The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 16, Mr Abraham Ayim, has officially bowed out of active service in the Nigeria Police.
The Zone 16 Command of the Nigeria police comprises Rivers and Bayelsa states with headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the retirement of the AIG from the force was a triple celebration as it coincided with his 60th birthday and the delivery of a baby boy by his daughter.
Ayim’s retirement celebration, which was held at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa, drew dignitaries from all works of life.
Delivering his farewell address, the outgoing AIG expressed gratitude to God for enabling him to reach the peak of his career, stating that “I have no regrets whatsoever being a police man.
“If I have another opportunity to return to the world, I will come back a police man.
”The police chief attributed his successes in the profession to the cooperation of his men and the goodwill he enjoyed from members of the public.
He added that “you cannot police effectively without the assistance of the public.
With the support of the public, we were able to surmount our challenges,” he said.
He thanked the governors and governments of Rivers and Bayelsa for their hospitality and support, urging them to extend same warm working relationship to whoever that would succeed him in the zone.
On the 2023 general elections, Ayim urged the officers and men of the police force to be wary of politicians with deceitful tendencies but adhere to professionalism in the discharge of their constitutionally assigned duties.
“Electioneering season is a very delicate period.
No police officer should cheaply give himself to politicians to be deceived with a token.
Don’t allow yourself to be deceived,” he added.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of the Bayelsa state, Mr Ben Okolo, described the outgoing AIG as an astute police officer who was professional to the core at the point of duty, adding that his meritorious service would be greatly missed.
Okolo wished the AIG a life of fulfilment and good health outside service, pointing out that the retired senior police officer would remain a reference point to him and other policemen in terms of professional advice.
The Senator representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Moses Cleopas; the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigative Department, zone 16 Sadiq Aliyu, and the zonal Police Public Relations Officer all spoke glowingly of the outgoing AIG.
They described him as an astute investigator and a thorough bred police officer who married personal and professional duties with a high sense of professionalism with humility and respect for persons and ideas of those who worked under him, whether great or small.
The highlights of the event were the cutting of the cake and presentation of gifts from the zone 16 and other groups to the retired sheriff.
Before his appointment as AIG in 2021, Abraham Ayim, who hails from Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross Rivers state, held several key positions in the force and became the commissioner in charge of administration in the Department of Finance and Administration, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
A former president of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Dr Onyifie Jonjon, has called for the rejigging of the amnesty deal signed between the Federal Government and repentant militants of the Niger Delta.The administration of deceased President Umaru Yar’Adua signed the amnesty deal with the repentant militants in 2009. It came into effect on Aug. 6 of that year.Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Yenagoa, Dr Jonjon said the current execution of the deal was skewed against Niger Delta brokers of the deal.He said that the execution rewarded violence-prone people instead.Jonjon stressed that those who brokered the amnesty deal had been side-lined and left in the cold.He added that it was regrettable and discouraging that society seemed to neglect intellectual prowess and discouraged youths from scholarly endeavours and hard work.“Where are people like Mr T.K. Ogoriba, Dr Chris Ekiyor and Dr Felix Tuodolo who contributed so much in making the amnesty programme a reality?’’ he queried.He lamented that after getting involved in an accident and underwent several surgeries; he got nothing as reward since the amnesty programme began.Jonjon is also the Special Adviser to Bayelsa governor on Ijaw nation’s Affairs.He said the pipeline surveillance contract signed between the Federal Government and some repentant militants ought to have reversed the unjust reward system and engage law-abiding, peace advocates.“Historically attention has been on the merchants of violence while those who are law-abiding; who mediated in the peace building process are not factored in.“I was drafted in during the agitation by militants as President of Ijaw Youths Council alongside notable Ijaw leaders.“When the amnesty was proclaimed there was no role for those who brainstormed to midwife the idea,’’ Jonjon lamented.He stressed that Ijaw leaders who mediated and brokered peace ought to be involved in monitoring and evaluation as well as in providing intellectual support to the entire struggle.He observed that amongst the beneficiaries in the pipeline surveillance contract, it was only Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo that was consulting and enlisting the participation of Niger Delta stakeholders.He charged other beneficiaries to emulate Tompolo and carry other stakeholders along and discourage infighting amongst Niger Delta people.Jonjon called for concerted efforts by beneficiaries of the surveillance contract and other stakeholders to involve more people so as to spread the benefits.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Ijaw Diaspora Council (IDC) said it was ready to collaborate with the Bayelsa State Education Development Trust Fund (BEDTF) to uplift the standard of educational in public schools and ensure infrastructure development.
The council’s President, Prof. Mondy Gold, said this during a virtual conference with members of the BEDTF on Tuesday in Yenagoa.
Gold said the council was pleased to work with the state education trust fund to actualise its lofty goals, saying government bureaucratic bottlenecks often hindered the process of attracting Diaspora projects back home.
He said members of IDC, which comprised Ijaw professionals, cutting across several countries of the world, were eager to contribute their quota to the development of Ijaw land.
He pleged IDC’s commitment, using its wide network to attract more development partners to the state.
Also, the Vice President of IDC, Mrs Antonia Garner, said the group had the capacity to attract more philanthropic organisations to Bayelsa, saying it was the nexus for those living in the United States of America, Europe and other Continents of the world.
She lauded the BEDTF for articulating projects that would positively impact the lives of the young people in Bayelsa.
The chairman of IDC, Gesiere Brisibe-Dorgu, said with the right synergy, the planned projects would be feasible, adding that the successful execution of targeted projects would bring fulfillment to the IDC, the state and Ijaws at large.
On water and sanitation issues, she urged the Bayelsa House of Assembly to legislate laws that would prohibit open defecation and waste disposal in the rivers, used as major source of potable water.
Brisibe-Dorgu, who expressed concern that Ijaws were lagging behind in the comity of tribes in the Nigerian nation, noted that any effort geared towards tackling the problem should be given the needed attention.
The Chairman of the BEDTF, Prof. Turner Isoun, applauded the IDC for embarking on the numerous projects in several communities of the Ijaw nation.
Isoun, who was represented by Prof. Francis Sikoki, said the quest for partnership with development partners, groups and philanthropic organisations was in line with the law establishing the EDTF.
He said the challenges confronting the state education sector were enormous for any government to shoulder alone, saying it required collaboration from well-meaning bodies and organisations.
He explained that the vocational trainings being proposed were fashioned according to the required skill sets for companies, industries and the labour market place.
According to him, some of identified skills needed to make youths meaningfully engaged to check social vices and unemployment, include building, plumbing, carpentry, welding and fabrication for the oil and gas industry, tourism and hospitality.
In her presentation, BEDTF’s Executive Secretary, Alice Atuwo, listed the planned projects for execution to include the construction of science and technology laboratories, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes, sick bays and capacity building for Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET) programmes.
Atuwo, who lauded the IDC for demonstrating genuine commitment in its support of the BEDTF’s efforts at improving the standard of public schools in the state, stated that the agency was committed to providing counterpart funding for projects to be sited in the schools.
She said that the COVID-19 pandemic had further exposed the need for e-learning and the establishment of e-libraries for schools in remote communities in the State.
Ex-agitators in the Niger Delta on Thursday applauded the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu as the new Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
The National Secretary, First Phase ex-agitators, Pastor Nature Keighe, who disclosed this in a statement in Yenagoa, also hailed the President Muhammadu Buhari -led administration, for not allowing any vacuum in the amnesty office.
Keighe, who is also the Chairman, PAP’s Strategic Communication Committee (SCC), noted that the group would give Ndiomu similar support extended to his predecessor, retired Col. Milland Dixon Dikio Describing Ndiomu as a leader and father, Keighe appealed to him to continue with some ongoing programmes initiated by PAP, which had helped to sustain the peace in the region.
He noted that the sole responsibility of the ex-agitators was to work with him, to promote the peace and development of the Niger Delta.
“We want to formally appreciate Mr president for not allowing any vacuum in PAP.
We want to appreciate him for appointing Maj.-Gen. Ndiomu as the new Interim Administrator, PAP.
“We want to use the opportunity to welcome our leader and father to the office of PAP.
We will give him all the support he needs for the interest of the Niger Delta region.
“What we have begun to do with PAP under the leadership of Col. Milland Dixon Dikio, we will do it for his administration, with the focus of ensuring that the Niger Delta becomes a more peaceful environment for people to do business for development.
“We will bring to your notice, the various programmes we have been undertaking in the region to sustain the peace.
We wish you all the best and pray God to guide and give you wisdom to pilot the affairs of the region.
“As ex-agitators in the region, our responsibility is to protect the region and every programme that is positioned to enhance the human capacity development of the region,” Keighe assured
Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has urged religious leaders in the country to preach harmony in the interest of peace and national unity.
Ewhrudjakpo made the call in Yenagoa when the Association of South-South Muslim Ummah of Nigeria visited him.
The deputy governor identified religious intolerance as a major cause of the insecurity and conflict in some parts of the country.
He said it was worrisome that Nigeria was rated low globally in terms of religious tolerance.
Ewhrudjakpo said it was the duty of religious leaders to preach peace, tolerance and unity among Nigerians.
”The situation has led to the destruction of lives and property.
It has also affected development.
This is not good”We have to live as one.
We need to avoid religious fanatism and extremism.
We should have respect for life.
We are one people,” he said.
He said that the Gov. Douye Diri-led administration would continue to provide the enabling environment for religious tolerance to thrive.
The deputy governor said that the state government would not discriminate between religious groups for any reason.
Earlier, Leader of the deligation, Alhaji Nasir Uhor, commended the state government for its commitment on fostering harmony among religious groups.
He urged the state government to create a separate pilgrims board for the Muslim Ummah in the state.
He said that such move would enthrone efficiency in the management of pilgrimage activities in the state.
Candidates of the APC in the 2023 polls in Bayelsa have been advised to take the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu presidential race seriously, if they must win the next governorship election in the state.
This admonition was given in Yenagoa on Friday by party stakeholders who attended the inauguration of the 105 Ward Coordinators of the Pastor Reuben Initiative for Good Leadership and Accountability (PRIGLA) They said that the inauguration of the APC support group was to strengthen the APC’s grip at the grassroots – in order to change the narratives in the 2023 general elections.
Bayelsa Chairman of APC, Mr. Dennis Otiotio, admonished the pary’s candidates and supporters to understand that Tinubu’s fate was tied to theirs, if they must reclaim Bayelsa which the party won but lost to Supreme Court verdict.
Otiotio, who was represented by the Youth Leader of the party in the state, Mr Preye Agama, urged those contesting for various elective positions in the 2023 general elections to see Tinubu’s presidency as top priority and swing into action.
Also, founder of PRIFGLA, Chief Reuben Wilson, urged the newly inaugurated ward coordinators of the support group to go back to their various wards and constitute their unit excos, directing them to unify and strengthen the party at the grassroots before the campaign window opens.
Wilson, who is also the South-South Coordinator of the Asiwaju Group (TAG), urged them to deliver the candidates of the party from the House of Assembly to presidential positions.
According to him, this is the time to bury all grievances against any member of the party and work to ensure that the party emerges winner of the 2023 general elections.
“I don’t want to hear complaints about candidates.
The party’s victory is paramount.
What you’re doing is for the party and not the candidate.
” Wilson said.
Wilson said he would not sleep until the APC took over the state.
According to him, how well they perform in the forthcoming Bayelsa Governorship election hinges on how well they perform in the 2023 general elections.
He commended the leader of the party, Chief Timipre Sylva, for steering the party in an orderly manner, which resulted in the emergence of the kind of quality and people-oriented candidates now flying the party’s flags in the 2023 polls.
He also assured the national leadership of the APC and the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, of his resolve to mobilise support for the party across the South-South geopolitical zone in 2023. Mr Imiebo Meshach, who is the PRIFGLA Coordinator in Southern Ijaw Ward 4, promised not to let the party down.
He said that with this step taken by members of the APC, the party would be able to beat its records in previous elections.
Nigerian champions Bayelsa Queens of Yenagoa were on Friday in Rabat drawn alongside defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies for the second edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the draw for the competition billed for Oct. 30 to Nov. 13 in Morocco took place at the Mohammed VI Technical Centre in Rabat.
According to the draw, Group A has hosts ASFAR FC of Morocco), who finished third at the inaugural edition of the competition in Egypt last year.
The group also has Tanzania’s Simba Queens, Zambia’s Green Buffaloes and Liberia’s Determine Girls.
Bayelsa Queens are in Group B alongside defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies of South Africa, Egypt’s Wadi Degla and the UNIFFAC representative.
NAN reports that the group matches have been scheduled for Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 for Match Day One fixtures, while Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 are for Match Day Two fixtures.
Match Day Three fixtures will hold on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, with the group winners advancing to the semi-final matches billed for Nov. 9. The third-place and final matches will be played on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 respectively.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) says it remains committed to the capacity building of health professionals, to render quality and affordable health care service in the Niger Delta.
Mr Igo Weli, Head, Corporate Relations, SPDC, stated this at the ongoing Quality Improvement Training for health care professionals from selected public hospitals on Friday in Yenagoa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training involved health care professionals from certain public hospitals in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers.
The oil firm donated two ambulances and solar powered vaccine freezers to Edagbebiri Cottage Hospital, Rivers, and Otuasega Cottage Hospital, Bayelsa.
The ambulances are equipped with mini-intensive care units.
Weli was represented on the occasion by Mr Amaechi Ijeoma, Corporate Relations Manager (West) SPDC.
He said that the company and its joint venture partners had supported more than 27 public health facilities across the Niger Delta.
Weli stated that the support was in the areas of infrastructure upgrade, health systems strengthening, equipment, supplies and capacity building.
“As a company, SPDC understands the role of quality health care service in improving overall health outcome and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Hence, as part of the organisation’s commitment to its host communities, we started the quality improvement journey across all the supported health facilities,” Weli said.
According to him, health improvement in health care facility requires systemic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement, in the degree of which the health care delivered reflected professional knowledge and standards.
Prof. Dimie Ogoina, Chief Medical Director, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), stated that the quality improvement scheme at NDUTH had pushed up performance from 24 per cent in 2014 to 57 per cent in 2018. Ogoina, who is a resource person at the training, said that the teaching hospital was aiming at being the first public hospital to get international certification for quality improvement in Nigeria.
Presenting the ambulances and vaccine storage freezers, Group General Manager of NAPIMS, the investment arm of NNPC Ltd, Mr Bala Wunti, stated that the gesture would bring the benefits of oil exploration to Nigerians.
Wunti was represented at the event by Mrs Bumi Lawson, a Director at NAPIM.
He urged the management of the benefiting health facilities to deploy the items judiciously in a responsible manner.
Responding, Dr Ajoebi Oluwalobi, Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa Ministry of Health, commended the donors for the ongoing support to the health sector.
The permanent secretary appealed for the sustenance of the trend.
More than 60 medical professionals from benefitting public medical facilities from Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers are participating in the training in Yenagoa.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun training of 30 persons on environmental beautification in Bayelsa, to empower them economically.
The Director-General of NDE, Mr Nuhu Fikpo, who was represented by the state Coordinator, Mr Aham Osuchukwu, stated this at the training on Monday in Yenagoa.
He said that the training was to promote environmental renewal in habitat, both urban and rural as well as offer skills in aesthetics, protection, ornamentation to finishing and employability skills.
Fikpo said the programme was sub divided into three main categories, namely soft landscaping, hard landscaping and Plaster of Paris skill sets.
He said soft landscaping included flower gardening, landscape design, raising of nurseries and planting of grasses.
“Hard landscaping from the training scheme include production of interlocking stones, bricks, concrete paving’s stabs, hard rings and railings, kerbstones, balustrades and lastly Plaster of Paris.
’’ The D-G told the youths that the skill they were about to acquire was highly sort after.
With the marshy nature of most communities in Bayelsa, he told the trainees to gear up and take hold of the profitable opportunities available to them after the training.
Also, Mrs Felicia Baite, Head, Special Public Works, urged the trainees to be humble and obedient to their trainers and uphold the workshop rules and regulations guiding the various workshops where they would be posted to.
Mr Umanah George, one of the trainees, commended the NDE management for the training, promising to be of good behaviour.
He added that they would not disappoint the organisation.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) on Monday said it was investigating a report of an oil spill from its asset at Ogboinbiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an operational mishap on Aug. 24 at Diebu Creek Flowstation, operated by SPDC discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the environment.
The people of Peremabiri community had lamented the adverse impact of the spill and alleged insensitivity, neglect by SPDC.
They said the delayed response to the spill by SPDC had led to damage to the land and marine environment and impacted a wider area.
SPDC in a reactive statement by its Spokesman, Mr Mike Adande, made available to NAN in Yenagoa confirmed the oil firm was aware of the report of the spill.
Adande said: “We are working with regulators and local community to investigate the reported incident.
“The Diebu Creek stopped injection into the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) on Feb 25, owing to constant breaches of the TNP by crude oil thieves.
“The TNP is currently undergoing tests with water main flushing.
” According to residents, the discharge of large volumes of crude into the environment has polluted the Nun river, swamps and farmlands causing hardships to the predominantly fishing and farming settlement.
Mr Return Koma, Chairman, Peremabiri Community Development Committee in a telephone interview with NAN on Monday, said officials of SPDC had convened a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to the flow station and impacted site for Monday.
“They called to say that they are coming for a JIV on Tuesday and shortly they shifted it to today being Monday, so we are waiting,” Koma said.
Koma explained that the JIV report will reveal the cause of the spill, estimated volume of spill and impacted area