Bayelsa Government Organises Media Chat To Address Developmental Challenges.

As part of activities marking the first year of the second tenure of the Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, the state government has announced its plans to organise a media chat to address developmental challenges.

The announcement was issued and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

Scheduled for Monday February 13, the special two-hour live media chat is expected to be broadcast on all the Bayelsa based radio stations and would begin at 12 noon at the Governor’s Conference Room, Government House, Yenagoa.

The announcement further explained that the governor is expected to address a wide range of issues, including the various steps the government is taking to address the developmental challenges of the state in the midst of dwindling resources.

Bayelsans and the general public were therefore advised to tune in and also participate by asking questions and sending in comments.

Bayelsa Government Launches No Work, No Pay Policy.

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Henry Seriake Dickson, has invited all Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Ministerial Departments, agencies and other major stakeholders in the state for a meeting and the formal launch of the new ‘no work, no pay’ policy.

 

It will be recalled that the governor had through the Secretary to the State Government, last week announced that he would launch the policy to curb the unfortunate trend of low attendance to official duties by most civil servants in the state and the issue of over bloated wage bill.

 

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso- Markson, the meeting and official launch of the policy is expected to take place on January 25.

 

The event which will kick off at 12 noon, will hold at Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.

 

The agenda for the meeting as stated by Markson, reads “Absenteeism and payroll fraud in the State”.

 

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BREAKING: Supreme Court confirms Seriake Dickson as Bayelsa Governor

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declared that Seriake Dickson was validly elected as Bayelsa Governor.

 

The seven-member panel of judges gave the ruling following an appeal by Timipre Sylva, candidate of the Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the elections.

 

Mr. Dickson’s election as governor had earlier been ratified by the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

 

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We are moving Bayelsa away from its evil past – Dickson

Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson, on Thursday stated that his primary mission as leader of the state was to move it from its ‘dark and evil past” to a glorious one.

He noted that having fought “so many battles” and emerging triumphant in all, it was necessary to work closely with God and the people to ensure that the state was weaned from its unenviable past.

Dickson spoke during an event to mark the state’s fifth Annual Thanksgiving Day at the Ecumenical Centre in Igbogene, Yenagoa.

He explained that being the first bill he sent to the state House of Assembly when he became governor underscored the importance of the annual thanksgiving ceremony.

According to him, the event was to give everybody an opportunity to thank and praise God according to their faith. “Its a sacred day of thanksgiving. Its not just a day for officialdom”, he said.

The governor added, “When we came on board five years ago, knowing all the battles that we fought, we have never lost any battle along this way. It’s our prayer that moving forward, we always remain victorious.

“I look at life and see how God raised me as a police constable, working through different people at different times through thick and thin, I emerged governor of this state.

“Because of some of the issues that preceded my emergence after I had gone to court to compel INEC to put back my name, I discovered I had to thank God.

“God has been merciful. Seeing the need to reposition our state rightly before God, we thought there was need to move the state away consciously from all that was dark and evil. That was why the first bill I sent was the law giving rise to this ceremony”.

He called on the people of the state to jettison all divisive tendencies and join forces with his administration to build the state, irrespective of their political differences.

In his sermon, the guest preacher, Rev. Uma Ukpai, noted that Bayelsa remained a very dear state in God’s heart, stating that that underscored the choice of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan by God to rule Nigeria for the period he did.

Gov. Dickson Renames Banquet Hall To Immortalise Alamieyeseigha

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has renamed the state’s Government House Banquet Hall as Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall to immortalise the late first civilian Governor of the state, Dr Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

 

Dickson disclosed this in Yenagoa on Friday at the special valedictory State Executive Council session in honour of late Alamieyeseigha.

 

The governor said that also renamed was the road linking Yenagoa to Alamieyeseigha’s hometown Amassoma, which would now be called Chief DSP Alamieyesigha Road.

 

He described the late Alamieyeseigha as a great leader and a major voice of Ijaw people who passed on when his companionship and services were most needed.

 

The former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in his tribute, described Alameiyeseigha as “a boss, a close ally and a leader of the Ijaw nation who impacted positively on his people.

“When I was deputy governor of Bayelsa under Alamieyeseigha, he gave me the responsibility to run the affairs of government in his absence because he trusted me.”

 

He added that Alamieyeseigha`s demise was a sad moment to Ijaw people.

 

The remains of Alamieyeseigha would be laid to rest on Saturday in his home town Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

 

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Bayelsa: Seriake Dickson Dissolves Cabinet

Following the end his first tenure, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has dissolved his cabinet.

 

However, a Government House statement on Monday, said the governor retained his Chief Press Secretary, Mr, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

 

With  the commencement of his second term, the Governor thanked all political appointees, who served in the first tenure for their commitment and dedicated services to the government and people of the state.

 

According to a Government House statement, Governor Dickson wished them well in all their future endeavours.

 

The statement, however, pointed out that those whose services might be needed would be reappointed to serve the state in the future.

 

But barely 24 hours after taking the oath of office for a second term in office, Dickson, has made his first official appointment with the retention of Iworiso-Markson as his CPS.

 

The appointment of Iworiso-Markson is with immediate effect.

 

Iworiso-Markson also served in the same capacity from 2012 to the end of the Governor’s first tenure in office.

 

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Bayelsa: Dickson Sworn In For 2nd Term (Photos)

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa was on Sunday sworn-in for the second term in office, with the promise to move the state forward.

 
Speaking at the event in Yenagoa, the governor dedicated his victory at the poll to the people and assured that he would not play politics with the security of the state.

 

“My victory as governor is victory for the people; this administration will continue to sustain the existing security in the state.
“We must stand for good governance and light must always triumph over darkness in Bayelsa;”.

 

Dickson also promised to complete the ongoing airport project and empower youths in the state.

He disclosed that the airport project was 80 per cent adding that diversification of the state economy will also be his priority.

“In the past four years, the state has witnessed transformation and we are ready to do more.
“We will consolidate and expand security in the next four years; this victory is ours and I want us to build a strong synergy to accelerate development of Bayelsa.
“I must say that my government is ready to work with the federal government in ensuring that the issue of kidnap and oil pipeline vandalism is properly checkmated.
“My advice to our people is to steer clear of encouraging or covering-up criminal acts in the state and Niger-Delta region,’’ he said.

Mr Charles Sambo, a Youth Leader, commended Dickson, assuring that the youths will help to promote peace and security in the state.
Sambo called on youths in the state to support the federal government efforts in fighting crimes, especially oil pipeline vandalism.
According to him, development of the Niger-Delta will not be possible in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“Let us say no to criminality, especially to pipeline vandalism and kidnap,” Sambo said.
The ceremony was attended by Governors Ayodele Fasose of Ekiti, Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, among others.

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We’ll Work Together To Strengthen PDP In South South — Dickson

Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has said that he will work closely with other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, towards ensuring victory in the re-scheduled State and National Assembly elections in their states.

 

Gov Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa Dickson, in statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, gave the assurance, Sunday, at a reception which followed a thanksgiving service held in honour of the Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesome Wike, in Port Harcourt, over his recent victory at the Supreme Court.

 

 

He said that as the oldest PDP governor in the South-South geo-political zone, it was incumbent on him to play a pivotal role in efforts geared towards strengthening the party’s existing structures at both regional and national levels.

 

Congratulating Wike and his deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, for their victory, Dickson said that whatever affects Rivers State has a ripple effect on Bayelsa State because both states share common history and cultural affinity.

 

He, therefore, urged the people not to allow any issue to divide them, but remain united and work for the peace, progress and stability of the region. Dickson, who extended a hand of fellowship to the Rivers people, advised them to rally round their governor to enable him focus on delivering the dividends of democracy, particularly as the country was grappling with dire economic challenges.

 

 

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Seriake Dickson Re-Elected As Bayelsa Governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the incumbent governor, and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. Seriake Dickson, as the winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election.

 

He floored his closest rival, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to win the controversial election.

 

Dickson polled 134,998 votes, while Sylva garnered 86,852 votes.

 

A total of 232,167 votes were cast in the election out of which 6,647 votes were rejected as invalid.
Moses Siasia, a younger brother of Nigeria’s Under 23 football coach, Samson Siasia, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, took a distant third with 1,572 votes despite a high-profile campaign.

 
This followed the conclusion of the supplementary election held on Saturday. The initial election was held on December 5, 2015.

The declaration of the final results by the returning officer, Professor Zana Akpagu commenced shortly after 8.00 p.m. last night and punctured the high drama and suspense that had held many of the state’s political stakeholders for most of yesterday.

 
The agents of the PDP, Chief Fred Agbedi and that of the APC, Barrister Dennis Otiotio had in the course of the day at the collation centre, Yenagoa, repeatedly exchanged accusations over the conduct of the supplementary elections in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and some other units where the elections were cancelled last December.

 
Earlier in the day, the returning officer for Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Dr. Johnson Dagana had declared the result of the election in the local government area putting Dickson as the winner of the contest in the area with 23,2081 votes. Sylva, who had earlier predicated his possible victory in the governorship election to amassing significant votes to wipe away the 30,000 plus lead of Dickson, garnered last December, however, failed to record the upset in the local government area.

 

In the end, he got only 10,216 votes out of the 33,607 valid votes cast in the local government area that is also the base of Dickson’s late patron and first civilian governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

 

 

Following the declaration of the results, Barrister Otiotio, agent of the APC candidate immediately renounced the declaration of Dickson as the winner, saying the election should have been declared inconclusive on the claim that the difference between the two leading candidates was less than the number of cancelled votes. He also alleged irregularities in voting in some sections of the state.

 
His claim was immediately dismissed by Agbedi, the PDP agent who blamed the irregularities on the APC even as he acclaimed the performance of Dickson as the reason for the PDP victory.

 

 

Following the declaration of the results, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, congratulated Dickson saying the victory was sweet.

 
He said: “It is a sweet victory, coming against all odds. It is a testimony to the performance and popularity of Governor Seriake Dickson and our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

 
“I commend the people of Bayelsa State for standing up to be counted, for protecting their democratic rights to freely choose their leaders. They have made a resounding statement to the effect that the state remains a PDP enclave and that they are committed to keeping it so.”

 
He, however, charged Governor Dickson to repay Bayelsans for their faith in the PDP and his leadership credentials with greater transformation in his second term.

 
He also enjoined him to reach out to his opponents for the peace and progress of the state, while ensuring that every part of the state is fairly treated irrespective of their political choices.

 

MEND Denies Endorsing Seriake Dickson

The Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) on Tuesday denied reports that it endorsed the re-election bid of Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson.

MEND in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, dissociated itself from a statement endorsing Dickson’s ambition, credited to one Prince Amaibi Horby, who claimed to be its acting chairman.

The militant group said it was not in support of re-election of Dickson, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.

It said Dickson in his desperation to be re-elected paid a group of thugs to use its name to endorse him.

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Dickson Hails Buhari For Revealing Nigeria’s Financial Status

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for disclosing the economic status of the country.

Dickson urged Bayelsa people to brace up to the harsh financial situation facing the state.

He spoke at a meeting with the new Special Advisers at the Government House, Yenagoa, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Thursday.

The governor said the way out of the present economic doldrums was diversification from oil and gas sector of the economy.

Dickson said, “Already, you are all aware of the statement by the President that our country is in a very dire financial situation. That comment has attracted a lot of criticisms, but I agree with the President that Nigerians are entitled to know the true state of the economy.

“Investors who want to do business in Nigeria are entitled to know the true state of our economy. Let me use this opportunity to call on all Bayelsans to listen to what the President has said that the entire country is broke.

“He has made us to understand that the financial situation that we are managing is a national phenomenon. It is not peculiar to Bayelsa.

“For the allocation of last month, the Federation Account Allocation Committee could not meet until the past month because they didn’t have money to share to the states and even when they met for the first time since I took over as governor, states have started getting zero allocation.

“I don’t know why people are blaming the President for saying that our country is broke, because that is the truth about the economy. States can’t pay salaries; we can’t meet our basic responsibilities. I can’t pay allowances to myself and my staff.

“However, even in the midst of that, we are managing to pay salaries. Even in this terrible month, we’ve directed that by Monday salaries of workers should be paid.”

He charged his appointees to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the present administration’s efforts to consolidate on its achievements.

According to him, the new aides were coming into government at a crucial moment of election and, therefore, urged them to join forces with other critical stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party to mobilise support for the party in the forthcoming election.

 

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Gov Dickson emerges PDP flag bearer for Bayelsa Dec 5 guber poll

 Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday emerged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for December 5 governorship election in the state.

Dickson contested the primary election as the only aspirant following the earlier disqualification of three aspirants and withdrawal of another.

Announcing the result, the Chairman of the Election Panel, Gov Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state, commended the delegates for their peaceful conduct adding that this was an indication that PDP was ready to set good example for other parties to follow.

“ A total of 476 delegates were listed for the election, 452 people were accredited, 24 were absent while five votes were voided..

“Gov. Dickson having scored 447 votes in the Bayelsa PDP governorship primary election, I declare him the winner; he is now returned as the party gubernatorial candidate in the state.

“The election today, shows that PDP is united and the transparency in the election is commendable. I must say that PDP will continue to be united not only in Bayelsa but Nigeria at large.

In his response, Dickson said he was ready to continue to pilot the affairs of the people of the state.

“I commend you all, for the support and today has shown that PDP is a peaceful party; PDP is strong in Bayelsa and there is no space for other parties come Dec 5.

“I hereby, announced to you that my able Deputy Governor, John Jonah will still be my running mate for the governorship race, I thank you all,” Dickson said.

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Plot To Impeach Bayelsa Governor Thickens

There are indications that the lawmakers in Bayelsa State House of Assembly are bent on impeaching the state governor, Seriake Dickson.

It was learnt that the First Lady, Patience Jonathan had finalised plans to move against the Governor through impeachment process.

The First Lady’s loyalists were said to be capitalising on using thugs to cause mayhem in the state as well as using some aggrieved members of the state House of Assembly that were allegedly denied return tickets to the House to impeach Dickson.

But a socio-cultural organisation, Niger Delta Solidarity Forum, has accused the First Lady and her godson and presidential aide, Waripomowei Dudufa, of planning to destabilise the peace and the prevailing stable political atmosphere existing in the state using about 1 000 political thugs.

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NBA Queries Bayelsa Governor, Dickson, Over Attack On Court

The Nigerian Bar Association has queried the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, for leading thugs to attack a Federal Court in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The governor was caught on video, walking into the court premises, accompanied by his police guards and hangers on, before hooligans, including rifle-wielding police officers, invaded and attacked the court. The video, sparked outrage with many Nigerians demanding an independent investigation into the attack.

Mr. Dickson, a lawyer, is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a onetime attorney general of Bayelsa State. He is also a former member of the House of Representatives. The NBA president, Augustine Alegeh, said the association of lawyers in Nigeria had sent a letter to the governor, asking him to explain his actions in the court.

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