Tuesday, 19 September 2017

IDUMANGE HANDS OVER BAYELSA BROADCASTING CORPORATION TO FEBABO By Evans Tubonah

from Right Idumange and Febabo 
The former General Manager of the Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, Comrade (Dr.) John Idumange had officially handed  over the mantle of leadership of the Corporation, Glory FM, to Mr. Tari Febabo as the new General Manager.
In a brief ceremony held in the office of General Managers in the State Radio House, 97. 1 Glory Fm, in Yenagoa, Dr. Idumange gave accounts of his stewardship to the government and people of the state in his service as the General Manager of the State's Broadcasting Corporation, and highlighted some key areas that the new or incoming GM needed to pay attention to or focus on, to achieve desired success.
Comrade Idumange, who spoke about his anti-corruption disposition in governance said, for the new GM to succeed, he must plug every loop hole that the resources of the Corporation may not be hijacked by some persons to their private pockets and accounts, to the detriment of both management and staff.
"This is purely a handover ceremony, before this time, I had worked with the Radio, I wrote commentaries, right from the time Comish Ekiye was the General Manager, that time I was working as Local Government Secretary, but I was writing commentaries...so I was not new to the Radio House..."
Dr. Idumange said, his appointment and assignment on the 2nd of December, 2016 to the Radio House by the governor was to serve for six months, but that he had stayed up to nine months and while briefing the governor on who to be the GM after him, suggested that someone with experience from the Radio may be better but did not give the name of anybody to be appointed and commended the governor of his choice of Tari Febabo, describing the move as visionary.
Expressing his views on certain issues Dr. Idumange said:-
"One impression I want to correct is that any time something happens , something done either by the ministry or head of service..., it is attributed to me. Most people do not know that the civil service rule.. does not permit the GM to transfer anybody."
He told the in-coming GM who was an Assistant General Manager in the same Corporation some months ago, spoke of some key areas like the vexed issue of Sharp Sharp deductions of which information and receipts were in the handover note. while stating  that, the Corporation was cheated of the sum of N2.5m by the operators of the deductions and that  the matter is still on.
Speaking extensively on a wide range of issues, the  out going General Manager, Dr. Idumange highlighted some of  the achievements in his 9 months administration...
In his response, the new General Manager, Tari Febabo, thanked the Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson for giving him the honour to serve. He also appreciated the out-going GM, Comrade Idumange for his achievements and assured that he will do his best to fly the flag of the Corporation to the next level.



From left, Comrade Idumange and Tari Febabo

Thursday, 14 September 2017

ASUU STRIKE A GREAT SET BACK-GOVERNON'S AID By Evans Tubonah

Hon. Henry Dickson
Governor of Bayelsa State
Mr.Adigio Austin
Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa State,
Students Affairs
As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike continues across the nation, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Students Affairs, Mr. Adigio Austin described the development as a great set back to the nation.
Speaking to the Golden Pen Newspaper in his office, Yesterday, the Special Adviser said the nation's steady educational development has been seriously affected by the strike he described as avoidable.
He therefore called on the federal authorities and the Academic Staff union body, to for the interest of the country and the future of our children come to compromise and call off the strike without further delay.
He explained that the strike had adversely affected Bayelsa, because of what the Governor of the state, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson had put into the development of the sector from the inception of the administration. He spoke that the governor had begun with:-
"A very ambitious scholarship programme, that has been exceptional and indeed unprecedented. I keep on using that word, unprecedented, because indeed there was none like it until he came onboard and declared emergency in the full spectrum of the educational sub system..."
According to him, the Dickson administration took a look at the primary sector, the secondary sub-sector, and the tertiary, and spoke as follows:-
"With specific programme for training and 're-training of our teachers, today, I can tell you by our last WAEC performance, the WAEC  body adjudged Bayelsa as one of the states with best result in Nigeria... as reported in some of the media, that Abia, Rivers, Edo, Imo and Bayelsa emerged the best performing states in 2016 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations. These are the results, the bench mark, with which you measure the performance of the government."
On the issue of relocation of the College Of Education (COE) from Okpoama in Brass Local Government  to Sagbama in Sagbama Local Government Area, Mr. Adigio Austin said:-
"The College of Education in all it's stay in Brass Local Government Area had a population less than hundred students with teaching and non-teaching staff. We, in approaching education look at it as a business. Education is also a chain of production where outputs must equate inputs. There, salaries, overheads.... was not commensurate with the output of the students, and so the decision was reached and the school was moved to Sagbama. As I speak to you today, that school has over 2000 students.. with opportunities of even expanding; so you can now see the value for government investment in that school."
He further explained that people are interested in the school because of it's location. Sagbama is equidistant from  Port Harcourt, Warri, Ugheli, and therefore has larger catchment that come from neighboring states to register and that brings more internally generated revenue for the institution, he emphasized.
On the Maritime Academy for which the state government concluded plans to build at Okpoama in agreement with Poland, as a replacement of the C.O.E., Mr. Adigio Austin expressed the hope that despite financial challenges facing the nation and by extension the state government, he had no doubt that the State government will not fail on that project. Hear this:-
"His Excellency, the Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson knows the potentiality of a Maritime Academy in developing our maritime resources, hence he will not and will never abandone the project he had brought to limelight  or play politics with it. When that project is established and we understand our maritime domain and the economy, I mean having a Maritime institution will not only build our human capital , but is going to be a big logistics base...and that is a big money spinner for the state...he concluded.

Monday, 28 August 2017

AGRISABA KING EXPRESSES HOPE FOR RAPID DEV. IN NEMBE IBE/ MINI COMMUNITIES By Our Correspondent


The Obanema of Agrisaba, His Royal Highness, King Walter M. Samuel has said that the people of Nembe Ibe/Mini, in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, will develop rapidly in the nearest future as they continue to work in peace and harmony.
King Walter Samuel stated this while exchanging views with the Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of the Golden Pen newspaper, Chief Otonye Evans Tubonah on phone.
He described as a welcome development that his community, Agrisaba hosted a scheduled meeting of the Nembe Ibe/Mini Council of Chiefs attended by over one hundred Chiefs just recently.
The Agrisaba Monarch used the medium to acknowledge and appreciate the leadership role played by the Opu Nembe Council of Chiefs and urged them to maintain the tempo, to galvanize the Chiefs and people of Okoroba and Agrisaba and satellite communities in the area to work in peace and unity for development. He used the medium to highlight the development vision of his administration in Agrisaba.
King Walter Samuel said, the Agrisaba community has started the construction of a one kilometre road, which according to him has reached 30% completion, while a six flats teachers quatres is to be built to accommodate primary school teachers posted to the community, to which end, he went on to to say that thousands of blocks are already moulded in readiness for the project.
King Agri also spoke briefly of the development vision of his community in these words:
"My vision as the king of Agrisaba is to ensure that there is development in the land. It is also my desire that the life of the people, I mean the welfare of the people improves; through employment, through agriculture, fisheries, trade and industry and sports etc..."
"I, and my Chiefs Council and indeed the entire community share the same vision that Agrisaba's development is a collective responsibility, and we are working together." he further stated.
Talking about the administrative success of the king, a prominent son of the soil, Jean Agreen has this to say:
"King Walter is kind, sagacious, accommodating and pushes for the welfare of Agrisaba like no other king has done. Agrisaba community is getting more organized with extraordinary solidity and stability"

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

WARNING AGAINST LEADERS OF BAYELSA -By Evans Tubonah

Jesus Christ of Nazareth
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
The creation of Bayelsa State was highly celebrated when it was announced in a national broadcast by General Sani Abacha (late) marking the Independence of Nigeria, October 1st 1996.
The state was given by God to the Ijaw people through that great Military leader and Saint, General Abacha, who created two Local Governments and added existing six to make her a eight Local Government State.
Bayelsa is a state God has a purpose for creating, a purpose to do His will and He will never tolerate impunity or wickedness by anybody especially, leaders in the state no matter how highly placed., because He looks at the state  'as the Benjamin of Nigeria.", which is dear to Himself.
That was why he called Navy Captain Philip Ayeni, the Ist Military Administrator to order immediately when he derailed, with the consequences of his inability to continue in office.
The 2nd Military Administrator Navy Captain, Omoniyi Caleb Olubolade who came, and started well though, also derailed and was booted out of office suddenly, which made a way for Lt. Col. Paul Edor Obi a Soldier to take the mantle of loeadership and ushered in Democratic rule in 1999 with Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha as the 1st elected, indigenous Governor of the state.
Chief Alamieyeseigha started very well, but as time went on, things changed dramatically which led to the sad history of the sack of Odi by the military during the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and later impeached on charges of corruption, imprisoned and later pardoned by president Goodluck Jonathan
Chief Timipre Sylva came in as governor, faced battle upon battle from inception to the day of his unceremonious ousting. He was drilled through the courtsby the EFCC  but was vindicated.
Now, we have Hon. Seriake Dickson as the governor of Bayelsa, who had good intentions and started well, but right now the hand writing of God that has been keeping on writing on the wall:
'MENE. MENE. TEKEL.UPHARSIN.", has come again.
It is a call on the Shepherds (Leaders) of Israel (Bayelsa) to repent of their ways according to the word of God coming from the book of Ezekiel 34:2-10
God's anger is kindled against the Shepherds of Israel(Leaders) of Bayelsa State for taking care of themselves, feeding themselves fat, and leaving the flock (the citizens) without food, themselves wearing expensive apparel and living in splendour, while leaving the people naked and poor. While they themselves continue to pay high medical bills to secure their health and of their families , they leave the people they govern to live without medical attention, to suffer sicknesses and diseases to death and members of their families to  death.
First, the Lord advised the Bayesian leaders saying,
"Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven." Colossians 4:1, but they don't care to listen. Then Word of God came stronger saying, "...Thou shall not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And. The laborer is worthy of his reward."  Ist Timothy 5:18 but  the Shepherds, leaders of Bayelsa say No! they will not pay workers of their wages.
And God has warned the leaders saying:
"Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning." Leviticus 19:13, and the Lord underlined it saying:
"At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee" Deuteronomy 24:15,
the leaders of Bayelsa say, I will not pay the workers, I will not pay the pensioners, I will not pay the liabilities I inherited.
When the Lord in His anger declared:
"Woe unto him that buildeth his house in unrighteuosness, and his chambers by wrong: that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and given him not for his work." Jeremiah 22:13
Even as the Lord pronounced a curse against it, the leaders in Bayelsa State continue to give appointments without pay, giving contracts without pay etc.
The Lord who hate frauds and oppression has declared again in his anger saying:
"Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. James 5:4
And all that the leaders of Bayelsa have done with money go contrary to the ways of the Lord, because God's priority is that the 'Shepherds' (Leaders) of Bayelsa should take good care of the 'flock' (the people), feed them clothe them well, before taking care of themselves, but they had gone their own way hence the handwriting  on the wall.



Friday, 11 August 2017

MASKED MEN ATTACK :CHIEF SEIBARUGU THANKS GOD FOR SURVIVAL, APPRECIATES SUPPORT OF MASSES- By Evans Tubonah

The former Acting governor of Bayelsa State and (APC) big wig, Chief Werinipre Seibarugu whose home was visited by unidentified masked men, has broken his silence.
Chief Sebarugu a former Deputy Governor and also former Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, spoke to the Golden Pen Newspaper, which paid him a visit in his residential home in the Bayelsa State Capital, Yenagoa.
Narrating his experience, Chief Seibarugu, expressed gratitude to God for saving his life and for delivering him and his family out of the hands of those who masterminded the premeditated  attack against him.
According to him, the incident occured in the night at about  2 a.m Teusday after returning from Port Harcourt in the evening on Monday. Hear him:-
"I give thanks to God! Actually that night, I just returned from Port Harcourt, I was in my room, even far asleep. I was awoken by my wife who came trembling and told me that some masked men had already gained entrance into our compound."
Chief Seibarugu who said he didn't know where to start, took manly courage and stood up from his bed and left his room to see what could be done for him and his family to be safe from the danger that was lurking around.
His wife had given him the information that she saw masked men  trying to break the kitchen door to gain entrance  into the main house. she didn't know the number of the attackers because it was in the night and she was at a distance, but she saw some of them because there was light:-
"They were unable to off all the lights, so she saw the mast men and they were hitting the door to break it, thank God the door too was a good one. They were putting enough energies to break it; but unfortunately she saw them and raised alarm and came to the room and called me  to wake up and look around. And when I looked around, I did not see my security and I thought they might have overpowered them."
At that point the situation became so challenging, because Sebarugu knew that his security men lived with him in the compound, and at that critical moment, he did not see any of them. What could he alone do if the masked men had truly overpowered his security men? He picked up courage to take a bold step so as to get help from outside. Hear him:-
"I tried to call my friend, a police officer, the phone rang, but no response; so I said O.K, the way it is, if  even they have overpowered my men, it will take them a lot of time to enter the main building. In the process I had to think of what to do, and while I was in that process, I fell and injured myself. Then I saw my security men, the police, they live in the compound, but I think they avioded them and went through the back door. I didnt call them but the alarm raised by my wife woke them up. And we advanced and were able to repel them. When the police started shooting they ran away" Seibarugu said.
The former Acting Governor however stated that he don't know what particular name to call the masked men, because they didn't come close to tell anyone their mission or purpose.
"I don't know their , mission, so I cannot categorically say, they came for this purpose or for that purpose. People wearing masks except they gain access to you before  you may know what they came for.So, whatever anybody calls them, I accept. Call them assassins, call them thieves, call them armed robbers, no one is ruled out"
Chief Seibarugu who is being considered a possible gubernatorial candidate  in the forth coming governorship race in 2019 thanked God that he is alive, and appreciated the people of the state, the Press the Police, the DSS. his friends, communities and well wishers across the Nigerian nation and the world for their concern and goodwill towards him and members of his family, saying:-
"I want to use this opportunity to thank everybody that have shown concern...."  he concluded.




Thursday, 10 August 2017

BAYELSA GOVT. FAKES WORKERS ON PROMOTIONS IMPLEMENTATION.

The Bayelsa State government had made a u-turn towards the implementation of the 2015/2016 promotions for Civil Servants in the various ministries and parastatals of the state.
In a Government Order issued and signed by the office of the Head of Service, Rev. Thomas B. Zidafamor GO/65/VOL.1V/34, captioned: 
"UNAUTHORIZED IMPLEMENTATION OF 2015 AND 2016 PROMOTIONS BY MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES (MIDAs) OF BAYELSA STATE GOVERNMENT" called on the various ministries and parastatals to stop implementing the payment of the benefits of those promoted.
The controversial government circular issued on the 7th of August had given a knock on the heads of those Civil Servants who strenuously passed through a jealously guided civil service promotions examination held by the government itself.When Golden Pen visited the state secretariat, a group of disappointed workers which spoke to us  condemned the state government of double standard and outright deviation from the course of righteousness, describing the move as unfortunate.

Workers are of the opinion that the state government is operating illegally on a number of issues affecting their welfare which include unjust salaries deductions and levies, delayed salaries payment and a backlog of salaries arrears owed workers by the government.
All efforts to reach key government officials for their comments was unsuccessful.

Friday, 21 July 2017

SEA PIRATES TAKE FIELD DAYS IN NEMBE, OGBIA, BRASS WATER WAYS, COMMUNITIES CRY FOR GOVT'S INTERVENTION


His Excellency
Hon, Seriake Dickson

Mr. Asuquo Amba
Commissioner of Police
Bayelsa State
Worried by the repeated incidents of sea piracy in the Brass, Ogbia and Nembe Local Government water ways, there have been clarion calls on the Chief Security Officer of the state, the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, and the Chief Law enforcement officer of the state, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba to take urgent steps at nipping in the bud such acts of terrorism in the lands and water ways of the state.
According to information at Golden Pen news desk, the area had suffered great setbacks in terms of physical attacks on law abiding citizens going on their lawful businesses been killed, maimed and their monies or goods carted away  with impunity in the eyes of the law, having a field day.
Mr. Gborienemi Thomson and Hezekiah Olotu in their separate interactions with this medium posited that the situation has become worrisome to the extent that fishermen and women are apprehensive of dangers of their lives in the rivers and creeks of the said local government areas and beyond either for fishing or embarking on a journey.
The water ways in that axis had recorded terrible casualties and there have been repeated calls on the authorities to identify the culprits and bring them to book, but not enough had been done till date.
It would be recalled that a young man of Okpoama kingdom in Brass Local Government area an expectant father, Mr. Timi  Iyabi was on th 27th July 2014 reported killed by sea pirates in the water way of Ogbia and Brjass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
In the month of June, date 15, 2015 a Naval officer was attacked and killed at a Naval Security base along Akassa River, as reported.
Following the spate of sea pirates attacks and adverse consequences, the King of Okpoama Kingdom, HRM, Ebitimi Banigo also raised his voice, called on the authorities to intervene to stop the ugly trend, 31st of August 2015. The King, "... expressed concern over the rising cases of attacks and killings in our water ways and creeks of Brass and Nembe kingdoms by pirates"
While appreciating Governor Dickson for equipping the police with patrol vans to enhance police operations in the lands in Yenagoa, our sources called on the government to also pay adequate attention to our water ways to stop all acts of terrorism that be-devils the state.