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.

PDP Dismisses Claims Of ‘Reversed Supreme Court Ruling’ On Bayelsa Governorship

PDP Governors Appoint Fayose As Forum ChairmanThe Bayelsa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has dismissed claims that the Supreme Court has reversed its decision that reaffirmed Henry Seriake Dickson as the governor of the state.

Even though the apex court had in November 2016 declared Mr Dickson as governor of Bayelsa State, reports resurfaced recently, saying the apex court had reversed its November ruling.

In a statement signed by the state Chairman of the party, Honourable Moses Cleopas, the PDP alleged that the rumour was a ploy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to create unnecessary fear and security breach.

The statement quoted Cleopas as saying that the reports making the rounds that, Mr Timipre Sylva of the APC was coming to take over as Governor was not true and a “figment of the imagination of the APC and their supporters,
who are bent on truncating the existing peace and security in the State, through spurious claims”.

The statement read: “Mr Timipre Sylva has been roundly beaten at the polls and the defeat was expressly affirmed at the Governorship Election Tribunal, the Appeal and Supreme Courts and Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson’s position, as the duly elected Governor of Bayelsa State, is not under any contest”.

Cleopas then urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the APC leaders in Bayelsa State to order.

“The president should call Sylva and the junior Minister, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri to order,” he said.

The party noted that both Sylva and Lokpobiri had always attempted to breach the peace and security of the State, which the current governor had restored.

“But for the leadership of the Governor, the vigilance of security agencies and the cooperation of Bayelsans, these desperate politician (s) would have thrown our state into senseless crisis, which would have resulted in the destruction of National assets, a situation that could have worsened the depression in the country,” the party stated.

Governor Dickson Optimistic About Bayelsa State’s Economy

Governor DicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said that the economy of Bayelsa State would be greatly enhanced, with the completion of the ongoing Airport Project at Wilberforce Island, and the Deep Seaport at Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area.

According to Governor Dickson, to fully harness the economic potentials of the two major projects, it is expedient to have a road linking the airport and the deep seaport, to serve as a means of transportation for goods and services to both terminals, as a complementary component.

The Governor also noted that the critical factor also informed the decision to site both projects on the same axis, as well as the completion of the Toru-Ebeni Bridge, which will be very critical to the operations of the air and sea ports.

Governor Dickson disclosed that, investors from different parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Europe, have indicated interest in the Agge Deep Seaport Project, with discussions already in progress with some of the interested Countries and groups.

The AGGE Seaport Project

Governor Dickson said, “The Agge Deep Seaport Project is a very serious project embarked upon by our government. We appointed the World’s best in that sector and the Deputy Governor is responsible in harmonizing the issues that are involved. I know they have gone very  far, but they are liaising with the Federal Ministry of Transport, as ports are on the exclusive list.

“You know, I have spoken about the projects in London, South Africa and everywhere and so investors are keying in, but we want to get the paper work ready. That is why the road to Agge is important, because you can’t have a port there without a road that will evacuate what you will produce”

The Bayelsa State Governor, Dickson, who underscored the importance of a good road network and infrastructural base across the state, pointed out that, although the road from Ekeremor to Agge Seaport is to gulp up to a 100 billion naira, the present period was clearly one of the best times to build infrastructures for an emerging viable economy like Bayelsa.

Preparatory to the commencement of construction work at the Deep Seaport and the expected rise in activities, the Governor announced the acquisition of about 20,000 hectares of land around the port area, to build a port city, while also hoping that, the Federal Government could declare the area ‘a Free Trade Zone.’