Deal With Your Leadership Crisis Now, Bayelsa PDP Tells APC

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State has  called on the National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party to urgently wade in to calm frayed nerves before it degenerates further to disrupt the existing peace and progress in the State.

The PDP, whose call came through a statement signed by its Chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd), noted with serious concern the rising tension among the three factions of the APC in the State led by former Action Congress of Nigeria leader, Ebikibina Miriki, Richard Kpodo and Tiwei Orunimighe, all claiming leadership of the party in Bayelsa State.

While commending the State Government’s recent statement on its commitment to the protection of lives and property of all law abiding citizens and residents, including the APC and any other legitimately registered political party,  the PDP said it was lending its voice to that of the State Government to urge the APC National leadership to, as a matter of urgency, resolve the brewing imbroglio and announce its authentic leader in the State, stressing that, “the State cannot afford to be thrown into undue chaos and crisis as a result of APC’s failure to put its house in order”.

Col. Inokoba also reminded the leadership of the APC at the National level that two of its factional leaders were on the Police wanted list for various offences and both men had since been on the run.

“We are therefore calling on the national leadership of the APC to be mindful of the type of characters they may be considering as party leaders in the State, since it has been duly established that they (Richard Kpodo and Tiwei Orunimighe) are on the wanted list of the police.

“Similarly, we call on the national leadership of the APC to hid the advice of the State Government on the use of Kpodo’s personal house as the party’s office in the State, knowing full well that the same building along with several others in the Etegwe/Edepie area of Yenagoa, have been earmarked for demolition over six months ago by the State Government in order to make way for the second flyover bridge,” the statement read.

Col. Inokoba  explained that the clarifications over the building had become necessary, to ensure that the PDP in the State or the PDP-led Government would not be accused of suppressing and intimidating the opposition.

“The house will sooner or later be demolished and the the wanted men are bound to be apprehended by the police the moment they show up in the State as they plan to do in their bid to formally launch the party in the State.

“You can be rest assured that once this happens, the PDP will be accused of being behind the demolition and also fingered as the mastermind of the plot for their arrest, forgetting that, they had long been declared wanted by security agencies in the State,” he said.

The PDP Chairman further said that the government was demolishing a number of houses, not for any other reason, but to construct projects that would make life more meaningful for the people of Bayelsa and add beauty to the State capital, Yenagoa.

Dangote’s Truck Used For Crude Oil Theft In Bayelsa

A Dangote Flour truck carrying illegally bunkered diesel has been intercepted in Bayelsa by men of Operation Doo-Akpor outfit, a special Police security outfit that is funded by the  State government.

The interception was the outcome of a random search of trucks leaving Yenagoa, undertaken by the Doo-Akpor group.

Men of Operation Doo-Akpor intercepted a Dangote truck with registration number YKS 190 KA Jigawa, (ICT-5E-034) along the Ox Bow Lake road of the Bayelsa State capital.

The 50ft wide Dangote truck was loaded with what looks like flour from a distance, but upon investigation it was discovered that each bag of the supposed Golden Penny Flour was in fact loaded with over 50 litres of illegally bunkered diesel products.

Further investigation revealed that the truck was loaded with over 75 bags of the illegally bunkered diesel products.

Efforts to get the men of Operation Doo-Akpor security outfit to speak on Channels Television camera was futile, as they refused to speak on camera.

The driver of the truck absconded leaving his conductor and another passenger.


Bayelsa To Host Maiden International Jazz Festival

The maiden edition of Bayelsa International Jazz Festival has been scheduled to hold  in Yenegoa, the state capital.

At a press briefing, the Director General of the Bayelsa State Tourism Development Agency, Mrs Ebizi Brown disclosed that the event will hold on Saturday, 7th of December, 2013, at the Gloryland Cultural Centre in Yenagoa.

Speaking on the essence of the festival, Mrs Brown said that the event, which has been themed, “Rhythm of Life,” will help to deepen and expand the tourism bouquet of Bayelsa state by promoting sustainable and responsible tourism in the state.

She called on multinational companies, banks and other well-meaning individuals to partner with the state government in organising the event, as the enormity of goodwill it will generate for them cannot be quantified.

ASUU, Niger Delta University Chapter Resorts to Prayers

The Chairman of ASUU, Niger-Delta University chapter, has advised the Federal Government regarding the on-going strike action by the ASUU which is now in its seventeenth week.

He asked the Federal Government to implement fully the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, which offers a veritable road map towards reversing the decay in the university system.

The chairman of ASUU NDU chapter Dr Beke Sese made this call during a prayer cum protest rally session embarked on by the chapter in Yenagoa. According to them the prayers and protest rally became necessary as the Federal Government has refused to heed the demands of the body while some politicians are capitalizing on the strike action to cast aspersions on the federal government.

An economist and lecturer of the Niger Delta University, Dr Samuel Edormeikumo condemned the trend of politicians sending their children abroad for studies and the effect it has on our economy.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on July 1, 2013.

Suspected Pirates Kill Three In Bayelsa

Armed men suspected to be pirates have attacked two passenger boats along the boundary of Port Harcourt and Nembe Community in Bayelsa State, shooting dead three persons.

The Bayelsa Police Command, however only confirmed the killing of two persons in the attack and the theft of the sum of N1.5million from one other passenger.

It was  a  gathered that they struck at about noon on Sunday and attacked passengers traveling along the Port Harcourt-Nembe sea route, identified as Kilometre 46, a boundary community between Rivers and Bayelsa States.

Though the Identities of the victims are yet to be ascertained, ıt ıs alleged that the driver of the boat and other passengers sustained bullet wounds and are now receiving medical treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Yenagoa.

When contacted on phone, State Police Public Relations Officer, Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident, saying that the location was not within the jurisdiction of the Police command.

Akhigbe further stated that two passengers were killed in the attack.


Naval Boss Parades Suspects Over Oil Theft

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba has paraded some alleged oil thieves caught during a patrol conducted in Nembe and Formoso riverine communities of Bayelsa State.

During a visit to the operational sites based in the two communities, Vice Admiral Ezeoba led an ambush on boats used for illegal oil operations alongside the persons found on them.

The CNS who was accompanied by the Head Commandant of the JTF, Major General Batta Debiro, said that for the Navy to achieve its objectives which include monitoring and reducing the scourge of pipeline vandalism, oil companies would also have to stop being lax and be alive to their responsibilities.

The flag officer commanding the Central Naval Command in Yenagoa, Rear Admiral Johnson Olutoyin said the Nigerian Navy has put in place measures to put an end to oil theft in the area.


National Good Governance Tour Team Visits Bayelsa

The Federal Government has again stressed the need for government at all levels to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku echoed this when he led members of the National Good Governance Tour Team to Bayelsa state in continuation of the groups’ tour of the projects in the south-south region and across the country.

The team made up of journalists, professionals and members of the civil society, on its way from Rivers State were received at the entrance into the state capital, Yenagoa by some members of the State Executive Council.

On Its first stop while entering the city, the minister expressed displeasure at the pace of work on the 33.5km Okaki-Enegwe road.

Thereafter, the team proceeded to Government House, Yenagoa to register its intentions with the state governor represented by his deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd).

As the National Good Governance Team combs the state for progress report on projects, there would be opportunity for citizens to engage the government on the level of work done.

Do Not Politicise Land Matters – Gov. Dickson Warns Leaders

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has called on political and traditional rulers not to politicise the issues concerning what he referred to as boundary misunderstanding between Bayelsa and Rivers States. 

The governor made the call when officials of the National Boundary Commission and Boundary Committees of the two states visited him at Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Governor Dickson expressed delight over the visit while assuring them that Bayelsa State would abide by the outcome of the National Boundary Commission’s delineation, guided by the Supreme Court judgement.

Describing the people of the two states as inseparable with a common history, the governor said the boundary dispute predated the creation of Bayelsa State.

In his presentation, the Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Dr. Bose Ahmad appealed to both states to allow the commission take the necessary actions based on the subsisting Supreme Court Judgement to resolve the disagreement between the two sister states.

Dr. Ahmad appealed to Governor Dickson to provide the Bayelsa State Technical Team with the necessary funds and logistic support to enable them actively participate in the delineation and demarcation of the boundary.

Azazi’s Kinsmen Kick Against His Burial In Yenagoa

Elders and youths from Peretorugbene, the hometown of the late National Security Adviser; General Andrew Owoeye Azazi, have kicked against the plan to bury the late General in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital

The immediate family of the late General in consultation with the Bayelsa state government had fixed the December 28th and 29th for his burial ceremony in the state, with plans to bury him in a site within Yenagoa.

Addressing a news conference in the state capital on Thursday, some natives of Peretorugbene in Ekeremor local government council of the state led by the Tonkepa of Oporomor kingdom, Chief Abeke Ebikake, described late General Azazi as a great leader who had tremendous respect for the Ijaw tradition and culture, hence their demand for his body to be interred in his home town.

Also speaking at the occasion, the youth leader of Peretorugbene Kingdom, Mr Clement Ekpefa appealed to the wife of the late General to reconsider the decision of the family, saying the planned burial of General Azazi in Yenagoa is an “aberration.”

Peretorugbene is a riverine community in Bayelsa. It is reported that the families decision was based on averting numerous helicopter flights that will be needed to convey the General’s corpse and guest to the community.

The former NSA died in a helicopter crash in Nembe area of Bayelsa state on the 15th of December, alongside the former governor of Kaduna state, Mr Patrick Yakowa and four others.

As part of funeral activities for the late General Owoye Azazi, a service of songs was held in his honour in Lagos on Wednesday.

Navy Sets Up Investigative Panel

The Navy is insisting that its helicopter which crashed last Saturday in Okoloba community in Bayelsa state was certified  to fly by a ‘Certified Technical Support Engineer’.

The Navy made the clarification on a day the investigation team set up by the federal government led by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba arrived Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa to commence investigation on the crashed Chopper that killed the former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi along with their aides.

Chief of Training and Operations at Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor who made the disclosure in Abuja said that contrary to insinuations that the Augusta 105 helicopter that crashed had engine problems, the helicopter was certified to fly by a ‘Certified Technical Support Engineer’.

Rear Admiral Ogbor added that the Navy has in its fold, experienced and trained pilots.


Nollywood to start producing Ijaw films

The Bayelsa State government on Wednesday organized a one day symposium with the aim of promoting the makıng of fılms ın Izon and other indigenous languages in Nigeria.

The governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, who was represented by hıs deputy Gboribiogha John Jonah, told guest at the symposium, that the government is interested in the project and will support the rich heritage of the Izon race.

In hıs remark, Mr Jonah stressed on the resolve of the state Government to encourage mandatory teachıng of the Ijaw language ın schools.

“When we can produce students that will be proficient in writing in our language then they can actually act in the language. They must be able to read and write in the language before they are able to act,” the deputy governor said.

The symposium, which attracted top Nollywood actors, took place in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital.

Nollywood actor, Olu Jacob emphasızed the need for fılms to be made ın our ındıgenous languages.

“There are already Hausa language movies, Igbo language movies, why should there not be Ijaw language movies,” he asked.

Mr Jacob said acting movies in indigenous language is good for communication.

“English is not our language. It is our joy; it is our pride to use our language to communicate. The power, the joy and love in that language will be lost when you translate it,” he said.

Veteran actress Hılda Dokubo also applauded the ıdea, referrıng to ıt as a welcomed development.

“This is not only a welcome idea but an idea that is very fruitful and productive,” she said.

Wıth thıs ınnovatıon the Nollywood ındustry ıs gradually taking ıts root ın Bayelsa State.

Boko Haram cannot destabilize my husband’s administration – Patience

The wife of the president, Patience Jonathan has declared that efforts by fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram and its sponsors to destablise her husband’s administration will fail.

The First family will not be deterred by Boko Haram.

Mrs Jonathan made the statement in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Sunday, while addressing a congregation at a thanksgiving service organised by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Benson Kombowei.

According to the First Lady, “my husband is a man of peace. The growing cases of insecurity in the country are being handled with utmost commitment and it is great concern to him. Those involved in this act should know that he [Jonathan] did not make himself president of Nigeria” she stated.

She alleged that “it is becoming increasingly clear that some people are preoccupied with sponsoring of sharp criticisms against Jonathan and the same set of individuals are funding the ignoble activities of Boko Haram and their efforts would end up in nullity.”

The first lady emphasized that “Nigerians voted him into office to lead this country and all they are doing to disrupt and derail the peaceful co-existence of this nation as a corporate entity would definitely fail” she said.