30 Aug

Sequel to the signing of the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency Bill by Governor Henry Dickson on 3rd July, 2013, a nine- man State Emergency Management Agency has been inaugurated.
Speaking during the inauguration in Government House, Yenagoa, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) called on the committee to borrow a leaf from already existing disaster management agencies to carry out it assignment.
The deputy governor noted that because of the flood experienced last year, the state government is not resting on her oars; it has set up various state organs to tackle disasters and the impending floods in the state.
He explained that the State Emergency Management Agency is a very important Agency that needed to be put in place since it was a federal government directive.
He urged the agency to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency to attract relief assistance, since they are saddled with the responsibility of giving relief to disaster- prone states.
According to the deputy governor, some of the functions of the agency, include, formulate policy formulation on all activities relating to disaster management and co-ordinate plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disaster in the state.
Other functions are to develop and maintain an electronic data base, co-coordinate and promote research activities, relating to disaster management in the state as well as monitor the state of preparedness of all organizations or agencies which may contribute to disaster management in the state.
The Agency is also to carry out other functions by educating and informing the public on disaster prevention and control measures and also to co-ordinate and facilitate the provision of resources for search and rescue and other types of disaster curtailment activities in response to distress call amongst others.
In his response, the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Col. Roland Yekorogha (rtd) thanked the state government for finding them worthy to be appointed to serve in the agency.
Col. Yekorogha noted that they will collaborate with all relevant agencies related to disaster management in the state to tap ideas to bear in the discharge their assignment.
Other members of the agency are Mr. Monday Gamage, Mr, Blackson Osomkivie, Chief Godbless Fetongha, Mr. Ukie Ugo, Mr. Robert Enaikator, Mr. Michael Ibiene, Doulouebimo Kime and Hon. Angus Dide is to serve as secretary.
Dignitaries present during the inauguration include, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru, Chief of Staff Government House, Didi Walson-Jack, Commissioners of Environment, Dr Silvanus Abila, Health Dr Anapurere l Awoli, Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha , Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Thomas Commander, Principal Executive Secretary, Mr. Douye Diri, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Deputy Governor’s office, Navy Capt Suona Obiate Offor(rtd), Chairman Post- Flood Committee, Chief Francis Doukpola and Special Adviser on Relief Matters Mrs Faith Opene.

Ebi Evinson
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Deputy Governor
29th August, 2013


17 Aug


The Acting Governor of Bayelsa State Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah Rtd; in the early hours of today visited the Bayelsa Palm Limited. In his entourage are several top government functionaries including the SSG to the State Government Professor Edmund Allison-Oguru; and Commissioner for Agriculture Dr. Thomas Commander. The Acting Governor was conducted round the oil un-installed mill and the palm estate. He was told that if the plant operated at fully installed capacity, the company was capable of creating 2000 jobs.

The Acting Governor promised government’s immediate intervention and tasked the Board and management of the Company to submit a comprehensive memo to his office. The memo according to the Acting Governor, should outline the steps needed to be taken, the status report, the challenges and what needs to be done to revitalize the company as part of intervention measures to inject vitality to the company

It will be recalled that one of the promises made by the Restoration Administration is to create jobs for youths through the revitalization and restructuring of state-owned companies. Plans have reached an advanced stage on the acquisition of a new palm estate to improve the prospects of job creation and poverty reduction. Early this year, the Company received 75,000 improved seedlings from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture as part of efforts to capitalize on the comparative advantage of palm production because of its capacity to create jobs in the State.
Among the menu of demands by the company include:
Importation and Installation of a modern 40 tons per hour mill from Malaysia to boost harvesting 3,000 Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFBs) per day
Provision of 6 No. Tractors to convey Fresh Fruit Bunches from the Farm to the processing plant.
Hilux Vehicles for mobility of personnel
Acquisition and development of the new estate with a view to incorporating small holders in the State
Investment in the development of the proposed new farm where land has been acquired. The site for the farm needs to be cleared among others.



13 Aug


13 August 2013.
The Bayelsa State Government has demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the existing relationship with the media by the presenting of two 18-seater buses to the Bayelsa State Federated Correspondents’ Chapel and the Bayelsa State Federated Newspaper Publishers Association at a ceremony in Government House, Yenagoa.

Governor Seriake Dickson, who handed over the keys of the vehicles to the Chairmen of the two bodies, said the gesture was in fulfillment of an earlier promise he made to them.

Represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Dame Didi Walson-Jack, Governor Dickson described the gesture as a mark of friendship between the Restoration Government and the media in the state to enhance its statutory role as watchdog of the society.

Commending members of the journalism profession for their selfless dedication to duty, the Governor remarked that government would strive to maintain the cordial working relationship with the media in promoting good governance, which he said is the hallmark of his administration.

“Our desire is that the buses would add impetus to the work of the media. It will help to make your work a lot easier,” he stated.

Responding, the chairmen of the two associations, Mr. Union Oyadongha of the Bayelsa Federated Newspaper Publishers’ Association and Mr. Samuel Ese of the Federated Corespondents Chapel of the NUJ expressed gratitude for the governor’s magnanimity in fulfilling his pledge.

They described the ceremony as a unique one as it was the first time in the state, government would donate a bus to the Bayelsa Federated Newspapers Publishers Association.


7 Aug



The Bayelsa Social Media Committee heartily felicitates with His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State on his appointment as Member of International Board of visitors of the prestigious Lincoln University in the United States of America.

We are aware of your monumental strides especially as regards the aggressive pursuit of Human Capital Development in the State since you assumed office. Your declaration of Free Education; the expansion of the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, the massive construction work going on in the educational sub-sector and the establishment of more schools to produce a stock of manpower to drive the economy are not only commendable but unprecedented in the history of Bayelsa State. We know that your handwork, visionary leadership and sincerity of purpose won you the prestigious honour because there are no short cuts to anyplace worth going.

We pray God to enable you rededicate yourself to the commitment of improving the lot of Bayelsan and by extension Nigerians and to use the appointment as to attack similar partners to boost human capital development in our dear State. Your Excellency, Sir more victories, honours and laurels are coming your way as you work relentlessly to place the State on the orbit of accelerated development.

Once more, Congratulations on a well-deserved honour.

Courtesy: Bayelsa Social Media Committee
August 6, 2013






5 Aug


Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has been appointed in to the International Board of visitors of the prestigious Lincoln University in the United States of America.

In a letter to the Governor, the President of the University’s Board of visitors, Robert Jennings stated that, the appointment was done based on Governor Dickson’s track record of achievements in all sectors of the state’s economy, especially in education, infrastructure and human capacity development, among others.

He noted that, the University, which has closely followed the Governor’s developmental strides since his assumption of office, was proud of the various steps he has taken to reposition as well as make the state more relevant in all spheres of national life.

In his acceptance letter, Governor Dickson, described Lincoln University as an institution with unbreakable historic ties to Nigeria and Africa, being the university that produced great African leaders like Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, stressing that, he will commit himself to strengthening the vital bridge between the university and Africa, especially Nigeria.

While, affirming his preparedness to support every effort geared towards the expansion of the educational, cultural and social links the university shares with Africa and its people, Hon. Dickson noted with satisfaction that as the first university to award degrees to African Americans and having also produced many outstanding graduates that have made valuable contributions to the growth and progress of Nigerians, Lincoln University will continue to hold a special place in the history of the black race.

The acceptance letter read in part, “Being the university that produced Nnamdi Azikiwe, my country’s first President, and other monuments to African progress such as Kwame Nkrumah, Lincoln has unbreakable historic ties to Africa and Nigeria.
I am eager to join you in advancing this rich tradition. As you have extended this honour to me, I reciprocate by committing myself to strengthening the vital bridge between your institution and Africa, particularly Nigeria. You shall find me a reliable friend and emissary in support of efforts to expand the educational, cultural, and social links the University now shares with Africa.

As the first university to award degrees to African Americans and because of the many outstanding graduates who have contributed to the progress of our people, Lincoln holds a special place in the history of the Black race. As a member of the Board of Visitors, I am morally obligated to honour that history”

The Bayelsa State Chief Executive concluded by stating that, he was accepting the appointment, not for himself alone, but on behalf of the Government and people of Bayelsa State and Nigeria in general.
He pledged his commitment to continue to render selfless and quality service to Bayelsa State and Nigeria, adding that, he will give his best shot to the new responsibility given to him by Lincoln University to further enhance the gains of his restoration government in the State.

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


30 Jul

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.


30 Jul



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

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