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  •   Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has promised to support the expansion of St Peter s Anglican Church in his community Sampou in Kolokuma Opokuma local government area of the state to demonstrate his resolve to give back to his community Diri stated this on Sunday at the church s 2020 Annual Adult Harvest Thanksgiving Service with the theme Build My House That I May Take Pleasure In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Daniel Alabrah quoted the governor as promising that the church s expansion project will be achieved within a record time Acknowledging the supremacy of God in the affairs of men the governor stressed that power flows only from God who bestows it on whoever He pleases According to him he has passed through many trials with God guiding him to becoming the number one citizen of the state Diri who paid tribute to his father for the strong Christian foundation he laid for his children in the Anglican Communion said having hailed from a humble background and a minority local government area in the state It was clearly the handiwork of God for me to attain this current position and other offices I have occupied A lot has happened in my life with God guiding me to where I am today and I know that this is not the end I once again want to remind my brothers on the other side that it is God that gives power Despite all the challenges here we are standing strong like a rock In his speech the Chairman of the harvest programme and Managing Director Bayelsa Electricity Company Engr Olice Kemenanabo noted that judging from his life s experiences over the years there is every reason to appreciate God always In a sermon the guest preacher and the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Northern Izon Funkuro Amgbare underscored the need for people to put God first in all their dealings He said man as mere mortal has limitations but with Jesus Christ there is nothing one cannot achieve Present at the service were the wife of the governor Mrs Gloria Diri Rep Fred Agbedi of Federal House Representative member of the Bayelsa House of Assembly Rep Tonye Isenah Others are the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Surveyor Moses Teibowei his Environment counterpart Iselema Gbaranbiri former Secretary to the State Government Chief Gideon Ekeuwei as well as a former member of House of Representatives Gabriel Onyenwife among other dignitaries Edited By Vincent Obi NAN
    I’ll support Sampou Anglican Church project – Gov. Diri
      Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has promised to support the expansion of St Peter s Anglican Church in his community Sampou in Kolokuma Opokuma local government area of the state to demonstrate his resolve to give back to his community Diri stated this on Sunday at the church s 2020 Annual Adult Harvest Thanksgiving Service with the theme Build My House That I May Take Pleasure In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Daniel Alabrah quoted the governor as promising that the church s expansion project will be achieved within a record time Acknowledging the supremacy of God in the affairs of men the governor stressed that power flows only from God who bestows it on whoever He pleases According to him he has passed through many trials with God guiding him to becoming the number one citizen of the state Diri who paid tribute to his father for the strong Christian foundation he laid for his children in the Anglican Communion said having hailed from a humble background and a minority local government area in the state It was clearly the handiwork of God for me to attain this current position and other offices I have occupied A lot has happened in my life with God guiding me to where I am today and I know that this is not the end I once again want to remind my brothers on the other side that it is God that gives power Despite all the challenges here we are standing strong like a rock In his speech the Chairman of the harvest programme and Managing Director Bayelsa Electricity Company Engr Olice Kemenanabo noted that judging from his life s experiences over the years there is every reason to appreciate God always In a sermon the guest preacher and the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Northern Izon Funkuro Amgbare underscored the need for people to put God first in all their dealings He said man as mere mortal has limitations but with Jesus Christ there is nothing one cannot achieve Present at the service were the wife of the governor Mrs Gloria Diri Rep Fred Agbedi of Federal House Representative member of the Bayelsa House of Assembly Rep Tonye Isenah Others are the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Surveyor Moses Teibowei his Environment counterpart Iselema Gbaranbiri former Secretary to the State Government Chief Gideon Ekeuwei as well as a former member of House of Representatives Gabriel Onyenwife among other dignitaries Edited By Vincent Obi NAN
    I’ll support Sampou Anglican Church project – Gov. Diri
    Religion2 years ago

    I’ll support Sampou Anglican Church project – Gov. Diri

    Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa, has promised to support the expansion of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in his community, Sampou in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of the state, to demonstrate his resolve to give back to his community.

    Diri stated this on Sunday at the church’s 2020 Annual Adult  Harvest Thanksgiving Service, with the theme: “Build My House That I May Take Pleasure.”

    In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel  Alabrah, quoted the governor as promising that the church’s expansion project will be achieved within a record time.

    Acknowledging the supremacy of God in the affairs of men, the governor stressed that power flows only from God who bestows it on whoever He pleases.

    According to him, he has passed through many trials with God guiding him to becoming the number one citizen of the state.

    Diri who paid tribute to his father for the strong Christian foundation he laid for his children in the Anglican Communion, said having hailed from a humble background and a minority local government area in the state, “It was clearly the handiwork of God for me to attain this current position and other offices I have occupied.

    “A lot has happened in my life with God guiding me to where I am today and I know that this is not the end.

    “I once again want to remind my brothers on the other side that it is God that gives power. Despite all the challenges, here we are standing strong like a rock.”

    In his speech, the Chairman of the harvest programme and Managing Director, Bayelsa Electricity Company, Engr Olice Kemenanabo, noted that judging from his life’s experiences over the years, there is every reason to appreciate God always.

    In a sermon, the guest preacher and the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Northern Izon, Funkuro Amgbare, underscored the need for people to put God first in all their dealings.

    He said man as mere mortal has limitations but with Jesus Christ, there is nothing one cannot achieve.

    Present at the service were the wife of the governor, Mrs Gloria Diri, Rep. Fred Agbedi of Federal House Representative, member of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Rep. Tonye Isenah.

    Others are the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Surveyor Moses Teibowei, his Environment counterpart, Iselema Gbaranbiri, former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Gideon Ekeuwei, as well as a former member of House of Representatives, Gabriel Onyenwife, among other dignitaries.


    Edited By: Vincent Obi
    (NAN)

  •   Gov Douye Diri has advocated the management of the funds for ecological challenges in the country by states and not the federal government in Abuja He expressed worry over the current situation where ecological funds were managed in Abuja by people that know little or nothing about the ecological problems of the states This is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Daniel Alabrah and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday Diri spoke in Government House Yenagoa when he hosted members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Funds Alabrah quoted the governor as expressing appreciation to the committee for the visit saying Bayelsa State needed sufficient ecological funds given its numerous environmental challenges He described the ecological committee of the house of reps as germane to Bayelsa given the fact that the state was below sea level and had many ecological problems He said I appeal that if we want this country to develop then we have to sit up as legislators so that at the end of the day the executive arm will know that there is an arm of government that had been given that responsibility to oversight and ensure that there are checks and balances These ecological issues are actually in the states but ecological funds are in the centre and managed by people who do not know anything about the ecological problems So when we talk about the ecological problems we have in our states they do not understand he said The governor noted that if legislators lived up to expectation Nigeria would be a better place to live in He described the legislative arm of government as the bastion of democracy given its constitutional powers Earlier Chairman of the House Committee on Ecological Funds Rep Isiaka Ibrahim said they were in the state as part of their oversight functions with a view to seeking areas of partnership with the state government He expressed the readiness of members of the committee to help the Governor succeed and urged him to feel free to approach the committee for support in areas within its power Edited By Emmanuel Okara NAN
    States should manage Ecological Funds not Abuja – Gov. Diri
      Gov Douye Diri has advocated the management of the funds for ecological challenges in the country by states and not the federal government in Abuja He expressed worry over the current situation where ecological funds were managed in Abuja by people that know little or nothing about the ecological problems of the states This is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Daniel Alabrah and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday Diri spoke in Government House Yenagoa when he hosted members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Funds Alabrah quoted the governor as expressing appreciation to the committee for the visit saying Bayelsa State needed sufficient ecological funds given its numerous environmental challenges He described the ecological committee of the house of reps as germane to Bayelsa given the fact that the state was below sea level and had many ecological problems He said I appeal that if we want this country to develop then we have to sit up as legislators so that at the end of the day the executive arm will know that there is an arm of government that had been given that responsibility to oversight and ensure that there are checks and balances These ecological issues are actually in the states but ecological funds are in the centre and managed by people who do not know anything about the ecological problems So when we talk about the ecological problems we have in our states they do not understand he said The governor noted that if legislators lived up to expectation Nigeria would be a better place to live in He described the legislative arm of government as the bastion of democracy given its constitutional powers Earlier Chairman of the House Committee on Ecological Funds Rep Isiaka Ibrahim said they were in the state as part of their oversight functions with a view to seeking areas of partnership with the state government He expressed the readiness of members of the committee to help the Governor succeed and urged him to feel free to approach the committee for support in areas within its power Edited By Emmanuel Okara NAN
    States should manage Ecological Funds not Abuja – Gov. Diri
    Niger Delta2 years ago

    States should manage Ecological Funds not Abuja – Gov. Diri

    Gov. Douye Diri, has advocated the management of the funds for ecological challenges in the country by states and not the federal government in Abuja.

    He expressed worry over the current situation where ecological funds were managed in Abuja by people that know little or nothing about the ecological problems of the states.

     This  is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Daniel Alabrah and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.

    Diri spoke  in Government House, Yenagoa, when he hosted members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Funds.

    Alabrah quoted the governor, as expressing appreciation to the committee for the visit, saying Bayelsa State needed sufficient ecological funds given its numerous environmental challenges.

    He described the ecological committee of the house of reps as germane to Bayelsa given the fact that the state was below sea level and had many ecological problems.

    He said: “I appeal that if we want this country to develop, then we have to sit up as legislators so that at the end of the day the executive arm will know that there is an arm of government that had been given that responsibility to oversight and ensure that there are checks and balances.

    “These ecological issues are actually in the states, but ecological funds are in the centre and managed by people who do not know anything about the ecological problems.

    “So when we talk about the ecological problems we have in our states they do not understand,” he said.

    The governor, noted that if legislators lived up to expectation, Nigeria would be a better place to live in.

    He described the legislative arm of government as the bastion of democracy given its constitutional powers.

    Earlier, Chairman of the House  Committee on Ecological Funds, Rep. Isiaka Ibrahim, said they were in the state as part of their oversight functions with a view to seeking areas of partnership with the state government.

    He expressed the readiness of members of the committee to help the Governor, succeed and urged him to feel free to approach the committee for support in areas within its power.

    (
    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    (NAN)

  •   Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has ordered the release of the balance of cash reward pledged to athletes and sports administrators that participated in the last National Sports Festival in Abuja a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Media Mr Daniel Alabrah has said The immediate past administration of Seriake Dickson had pledged to reward the athletes and officials following the performance of Team Bayelsa which placed fifth on the medals table A part of the pledge was redeemed just before the administration left office on Feb 14 this year The statement said Diri gave the directive for the payment when the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Mr Daniel Igali led a procession of the athletes and officials to the Government House to celebrate with the governor and his deputy over their victory at the Supreme Court He assured them that their sports kits would also be provided before the contingent departs for Benin Edo State for this year s sports festival which holds in a fortnight I charge you to do your best Contest keenly and fairly and return with laurels Diri told them while pledging to release their sports kits for the festival before their departure for Benin I know that the indomitable Ijaw spirit will spur you on to achieving success Gov Diri said pledging that he will also continue to promote sports development in the state just as he did when he was Commissioner for Youth and Sports and urged them to exhibit exemplary conduct while participating in the festival The Governor who expressed dismay at the state owned Bayelsa United Football Club playing in the lower division of the Nigeria Professional League challenged the team to work hard towards returning to the premier league In his remarks Igali the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development said the athletes and administrators were in the Government House to felicitate with the governor on his latest victory at the Supreme Court Presenting the state s contingent for the sports festival to the governor Igali also stated that Bayelsa United Football Club just participated in a pre season tournament in Port Harcourt and emerged second expressing his optimism that under Gov Diri the club would do better in the coming season Edited By Mouktar Adamu NAN
    Gov. Diri redeems cash reward offer to Bayelsa athletes, administrators
      Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has ordered the release of the balance of cash reward pledged to athletes and sports administrators that participated in the last National Sports Festival in Abuja a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Media Mr Daniel Alabrah has said The immediate past administration of Seriake Dickson had pledged to reward the athletes and officials following the performance of Team Bayelsa which placed fifth on the medals table A part of the pledge was redeemed just before the administration left office on Feb 14 this year The statement said Diri gave the directive for the payment when the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Mr Daniel Igali led a procession of the athletes and officials to the Government House to celebrate with the governor and his deputy over their victory at the Supreme Court He assured them that their sports kits would also be provided before the contingent departs for Benin Edo State for this year s sports festival which holds in a fortnight I charge you to do your best Contest keenly and fairly and return with laurels Diri told them while pledging to release their sports kits for the festival before their departure for Benin I know that the indomitable Ijaw spirit will spur you on to achieving success Gov Diri said pledging that he will also continue to promote sports development in the state just as he did when he was Commissioner for Youth and Sports and urged them to exhibit exemplary conduct while participating in the festival The Governor who expressed dismay at the state owned Bayelsa United Football Club playing in the lower division of the Nigeria Professional League challenged the team to work hard towards returning to the premier league In his remarks Igali the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development said the athletes and administrators were in the Government House to felicitate with the governor on his latest victory at the Supreme Court Presenting the state s contingent for the sports festival to the governor Igali also stated that Bayelsa United Football Club just participated in a pre season tournament in Port Harcourt and emerged second expressing his optimism that under Gov Diri the club would do better in the coming season Edited By Mouktar Adamu NAN
    Gov. Diri redeems cash reward offer to Bayelsa athletes, administrators
    Sport2 years ago

    Gov. Diri redeems cash reward offer to Bayelsa athletes, administrators

    Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has ordered the release of the balance of cash reward pledged to athletes and sports administrators that participated in the last National Sports Festival in Abuja, a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Media, Mr Daniel Alabrah, has said.

    The immediate past administration of Seriake Dickson had pledged to reward the athletes and officials, following the performance of  Team Bayelsa, which placed fifth on the medals table. A part of the pledge was redeemed just before the administration left office on Feb. 14 this year.

    The statement said Diri gave the directive for the payment when the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Daniel Igali, led a procession of the athletes and officials to the Government House, to celebrate with the governor and his deputy over their victory at the Supreme Court.

    He assured them that their sports kits would also be provided before the contingent departs for Benin, Edo State, for this year’s sports festival, which holds in a fortnight.

    “I charge you to do your best. Contest keenly and fairly, and return with laurels, Diri told them, while pledging to release their sports kits for the festival before their departure for Benin.

    “I know that the indomitable Ijaw spirit will spur you on to achieving success,” Gov. Diri said, pledging that he will also continue to promote sports development in the state, just as he did when he was Commissioner for Youth and Sports and urged them to exhibit exemplary conduct while participating in the festival. .

    The Governor, who expressed dismay at the state-owned Bayelsa United Football Club playing in the lower division of the Nigeria Professional League, challenged the team to work hard towards  returning to the premier league.

    In his remarks, Igali, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, said the athletes and administrators were in the Government House to felicitate with the governor on his latest victory at the Supreme Court.

    Presenting the state’s contingent for the sports festival to the governor, Igali also stated that Bayelsa United Football Club just participated in a pre-season tournament in Port Harcourt and emerged second, expressing his optimism that under Gov. Diri, the club would do better in the coming season.


    Edited By: Mouktar Adamu
    (NAN)

  •   Some 3 000 youths and women who were beneficiaries of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Agricultural Loan Scheme in Bayelsa on Thursday commenced entrepreneurship training for beneficiaries The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme under the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme AADS is targeted at Rice Cassava and Fish farmers selected from eight local government areas across Bayelsa Speaking at the event Commissioner for Agriculture Mr David Alagoa urged the beneficiaries of the scheme to explore opportunities in the various value chains beyond core farming areas Alagoa who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr Mightyman Dikuro noted that the scheme was aimed at boosting food production in the state by guaranteeing the loan for the beneficiaries He explained that the scheme was designed to discourage direct disbursement of cash to beneficiaries as the farming input component of the loan would be supplied to the farmers through their cluster groups Also addressing the beneficiaries during the training Mr Stanley Oruseigha Head of Development Finance at the CBN in Yenagoa advised the beneficiaries to refrain from diverting the cash component of the loan He explained that given the projected yield from rice cultivation an hectare of land would yield more than 35 bags of processed 50 kg bags which could fetch in excess of N700 000 which is far greater than the total loan sum for each beneficiary He said that it made economic sense for the farmers to engage in the rice farming with a gestation period of three months It will be recalled that Gov Douye Diri of had on Nov 11 obtained the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly to borrow N17 billion from various sources N10 billion of the N17 billion from the CBN would be dedicated to Agriculture Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Bayelsa Govt begins training for 3,000 CBN Agric loan beneficiaries
      Some 3 000 youths and women who were beneficiaries of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Agricultural Loan Scheme in Bayelsa on Thursday commenced entrepreneurship training for beneficiaries The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme under the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme AADS is targeted at Rice Cassava and Fish farmers selected from eight local government areas across Bayelsa Speaking at the event Commissioner for Agriculture Mr David Alagoa urged the beneficiaries of the scheme to explore opportunities in the various value chains beyond core farming areas Alagoa who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr Mightyman Dikuro noted that the scheme was aimed at boosting food production in the state by guaranteeing the loan for the beneficiaries He explained that the scheme was designed to discourage direct disbursement of cash to beneficiaries as the farming input component of the loan would be supplied to the farmers through their cluster groups Also addressing the beneficiaries during the training Mr Stanley Oruseigha Head of Development Finance at the CBN in Yenagoa advised the beneficiaries to refrain from diverting the cash component of the loan He explained that given the projected yield from rice cultivation an hectare of land would yield more than 35 bags of processed 50 kg bags which could fetch in excess of N700 000 which is far greater than the total loan sum for each beneficiary He said that it made economic sense for the farmers to engage in the rice farming with a gestation period of three months It will be recalled that Gov Douye Diri of had on Nov 11 obtained the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly to borrow N17 billion from various sources N10 billion of the N17 billion from the CBN would be dedicated to Agriculture Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Bayelsa Govt begins training for 3,000 CBN Agric loan beneficiaries
    Agriculture2 years ago

    Bayelsa Govt begins training for 3,000 CBN Agric loan beneficiaries

    Some 3,000 youths and women, who were beneficiaries of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Agricultural Loan Scheme in Bayelsa, on Thursday commenced entrepreneurship  training for beneficiaries.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme under the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS) is targeted at Rice. Cassava and Fish farmers selected from eight local government areas across Bayelsa.

    Speaking at the event, Commissioner  for Agriculture, Mr David Alagoa urged the beneficiaries of the scheme to explore opportunities in the various value chains beyond core farming areas.

    Alagoa, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Mightyman Dikuro noted that the scheme was aimed at boosting food production in the state by guaranteeing the loan for the beneficiaries.

    He explained that the scheme was designed to discourage direct disbursement of cash to beneficiaries as the farming input component of the loan would be supplied to the farmers through their cluster groups.

    Also addressing the beneficiaries during the training, Mr Stanley Oruseigha, Head of Development Finance at the CBN in Yenagoa advised the beneficiaries to refrain from diverting the cash component of the loan.

    He explained that given the projected yield from rice cultivation an hectare of land would yield more than 35 bags of processed 50 kg bags, which could fetch in excess of N700,000 which is far greater than the total loan sum for each beneficiary.

    He said that it made economic sense for the farmers to engage in the rice farming with a gestation period of three months.

    It will be recalled that Gov. Douye Diri of had on Nov. 11 obtained the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly to borrow N17 billion from various sources, N10 billion of the N17 billion  from the CBN would be dedicated to Agriculture.

    (
    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    Source: NAN

  •   Mr Ayibanua Duba Bayelsa Commissioner for Information on Thursday decried the series of litigations against the state government saying it will not help the quest to build a prosperous and united state Duba who spoke after the state executive council meeting in Yenagoa lamented that the numerous court cases against the Gov Douye Diri led administration were intended to distract inconvenience it and prevent or slow down the wheel of development in the state We recognise the constitutional rights of the coalition of 45 NGOs to sue the Bayelsa State government They are seeking an order of mandamus compelling Gov Diri the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Commissioners for Works and Infrastructure Health and Education counterparts to make public the debt profile account balance They also want to know what the present administration of Bayelsa State inherited from the previous administration on Feb 14 2020 on the state s accounts from 2015 to 2019 in line with provisions of the Freedom of Information FoI Act 2011 Whereas the appropriate response will be made by the lawyers for the state in court in due season we wish to note for the sake of the court of public opinion that these sorts of court actions are nothing more than fishing expeditions These litigations are distractions and a drain on the lean resources will not be helpful in our quest to build a prosperous and united Bayelsa State This is yet another episode of a well established but unfortunate pattern of over 12 litigations which have amounted to nothing more than judicial harassments and disturbances that this regime has been subjected to since its inception It is our conviction that a most perfunctory and peripheral examination of public records available on the internet and elsewhere would have more than satisfied the candid information seeker he said Duba however referred the litigants to the state s monthly Transparency briefings since 2012 This is because in accordance with extant laws there have been monthly Transparency briefings since 2012 with several journalists and NGOs in attendance that have provided the very documents that these NGOs are presumably requesting for in court It is further instructive to recall that as a prelude to the subsequently botched transition a joint committee of the government of the day and representatives of the APC was formed and full disclosure contained in hand over notes was prepared Why any groups in association or separately will find it prudent to spend their resources suing for information that has previously been fully disclosed and remains available in the public domain is both profoundly troubling and indicative of deeply nursed malice It is malice against the PDP government It is difficult to evade the conclusion that opponents of this regime having failed to unseat the prosperity government of Gov Diri through numerous frivolous court cases have purposed to distract and inconvenience it and prevent or slow down the wheel of development Duba said Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Bayelsa Govt decries distraction by frivolous litigations
      Mr Ayibanua Duba Bayelsa Commissioner for Information on Thursday decried the series of litigations against the state government saying it will not help the quest to build a prosperous and united state Duba who spoke after the state executive council meeting in Yenagoa lamented that the numerous court cases against the Gov Douye Diri led administration were intended to distract inconvenience it and prevent or slow down the wheel of development in the state We recognise the constitutional rights of the coalition of 45 NGOs to sue the Bayelsa State government They are seeking an order of mandamus compelling Gov Diri the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Commissioners for Works and Infrastructure Health and Education counterparts to make public the debt profile account balance They also want to know what the present administration of Bayelsa State inherited from the previous administration on Feb 14 2020 on the state s accounts from 2015 to 2019 in line with provisions of the Freedom of Information FoI Act 2011 Whereas the appropriate response will be made by the lawyers for the state in court in due season we wish to note for the sake of the court of public opinion that these sorts of court actions are nothing more than fishing expeditions These litigations are distractions and a drain on the lean resources will not be helpful in our quest to build a prosperous and united Bayelsa State This is yet another episode of a well established but unfortunate pattern of over 12 litigations which have amounted to nothing more than judicial harassments and disturbances that this regime has been subjected to since its inception It is our conviction that a most perfunctory and peripheral examination of public records available on the internet and elsewhere would have more than satisfied the candid information seeker he said Duba however referred the litigants to the state s monthly Transparency briefings since 2012 This is because in accordance with extant laws there have been monthly Transparency briefings since 2012 with several journalists and NGOs in attendance that have provided the very documents that these NGOs are presumably requesting for in court It is further instructive to recall that as a prelude to the subsequently botched transition a joint committee of the government of the day and representatives of the APC was formed and full disclosure contained in hand over notes was prepared Why any groups in association or separately will find it prudent to spend their resources suing for information that has previously been fully disclosed and remains available in the public domain is both profoundly troubling and indicative of deeply nursed malice It is malice against the PDP government It is difficult to evade the conclusion that opponents of this regime having failed to unseat the prosperity government of Gov Diri through numerous frivolous court cases have purposed to distract and inconvenience it and prevent or slow down the wheel of development Duba said Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Bayelsa Govt decries distraction by frivolous litigations
    Politics2 years ago

    Bayelsa Govt decries distraction by frivolous litigations

    Mr Ayibanua Duba, Bayelsa Commissioner for Information, on Thursday decried the series of litigations against the state government saying it will not help the quest to build a prosperous and united state.

    Duba, who spoke after the state executive council meeting in Yenagoa, lamented that the numerous court cases against the Gov. Douye Diri led administration were intended to distract, inconvenience it, and prevent or slow down the wheel of development in the state.

    “We recognise the constitutional rights of the coalition of 45 NGOs to sue the Bayelsa State government.

    “They are seeking an order of mandamus compelling Gov. Diri,  the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioners for Works and Infrastructure, Health and Education counterparts to make public the debt profile, account balance.

    “They also want to know what the present administration of Bayelsa State inherited from the previous administration on Feb. 14, 2020, on the state’s accounts from 2015 to 2019 in line with provisions of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2011.

    “Whereas the appropriate response will be made by the lawyers for the state in court in due season, we wish to note for the sake of the court of public opinion that these sorts of court actions are nothing more than fishing expeditions.

    “These litigations are distractions and a drain on the lean resources, will not be helpful in our quest to build a prosperous and united Bayelsa State.

    “This is yet another episode of a well-established, but unfortunate pattern of over 12 litigations which have amounted to nothing more than judicial harassments and disturbances that this regime has been subjected to, since its inception.

    “It is our conviction that a most perfunctory and peripheral examination of public records available on the internet and elsewhere, would have more than satisfied the candid information seeker,”he said.

    Duba, however, referred the litigants to the state’s monthly Transparency briefings since 2012.

    “This is because in accordance with extant laws, there have been monthly Transparency briefings, since 2012 with several journalists and NGOs in attendance, that have provided the very documents that these NGOs are presumably requesting for in court.

    “It is further instructive to recall that, as a prelude to the subsequently botched transition, a joint committee of the government of the day and representatives of the APC was formed and full disclosure, contained in hand over notes was prepared.

    “Why any groups in association or separately, will find it prudent to spend their resources suing for information that has previously been fully disclosed and remains available in the public domain is both profoundly troubling and indicative of deeply nursed malice.

    “It is malice against the PDP government.

    “It is difficult to evade the conclusion that opponents of this regime, having failed to unseat the prosperity government of Gov. Diri through numerous frivolous court cases, have purposed to distract and inconvenience it and prevent or slow down the wheel of development,” Duba said.

    (
    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    Source: NAN

  •   The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality Niger Delta MOSIEND on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the approval granted Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa to obtain N17 billion loan Diri on Nov 11 secured the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly for additional N17 billion loans from multiple sources to fund his administration s policies and programmes for the people The state House of Assembly expeditiously granted the approval on return from its long vacation at its plenary The Chairman of the Central Zone of MOSIEND Mr Taribolou Ogboriyo made the position known while reacting to the development in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa He described the action of the lawmakers as painful and untimely especially as Bayelsa had been classified among the top five poorest states in Nigeria He decried lack of developmental projects in the state nine months after the Diri administration came on board He recalled that barely two weeks after assumption of office on Feb 14 the administration sought and got a N2 9 billion loan to purchase cars a development that had no impact on the people He said that the state House of Assembly was largely responsible for the indebtedness of the state as the assembly always gave approval to every executive loan request sent to it without scrutiny Ogboriyo who said that such rubber stamp moves by the House of Assembly would be resisted henceforth added that the government had borrowed close to N30 billion since inception He also called on the governor to refrain from such borrowings saying that there was no justification for the loans First of all we are very displeased over the actions of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for approving the loan of N17 billion requested by Gov Diri for reasons best known to them MOSIEND frowns on the development because it is ill timed and not in the interest of the people of the state We want to put it on record that the Bayelsa State House of Assembly is to be blamed for the indebtedness of Bayelsa because it always approves every executive bill sent to the house Since the government came on board we have not seen any sign of development except the minor work going on at Tombia Junction and several monies have come into the state within this period of nine months that this government came into power yet this has not translated into development It is very sad and painful that having this in mind the Bayelsa State House of Assembly will still give the go ahead to the state government to borrow more money We are not happy about this and we want this state House of Assembly to take note that any more of such rubber stamp demonstrations will henceforth be resisted by MOSIEND and the Izon nation It is obvious that they don t have the interest of Bayelsa people at heart and we will not accept it This government in less than 10 months has borrowed about N30 billion and has also received the sum of over N90 billion as federal allocation with nothing to show for it We are also calling on Diri to desist from such attitude of borrowing because in the end it is Bayelsa people that will suffer for it This government does not have any reason to borrow because there is nothing on ground to justify such borrowings Ogboriyo said Checks at the official website of the Debt Management Office indicated that the debt profile of the state as at June 30 stood at N150 05 billion However Mr Daniel Alabra the Chief Press Secretary to Diri maintained that loans had become an integral part of public administration to meet budgetary shortfalls adding that the Federal Government was providing N10 billion out of the amount He said that taking loans was not bad however the loan in question was tied to projects which would bring benefits to the people of Bayelsa Edited By Cecilia Odey Grace Yussuf Source NAN
    MOSIEND kicks against N17bn fresh loan approval to Bayelsa
      The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality Niger Delta MOSIEND on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the approval granted Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa to obtain N17 billion loan Diri on Nov 11 secured the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly for additional N17 billion loans from multiple sources to fund his administration s policies and programmes for the people The state House of Assembly expeditiously granted the approval on return from its long vacation at its plenary The Chairman of the Central Zone of MOSIEND Mr Taribolou Ogboriyo made the position known while reacting to the development in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa He described the action of the lawmakers as painful and untimely especially as Bayelsa had been classified among the top five poorest states in Nigeria He decried lack of developmental projects in the state nine months after the Diri administration came on board He recalled that barely two weeks after assumption of office on Feb 14 the administration sought and got a N2 9 billion loan to purchase cars a development that had no impact on the people He said that the state House of Assembly was largely responsible for the indebtedness of the state as the assembly always gave approval to every executive loan request sent to it without scrutiny Ogboriyo who said that such rubber stamp moves by the House of Assembly would be resisted henceforth added that the government had borrowed close to N30 billion since inception He also called on the governor to refrain from such borrowings saying that there was no justification for the loans First of all we are very displeased over the actions of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for approving the loan of N17 billion requested by Gov Diri for reasons best known to them MOSIEND frowns on the development because it is ill timed and not in the interest of the people of the state We want to put it on record that the Bayelsa State House of Assembly is to be blamed for the indebtedness of Bayelsa because it always approves every executive bill sent to the house Since the government came on board we have not seen any sign of development except the minor work going on at Tombia Junction and several monies have come into the state within this period of nine months that this government came into power yet this has not translated into development It is very sad and painful that having this in mind the Bayelsa State House of Assembly will still give the go ahead to the state government to borrow more money We are not happy about this and we want this state House of Assembly to take note that any more of such rubber stamp demonstrations will henceforth be resisted by MOSIEND and the Izon nation It is obvious that they don t have the interest of Bayelsa people at heart and we will not accept it This government in less than 10 months has borrowed about N30 billion and has also received the sum of over N90 billion as federal allocation with nothing to show for it We are also calling on Diri to desist from such attitude of borrowing because in the end it is Bayelsa people that will suffer for it This government does not have any reason to borrow because there is nothing on ground to justify such borrowings Ogboriyo said Checks at the official website of the Debt Management Office indicated that the debt profile of the state as at June 30 stood at N150 05 billion However Mr Daniel Alabra the Chief Press Secretary to Diri maintained that loans had become an integral part of public administration to meet budgetary shortfalls adding that the Federal Government was providing N10 billion out of the amount He said that taking loans was not bad however the loan in question was tied to projects which would bring benefits to the people of Bayelsa Edited By Cecilia Odey Grace Yussuf Source NAN
    MOSIEND kicks against N17bn fresh loan approval to Bayelsa
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    MOSIEND kicks against N17bn fresh loan approval to Bayelsa

    The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality, Niger Delta, (MOSIEND), on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the approval granted Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa to obtain N17 billion loan.

    Diri, on Nov. 11 secured the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly for additional N17 billion loans from multiple sources to fund his administration’s policies and programmes for the people.

    The state House of Assembly expeditiously granted the approval on return from its long vacation at its plenary.

    The Chairman of the Central Zone of MOSIEND, Mr Taribolou Ogboriyo made the position known while reacting to the development in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa.

    He described the action of the lawmakers as painful and untimely, especially as Bayelsa had been classified among the top five poorest states in Nigeria.

    He decried lack of developmental projects in the state nine months after the Diri administration came on board.

    He recalled that barely two weeks after assumption of office on Feb. 14, the administration sought and got a N2.9 billion loan to purchase cars, a development that had no impact on the people.

    He said that the state House of Assembly was largely responsible for the indebtedness of the state as the assembly always gave approval to every executive loan request sent to it without scrutiny.

    Ogboriyo, who said that such rubber stamp moves by the House of Assembly would be resisted henceforth, added that the government had borrowed close to N30 billion since inception.

    He also called on the governor to refrain from such borrowings, saying that there was no justification for the loans.

    “First of all, we are very displeased over the actions of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for approving the loan of N17 billion requested by Gov. Diri for reasons best known to them.

    MOSIEND frowns on the development because it is ill-timed and not in the interest of the people of the state.

    “We want to put it on record that the Bayelsa State House of Assembly is to be blamed for the indebtedness of Bayelsa because it always approves every executive bill sent to the house.

    “Since the government came on board, we have not seen any sign of development except the minor work going on at Tombia Junction and several monies have come into the state within this period of nine months that this government came into power yet, this has not translated into development.

    “It is very sad and painful that having this in mind, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly will still give the go ahead to the state government to borrow more money.

    “We are not happy about this and we want this state House of Assembly to take note that any more of such rubber stamp demonstrations will henceforth be resisted by MOSIEND and the Izon nation.

    “It is obvious that they don’t have the interest of Bayelsa people at heart and we will not accept it.

    “This government in less than 10 months, has borrowed about N30 billion and has also received the sum of over N90 billion as federal allocation with nothing to show for it.

    “We are also calling on Diri to desist from such attitude of borrowing because in the end, it is Bayelsa people that will suffer for it.

    “This government does not have any reason to borrow because there is nothing on ground to justify such borrowings,’’ Ogboriyo said.

    Checks at the official website of the Debt Management Office indicated that the debt profile of the state as at June 30 stood at N150.05 billion.

    However, Mr Daniel Alabra, the Chief Press Secretary to Diri maintained that loans had become an integral part of public administration to meet budgetary shortfalls, adding that the Federal Government was providing N10 billion out of the amount.

    He said that taking loans was not bad however the loan in question was tied to projects which would bring benefits to the people of Bayelsa.


    Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Grace Yussuf
    Source: NAN

  •   The Bayelsa Government on Saturday began distribution of relief materials to victims of flood ravaged communities in the eight local government areas of the state The distribution is in fulfillment of Gov Douye Diri s promise when he led top government functionaries on an on the spot assessment of flooded communities in the state Mr Daniel Alabrah the Chief Press Secretary to the governor said this in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Yenagoa Alabrah said that the governor who was represented by Secretary to the State Government Mr Konbowei Benson noted that the distribution was the government s own way of cushioning the negative impact of flooding on the people He said that the government was not unaware of the devastating effects of the annual natural disaster on farmlands and the untold hardship on farmers The governor stressed that the distribution would be devoid of party interests Diri however urged those responsible for supervising the distribution to reach out to internally displaced persons the elderly and those whose property were damaged by the flood He also called for cooperation from the people as the relief materials got to them in order to achieve the purpose for its distribution The Chairman of Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area Chief Dengiye Ubarogu and his Sagbama counterpart Embeleakpo Alali received the materials for onward distribution to the affected persons The council chairmen thanked Diri for coming to the aid of the victims whom they said were gradually recovering from the flood They promised to distribute the relief materials to every victim of the flood noting that councillors representing every ward were mobilised for even distribution The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of more relief materials will continue in the other local government areas Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    Bayelsa Govt distributes relief materials to flood victims
      The Bayelsa Government on Saturday began distribution of relief materials to victims of flood ravaged communities in the eight local government areas of the state The distribution is in fulfillment of Gov Douye Diri s promise when he led top government functionaries on an on the spot assessment of flooded communities in the state Mr Daniel Alabrah the Chief Press Secretary to the governor said this in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Yenagoa Alabrah said that the governor who was represented by Secretary to the State Government Mr Konbowei Benson noted that the distribution was the government s own way of cushioning the negative impact of flooding on the people He said that the government was not unaware of the devastating effects of the annual natural disaster on farmlands and the untold hardship on farmers The governor stressed that the distribution would be devoid of party interests Diri however urged those responsible for supervising the distribution to reach out to internally displaced persons the elderly and those whose property were damaged by the flood He also called for cooperation from the people as the relief materials got to them in order to achieve the purpose for its distribution The Chairman of Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area Chief Dengiye Ubarogu and his Sagbama counterpart Embeleakpo Alali received the materials for onward distribution to the affected persons The council chairmen thanked Diri for coming to the aid of the victims whom they said were gradually recovering from the flood They promised to distribute the relief materials to every victim of the flood noting that councillors representing every ward were mobilised for even distribution The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of more relief materials will continue in the other local government areas Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    Bayelsa Govt distributes relief materials to flood victims
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    Bayelsa Govt distributes relief materials to flood victims

    The Bayelsa Government on Saturday began distribution of relief materials to victims of flood-ravaged communities in the eight local government areas of the state.

    The distribution is in fulfillment of Gov. Douye Diri’s promise when he led top government functionaries on an on-the-spot assessment of flooded communities in the state.

    Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said this in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Yenagoa.

    Alabrah said that the governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mr Konbowei Benson, noted that the distribution was the government’s own way of cushioning the negative impact of flooding on the people.

    He said that the government was not unaware of the devastating effects of the annual natural disaster on farmlands and the untold hardship on farmers.

    The governor stressed that the distribution would be devoid of party interests.

    Diri, however, urged those responsible for supervising the distribution to reach out to internally displaced persons, the elderly and those whose property were damaged by the flood.

    He also called for cooperation from the people as the relief materials got to them in order to achieve the purpose for its distribution.

    The Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, Chief Dengiye Ubarogu, and his Sagbama counterpart, Embeleakpo Alali,  received the materials for onward distribution to the affected persons.

    The council chairmen thanked Diri for coming to the aid of the victims whom they said were gradually recovering from the flood.

    They promised to distribute the relief materials to every victim of the flood, noting that councillors representing every ward were mobilised for even distribution.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of more relief materials will continue in the other local government areas.


    Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola/Donald Ugwu
    Source: NAN

  •   Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa has directed immediate employment for the survivors and relations of those that lost their lives in the Nov 13 2019 dastardly attack on PDP members and supporters in Ogbolomabiri Nembe The governor also directed immediate promotion for victims that are already in the state civil service in addition to the Commissioner for Health to take over the medical bills and treatment of those still undergoing treatment In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mr Daniel Alabrah the governor made the pronouncements at a meeting in Government House with victims and relations of the slain The attack on PDP faithful during Diri s campaign rally in the community three days to the November 16 Governorship Election in the state reportedly claimed no fewer than 21 lives while 195 persons sustained injuries according to a panel of inquiry set up by the immediate past administration The panel also said 350 persons reported that their properties were missing and that a total of 379 victims appeared before it he said While commiserating with those affected by the gruesome attack Diri described the meeting as a solemn one and called for healing forgiveness and unity in the land of Nembe His words Today is a solemn day I can see my brothers on crutches and my sisters that are survivors of that dastardly inhuman and cowardly act that took the lives of some of us I commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives and are here for this parley We feel and share in your pain I assure you that we will stand with you at times like this It is on this note I hereby announce the employment for all victims of the Nembe killings All the relations of those that lost their lives are hereby employed by the Bayelsa State Government For victims that are already employed in the state civil service I hereby direct promotion for them with immediate effect I also direct the Honourable Commissioner for Health to take over the treatment of all the victims henceforth he said Diri who thanked God on behalf of survivors of the onslaught on his party faithful said God heard their cries and delivered judgement at the Supreme Court For us what happened triggered a reaction from God Almighty as our cries and prayers went up to Him God had to come down Himself to give judgement in the Supreme Court Let me on behalf of the government use this opportunity to thank all of you particularly the victims and their families for your patience and understanding The governor while recounting his ordeal in the unfortunate incident said he would have been a victim also but for the mercies of God and the bravery of his security team that rescued him from the scene He added that in spite of the gruesome incident in Ogbolomabiri the Independent National Electoral Commission still declared 83 041 votes for the All Progressives Congress APC and a paltry 874 for the PDP when there was no election in the area He urged the paramount ruler of Ogbolomabiri to ensure that no Nembe indigene was denied the right of living in their ancestral home or become internally displaced persons The governor also called on him to use his position as father of the kingdom to bring back peace to his domain noting that failure to do so would be followed by government action Speaking earlier a member representing Nembe Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly Ebi Ben Ololo said the people of Nembe were mourning but smiling because God intervened by giving victory to Diri to bring succour to the oppressed wounded and bereaved The lawmaker commended the governor for his peaceful disposition that helped facilitate the successful meeting with victims of the attack and expressed optimism that the move will go a long way to restore hope and love among the people Also speaking the State s PDP Chairman Mr Solomon Agwanana who sympathised with families of party loyalists that lost their lives and loved ones said the party had always been known for peace and that it will continue to follow the path of love and unity in Nembe A victim on crutches Mr Omi Thompson who narrated his ugly encounter in the hands of the sponsored thugs said some PDP unit agents were marked for death before the fateful day in order to frustrate the party from participating in the governorship election Edited By Benson Iziama Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Nembe Killings: Diri directs immediate employment for slain victims’ relations, injured
      Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa has directed immediate employment for the survivors and relations of those that lost their lives in the Nov 13 2019 dastardly attack on PDP members and supporters in Ogbolomabiri Nembe The governor also directed immediate promotion for victims that are already in the state civil service in addition to the Commissioner for Health to take over the medical bills and treatment of those still undergoing treatment In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mr Daniel Alabrah the governor made the pronouncements at a meeting in Government House with victims and relations of the slain The attack on PDP faithful during Diri s campaign rally in the community three days to the November 16 Governorship Election in the state reportedly claimed no fewer than 21 lives while 195 persons sustained injuries according to a panel of inquiry set up by the immediate past administration The panel also said 350 persons reported that their properties were missing and that a total of 379 victims appeared before it he said While commiserating with those affected by the gruesome attack Diri described the meeting as a solemn one and called for healing forgiveness and unity in the land of Nembe His words Today is a solemn day I can see my brothers on crutches and my sisters that are survivors of that dastardly inhuman and cowardly act that took the lives of some of us I commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives and are here for this parley We feel and share in your pain I assure you that we will stand with you at times like this It is on this note I hereby announce the employment for all victims of the Nembe killings All the relations of those that lost their lives are hereby employed by the Bayelsa State Government For victims that are already employed in the state civil service I hereby direct promotion for them with immediate effect I also direct the Honourable Commissioner for Health to take over the treatment of all the victims henceforth he said Diri who thanked God on behalf of survivors of the onslaught on his party faithful said God heard their cries and delivered judgement at the Supreme Court For us what happened triggered a reaction from God Almighty as our cries and prayers went up to Him God had to come down Himself to give judgement in the Supreme Court Let me on behalf of the government use this opportunity to thank all of you particularly the victims and their families for your patience and understanding The governor while recounting his ordeal in the unfortunate incident said he would have been a victim also but for the mercies of God and the bravery of his security team that rescued him from the scene He added that in spite of the gruesome incident in Ogbolomabiri the Independent National Electoral Commission still declared 83 041 votes for the All Progressives Congress APC and a paltry 874 for the PDP when there was no election in the area He urged the paramount ruler of Ogbolomabiri to ensure that no Nembe indigene was denied the right of living in their ancestral home or become internally displaced persons The governor also called on him to use his position as father of the kingdom to bring back peace to his domain noting that failure to do so would be followed by government action Speaking earlier a member representing Nembe Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly Ebi Ben Ololo said the people of Nembe were mourning but smiling because God intervened by giving victory to Diri to bring succour to the oppressed wounded and bereaved The lawmaker commended the governor for his peaceful disposition that helped facilitate the successful meeting with victims of the attack and expressed optimism that the move will go a long way to restore hope and love among the people Also speaking the State s PDP Chairman Mr Solomon Agwanana who sympathised with families of party loyalists that lost their lives and loved ones said the party had always been known for peace and that it will continue to follow the path of love and unity in Nembe A victim on crutches Mr Omi Thompson who narrated his ugly encounter in the hands of the sponsored thugs said some PDP unit agents were marked for death before the fateful day in order to frustrate the party from participating in the governorship election Edited By Benson Iziama Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Nembe Killings: Diri directs immediate employment for slain victims’ relations, injured
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    Nembe Killings: Diri directs immediate employment for slain victims’ relations, injured

    Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa, has directed immediate employment for the survivors and relations of those that lost their lives in the Nov. 13, 2019 dastardly attack on PDP members and supporters in Ogbolomabiri, Nembe.

    The governor, also directed immediate promotion for victims that are already in the state civil service, in addition to the Commissioner for Health to take over the medical bills and treatment of those still undergoing treatment.

    In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, the governor made the pronouncements at a meeting in Government House with victims and relations of the slain.

    “The attack on PDP faithful during Diri’s campaign rally in the community three days to the November 16 Governorship Election in the state, reportedly claimed no fewer than 21 lives, while 195 persons sustained injuries, according to a panel of inquiry set up by the immediate past administration.

    “The panel also said  350 persons reported that their properties were missing and that a total of 379 victims appeared before it,”he said.

    While commiserating with those affected by the gruesome attack, Diri described the meeting as a solemn one and called for healing, forgiveness and unity in the land of Nembe.

    His words: “Today is a solemn day. I can see my brothers on crutches and my sisters that are survivors of that dastardly, inhuman and cowardly act that took the lives of some of us.

    “I commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives and are here for this parley. We feel and share in your pain. I assure you that we will stand with you at times like this.

    “It is on this note I hereby, announce the employment for all victims of the Nembe killings. All the relations of those that lost their lives are hereby employed by the Bayelsa State Government.

    “For victims that are already employed in the state civil service, I hereby direct promotion for them with immediate effect.

    “I also direct the Honourable Commissioner for Health to take over the treatment of all the victims henceforth,” he said.

    Diri, who thanked God on behalf of survivors of the onslaught on his party faithful, said God heard their cries and delivered judgement at the Supreme Court.

    “For us, what happened triggered a reaction from God Almighty as our cries and prayers went up to Him. God had to come down Himself to give judgement in the Supreme Court.

    “Let me on behalf of the government use this opportunity to thank all of you, particularly the victims and their families, for your patience and understanding.

    The governor, while recounting his ordeal in the unfortunate incident, said he would have been a victim also, but for the mercies of God and the bravery of his security team that rescued him from the scene.

    He added that in spite of the gruesome incident in Ogbolomabiri, the Independent National Electoral Commission still declared 83,041 votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a paltry 874 for the PDP when there was no election in the area.

    He urged the paramount ruler of Ogbolomabiri to ensure that no Nembe indigene was denied the right of living in their ancestral home or become internally displaced persons.

    The governor, also called on him to use his position as father of the kingdom to bring back peace to his domain, noting that failure to do so would be followed by government action.

    Speaking earlier, a member representing Nembe Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly, Ebi Ben-Ololo, said the people of Nembe were mourning, but smiling because God intervened by giving victory to Diri to bring succour to the oppressed, wounded and bereaved.

    The lawmaker commended the governor, for his peaceful disposition that helped facilitate the successful meeting with victims of the  attack, and expressed optimism that the move will go a long way to restore hope and love among the people.

    Also speaking, the State’s PDP Chairman, Mr Solomon Agwanana, who sympathised with families of party loyalists that lost their lives and loved ones, said the party had always been known for peace and that it will continue to follow the path of love and unity in Nembe.

    A victim on crutches, Mr Omi Thompson, who narrated his ugly encounter in the hands of the sponsored thugs, said some PDP  unit agents were marked for death before the fateful day in order to frustrate the party from participating in the governorship election.


    Edited By: Benson Iziama/Emmanuel Okara
    Source: NAN

  •   Gov Diri gets Bayelsa Assembly s approval to borrow N17bnLoanYenagoa Nov 12 202 Gov Douye Diri has secured the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly to obtain N17 billion loan from multiple sources The approval followed a motion moved on Thursday by the House Leader Monday Obolo Southern Ijaw Constituency 2 and seconded by Charles Daniel Brass Constituency I Diri had in three separate letters dated Oct 26 and Nov 9 addressed to the speaker solicited the assembly s approval for the loan He requested approval to access N4 billion for Sustainable Development Goals SDGs counterpart fund and N10 billion facility from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN for oil palm project In another request the governor sought approval for N3 billion loan a revolving temporary credit facility to fund state financing gap As part of this administration s efforts to cushion the effect of the global economic downturn occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic and the dwindling oil revenues we seek to take advantage of intervention funds from the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria and Sustainable Development Goals SDGs programme The facility from the Central Bank of Nigeria will aid the state government to develop our oil palm potential while the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs counterpart fund is a pre requisite for the state to attract a matching grant under the SDGs he said He explained that the N4 billion Sustainable Development Goals SDGs counterpart fund would be obtained from a commercial bank On the N3 billion loan Diri said Due to the global economic downturn and dwindling revenue it has become imperative to source for a revolving short term credit finance line to fund gaps when there is a short fall in monthly revenue accruing to the state This credit line will enable the state government to respond appropriately to critical monthly financial obligations The standing instruction will eliminate reoccurring documentation costs The facility shall be for tenure of 12 months as temporary overdraft with short term clean up circle The assembly also approved the governor s request to appoint additional 10 special advisers Edited By Johnson Eyiangho Obike Ukoh Source NAN
    Gov. Diri gets Bayelsa Assembly’s approval to borrow N17bn
      Gov Diri gets Bayelsa Assembly s approval to borrow N17bnLoanYenagoa Nov 12 202 Gov Douye Diri has secured the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly to obtain N17 billion loan from multiple sources The approval followed a motion moved on Thursday by the House Leader Monday Obolo Southern Ijaw Constituency 2 and seconded by Charles Daniel Brass Constituency I Diri had in three separate letters dated Oct 26 and Nov 9 addressed to the speaker solicited the assembly s approval for the loan He requested approval to access N4 billion for Sustainable Development Goals SDGs counterpart fund and N10 billion facility from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN for oil palm project In another request the governor sought approval for N3 billion loan a revolving temporary credit facility to fund state financing gap As part of this administration s efforts to cushion the effect of the global economic downturn occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic and the dwindling oil revenues we seek to take advantage of intervention funds from the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria and Sustainable Development Goals SDGs programme The facility from the Central Bank of Nigeria will aid the state government to develop our oil palm potential while the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs counterpart fund is a pre requisite for the state to attract a matching grant under the SDGs he said He explained that the N4 billion Sustainable Development Goals SDGs counterpart fund would be obtained from a commercial bank On the N3 billion loan Diri said Due to the global economic downturn and dwindling revenue it has become imperative to source for a revolving short term credit finance line to fund gaps when there is a short fall in monthly revenue accruing to the state This credit line will enable the state government to respond appropriately to critical monthly financial obligations The standing instruction will eliminate reoccurring documentation costs The facility shall be for tenure of 12 months as temporary overdraft with short term clean up circle The assembly also approved the governor s request to appoint additional 10 special advisers Edited By Johnson Eyiangho Obike Ukoh Source NAN
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    Gov. Diri gets Bayelsa Assembly’s approval to borrow N17bn

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    Yenagoa, Nov. 12, 202 Gov. Douye Diri has secured the approval of the Bayelsa House of Assembly to obtain N17 billion loan from multiple sources.

    The approval followed a motion moved on Thursday by the House Leader, Monday Obolo, (Southern Ijaw Constituency 2) and seconded by Charles Daniel, (Brass Constituency I).

    Diri had in three separate letters dated Oct. 26 and Nov. 9, addressed to the speaker, solicited the assembly’s approval for the loan.

    He requested approval to access N4 billion for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) counterpart fund and  N10 billion facility from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for oil palm project.

    In another request, the governor sought approval for N3 billion loan – a revolving temporary credit facility, to fund state financing gap.

    “As part of this administration’s efforts to cushion the effect of the global economic downturn occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dwindling oil revenues, we seek to take advantage of intervention funds from the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme.

    “The facility from the Central Bank of Nigeria will aid the state government to develop our oil palm potential, while the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) counterpart fund is a pre-requisite for the state to attract a matching grant under the SDGs,’’ he said.

    He explained that the N4 billion Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) counterpart fund would be obtained from a commercial bank.

    On the N3 billion loan, Diri said, “Due to the global economic downturn and dwindling revenue, it has become imperative to source for a revolving short-term credit finance line to fund gaps when there is a short fall in monthly revenue accruing to the state.

    “This credit line will enable the state government to respond appropriately to critical monthly financial obligations. The standing instruction will eliminate reoccurring documentation costs.

    “The facility shall be for tenure of 12 months as temporary overdraft with short-term clean up circle.’’

    The assembly also approved the governor’s request to appoint additional 10 special advisers.


    Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Obike Ukoh
    Source: NAN

  •   Former President Good luck Jonathan and Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa have called for the immediate adoption of electronic voting system to curb the ugly trend of politicians using thuggery and cultism to win elections in the country The former President said over 50 per cent of the problems faced by the country including insurgency cultism and corruption will be addressed with the adoption and effective use of e voting Jonathan blamed the rising insecurity in the country on activities of politicians who were hell bent on grabbing political power through the backdoor against the popular wish of the people He said Our political activities particularly the use of young people as militiamen and thugs and so on to win elections has increased the security challenges facing our nation Some of the youths they use are so protected that even the police cannot arrest them because they are boys to powerful politicians who use them during elections That is why I have always advocated that for us to move forward as a country we must use electronic voting where nobody will use thugs to win elections Immediately we use electronic voting the issue of thuggery and cultism will drop by at least 50 per cent he added Jonathan and Diri spoke on Sunday at the Third Synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark s Anglican Church Otakeme in the state Represented at the occasion by his deputy Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo the Bayelsa governor urged youths to shun politicians who only use them to achieve their selfish political goals and abandon them afterwards He noted that the only way a youth could resist the temptation of going into thuggery and cultism was to love and appreciate him or herself as a unique creation of God Diri also used the opportunity to call on people of the state to key into the present administration s prosperity agenda by embracing agriculture and small scale businesses to better their lot Just like our father the former President said earlier I want to encourage our youths to resist evil politicians who do not mean well for them If they invite you to carry guns ask them where are your children You must learn to love yourself above any politician For us as a government we are determined to improve the lives of our people And our focus is to see how prosperity can be engendered he said adding Prosperity is not engendered by coming to beg a politician to give you something to eat Diri emphasized The man who teaches you how to fish is better than the one who gives you fish To be taking fish from a politician every day is to be dependent So we are ready to make our youths self reliant and prosperous by teaching them how to fish in agriculture and other legitimate endeavours he explained Both leaders made financial donations to the Ogbia Diocese and urged the clergy and laity not to relent in their prayers for the state in particular and the country in general Delivering his address President of the Synod and Bishop of Ogbia Diocese Rt Rev James Aye Oruwori cautioned the Federal Government against using its Companies and other Allied Matters Act CAMA to undermine the sacred place of the church in society He said the theme of this year s synod tagged I Am That I Am emphasizes the self existent nature of God who is in perfect control of all situations and circumstances Bishop Aye Oruwori who thanked the dignitaries and other attendees of the event urged Christians not to presume to have known God enough but strive to serve Him in humility at all times The 3 day programme had in attendance the Bishop of Northern Izon Diocese Rt Rev Funkuro Amgbari his Niger Delta West counterpart Rt Rev Emmanuel Oko Jaja the Bishop of the Diocese on the Lake Imo State Rt Rev Chijioke Oti in addition to several other prominent personalities from within and outside the state Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Mouktar Adamu Source NAN
    Former President Jonathan, Gov. Diri canvass for electronic voting to curb thuggery
      Former President Good luck Jonathan and Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa have called for the immediate adoption of electronic voting system to curb the ugly trend of politicians using thuggery and cultism to win elections in the country The former President said over 50 per cent of the problems faced by the country including insurgency cultism and corruption will be addressed with the adoption and effective use of e voting Jonathan blamed the rising insecurity in the country on activities of politicians who were hell bent on grabbing political power through the backdoor against the popular wish of the people He said Our political activities particularly the use of young people as militiamen and thugs and so on to win elections has increased the security challenges facing our nation Some of the youths they use are so protected that even the police cannot arrest them because they are boys to powerful politicians who use them during elections That is why I have always advocated that for us to move forward as a country we must use electronic voting where nobody will use thugs to win elections Immediately we use electronic voting the issue of thuggery and cultism will drop by at least 50 per cent he added Jonathan and Diri spoke on Sunday at the Third Synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark s Anglican Church Otakeme in the state Represented at the occasion by his deputy Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo the Bayelsa governor urged youths to shun politicians who only use them to achieve their selfish political goals and abandon them afterwards He noted that the only way a youth could resist the temptation of going into thuggery and cultism was to love and appreciate him or herself as a unique creation of God Diri also used the opportunity to call on people of the state to key into the present administration s prosperity agenda by embracing agriculture and small scale businesses to better their lot Just like our father the former President said earlier I want to encourage our youths to resist evil politicians who do not mean well for them If they invite you to carry guns ask them where are your children You must learn to love yourself above any politician For us as a government we are determined to improve the lives of our people And our focus is to see how prosperity can be engendered he said adding Prosperity is not engendered by coming to beg a politician to give you something to eat Diri emphasized The man who teaches you how to fish is better than the one who gives you fish To be taking fish from a politician every day is to be dependent So we are ready to make our youths self reliant and prosperous by teaching them how to fish in agriculture and other legitimate endeavours he explained Both leaders made financial donations to the Ogbia Diocese and urged the clergy and laity not to relent in their prayers for the state in particular and the country in general Delivering his address President of the Synod and Bishop of Ogbia Diocese Rt Rev James Aye Oruwori cautioned the Federal Government against using its Companies and other Allied Matters Act CAMA to undermine the sacred place of the church in society He said the theme of this year s synod tagged I Am That I Am emphasizes the self existent nature of God who is in perfect control of all situations and circumstances Bishop Aye Oruwori who thanked the dignitaries and other attendees of the event urged Christians not to presume to have known God enough but strive to serve Him in humility at all times The 3 day programme had in attendance the Bishop of Northern Izon Diocese Rt Rev Funkuro Amgbari his Niger Delta West counterpart Rt Rev Emmanuel Oko Jaja the Bishop of the Diocese on the Lake Imo State Rt Rev Chijioke Oti in addition to several other prominent personalities from within and outside the state Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Mouktar Adamu Source NAN
    Former President Jonathan, Gov. Diri canvass for electronic voting to curb thuggery
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    Former President Jonathan, Gov. Diri canvass for electronic voting to curb thuggery

    Former President Good luck Jonathan and Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa have called for the immediate adoption of electronic voting system to curb the ugly trend of politicians using thuggery and cultism to win elections in the country.

    The former President said over 50 per cent of the problems faced by the country, including insurgency, cultism and corruption, will be addressed with the adoption and effective use of e-voting.

    Jonathan blamed the rising insecurity in the country on activities of politicians who were hell-bent on grabbing political power through the backdoor, against the popular wish of the people.

    He said: “Our political activities particularly the use of young people as militiamen and thugs and so on, to win elections has increased the security challenges facing our nation.

    “Some of the youths they use are so protected that even the police cannot arrest them because they are ‘boys’ to powerful politicians who use them during elections.

    “That is why I have always advocated that for us to move forward as a country, we must use electronic voting where nobody will use thugs to win elections’’.

    “Immediately we use electronic voting, the issue of thuggery and cultism will drop by at least 50 per cent,” he added.

    Jonathan and Diri spoke on Sunday at the Third Synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Otakeme in the state.

    Represented at the occasion by his deputy, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Bayelsa governor urged youths to shun politicians who only use them to achieve their selfish political goals and abandon them afterwards.

    He noted that the only way a youth could resist the temptation of going into thuggery and cultism was to love and appreciate him or herself, as a unique creation of God.

    Diri, also used the opportunity to call on people of the state to key into the present administration’s prosperity agenda, by embracing agriculture and small scale businesses to better their lot.

    “Just like our father (the former President) said earlier, I want to encourage our youths to resist evil politicians who do not mean well for them. If they invite you to carry guns, ask them, where are your children? You must learn to love yourself above any politician.

    “For us as a government, we are determined to improve the lives of our people. And our focus is to see how prosperity can be engendered, he said, adding, “Prosperity is not engendered by coming to beg a politician to give you something to eat’’.

    Diri emphasized: “The man who teaches you how to fish is better than the one who gives you fish. To be taking fish from a politician every day is to be dependent”.

    “So, we are ready to make our youths self-reliant and prosperous by teaching them how to fish in agriculture and other legitimate endeavours,” he explained.

    Both leaders made financial donations to the Ogbia Diocese and urged the clergy and laity not to relent in their prayers for the state in particular and the country in general.

    Delivering his address, President of the Synod and Bishop of Ogbia Diocese, Rt. Rev. James Aye-Oruwori, cautioned the Federal Government against using its Companies and other Allied Matters Act (CAMA) to undermine the sacred place of the church in society.

    He said the theme of this year’s synod tagged: ‘I Am That I Am’ emphasizes the self-existent nature of God, who is in perfect control of all situations and circumstances.

    Bishop Aye-Oruwori, who thanked the dignitaries and other attendees of the event, urged Christians not to presume to have known God enough, but strive to serve Him in humility at all times.

    The 3-day programme had in attendance the Bishop of Northern Izon Diocese, Rt. Rev. Funkuro Amgbari, his Niger Delta West counterpart, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, the Bishop of the Diocese on the Lake, Imo State, Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti, in addition to several other prominent personalities from within and outside the state.


    Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Mouktar Adamu
    Source: NAN