Tuesday, 15 August 2017


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


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


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


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.

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Sir C.T Ikelemote
Chairman Public Service Training Institute
It is now clear that the Bayelsa State Institute of Public Service Training will soon go into organizing series of training programmes in line with the government commitment to excellent service delivery in the state.
This was handed down to the public, by the Director General of the Public Service Training Institute, Sir C. T. Ikelemote, while exchanging views with the Golden Pen Newspaper in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa.
He said the Restoration Government under the able leadership of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has a commitment to equip the public service to enhance it's productivity through training and retraining by the Public Service Training Institute.
The Director General observed that whereas, the governor had at different occasions expressed his willingness to approve the procurement of desired equipment to fast track the immediate take-off of the programme, that had been greatly challenged because of the economic situation.
Speaking on the prospects of training and retraining, the highly experienced government official has this to say:
"The function of the institute is to train all public officers as well as newly recruited officers. Training is done in three categories: we need the junior staff, we have the senior staff and we have the management staff. We have not done anything yet, because we have not been properly set up, not properly set in the sense that, we haven't bought the equipment needed in training."
Ikelemote, also talked about some of the areas that needed to be tidied up according to the vision of the government. Hear him:-
"There is no light, no water and the equipment we need is not yet there, but we have taken up our matter with His Excellency, the Governor who had made this place a reality and promised to make the Institute a legacy this administration will bequeath to the Civil Service.
" Every office needs furniture, there are some furniture that are specified for certain offices. In this place what we need most as equipment are computers, projectors, radio, televisions, to build a computerized system. That is a special programme that will be centrally done" the DG emphasized.
He used the medium to inform that the Bayelsa State Public Service Training Institute, when fully operational, will not only train Civil Servants but also those in the Local Government system, hold training programmes for the Police and others that may need the services of the institute.
Ikelemote explained further that:-
"Government work is like every other private work. There is planning, there is estimate, as the word implies, the hope of what you aim at getting, you may not get all of it because this is a general period of recession.
"But the emphasis the governor always place on this Institue, we are very hopeful that in the near future the vision of His Excellency for embarking on this project will be realised."

Friday, 14 July 2017


 The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and his blind followers have been told that they have no link whatsoever with the Bight of Biafra that is not in the inter land but in the Niger Delta.
A Human Rights Activist and Anti- Corruption Campaigner in the Niger Delta, Dr. John Idumange made this know while exchanging views with the Golden Pen Newspaper in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa.
He noted that the Igbo people have no basis to claim being Biafra which runs through the Niger Delta waterways and is not in the inter land where the Igbo people are divinely located, he described the act of Kanu and his middle class followers calling themselves as of Biafra, shows lack of knowledge or an act of usurpation against rightful people of Biafra of the Niger Delta.
Dr. Idumange stated further that that the colonialist marked the Right of Benin and the Bight of Biafra, both of which have nothing to do with the Igbo people who are in the inter land and not at all in the waterways through which the bights exit.
Reflecting on the the Secessionist move by the Igbo people who were led into a civil war by Odumegwu Ojukwu using the Name Biafra, as their intended Republic was a calculated plan by Ojukwu to hijack the Oloibiri and other Niger Delta Oil wells to prosecute that war of Ojukwu's obnoxious ambition. And they did not succeed because the true people of the bight of Biafra namely the Niger Delta people were not part of the maneuvering agitations.
"Ideally, it is we the Niger Delta's that should claim to be Biafrans. Have you looked at the map of Nigeria? Where is the Bight of Ibarra? The  Bight of Biafra is in the Niger Delta Area.
Those people in the inter land are not Biafrans. The Bight of Benin is from Benin to Lagos, that is the Bight of Benin. Benin was a very massive empire spreading all across Cotounu, Republic of Bene and so on.
So, if we are to go by that name, we are actually the people to answer the name, Biafra. And Biafra itself is a corruption of "Biafulo" (Soup that is done).  It's like when they came to Brass and our people said "Barasin, Barasin" and they called it Brass So, it is the people in the Niger Delta own rightfully what we call the Bight of Biafra."
Dr. Idumange who traced the origin of Biafra to colonialism in Nigeria by the British went further to say as follows:-
"During the colonial era they called this place, the Bight of Biafra and from Edo State, the Bight of Benin. So, if there is any move like Biafra we should be the ones to actually take that name.
"They should go and answer any other names: Ohaneze Republic, Maduemre  Republic or whatever, but real Biafra belong to the Niger Delta.
"To attest to that fact, look at the map of Nigeria and see where the Bight of Biafra belongs.We are not the people agitating. The Ibos, during the war Ojukwu had a perception that the oil wells of Oloibiri and the Niger Delta is what he would use to fund the state of Biafra, that was why he called the name, Republic of Biafra, the Ibos do not really belong to Biafra."
"The Ibos are in the inter land and remember...Harold Dapa Biriye and others did it for Gowon. On th 27th of May 1967, three days to the war he created 12 states. And in these 12 states Rivers State was big . All the Ibos with their population rapt into the South Eastern state and they were helpless."
Dr. John Idumange who repeatedly harped on the economic interest by the Ibo people in their dream to a Biafran state, spoke on the era of Odumgwu Ojukwu in these words.
"...Ojukwu had an eye for the crude oil of the Niger Delta. And that is why till today, some of those not too decent academics will regard their area as part of Biafra
"This Ibos are actually not Biafrans, going by the etymology of the word  and the geography that is spread in Biafra, Ibos are not Biafrans.
"We are the ones who have the right to choose Niger Delta Republic or Republic of Biafra, because we are actually the Biafrans. Looking at the map of Nigeria, it's a misnomer  whether some of our persons join Biafra or whatever..., I want to emphasize that the Ibos are usurping what does not belong to them." Idumange concluded.

Nnamdi Keanu

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Gen Yakubu Gowon
The Bayelsa State Government had played host to a  former Military Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon, who was in the state to commission a number of projects embarked upon by the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson administation.
A programme of activities lined out by the media team took the visiting former Head of State and his entourage to after landing at  the state capital, Yenagoa, in the afternoon,  proceeded to the Traditional Rulers Secretariat where he was  received by the Royal fathers. from there into  the Government House where a solidly built New Governors Office built by the Dickson  administration was commissioned at N3.3bn  on Wednesday July 12th, 2017.
The former Head of State, His Excellency,  General Yakubu Gowon accompanied by his lovely wife, Victoria Gowon, commended the Governor for embarking on such a people oriented project that touched the lives of the people of both the present and future generations of the state.
Speaking further on the laudable developmental  vision of His Excellency, the Restoration Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson, the former Head of State has this to say:
"I must congratulate the governor on the structures that I have seen, especially on this new office complex. I urge you to continue to do the good work, your commitment to development, General Gowon said."
Appreciating the mammoth crowd of dignitaries for their unalloyed support, the former Head of State went on in these words:-
" To the people of the state, I must say that you have been supportive to the governor irrespective of theparty you belong. I urge you to always play the good role for the betterment of the state."
The former Head of State, Dr. Yakubu Gowon recalled the support of the late Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro and Chief Dapa Biriye and other well meaning people of old Rivers State, when he was the Head of state.
In his remarks, His Excellency the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Dickson thanked General Gowon for his show of love to him and the people of the state for honouring them with his presence.
Governor Dickson went on to say that, the projects commissioning is to mark the beginning of an era of excellence in every sector of the Restoration administration; especially in the most critical areas of Security, Health, Education and Infrastructural Development.
The Chairman of the occasion and former Minister of Information and foremost leader of the Ijaw people, Chief E.K. Clark who gave kudos to the governor, Hon. Dickson for his achievements in infrastructural development described the new governors office as the best in the country.
Chief Clark used the medium to call on the Nigerian nation to be restructured, which according to him will give a sense of belonging to all ethnic nationalities without majority or minority considerations.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Traditional rulers council in the State, and first Military Governor of Rivers State, HRM, King A.P. Diete Spiff said Rivers and Bayelsa couldn't have been so privileged to achieve such a high level of development, but for the benevolence of General Gowon who created the old Rivers State out of which Bayelsa was created.
The high point, was a cultural display at a diiner held at the state banquet hall in honour of the august vistor, by the State Cultural troupe titled: "Oloibiri" which tells the story of the discovery of oil in the Niger Delta, the exploitation and the wealth accruing from  it and the dejection, rejection and suffering of the people of the region that ignited unrest, and graphically emphasized the need for taking good care of "Oloibiri" as a panacea for peace progress and national cohesion.
In a related development the Bayelsa State government also played host to another august visitor, in person of the literary Icon of Africa, the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka who was conferred  with honorary Education Ambassador of the State.
Governor Dickson stated that the measure was in appreciates of the the Prof. for the role he's been playing across nation in propelling education, and called the attention of the Prof. not to shy away from giving support to the educational revolution of his administration, Gov. Dickson said.
The Governor and his literary giant visitors were at  Jaw National Academy Commissioned the previous day by His Excellency General Yakubu Gowon who also laid a wreath in honour Isaac Adaka Boro at the Heroes Park in Yenagoa.