Bayelsa Governor Asks Ministries To Generate Payroll With Attendance Register

payroll of workers in BayelsaThe Bayelsa State government is taking a firm stand on its decision to implement a ‘No Work No Pay’ policy, insisting that only workers who sign attendance register will be paid. 

Making good the state government’s decision, the Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has directed all Permanent Secretaries in the state to henceforth, generate the payroll of their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), from workers’ duty attendance registers.

The Governor gave the directive in a closed-door meeting with permanent secretaries in Government House, Yenagoa.

To Check Payroll Fraud

At a press conference after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Honourable Jonathan Obuebite, described the directive as well-intentioned and targeted at achieving total compliance with the new policy to check absenteeism and payroll fraud in the State Public Service.

According to Honourable Obuebite, the meeting emphasised the need for heads of MDAS to instil discipline in their various offices to promote productivity and efficiency.

He expressed optimism on the success of the current monitoring system, pointing out that, preliminary reports indicate that workers have started complying.

The Information Commissioner urged itinerant workers and those on secondment to only sign the attendance register at the outpost where they are assigned to avoid a situation where such workers would be shuttling between their parent MDAs and places of posting.

“On the contentious issue of those who are working in ministries that have outposts, for instance, in the Information Ministry where we have information officers that are posted to different MDAS, they are going to sign their own attendance there and not in the Ministry of Information.

“But it was made clear that every worker will sign the attendance register that is provided for the particular ministry, department or agency they are working. At the end of the period, they are going to do harmonisation of registers.

“The Governor also told them that going forward, payrolls would be generated by them (permanent secretaries), as they are already doing but this time through registers which they have now so that from the attendance, they are going to generate the payroll for payment of civil servants in the state,” he told reporters.

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.

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.

Amosun Advocates Promotion Of African Culture

Ibikunle Amosun on African cultureGovernor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday called for the promotion of the African cultural heritage.

The Governor says a smooth blend of religion, culture and tradition is a way of enhancing peaceful coexistence and national development.

He made the call during the celebration of an annual festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ojude Oba, in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

Among the dignitaries at the event are the governors of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

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.

Bayelsa Governorship Election: Tribunal Set To Deliver Judgment

dicksonThe Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal is set to deliver judgement in the petition filed by former governor of Bayelsa State and flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Bayelsa governorship election, Mr Timipre Sylva on a date yet to be decided by the tribunal.

The Chairman of the Tribunal said the date will be communicated 48 hours to the day it will be delivered.

Mr Sylva is challenging the election of Mr Seriake Dickson as Governor of Bayelsa State.

The tribunal, however, allowed the petitioner witness to play a DVD it had earlier turned down.

Even though Governor Dickson had informed the tribunal, through his lawyers, that he had filed an appeal at the Supreme Court, the tribunal allowed the DVD to be played after parties agreed that playing it will not prejudice the said appeal.

Done with that, all the parties in the suit adopted their final briefs of argument.

While the petitioner, Mr Timipre Sylva, asked the tribunal to grant the reliefs sought in his petition and declare him duly elected, the respondents; Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Dickson and his party the Peoples Democratic Party asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lack of substance and merit.

Channels Television’s Amaka Okafor reports that parties will now await judgment to know which side the pendulum will swing.

Bayelsa Opens Tourism And Hospitality Institute

Gov-Dickson-Bayelsa-300x173The Bayelsa State government has started the construction of an International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality to train both middle and senior level manpower in the sector within and outside the country.

The Governor of the State, Mr Seriake Dickson, called on all regulatory agencies and other stakeholders in the Tourism sector to collaborate with the management of the institute to actualise the goals for which it was established.

He made the call while commissioning the institute along Elebele/AIT road in Yenagoa on Saturday, describing the facility as the first ever International Tourism and Hospitality Institute in Nigeria.

According to him, the completion of the institute, which will issue certificates in line with international standards, underlies government’s determination to develop the tourism industry.

“It is part of efforts geared toward the diversification of the state’s economy and creation of job opportunities for Bayelsans to enable them contribute their quota to the economy,” he said.

The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Orientation, Mr Edem Duke, commended the state government for championing the development of the culture and tourism sector in preparation for an economy beyond oil and gas.

The Rector of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Professor Prince Efere, said the institute, when operational, would be self-funding towards generating revenue for the state.

Dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony were the High Commissioners of Trinidad and Tobagor, Nyahuma Obika, Vice President of the World Fashion Organisation, Europe, Mr Borgogelli Percario, Patron of the Africa Fashion Organization Africa, Mrs. Merit Gordon Obua and top government functionaries.

Bayelsa Governor Prescribes Death Sentence For Kidnappers

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson has prescribed death penalty for kidnappers.

A bill to this effect will be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for passage into law as the State House of Assembly in 2012 passed into law, the bill prohibiting secret cult, kidnapping and related vices in the state.

He made this known during the swearing-in ceremony of the Chairman and members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Agbere communal crisis that led to loss of lives and properties late last year.

At the banquet hall of the Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa, the Governor while inaugurating the Chairman and four members of the commission of inquiry to look into the communal clash that rocked Agbere community in Sagbama local government area of the State, said that he would not hesitate to sign the death warrant of kidnappers or those attempting to commit the crime.

Government would no longer condone acts of lawlessness he declared.

He threatened that any traditional ruler caught aiding and abetting kidnapping and other related vices would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The Bill, according to him, became imperative in order to forestall disruption of government’s developmental projects.

He thereby urged youths to take advantage of government’s policies and programmes geared towards building their capacity.

However, he commended law-abiding youth of the state noting that reports reaching government indicated that there have been no cases of disruption of on-going projects across the state.

Delivering the four point terms of reference, the Governor charged the Commission of Inquiry to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the Agbere communal crisis so also identify the principal actors and their sponsors.

The Commission has Justice Ebiyerin Omukoro as Chairman and Mr. Diepreye Omubo as the secretary.

Other members are, Barrister Henry Apeli, Mr. Emienbo Assayomo and Mr. Brown Ekwuoba.

Responding, Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ebiyerin Omukoro assured the Governor that they would discharge their duties satisfactorily to the best of their ability without fear or favour.