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  •  Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa has promised useful programmes for the state to rekindle the hope of the people Nigeria News Agency reports that Diri was sworn in as the fifth governor on Feb 14 sequel to the Feb 13 Supreme Court judgment that sacked the erstwhile governor elect David Lyon Diri made his administration s direction during a state wide broadcast monitored by NAN in Yenagoa According to him victory in a political contest is not an end in itself but as a means to foster peace stability and development in all spheres He emphasised the need to make life more meaningful by creating an enabling environment that would engender economic activities and provide employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state The governor acknowledged outstanding issues arising from the implementation of his predecessor s policies and expressed his determination to accommodate fresh perspectives for the good of Bayelsa We recognise that there are outstanding issues from the implementation of the Restoration agenda of which I am a principal proponent and participant As in every family there will always be reasons to disagree There may be those who feel that some things could have been done better or differently As humans we remain fallible Let us put past grievances behind us Let us appreciate that governance is a continuum and as the dynamics change we will accommodate fresh perspectives The important thing is to continue to find reason to agree and work together for the good of Bayelsa Diri said According to Diri the time has come for all Bayelsa people to join hands with his administration to frontally address the myriad of challenges the people face including poverty and ignorance He said such setbacks did not discriminate on the basis of gender political party religion and age as no one was immune from their adverse impact This is not the time to cloak ourselves in party colours The work at hand is far too urgent and important for us to be so distracted Our common challenges including poverty and ignorance do not discriminate on the basis of gender party religion and age No one can be immune from the adverse implication of their impact Therefore our response must be calculated coherent and united We extend a hand of fellowship to all stakeholders and progressive minded individuals to join hands with us to consolidate the building of the Bayelsa of our dreams a place we can all be proud to call home We also send a strong message of solidarity to the people of Bayelsa in the Diaspora the future is brighter he said Diri expressed concern about the recent attack on the Justices of the Supreme Court particularly the attack on Justice Mary Odili in the discharge of their constitutional functions Describing the attack as a desecration of a national institution the governor saluted the courageous Apex Court justices in their quest to uphold democratic principles He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not yielding to the pressure to interfere with the legal process as well as his legal team for putting up a sterling performance Edited By Abiemwense Moru Kayode Olaitan
    Bayelsa: Diri promises useful programmes
     Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa has promised useful programmes for the state to rekindle the hope of the people Nigeria News Agency reports that Diri was sworn in as the fifth governor on Feb 14 sequel to the Feb 13 Supreme Court judgment that sacked the erstwhile governor elect David Lyon Diri made his administration s direction during a state wide broadcast monitored by NAN in Yenagoa According to him victory in a political contest is not an end in itself but as a means to foster peace stability and development in all spheres He emphasised the need to make life more meaningful by creating an enabling environment that would engender economic activities and provide employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state The governor acknowledged outstanding issues arising from the implementation of his predecessor s policies and expressed his determination to accommodate fresh perspectives for the good of Bayelsa We recognise that there are outstanding issues from the implementation of the Restoration agenda of which I am a principal proponent and participant As in every family there will always be reasons to disagree There may be those who feel that some things could have been done better or differently As humans we remain fallible Let us put past grievances behind us Let us appreciate that governance is a continuum and as the dynamics change we will accommodate fresh perspectives The important thing is to continue to find reason to agree and work together for the good of Bayelsa Diri said According to Diri the time has come for all Bayelsa people to join hands with his administration to frontally address the myriad of challenges the people face including poverty and ignorance He said such setbacks did not discriminate on the basis of gender political party religion and age as no one was immune from their adverse impact This is not the time to cloak ourselves in party colours The work at hand is far too urgent and important for us to be so distracted Our common challenges including poverty and ignorance do not discriminate on the basis of gender party religion and age No one can be immune from the adverse implication of their impact Therefore our response must be calculated coherent and united We extend a hand of fellowship to all stakeholders and progressive minded individuals to join hands with us to consolidate the building of the Bayelsa of our dreams a place we can all be proud to call home We also send a strong message of solidarity to the people of Bayelsa in the Diaspora the future is brighter he said Diri expressed concern about the recent attack on the Justices of the Supreme Court particularly the attack on Justice Mary Odili in the discharge of their constitutional functions Describing the attack as a desecration of a national institution the governor saluted the courageous Apex Court justices in their quest to uphold democratic principles He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not yielding to the pressure to interfere with the legal process as well as his legal team for putting up a sterling performance Edited By Abiemwense Moru Kayode Olaitan
    Bayelsa: Diri promises useful programmes
    Politics3 years ago

    Bayelsa: Diri promises useful programmes

    Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has promised useful programmes for the state to rekindle the hope of the people.

    Nigeria News Agency , reports that Diri was sworn in as the fifth governor on Feb.14 sequel to the Feb.13 Supreme Court judgment that sacked the erstwhile governor-elect David Lyon.

    Diri made his administration’s direction during a state-wide broadcast monitored by NAN in Yenagoa.

    According to him, victory in a political contest is not an end in itself but as a means to foster peace, stability and development in all spheres.

    He emphasised the need to make life more meaningful by creating an enabling environment that would engender economic activities and provide employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state.

    The governor acknowledged outstanding issues arising from the implementation of his predecessor’s policies and expressed his determination to accommodate fresh perspectives for the good of Bayelsa.

    “We recognise that there are outstanding issues from the implementation of the Restoration agenda, of which I am a principal proponent and participant.

    “As in every family, there will always be reasons to disagree. There may be those who feel that some things could have been done better or differently. As humans, we remain fallible.

    “Let us put past grievances behind us. Let us appreciate that governance is a continuum and as the dynamics change, we will accommodate fresh perspectives.

    “The important thing is to continue to find reason to agree and work together for the good of Bayelsa,” Diri said.

    According to Diri, the time has come for all Bayelsa people to join hands with his administration to frontally address the myriad of challenges the people face, including poverty and ignorance.

    He said such setbacks did not discriminate on the basis of gender, political party, religion and age as no one was immune from their adverse impact.

    “This is not the time to cloak ourselves in party colours. The work at hand is far too urgent and important for us to be so distracted.

    “Our common challenges including poverty and ignorance, do not discriminate on the basis of gender, party, religion and age.

    “No one can be immune from the adverse implication of their impact. Therefore, our response must be calculated, coherent and united.

    “We extend a hand of fellowship to all stakeholders and progressive-minded individuals to join hands with us to consolidate the building of the Bayelsa of our dreams; a place we can all be proud to call home.

    “We also send a strong message of solidarity to the people of Bayelsa in the Diaspora; the future is brighter,” he said.

    Diri expressed concern about the recent attack on the Justices of the Supreme Court, particularly the attack on Justice Mary Odili, in the discharge of their constitutional functions.

    Describing the attack as a desecration of a national institution, the governor saluted the courageous Apex Court justices in their quest to uphold democratic principles.

    He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not yielding to the pressure to interfere with the legal process as well as his legal team for putting up a sterling performance.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan

     

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it will soon meet to determine the date for the conduct of bye elections to fill the vacancies in Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu dropped the hint on Friday in Abuja at the Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs first regular meeting for the year 2020 The two seats became vacant following the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP s candidate Sen Douye Diri and his deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as winner of the state governorship election Yakubu said In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court the Commission has presented Certificates of Return in respect of the Governorship elections in Imo and Bayelsa States In the case of Bayelsa State both the governor and deputy governor were serving senators Consequently the Commission had on Thursday Feb 20 received two communications from the Senate President declaring the seats for Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts vacant The Commission will soon meet to determine the dates for bye elections in the two Senatorial Districts The INEC boss added that ahead of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections scheduled for Sept 19 and Oct 10 respectively critical changes would be introduced to strengthen electoral processes and procedures Similarly the Commission jointly with the security agencies is reviewing deployment during elections Already the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES has set up a Committee in this respect The inaugural meeting of the Committee is holding on Wednesday next week Yakubu noted that given recent experience with some governorship elections political parties needed to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries He also urged political parties to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates to avoid protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court He reminded parties that the conduct of primaries for the governorship election in Edo State must be held between June 2 and June 27 while that of Ondo should hold from July 2 to July 25 The Commission will not extend the dates We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary apply sanctions as provided by law At the same time the personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections including their academic qualifications will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on July 6 in Edo and on Aug 4 in Ondo State I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to also seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance Yakubu also disclosed that the period for the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates had elapsed for four bye elections to hold simultaneously on March 14 in four states The bye elections are for Magama Rijau Federal Constituency in Niger Babura Garki Federal Constituency in Jigawa Patigi State Constituency in Kwara and Kebbe State Constituency in Sokoto State Four political parties have nominated candidates for the Magama Rijau Federal Constituency three parties for Babura Garki Federal Constituency six parties for Patigi State Constituency and seven parties for Kebbe State Constituency Yakubu who said that elections were now an all year round activity for INEC disclosed that in 2020 alone INEC had conducted elections into 28 constituencies by court order while four bye elections would be held in the next three weeks As I said earlier vacancies were declared in two Senatorial Districts yesterday We are also awaiting declarations of vacancies for two more Senatorial Districts While we are conducting these elections we must also continue to proactively and progressively work for the improvement of the electoral process Edited By Remi Koleoso Donald Ugwu
    INEC to determine date for Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it will soon meet to determine the date for the conduct of bye elections to fill the vacancies in Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu dropped the hint on Friday in Abuja at the Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs first regular meeting for the year 2020 The two seats became vacant following the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP s candidate Sen Douye Diri and his deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as winner of the state governorship election Yakubu said In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court the Commission has presented Certificates of Return in respect of the Governorship elections in Imo and Bayelsa States In the case of Bayelsa State both the governor and deputy governor were serving senators Consequently the Commission had on Thursday Feb 20 received two communications from the Senate President declaring the seats for Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts vacant The Commission will soon meet to determine the dates for bye elections in the two Senatorial Districts The INEC boss added that ahead of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections scheduled for Sept 19 and Oct 10 respectively critical changes would be introduced to strengthen electoral processes and procedures Similarly the Commission jointly with the security agencies is reviewing deployment during elections Already the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES has set up a Committee in this respect The inaugural meeting of the Committee is holding on Wednesday next week Yakubu noted that given recent experience with some governorship elections political parties needed to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries He also urged political parties to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates to avoid protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court He reminded parties that the conduct of primaries for the governorship election in Edo State must be held between June 2 and June 27 while that of Ondo should hold from July 2 to July 25 The Commission will not extend the dates We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary apply sanctions as provided by law At the same time the personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections including their academic qualifications will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on July 6 in Edo and on Aug 4 in Ondo State I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to also seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance Yakubu also disclosed that the period for the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates had elapsed for four bye elections to hold simultaneously on March 14 in four states The bye elections are for Magama Rijau Federal Constituency in Niger Babura Garki Federal Constituency in Jigawa Patigi State Constituency in Kwara and Kebbe State Constituency in Sokoto State Four political parties have nominated candidates for the Magama Rijau Federal Constituency three parties for Babura Garki Federal Constituency six parties for Patigi State Constituency and seven parties for Kebbe State Constituency Yakubu who said that elections were now an all year round activity for INEC disclosed that in 2020 alone INEC had conducted elections into 28 constituencies by court order while four bye elections would be held in the next three weeks As I said earlier vacancies were declared in two Senatorial Districts yesterday We are also awaiting declarations of vacancies for two more Senatorial Districts While we are conducting these elections we must also continue to proactively and progressively work for the improvement of the electoral process Edited By Remi Koleoso Donald Ugwu
    INEC to determine date for Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections
    Politics3 years ago

    INEC to determine date for Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it will soon meet to determine the date for the conduct of bye-elections to fill the vacancies in Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts.

    INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, dropped the hint on Friday in Abuja, at the Resident Electoral Commissioners’ (RECs) first regular meeting for the year 2020.

    The two seats became vacant following the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate, Sen. Douye Diri and his deputy, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as winner of the state governorship election.

    Yakubu said: “In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court, the Commission has presented Certificates of Return in respect of the Governorship elections in Imo and Bayelsa States.

    “In the case of Bayelsa State, both the governor and deputy governor were serving senators.

    “Consequently, the Commission had on Thursday, Feb. 20, received two communications from the Senate President declaring the seats for Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts vacant.

    “The Commission will soon meet to determine the dates for bye-elections in the two Senatorial Districts.”

    The INEC boss added that ahead of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections, scheduled for Sept. 19 and Oct. 10, respectively, critical changes would be introduced to strengthen electoral processes and procedures.

    “Similarly, the Commission, jointly with the security agencies, is reviewing deployment during elections.

    “Already, the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) has set up a Committee in this respect. The inaugural meeting of the Committee is holding on Wednesday next week.’’

    Yakubu noted that given recent experience with some governorship elections, political parties needed to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries.

    He also urged political parties to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates, to avoid protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court.

    He reminded parties that the conduct of primaries for the governorship election in Edo State must be held between June 2, and June 27, while that of Ondo should hold from July 2 to July 25.

    “The Commission will not extend the dates. We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law.

    “At the same time, the personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections, including their academic qualifications, will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law.

    “This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission.

    “The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on July 6 in Edo and on Aug. 4 in Ondo State.

    “I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to also seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance.”

    Yakubu also disclosed that the period for the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates had elapsed for four bye-elections to hold simultaneously on March 14 in four states.

    The bye-elections are for Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency in Niger, Babura/Garki Federal Constituency in Jigawa, Patigi State Constituency in Kwara and Kebbe State Constituency in Sokoto State.

    “Four political parties have nominated candidates for the Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency, three parties for Babura/Garki Federal Constituency, six parties for Patigi State Constituency and seven parties for Kebbe State Constituency.”

    Yakubu who said that elections were now an all-year round activity for INEC, disclosed that in 2020 alone, INEC had conducted elections into 28 constituencies by court order while four bye-elections would be held in the next three weeks.

    “As I said earlier, vacancies were declared in two Senatorial Districts yesterday. We are also awaiting declarations of vacancies for two more Senatorial Districts.

    “While we are conducting these elections, we must also continue to proactively and progressively work for the improvement of the electoral process.”


    Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu

  •  Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri on Thursday approved the appointment of four principal officers Mr Daniel Alabrah Acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in a statement listed the new appointees to include Mr Friday Benson a former Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly who is to serve as Secretary to the State Government SSG It said that Mr Benson Agadaga is Chief of Staff while Mr Peter Akpe is Deputy Chief of Staff The statement added that Mr Irorodamie Komonibo has been appointed Principal Secretary The appointments are with immediate effect the statement stated Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam and Ephraims Sheyin
    Gov. Diri appoints SSG, Chief of Staff, Others
     Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri on Thursday approved the appointment of four principal officers Mr Daniel Alabrah Acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in a statement listed the new appointees to include Mr Friday Benson a former Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly who is to serve as Secretary to the State Government SSG It said that Mr Benson Agadaga is Chief of Staff while Mr Peter Akpe is Deputy Chief of Staff The statement added that Mr Irorodamie Komonibo has been appointed Principal Secretary The appointments are with immediate effect the statement stated Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam and Ephraims Sheyin
    Gov. Diri appoints SSG, Chief of Staff, Others
    General news3 years ago

    Gov. Diri appoints SSG, Chief of Staff, Others

    Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri on Thursday approved the appointment of four principal officers.

    Mr Daniel Alabrah, Acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, in a statement listed the new appointees to include Mr Friday Benson, a former Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, who is to serve as Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

    It said that Mr Benson Agadaga is Chief of Staff, while Mr Peter Akpe is Deputy Chief of Staff.

    The statement added that Mr Irorodamie Komonibo has been appointed Principal Secretary.

    “The appointments are with immediate effect,” the statement stated.


    Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam and Ephraims Sheyin

  •  The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has elected Abraham Ingobere of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP as its new speaker and Micheal Ogbere representing Ekeremor Constituency 3 as the deputy speaker Mr Ingobere member representing Brass Constituency 3 is a third term legislator and a former deputy speaker of the House before his emergence as the speaker While the former speaker Monday Obolo outhern Ijaw II as the Majority Leader and Micheal Ogbere representing Ekeremor Constituency 3 as the Chief Whip of the House In his remarks the newly elected speaker said he was grateful for the House to elect him as the speaker Bayelsa House of Assembly I promise to work together with all the members of the assembly irrespective of the political party and to work with the Bayelsa Government led by Sen Douye Diri as the executive governor of the state I will ensure that the will of Bayelsa people enjoy implementation of good policies for the interest of the public he said On his part the former speaker said he was also grateful to the members who elected him as their speaker during his tenure He said due to the fact that the state had three senators and the present governor came from his district he had to step aside for other district to take over I thank you for the support given me during my tenure as the speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly As the Majority Leader now I will ensure that all government policies are met for the interest of the Bayelsa people he stated Nigeria News Agency reports that the current speaker from Bayelsa East Senatorial District is the first speaker from the district since the creation of Bayelsa Edited By Abiemwense Moru Kayode Olaitan
    Bayelsa Assembly elects speaker, deputy
     The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has elected Abraham Ingobere of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP as its new speaker and Micheal Ogbere representing Ekeremor Constituency 3 as the deputy speaker Mr Ingobere member representing Brass Constituency 3 is a third term legislator and a former deputy speaker of the House before his emergence as the speaker While the former speaker Monday Obolo outhern Ijaw II as the Majority Leader and Micheal Ogbere representing Ekeremor Constituency 3 as the Chief Whip of the House In his remarks the newly elected speaker said he was grateful for the House to elect him as the speaker Bayelsa House of Assembly I promise to work together with all the members of the assembly irrespective of the political party and to work with the Bayelsa Government led by Sen Douye Diri as the executive governor of the state I will ensure that the will of Bayelsa people enjoy implementation of good policies for the interest of the public he said On his part the former speaker said he was also grateful to the members who elected him as their speaker during his tenure He said due to the fact that the state had three senators and the present governor came from his district he had to step aside for other district to take over I thank you for the support given me during my tenure as the speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly As the Majority Leader now I will ensure that all government policies are met for the interest of the Bayelsa people he stated Nigeria News Agency reports that the current speaker from Bayelsa East Senatorial District is the first speaker from the district since the creation of Bayelsa Edited By Abiemwense Moru Kayode Olaitan
    Bayelsa Assembly elects speaker, deputy
    Politics3 years ago

    Bayelsa Assembly elects speaker, deputy

    The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has elected Abraham Ingobere of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its new speaker and Micheal Ogbere, representing Ekeremor Constituency 3, as the deputy speaker.

    Mr Ingobere, member representing Brass Constituency 3, is a third-term legislator and a former deputy speaker of the House before his emergence as the speaker.

    While the former speaker, Monday Obolo (outhern Ijaw II) as the Majority Leader, and Micheal Ogbere representing Ekeremor Constituency 3, as the Chief Whip of the House.

    In his remarks, the newly elected speaker said he was grateful for the House to elect him as the speaker, Bayelsa House of Assembly.

    “I promise to work together with all the members of the assembly irrespective of the political party, and to work with the Bayelsa Government, led by Sen. Douye Diri, as the executive governor of the state.

    “I will ensure that the will of Bayelsa people enjoy implementation of good policies for the interest of the public,” he said.

    On his part, the former speaker said he was also grateful to the members who elected him as their speaker during his tenure.

    He said due to the fact that the state had three senators and the present governor came from his district, he had to step aside for other district to take over.

    “I thank you for the support given me during my tenure as the speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly.

    “As the Majority Leader now, I will ensure that all government policies are met for the interest of the Bayelsa people,” he stated.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the current speaker from Bayelsa East Senatorial District is the first speaker from the district since the creation of Bayelsa.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan

     

  •  The Bayelsa Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN has called for massive development in the sector while hailing Sen Douye Diri s victory as governor of the state The SWAN Chairman Mr Alambo Datonye and the Secretary Mr George Ameli made the demand in a statement in Yenagoa on Tuesday The SWAN boss described Diri s assumption of office as heartwarming The Nigeria News Agency reports that the new governor was sworn into office on February 14 following a Supreme Court s judgement The SWAN Chairman expressed optimism that Diri s experience as a former Commissioner for Sports in the state would help bring improvement in the sector We SWAN urge the governor to bring his wealth of experience to bear and transform the sector through provision of standard infrastructure facilities equipment enhanced welfare funding and motivation for athletes We wish the Diri led administration a fruitful tenure in all sectors especially sports The association expresses willingness to partner the new administration in the promotion and development of sports in the state the chairman said Edited By Chinyere Bassey Tajudeen Atitebi
    SWAN wants Gov. Diri to prioritise sports development in Bayelsa
     The Bayelsa Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN has called for massive development in the sector while hailing Sen Douye Diri s victory as governor of the state The SWAN Chairman Mr Alambo Datonye and the Secretary Mr George Ameli made the demand in a statement in Yenagoa on Tuesday The SWAN boss described Diri s assumption of office as heartwarming The Nigeria News Agency reports that the new governor was sworn into office on February 14 following a Supreme Court s judgement The SWAN Chairman expressed optimism that Diri s experience as a former Commissioner for Sports in the state would help bring improvement in the sector We SWAN urge the governor to bring his wealth of experience to bear and transform the sector through provision of standard infrastructure facilities equipment enhanced welfare funding and motivation for athletes We wish the Diri led administration a fruitful tenure in all sectors especially sports The association expresses willingness to partner the new administration in the promotion and development of sports in the state the chairman said Edited By Chinyere Bassey Tajudeen Atitebi
    SWAN wants Gov. Diri to prioritise sports development in Bayelsa
    General news3 years ago

    SWAN wants Gov. Diri to prioritise sports development in Bayelsa

    The Bayelsa Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has called for massive development in the sector, while hailing Sen. Douye Diri’s victory as governor of the state.

    The SWAN Chairman, Mr Alambo Datonye, and the Secretary, Mr George Ameli, made the demand in a statement in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

    The SWAN boss described Diri’s assumption of office as heartwarming.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the new governor was sworn into office on February 14 following a Supreme Court’s judgement.

    The SWAN Chairman expressed optimism that Diri’s experience as a former Commissioner for Sports in the state would help bring improvement in the sector.

    “We, SWAN urge the governor to bring his wealth of experience to bear and transform the sector through provision of standard infrastructure, facilities, equipment, enhanced welfare, funding and motivation for athletes.

    “We wish the Diri-led administration a fruitful tenure in all sectors, especially sports.

    “The association expresses willingness to partner the new administration in the promotion and development of sports in the state,” the chairman said.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Tajudeen Atitebi

     

     

     

     

  •  Newly sworn in Governor of Bayelsa Sen Douye Diri has urged the state House of Assembly to expedite passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill he would soon present for consideration The Nigeria News Agency reports that Diri made the appeal when he met the 24 member state legislature on Monday in Yenagoa It would be recalled that the immediate past governor Seriake Dickson had declined to forward the appropriation bill since a new government was expected on Feb 14 to succeed him Diri however said the meeting with the lawmakers was part of the process for the submission of the bill There is no time at all We want to hit the ground running hence this meeting with you all Let me assure you that the document will come in no distant time This is the synergy we need to ensure development of the state Diri said The governor called for the cooperation and support of the lawmakers in the new order to meet the aspirations of the people Let us join hands to build Bayelsa state We must leave a legacy of development love and hope for our people Our state is in dire need of development in all facets Education for instance is the bedrock and foundation of any society We will invest more in critical infrastructure said Diri He also said that he would be the servant and not master to the people of the state Besides Diri called on the people to eschew violence and work for peace in the state We can not use our hands to destroy the state we all sought to have All the feuding should stop and let us see ourselves as brothers and sisters Then focus on things that will bring us together That is when we can experience development said the governor He called for genuine reconciliation restating that he is governor to all Bayelsa people and not a PDP governor The Speaker of the State House of Assembly Mr Monday Obolo said they were in Government House to formally congratulate the governor and his deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo on the Supreme Court declaration and subsequent inauguration He said all members of the legislature comprising of both the ruling PDP and opposition APC were ready to work closely with the executive arm for the development of the state According to the speaker the 24 members have confidence in the governor and deputy governor to deliver on mandate Obolo however reminded the governor of the urgent need to present the 2020 budget proposal to the lawmakers for consideration Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    New Bayelsa Gov. Diri urges Assembly to pass 2020 Budget
     Newly sworn in Governor of Bayelsa Sen Douye Diri has urged the state House of Assembly to expedite passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill he would soon present for consideration The Nigeria News Agency reports that Diri made the appeal when he met the 24 member state legislature on Monday in Yenagoa It would be recalled that the immediate past governor Seriake Dickson had declined to forward the appropriation bill since a new government was expected on Feb 14 to succeed him Diri however said the meeting with the lawmakers was part of the process for the submission of the bill There is no time at all We want to hit the ground running hence this meeting with you all Let me assure you that the document will come in no distant time This is the synergy we need to ensure development of the state Diri said The governor called for the cooperation and support of the lawmakers in the new order to meet the aspirations of the people Let us join hands to build Bayelsa state We must leave a legacy of development love and hope for our people Our state is in dire need of development in all facets Education for instance is the bedrock and foundation of any society We will invest more in critical infrastructure said Diri He also said that he would be the servant and not master to the people of the state Besides Diri called on the people to eschew violence and work for peace in the state We can not use our hands to destroy the state we all sought to have All the feuding should stop and let us see ourselves as brothers and sisters Then focus on things that will bring us together That is when we can experience development said the governor He called for genuine reconciliation restating that he is governor to all Bayelsa people and not a PDP governor The Speaker of the State House of Assembly Mr Monday Obolo said they were in Government House to formally congratulate the governor and his deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo on the Supreme Court declaration and subsequent inauguration He said all members of the legislature comprising of both the ruling PDP and opposition APC were ready to work closely with the executive arm for the development of the state According to the speaker the 24 members have confidence in the governor and deputy governor to deliver on mandate Obolo however reminded the governor of the urgent need to present the 2020 budget proposal to the lawmakers for consideration Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    New Bayelsa Gov. Diri urges Assembly to pass 2020 Budget
    Economy3 years ago

    New Bayelsa Gov. Diri urges Assembly to pass 2020 Budget

    Newly sworn in Governor of Bayelsa, Sen. Douye Diri, has urged the state House of Assembly to expedite passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill he would soon present for consideration.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Diri made the appeal when he met the 24-member state legislature on Monday in Yenagoa.

    It would be recalled that the immediate past governor Seriake Dickson had declined to forward the appropriation bill since a new government was expected on Feb. 14 to succeed him.

    Diri, however, said the meeting with the lawmakers was part of the process for the submission of the bill.

    “There is no time at all. We want to hit the ground running, hence this meeting with you all.

    “Let me assure you that the document will come in no distant time. This is the synergy we need to ensure development of the state,” Diri said.

    The governor called for the cooperation and support of the lawmakers in the new order to meet the aspirations of the people.

    “Let us join hands to build Bayelsa state. We must leave a legacy of development, love and hope for our people.

    “Our state is in dire need of development in all facets. Education for instance is the bedrock and foundation of any society. We will invest more in critical infrastructure,” said Diri.

    He also said that he would be the servant and not master to the people of the state.

    Besides, Diri called on the people to eschew violence and work for peace in the state.

    “We can not use our hands to destroy the state we all sought to have. All the feuding should stop and let us see ourselves as brothers and sisters.

    “Then focus on things that will bring us together. That is when we can experience development,” said the governor.

    He called for genuine reconciliation, restating that he is governor to all Bayelsa people and not a PDP governor.

    The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Monday Obolo, said they were in Government House to formally congratulate the governor and his deputy, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on the Supreme Court declaration and subsequent inauguration.

    He said all members of the legislature, comprising of both the ruling PDP and opposition APC, were ready to work closely with the executive arm for the development of the state.

    According to the speaker, the 24 members have confidence in the governor and deputy governor to deliver on mandate.

    Obolo however reminded the governor of the urgent need to present the 2020 budget proposal to the lawmakers for consideration.


    Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •  Sen Douye Diri of the Peoples Democracy Party PDP on Friday took oath of office as Governor of Bayelsa Chief Judge of the State Justice Kate Abiri administered the oath of office for the Bayelsa governor and his Deputy Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo The swearing in ceremony which took place at the Government House Yenagoa was a huge celebration among party supporters In an inauguration address Diri declared that he would always work to achieve peace love and prosperity for the people He described the swearing in day as a day made by God and marvelous in the eye of the people of Bayelsa I have been sworn in today as your new governor my advice is that we have to be magnanimous in victory We have to forget the bitterness and acrimony because if we kill ourselves who are we going to lead Of course we are not going to lead animals I therefore bring to you message of love hope and prosperity for Bayelsa Let us eschew all the bitterness and acrimony and learn to love ourselves irrespective of political parties Diri stated Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu
    PDP’s Diri sworn in as Bayelsa governor, sues for peace
     Sen Douye Diri of the Peoples Democracy Party PDP on Friday took oath of office as Governor of Bayelsa Chief Judge of the State Justice Kate Abiri administered the oath of office for the Bayelsa governor and his Deputy Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo The swearing in ceremony which took place at the Government House Yenagoa was a huge celebration among party supporters In an inauguration address Diri declared that he would always work to achieve peace love and prosperity for the people He described the swearing in day as a day made by God and marvelous in the eye of the people of Bayelsa I have been sworn in today as your new governor my advice is that we have to be magnanimous in victory We have to forget the bitterness and acrimony because if we kill ourselves who are we going to lead Of course we are not going to lead animals I therefore bring to you message of love hope and prosperity for Bayelsa Let us eschew all the bitterness and acrimony and learn to love ourselves irrespective of political parties Diri stated Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu
    PDP’s Diri sworn in as Bayelsa governor, sues for peace
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    PDP’s Diri sworn in as Bayelsa governor, sues for peace

    Sen. Douye Diri of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP)  on Friday took oath of office as Governor of Bayelsa.

    Chief Judge of the  State, Justice Kate Abiri, administered the oath of office for the Bayelsa governor, and his Deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

    The swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Government House, Yenagoa, was a huge celebration among party supporters.

    In an inauguration address,  Diri declared that he would always work to achieve peace, love and prosperity for the people.

    He described the swearing in day, as “a day made by God and marvelous in the eye of the people of Bayelsa”.

    “I have been sworn in today as your new governor, my advice is that we have to be magnanimous in victory.

    “We have to forget the bitterness and  acrimony, because if we kill ourselves, who are we going to lead? Of course, we are not going to  lead animals.

    “I, therefore, bring to you message of love, hope and prosperity for Bayelsa.

    “Let us eschew all the bitterness and acrimony and learn to love ourselves irrespective of political parties,” Diri stated.

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    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu

  •  Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated Bayelsa Governor Sen Douye Diri and his deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo on their successful inauguration in office on Friday Okowa s felicitation was conveyed on Friday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba He described the emergence of Diri as an act of God and called on protesting people of Bayelsa to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance He noted that Diri a member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP was announced winner of the Nov 16 2019 governorship election in the state following Thursday s Supreme Court disqualification of the All Progressives Congress APC candidates in the election over certificates forgery He said that he Okowa understood the pains of the people because the apex court s ruling shattered their choices but urged them to leave everything in the hand of God assuring that Diri would not disappoint Bayelsans It is heart warming to see you emerge as Governor of Bayelsa against all odds and I am grateful to the supreme court and Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for doing the right things as required by the laws of our land We have also been inundated with news of violent protests trailing your emergence as governor I appeal to the good people of Bayelsa to take the ruling as an act of God and give peace a chance knowing sincerely that you will not disappoint them he said Okowa urged Diri to immediately commence the process of reconciliation and bridge building within and outside the PDP saying that he should be governor for all Bayelsans He advised the governor to adopt peace and unity as prime components of his mantra insisting that Bayelsa deserved good leadership which I am certain you will provide On behalf of the government and people of Delta I congratulate you my brother governor Douye Diri and your deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo on your successful assumption of office as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa respectively It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom knowledge and the needed resources to attend to your campaign promises to Bayelsans Okowa said Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu
    Okowa congratulates Diri on his inauguration as Bayelsa gov.
     Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated Bayelsa Governor Sen Douye Diri and his deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo on their successful inauguration in office on Friday Okowa s felicitation was conveyed on Friday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba He described the emergence of Diri as an act of God and called on protesting people of Bayelsa to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance He noted that Diri a member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP was announced winner of the Nov 16 2019 governorship election in the state following Thursday s Supreme Court disqualification of the All Progressives Congress APC candidates in the election over certificates forgery He said that he Okowa understood the pains of the people because the apex court s ruling shattered their choices but urged them to leave everything in the hand of God assuring that Diri would not disappoint Bayelsans It is heart warming to see you emerge as Governor of Bayelsa against all odds and I am grateful to the supreme court and Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for doing the right things as required by the laws of our land We have also been inundated with news of violent protests trailing your emergence as governor I appeal to the good people of Bayelsa to take the ruling as an act of God and give peace a chance knowing sincerely that you will not disappoint them he said Okowa urged Diri to immediately commence the process of reconciliation and bridge building within and outside the PDP saying that he should be governor for all Bayelsans He advised the governor to adopt peace and unity as prime components of his mantra insisting that Bayelsa deserved good leadership which I am certain you will provide On behalf of the government and people of Delta I congratulate you my brother governor Douye Diri and your deputy Sen Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo on your successful assumption of office as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa respectively It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom knowledge and the needed resources to attend to your campaign promises to Bayelsans Okowa said Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu
    Okowa congratulates Diri on his inauguration as Bayelsa gov.
    Politics3 years ago

    Okowa congratulates Diri on his inauguration as Bayelsa gov.

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated Bayelsa Governor, Sen. Douye Diri, and his deputy, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on their successful inauguration in office on Friday.

    Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed on Friday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba.

    He described the emergence of Diri as “an act of God” and called on protesting people of Bayelsa to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance.

    He noted that Diri, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was announced winner of the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state, following Thursday’s Supreme Court disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the election over certificates forgery.

    He said that he (Okowa) understood the pains of the people, because the apex court’s ruling shattered their choices but urged them to leave everything in the hand of God, assuring that Diri would not disappoint Bayelsans.

    “It is heart-warming to see you emerge as Governor of Bayelsa against all odds and I am grateful to the supreme court and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for doing the right things as required by the laws of our land.

    “We have also been inundated with news of violent protests trailing your emergence as governor.

    “I appeal to the good people of Bayelsa to take the ruling as an ‘act of God’ and give peace a chance, knowing sincerely that you will not disappoint them,” he said.

    Okowa urged Diri to immediately commence the process of reconciliation and bridge-building within and outside the PDP, saying that he should be “governor for all Bayelsans.

    He advised the governor to adopt peace and unity as prime components of his mantra, insisting that Bayelsa deserved good leadership “”which I am certain you will provide”.

    “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you my brother governor Douye Diri and your deputy, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on your successful assumption of office as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa respectively.”

    “It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom, knowledge and the needed resources to attend to your campaign promises to Bayelsans,” Okowa said. .


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu

  •  The Bayelsa Police Command has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew over violent protests by alleged political supporters in the state The Commissioner of Police Usher Anozie while briefing newsmen on Friday in Yenagoa said the curfew was from 8pm to 6am and from Friday to Sunday We are to brief on what happened today where angry politicians stormed the streets of Yenagoa which went violent The police have arrested about eight suspects in connection to the protest In this process the command has imposed dusk to dawn curfew in the state from 8pm to 6am Members of the public should stay in their houses because the command is ready to arrest anybody Avoid anything that can cause breakdown of law he said The venue for the inauguration of the governor elect Sen Douye Diri earlier fixed to hold at the Samson Siasia Stadium was shifted to the government house premises Nigeria News Agency recalls that the protesters destroyed property at the Peoples Democratic Party PDP state secretariat including windows and also vandalised property at Diri s residence Windscreen of cars packed at the premises were broken while doors and windows of his house were also destroyed The public library belonging to the member representing Yenagoa and Kolokuma Opokuma federal constituency in the National Assembly Prof Steve Azaiki and radio Bayelsa station were also affected Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu
    S/Court judgment: Police impose curfew in Bayelsa over violent protests
     The Bayelsa Police Command has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew over violent protests by alleged political supporters in the state The Commissioner of Police Usher Anozie while briefing newsmen on Friday in Yenagoa said the curfew was from 8pm to 6am and from Friday to Sunday We are to brief on what happened today where angry politicians stormed the streets of Yenagoa which went violent The police have arrested about eight suspects in connection to the protest In this process the command has imposed dusk to dawn curfew in the state from 8pm to 6am Members of the public should stay in their houses because the command is ready to arrest anybody Avoid anything that can cause breakdown of law he said The venue for the inauguration of the governor elect Sen Douye Diri earlier fixed to hold at the Samson Siasia Stadium was shifted to the government house premises Nigeria News Agency recalls that the protesters destroyed property at the Peoples Democratic Party PDP state secretariat including windows and also vandalised property at Diri s residence Windscreen of cars packed at the premises were broken while doors and windows of his house were also destroyed The public library belonging to the member representing Yenagoa and Kolokuma Opokuma federal constituency in the National Assembly Prof Steve Azaiki and radio Bayelsa station were also affected Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu
    S/Court judgment: Police impose curfew in Bayelsa over violent protests
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    S/Court judgment: Police impose curfew in Bayelsa over violent protests

    The Bayelsa Police Command has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew over violent protests by alleged political supporters in the state.

    The Commissioner of Police, Usher Anozie, while briefing newsmen on Friday in Yenagoa, said  the curfew was from 8pm to 6am, and from Friday to Sunday.

    “We are to brief on what happened today, where angry politicians stormed the streets of Yenagoa which went violent.

    “The police have arrested about eight suspects in connection to the protest.

    “In this process, the command has imposed dusk to dawn curfew in the state from 8pm to 6am.

    “Members of the public should stay in their houses because the command is ready to arrest anybody.

    “Avoid anything that can cause breakdown of law,” he  said.

    The venue for the  inauguration of the governor-elect, Sen. Douye Diri, earlier fixed to hold at the Samson Siasia Stadium was  shifted to the government house premises.

    Nigeria News Agency recalls that the protesters destroyed property at the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) state secretariat, including windows and also vandalised property at Diri’s residence.

    Windscreen of cars packed at the premises were broken while doors and windows of his house were also destroyed.

    The public library belonging to the member, representing Yenagoa and Kolokuma/Opokuma federal constituency in the National Assembly, Prof. Steve Azaiki, and radio Bayelsa station were also affected.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu

  •  Noble Youths Mass Support Association NYMSA a group of youths on Friday congratulated Sen Douye Diri and his running mate Sen Lawrence Ewhruojakpo on the Supreme Court judgment on Bayelsa Governorship election Mr Godwin Onmonya the National Coordinator of the group told the Nigeria News Agency in Gwagwalada that the verdict was a victory for democracy the people of Bayelsa and Nigeria as a whole This is victory for democracy Rule of Law people of Bayelsa and victory to the country It shows that the Judiciary is back on tract and determined to make our democracy triumph I commend the supreme court judgment and I pray God gives Diri the wisdom and strength to steer the ship of Bayelsa aright he said NAN reports that the Court had nullified the All progressives Congress APC victory of Nov 16 governorship election that brought in David Lyon The supreme court had ruled that Lyon s Deputy Degi Ereminyo submitted forged certificates which disqualified the joint ticket and nomination The court urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to them and reissue same to the next party with the required constitutional spread Edited By Dorcas Jonah Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Supreme Court verdict: Group congratulates Diri
     Noble Youths Mass Support Association NYMSA a group of youths on Friday congratulated Sen Douye Diri and his running mate Sen Lawrence Ewhruojakpo on the Supreme Court judgment on Bayelsa Governorship election Mr Godwin Onmonya the National Coordinator of the group told the Nigeria News Agency in Gwagwalada that the verdict was a victory for democracy the people of Bayelsa and Nigeria as a whole This is victory for democracy Rule of Law people of Bayelsa and victory to the country It shows that the Judiciary is back on tract and determined to make our democracy triumph I commend the supreme court judgment and I pray God gives Diri the wisdom and strength to steer the ship of Bayelsa aright he said NAN reports that the Court had nullified the All progressives Congress APC victory of Nov 16 governorship election that brought in David Lyon The supreme court had ruled that Lyon s Deputy Degi Ereminyo submitted forged certificates which disqualified the joint ticket and nomination The court urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to them and reissue same to the next party with the required constitutional spread Edited By Dorcas Jonah Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Supreme Court verdict: Group congratulates Diri
    Metro3 years ago

    Supreme Court verdict: Group congratulates Diri

    Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), a group of youths, on Friday congratulated Sen. Douye Diri and his running mate, Sen. Lawrence Ewhruojakpo, on the Supreme Court judgment on Bayelsa Governorship election.

    Mr Godwin Onmonya, the National Coordinator of the group, told the Nigeria News Agency in Gwagwalada that the verdict was a victory for democracy, the people of Bayelsa and Nigeria as a whole.

    ”This is victory for democracy, Rule of Law, people of Bayelsa and victory to the country.

    “It shows that the Judiciary is back on tract and determined to make our democracy triumph.

    ”I commend the supreme court judgment and I pray God gives Diri the wisdom and strength to steer the ship of Bayelsa  aright,” he said.

    NAN reports that the Court had nullified the All progressives Congress (APC) victory of Nov. 16 governorship election that brought in David Lyon.

    The supreme court had ruled that Lyon’s Deputy, Degi Ereminyo, submitted forged certificates which disqualified the joint ticket and nomination.

    The court urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to them and reissue same to the next party with the required constitutional spread.


    Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola