Bayelsa State Wins National Wrestling Championship

Bayelsa State Wins National Wrestling ChampionshipBayelsa State has emerged the overall champion of the second edition of the Governor Seriake Dickson National Wrestling Classics.

Wrestlers competed in 30 weight classes in Greco Roman and freestyle at the three-day event which took place at the indoor sports hall of the Samson Siasia sports complex in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Winners in the various weight categories will represent Nigeria at the African championship scheduled to hold later in the year in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Fire Destroys Electrical Shop Worth Millions Of Naira In Yenagoa

Fire Destroys Electrical Shop Worth Millions Of Naira In Yenagoa A multi-million-naira electrical shop (Jico Tech Nigeria), located at Amarata, in the heart of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, rendering electrical services to the entire state, was on Saturday gutted by fire.

An interview with one of the sales boys at the shop revealed that the inferno may have been caused by an electrical spark.

The shop is housed at the ground floor of a gigantic one storey building with other adjoining shops and its warehouse and staff rooms upstairs.

Explaining the incident, the sales boy, Uzodinma Okoye, said: “at around 7:00 am in the morning, NEPA brought light and we changed over. After a little while when we came down to start business for today, we saw heavy smoke coming out from the store where hundreds of million naira electrical materials are shaded.

“We raised alarm and forced the door open but behold, the fire had long engulfed almost all sections of the shop”.

The head of sales however said he was satisfied with the quick arrival of the fire fighters and their efforts in putting out the fire, limiting the impact of the damage from spreading to other parts of the building.

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.