Archive | July, 2013

GOV DICKSON INSTITUTES SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME: BAYELSANS 75 YEARS AND ABOVE NOW ENJOY MONTHLY STIPENDS

30 Jul

04/07/2013
Bayelsans who have attained the age of 75 years and above are to enjoy some level of comfort under the new Bayelsa Welfare and Social Security Scheme in line with the restoration agenda of the present administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.

Categories of Bayelsans to be supported with a monthly stipends of N5000 (five thousand naira) under the scheme are those who are indigenes of the state and not pensioners in both the public and private sector.

Addressing a number of the elderly persons in Government House, during a symbolic presentation of the stipends for the months of May and June, 2013, Governor Seriake Dickson stressed that it was the responsibility of government to cater for the welfare and wellbeing of elderly people in society.

Expressing government’s resolve to serve the people of the state, he vowed not to spare any effort at improving the standard of living of the people.

“For us in government, we are here to serve the people. Government belongs to the people and not the other way round. It is your government and we will not stop at anything; under my charge, government of this great state will strive hard to meet your needs in all spheres of life.

“We have shown that some of these things are possible. And we have good elders of this state, all of us here parents, uncles, aunts and mothers very often because of the challenges of present day living, most of the children that our old people have are not readily available when needed. And we know that our old people, due to no fault of theirs, are sometimes left without the care and support that they rightly deserve”

Making clarification on the modalities for payment of the stipends, across the state, Governor Dickson said chairmen of the Rural Development Authorities would be saddled with the responsibility of the payment of the stipend for those who have been registered.

According to the Governor, the State House of Assembly is also expected to perform its oversight functions on the mechanisms adopted for the disbursement of the funds as well as give quarterly reports of the implementation of the welfare scheme.

Governor Dickson however warned operators of the scheme not to see it as an opportunity to perpetrate fraud, especially the Community Development Committee Chairmen and traditional rulers and the Rural Development officials stressing that exploiters of the welfare would be penalized.

“We are not my dear people creating an avenue for fraud with this policy; we are not creating an opportunity for people to impersonate old; we are not creating an opportunity for people who are not from Bayelsa State to come and claim that they are from Bayelsa State because there is penalty for all of that. And so let me at this point, draw the attention of those who have a duty to perform under the scheme particularly the CDC chairmen, traditional rulers of the various communities and the G32 workers that once we notice any fraud, we will deal with it purely as a crime.”

In her remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on the Elderly, Mrs Keseme Wilson explained that, next week her team would strive to make payments to the elderly across the state and commended the state government for keeping faith with the policy.

Responding, one of the beneficiaries, Mr. Emmanuel Imomoleigha who spoke in Izon was full of praises for Governor Dickson for the gesture.

The 91 year-old man from Sampou Community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the State, prayed God to bless Governor Dickson and his administration as well as grant him the strength and good health to carry on his good works.

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“BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR” WILL SOON COME ON STREAM

30 Jul

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“BAYELSA SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR” WILL SOON COME ON STREAM

A radio and Television programme titled ” SOCIAL MEDIA HALF HOUR” will soon come on stream for people to discuss the contributions of the social media to the Restoration Administration.

The objectives of the programme include but not limited to the following:

Highlight the contributions of the Social Media Unit to the Restoration Administration

Spotlight the Transparency & Accountability profile of government with very visible examples.

Create a platform for uniting Social Media Practitioners to rally round the Restoration Administration.

Enlighten people on the do’s and don’t’s of Social Media as pertaining to Bayelsa State and thereby debunk innuendos, fill policy gaps and dispel misinformation.

Project and canvass support for the policies and programmes of the Restoration Government

The programme will be the toast of youths in Bayelsa State and beyond. Bloggers, facebookers and writers of repute will be invited to explain down-to-earth the achievements of government sector by sector, Ministry by Ministry and programme by programme and LGA by LGA. The policy thrust of Government will also be x-rayed. It will produce a repertoire of evidence on the progress made so far by the Restoration Administration. The programme will also enable the public to track the progress of the Administration. It will be as interactive as possible.

Courtesy: Bayelsa Social Media Committee

GOV DICKSON EXPRESSES DEEP SHOCK, DISBELIEF OVER DEATH OF DAME JONATHAN’S MOTHER, PRAY GOD TO STRENGTHEN FIRST LADY

23 Jul

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23/07/2013
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has on behalf of the government and people of the State, expressed deep shock and regret over the sudden death of Madam Iwari Oba, mother of the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dame (Dr.) Patience Jonathan in a ghastly motor accident along the Elele axis of the East/West road in Rivers State.
In a condolence message to the first family, the Bayelsa State Chief Executive, described the death of Madam Oba as a great blow and an irreparable loss to her immediate family and the Nation as a whole, stressing that her motherly and wise counsel will be greatly missed by all, who knew her.
Governor Dickson noted that, her demise is coming at such a time when the First Lady and her family needed her support and encouragement most.
He urged the First lady, the family and the Oba family of Okrika in Rivers State to accept the unfortunate incident as the Will of GOD and take it with philosophical calmness.
The Bayelsa State Governor, on behalf of the Government and people of Bayelsa State prayed God to strengthen and grant Dame (Dr.) Patience Jonathan and the entire family, the fortitude and courage to bear the loss.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

RECALCITRANT TEACHERS TO FACE THE MUSIC, AS BAYELSANS RECEIVE ORDER TO REPORT ABSENTEE CLASSROOM TEACHERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES

22 Jul

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22/07/2013
As part of efforts at ensuring the implementation and proper delivery of its Restoration programme in the educational sector, the Bayelsa state government is to take steps to enforce discipline and improved service delivery amongst classroom teachers in public schools across the State.
To this end, Bayelsans in all nooks and crannies of the State have been urged to report classroom teachers, who absent themselves from duty to government for appropriate disciplinary action from henceforth.
Persons with evidence of teachers in public schools that absent themselves from duty have been urged to call the following telephone numbers and report such teachers with immediate effect.
The numbers to call are: 08146979615 and 08146979616
A Government House Statement reaffirmed government’s desire to improve on the educational fortunes of the State and called on parents, guardians, teachers and the general public to support the efforts of the Restoration Government in achieving its goals in the sector.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

AS RAMADAN FAST BEGINS: GOV DICKSON URGES MUSLIMS TO SOBERLY REFLECT ON GOOD DEEDS OF PROPHET MOHAMMED

8 Jul

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AS RAMADAN FAST BEGINS: GOV DICKSON URGES MUSLIMS TO SOBERLY REFLECT ON GOOD DEEDS OF PROPHET MOHAMMED

On behalf of myself, the Government and good people of Bayelsa State, I want to seize this opportunity marking the commencement of the Ramadan fast today, to send warm greetings to all our Muslim brothers and Sisters across Nigeria.

As you partake in the Ramadan Fast in line with the commandments of the Holy Quran (Chapter2: 185), I urge you to soberly reflect on the good deeds of Prophet Mohammed, while using the period to also pray for peace and unity in our country. The period of the Fast also offers you a unique opportunity to demonstrate our love for one another as Nigerians, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Let us use this period to renew our commitment to our nation and strengthen the bonds of unity amongst our people irrespective of tribe or religion.

I wish you all a spirit-filled Ramadan Fast.

Signed
His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson
Governor, Bayelsa State

OUTCOME OF BAYELSA PUBLIC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING ON JULY 8th 2013

8 Jul

Today, July 8th, 2013, the Bayelsa Public Information Management Committee held a very crucial meeting at its Saptex Road Secretariat. The Bayelsa Public Information Management Committee rose from the meeting with the following decisions:

1. To visit all Ministries and MDAs and work in synergy with them, through effective policy communication.

2. To understudy the programmes and policies of MDAs with a view to making recommendations to relevant authorities.

3. To vigorously pursue areas of concern raised by Bayelsans to ensure that such challenges are communicated to relevant authorities.

4. To closely monitor on-going projects in the State and provide a confidential Report to the Governor of the State with appropriate recommendations.
5. Engage in aggressive sensitization campaign in order to inculcate the culture of hard work, attitudinal change, value re-orientation and sound information management culture.

6. The sensitization campaign with begin with a Town Hall Meeting with market Women and then such exercises with begin from Sagbama, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Southern/Ijaw and Ekeremor; Ogbia, Nembe and Brass LGAs with the grand finale in Yenagoa.

Courtesy: Bayelsa Public Information Management Committee

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