Archive | June, 2013


26 Jun

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has described the verdict of the Federal High Court Yenagoa on a suit filed by the former Governor, Timipre Sylva as a welcome development.

The Court presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi on Wednesday dismissed a suit filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) challenging the candidacy of Governor Seriake Dickson as the flag-bearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) for the 2012 governorship election in the State.

Faulting the process adopted by the plaintiff in his ruling, the presiding Judge noted that the case in question has been entertained by too many courts and that the matter was not taken to court within the constitutional three months period but was filed after eleven months, a move he said is not recognized by law.

Lauding the decision of the Court, Hon. Dickson said it has further confirmed his earlier submission that the nation’s Judiciary remains the last hope of the common man.

Describing the suit filed by the plaintiff as abuse of judicial process, Hon. Dickson said it was aimed at derailing the developmental train of his administration.

Commending the people of the state for their unflinching support to his administration, the governor said he would remain focused, warning people against playing politics with the development of the state.

“The victory is for the nation’s thriving democracy and for the people of the state. No legal battle instituted or about to be instituted can distract us from delivering the dividends of democracy to our people”

On the nation’s Judiciary system, I have said over and over that our judicial officers are men and women of honour. I have so much respect for them.

Judiciary as an arm of government is one of the pillars that uphold the nation’s democratic rule and the officers are living up to their oath of office.”



19 Jun

The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has commended the efforts of the people of Amatu and Ogbolomabiri in Ekeremor and Nembe local government areas of the state in securing the release of two hostages, including a French national abducted by suspected kidnappers on Wednesday.

Governor Dickson made the commendation while reacting to the incident at Government House, Yenagoa.

He also expressed gratitude to the leaders of Bassambiri in Nembe as well as Azuzuama, Lobia 1 and 2, Koluama and Ekowe in Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas for their collaborative efforts with security agencies.

Giving a detail account of the incident, the Governor said, the chiefs and people of Ogbolomabiri community, who on suspecting the presence of kidnappers and their victim, conducted a house to house search and successfully secured the release of the victim as well alerted the police, who got the kidnappers arrested.

In Amatu community, he explained that, the boat conveying the suspected kidnappers and their victim developed a mechanical fault, which left the boat drifting along the river.

On sighting, the victim who was a white man, curious members of the community immediately alerted the state’s internal security outfit, “Operation Doo Akpo” who swung into action and got both the captors and the captive arrested.

According to him, some cohorts of the apprehended criminals went to the community for reprisal attacks, but were prevented from causing any harm by the security outfit deployed to the community by government.

The Governor, who was full of gratitude and praise for the Chiefs and people of the communities, urged other communities and stakeholders to emulate them, stressing that, such efforts if properly coordinated in collaboration with security agencies, will greatly check acts of criminality, lawlessness and other negative vices associated with the state.

Bayelsans, he stated should see security of lives and property as a collective responsibility of all, as Government and security agencies alone may not be able to achieve much without the support of the citizenry, who are even more vulnerable to the activities of criminals.

While, calling on community leaders and Bayelsans generally to report every suspicious movements and characters to security agencies by calling the “Operation Doo Akpo” Distress line on 07006464644, Governor Dickson assured such individuals and communities of adequate protection, adding that constant security has already been provided for the communities where the recent arrests were made to forestall any reprisal attacks.

“Nobody in this State, no matter where you are and what you do, should feel that matters of security are for government alone. No, you are getting it wrong. Security of your life and your property should be a collective business all the time. And, this we must do conscientiously, so that we can attract the tourists and investors of this world to also come here to invest and create jobs for our teeming youths”

The Bayelsa State Chief Executive restated Government’s resolve to support every effort geared towards making the state safe and peaceful, noting that with sustained peace, Bayelsa would soon become an investment and tourism destination.

He used the opportunity to call on youths to jettison all acts of criminality and take advantage of the various youth development, empowerment and rehabilitation programmes to reshape their lives and become more useful members of their families, communities and the state at large.

“One of the key objectives of our Restoration Agenda is to make you the youths of our great state active participants in the building and management of our economy and that is why we are initiating different programmes in various sectors, so that you people can fit in and make your contributions and also be less dependent on the next person for survival”


17 Jun


Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has reassured the people of the state that his administration will build on the foundations laid by past leaders and bequeath a lasting legacy on the present and future generation of Bayelsans.

Governor Dickson has therefore, called for the continued support , co-operation and prayers of the people, noting the giant strides the restoration government has recorded in the various sub-sectors of the economy can only be sustained through a collective resolve of the people as well as the divine grace of God.

According to him, despite some daunting challenges, the State Government under him, has remained focused in its efforts at building a progressive and egalitarian society with limitless possibilities and hope for the future.

The Governor, who was speaking at a Special Thanksgiving reception held at Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa, also called for co-operation from the political class irrespective of party affiliations for the overall interest of the state by keying into the spirit of the new Bayelsa, which will be the cornerstone of the Ijaw nation.

“ Today I am running a race which is essentially for us all. It’s our desire that by the time we finish our mandate, others will see a good platform to continue. Working together we will make an irreversible change that the Ijaw nation will not be the same again”.

The Bayelsa State Chief Executive attributed the achievements of the restoration team since assumption of office to God Almighty while also applauding the contributions of political leaders in the state as well as Bayelsans for their invaluable support and prayers.

Hon. Dickson equally enjoined the people to pray fervently for President Goodluck Jonathan as he continues to steer the ship of State at the federal level, especially in the face of the prevailing challenges.

In his opening remarks, the Secretary to the State Government of the State, Professor Edmund Allison Oguru, remarked that, the Special Thanksgiving Service was to express gratitude to God for all he has done in the life of the governor and his administration as well as appreciate the people for their support.

A book titled ‘‘Daring to make a difference: The first year of Governor Seriake Dickson’s Adminisrtation’’ was unveiled and presented by former Governor of the state, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, who lauded the sterling qualities of Gov. Dickson, noting that his achievements were all encapsulated in the book.

The three hundred and six page compendium, according to the Chief Historian and Archivist of the State, Dr. Stephen Olali, unfolds the history of the programmes and projects of the present administration, and the eight chapters were written by eminent scholars including contributions from Professor emeritus, Ebiegberi Joe Allagoa.

The highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of the Thanksgiving cake by Gov. Dickson and his wife, Dr. (Mrs) Rachel Dickson, Chief and Mrs. DSP Alamieyeseigha, the state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, INC President Sen. Tari Sekibo and other dignitaries.


13 Jun


In fulfillment of her mandate and ensure free flow of information, the Bayelsa Public Information Management Committee paid a courtesy visit on DAAR Communication, ostensibly as part of efforts to build synergies with both public and private sector organizations in the State.
The Committee was led by its Committee Chief Boma Spero-Jack and the Vice Chairperson Lady Gesiere Brisibe-Dorgu. Other members include the Secretary Comrades John Idumange, Vienna Imoukhuede, Tarinyo Akono and Benson Ekio.
The Chairman of the Committee commended AIT and RayPower for partnering with the State Government in publishing, promoting and projecting the policies and programmes of the Dickson Administration. According to him, since the Committee was inaugurated by His Excellency, Hon. Seriake Dickson Governor of Bayelsa State, the Committee has operated an open-door policy, holding interactive sessions, radio and Television discussion programmes, and Town Hall meetings with stakeholders. This is to unsure a bottom-up approach to information management. He added that the Committee does not muzzle free speech or gag the press but rather to more windows of open of opportunity for free, frank and accurate discussion on how to move the State forward. Chief Spero-Jack buttresses the fact that the Committee is in the Strategic interest of all stakeholders, reiterating that the Dickson administration has made commendable progress in investment in security, education, transportation, tourism development and infrastructural development.
The Chairman however advised that people should verify information with the Committee so that any piece of information going out of government is authentic, timely, adequate and credible. He concluded that the Restoration Agenda is on course.
Responding, the General Manager Mr. Barri Pereomongu of DAAR Communication said since the inception of the Restoration administration, AIT and Ray Power, have been playing an invaluable role in disseminating information and promoting the plans and programmes of government. The General Manager pointed out that for the past one year, there is visible transformation going on in every department of live. He advocated a return of the values of handwork, respect and humility for which the Ijaw man is known. It was our best interest to partner with the Committee to ensure that the goals of the Restoration Government are achieved through information dissemination, adding that the Committee is made up of men and women of integrity and professional Groups – which further reaffirms the vision of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.

Courtesy: Bayelsa Public Information Management Committee
June 12, 2013



10 Jun




In view of the increasing engagements and official programmes of His Excellency, the Governor of Bayelsa State in the Nation’s Federal Capital as well as the strategic nature of these engagements to the conduct of government’s business, His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has approved the upgrading of the Bayelsa State Liaison office with immediate effect.

Accordingly, in line with this upgrade, His Excellency has approved the immediate transfer of Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, to head the new Abuja office so as to meet up with the high responsibility and demand of the new office.

The appointment takes immediate effect.

His Excellency expresses confidence in the ability of Chief Ikiogha to transform the liaison office to match its new status and this is based on his wealth of experience as a politician and public servant.

Similarly, His Excellency has approved the appointment of Dame (Mrs.) Didi Walson-Jack as the new Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa. His Excellency is confident that her rich civil service background will stand her in good stead in effectively repositioning the administration of Government House.


7 Jun


Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has called on Nigerians to remain committed to the Nigerian project even in the face of the current political and security challenges.
He is of the view that, despite its numerous challenges, Nigeria remains one of the greatest countries in the world.
The Bayelsa State Chief Executive also called on political leaders to close ranks and defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation in order to deepen and strengthen its democracy.
Speaking when the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) led by its National President, Mr. Okey Wali, SAN and the leadership of the Yenagoa Bar Association paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa, Hon. Dickson noted that for the country to operate truly as a federation, issues which are not political alone, but have direct bearing on the administration of justice be urgently reviewed.
“We shouldn’t give up on Nigeria, it is one of the greatest nations on the face of the earth and it is our responsibility to continue to review our system to make the country a better place for us and generations yet unborn”.
According to him, “there is no reason in our federal system every federating unit cannot have a court of Appeal of its own and a Supreme Court as well. That is the ideal thing. It is an abuse of the federal principle in all its ramification of our national life because we have not paid sufficient attention to these things and even our constitutional amendments are not deep enough to address some of these fundamental structural deficiencies that have led this country backwards and slowed down our march towards greatness”.
Hon. Dickson noted that the nation’s founding fathers and leaders created time to discuss this key issues before the country gained independence but lamented that succeeding generations of political leaders failed to take advantage of the progress made so far and could not summon enough courage as well as the vision to discuss this burning issues since the country was structured as a federal republic.
He decried the anomaly arising from the abuse of the federal principle and tasked the NBA to take the lead by ensuring the review of the present federal structure in the country if the nation must overcome its contemporary challenges.
“When some of us say the things we say because we are committed federalists, it is because we love Nigeria, not because of any other thing. We want to make our country a more perfect and workable union and it is a work in progress.
The Governor expressed appreciation to the NBA for its role in deepening and strengthening democracy in the country and for defending the rule of law as well as protecting the civil liberties of the people.
He commend the leadership of the apex law body for its sound position on burning national issues especially on the way forward in the fight against terror in the country and for choosing the state to hold its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting noting that the gesture serves as a source of strength and encouragement to him as a governor and member of the NBA.
Stressing the importance of the law body in nation building, Hon. Dickson said icons and most prominent world leaders such as Mahatma Ghandi of India and others are all members of the law profession and expressed joy at being a member of the association, adding that he will be ever willing to be part of any engagement that will promote the objectives of the NBA at all times.
Earlier in his remarks, President of the NBA, Mr. Okey Wali, SAN, lauded Governor Seriake Dickson for his people-oriented projects in the state as well as calm and modest disposition in the face of grandeur, pointing out that his leadership qualities and his interest in the welfare of the people makes him unique.


7 Jun


Bayelsa State Government has declared a total sum of N29.5bn as balance in its coffers after statutory deductions and capital payments as at the end of May.

Addressing the media on the income and expenditure profile of the state for the months of April and May 2013, at its monthly Transparency Briefing in Yenagoa, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Duate Iyabi announced N24.6bn as total inflow from the Federation Account for May.

Giving a breakdown of the figure, he explained that, the amount was made up Statutory Allocation of N2.7bn, Derivation fund was N12.4bn, SURE-P came to N1bn, Excess Crude N4.6bn, Augumentation of N2.9bn and NNPC Refund of N233m.

On deductions, Mr. Iyabi explained that, the sum of N1.2bn was deducted for bond repayment, N11.1m for the servicing of foreign loans, refund on Derivation Indices for 2010 gulped N392m, while N41m went for commercial agricultural credit scheme refund.

The commissioner who announced an all time high IGR of N1.3bn, noted that total inflow after FAAC Deductions amounted to N22.3bn.

Commenting on the outflows Mr. Iyabi said N3.9bn was spent on the payment of civil servants’ salaries while that of political appointees stood at N503.7m.

He also gave N3bn as bank loan repayments, with overheads accounting for N1bn, monthly standing approvals gulped N298m, capital Payments of N3.9bn.

For the month of April, the commissioner stated that N19.5bn was received as gross inflow comprising statutory allocation of N2.1bn, Derivation N11bn, VAT N599m, SURE-P N1.7bn, augumentation took N3bn and N233m went for NNPC refunds.

Total deductions for the month, according to Mr. Iyabi, amounted to N2.4bn, which included refund of Domestic Excess crude savings of N709m, Refund of overpayment of revised 13% derivation indices accounted for N187m leaving a Net FAAC Inflow of N17.7bn.

Governor Seriake Dickson also presented a draft of N1.7bn to representatives of the Huawei Technologies Ltd for the Bayelsa State Safe City and Safe State security surveillance Project, which is aimed at boosting security in the state.

The Governor, who re-assured investors of their safety explained that with the contract awarded to one of the world’s leading ICT and security firms, state-of the-art security infrastructure would be deployed in all the nooks and crannies of the state

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