this administration.

Whatever feat recorded by this administration, it is to the credit of the people of Bayelsa state”.

“For this administration to succeed and deliver the dividend of democracy as promised during our campaign, we need the support of everybody”.

Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Bayelsa State chapter, Most Reverend Israel Ege thanked the governor for the warm relationship between the church and government, noting that the state has recorded another landmark achievement by setting aside a particular day to give thanks to God.

Ege, quoting from the gospel according to Saint Luke and the Book of Psalm, stressed the need for thanksgiving, adding that the state had in the past gone through turbulence, notably the recent flood that left in its trail the destruction of property worth millions of naira and the recent Supreme court verdict that upheld the victory of Governor Seriake Dickson election.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of the contracting firm, Core Services and Consulting International Limited, Mr. Victor Omobude said the project when completed would not only be a worship centre but also serve as an iconic tourist attraction in the state.

According to him, the edifice, which is designed by world renowned architect, Professor Giorgio Pagnoni comprises restaurants, offices, conference rooms and an altar with a remote control hydraulic system.

For better cooling effect, he added that the centre will also have about 5 kilometre of underground piping to circulate natural air as back up to the normal air-conditioning system.

In their separate remarks, the Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba and Apostle Zilly Aggrey of the Royal House of Grace International Church commended the state government for embarking on the project and prayed God to continually bless the Governor.

The centre to be situated at the gateway town of Igbogene, on completion is expected to have a sitting capacity of about 3,000 people.