Monday, 5 March 2018


The Bayelsa State Government has announced that henceforth, academic staff workers in Universities and other Tertiary Institutions of the state will not be in the salaries payment list of the State's Civil Service  under the  present administration.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Governor of the State, His Excellency, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd.)  on behalf of His Excellency, the Governor of the State, Hon.Henry Seriake Dickson and the Restoration Government of PDP stated this during the 2nd Transparency Briefing of February 2018, held in Government House, Yenagoa.
The Deputy Governor flanked by top government officials, such as the Secretary to the State Government Mr. Kemela Okara, the Hon.Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso Markson, the Hon. Commissioner for Finance, Mr. with his team of financial experts including the Chief Finacial Adviser, Iduate Iyabi and  Mr. Timipre Seipulo. Other high officials include the Commissioner of Education, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite and the Hon. Commissioner for Power, Engr.  Jim Ogbolo amongst others.
He stated clearly, that the Bayelsa State government had always been leading  on the campaign for transparency and accountability in governance which had resulted in the reduction of the state's wage bill from N3.6bn to N2.9bn, the deputy Governor said, it was the result of much deliberations and reports presented to government by various committees to achieve the feat. Hear him:-
"Following the Public Service Reforms based on very many Committee Reports, the aim of government is to see that most of the tertiary institutions on their own shall be getting only grants from the government. So, we are no longer adding that to our salaries, as we settle the grant separately.
"That is why you see the salary bill going down from N3.6bn to N2.9bn" , the Deputy Governor clearly stated.
Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah said the state government had in accordance to the new policy approved the sum of N6.30bn grant to Universities and other Tertiary Institutions to be self reliant on salaries payment.
Commencing  graphic explanations of the income and expenditures of the state in the month of February, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd) said this:-
"On behalf of the government, we once again give you the income and expenditures of the state..."
He then went on to read out the total amount received from the federation accounts allocation committee (FAAC), 13% derivation funds, value added tax (VAT), Excess Crude, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) etc. and also read out deductions out of the total gross income of N14.3
billion that accrued to the state in February.
The Commissioner for Finance,  Mr. spoke on government's commitment to the Transparency briefing in these words:
"This is one promise the Governor made, and we are seeing the dividend  achieving  all this. In education alone, we have achieved the feeding of students in  our boarding schools. This cannot be reversed either because it is established by law"
Earlier, the Honorable Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso Markson said the Bayelsa State Government led by His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has  kept on with the Transparency Briefing for the past six years, for which an Award of honour has been given to the Governor by a frotline Media Organization. Hear him:-
"...We ''ve been doing this for the past six years, the only state doing this. The African Independent Television (AIT)  presented an Award to the Governor for being transparent and accountable to the people.
"Great leaders who come to Bayelsa and see the jobs being done...thought there is so much money...but it's due to prudent management of the finances of the state.."
The Information Commissioner said,  all those who came and commissioned projects in the state  gave  kudos to the development vision of the Governor, Hon. Henry Dickson, with attestation to transparency and accountability as the secret of success.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


The historical position of Nembe in literary works, dates back to the colonial era with Rev. Ogriki Ockiya writing the Nembe Bible and  Nembe songs book the Sanki, the Nembe/English dictionary amongst others. There were also some  Nembe short stories books that were highly informative.
The story of the dog crossing a bridge with a bone, which saw another dog in the water from his reflection, which thought that the bone in the reflected dog had a bigger and jumped into the water, but didn't find it,

Friday, 16 February 2018


Information leaders in the country, led by former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, Labaran Maku, John Odey and others have given kudos to the governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson for building a house for information management in the state.
The first of it's kind information house was commissioned yesterday as part of the ongoing projects commissioning galore by the Dickson led Restoration government marking the 6th anniversary of the administration.
Professor Gana who was accompanied also by Senator Mantu said information dissemination is key to the choice of good leaders and for success of democracy. He therefore commended the vision of Mr. Dickson  for having such an unprecedented vision for putting in place such a magnificent edifice in recognition of the media as a core pillar in governance. Here this:
"If people are not well informed they will choose bad leaders and that is why,  excellent information management is imperative for democracy..."
Prof. Gana said.
High point of the occasion was a discussion segment, where information management in Nigeria, before, today and the future was discussed. Prof. Jerry Gana, a father of information managers, who acknowledges also the fatherly status of Chief E.K.Clarke, a former Information Minister, Labaran Maku, John Odey and others constituted the panel of discussants, with Mr. Freston Akpo being the moderator.
The panel agreed that information in governance is imperative and that government needs to be proactive  in information dissemination so as not to be beaten by opposition. The panel noted that today, due to the incursion by the new media which  brought about unprofessional persons doing the work of journalism without knowledge of the ethics of the noble profession there were great challenges, but advised that governments may do well if youths were trained in that area to be of the information network.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018


The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson had said that his administration has broken the jinks of none completion of second tenure in office by elected governors since the state was created.
He stated this on  Sunday at the occasion of a thanksgiving service marking the 6th anniversary of Restoration government held at the Glory Land Chapel in the state.
Governor Dickson said:
" was full of challenges when my administration came onboard in 2012, there was lawlessness, cultism and violence, but today, the situation has improved tremendously.."
He appreciated God for giving him the grace to achieve all that his administration has been able to achieve.
The governor further stated that his administration had laid a solid foundation in the six years under review and attributed all to the hand of God behind him and the government of Bayelsa state for which he is the governor.
Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson did the only Bible reading, according to the book of Psalms 124:1-8 reads:
"If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: then the waters had overwelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed is the LORD who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth."
The governor  who apprecited leaders of the various security formations in the state who played key roles for the security of the state called on the people of Bayelsa to continue to live in peace, emphasizing that the remaining two years of the administration will not condone criminality or violence.
Earlier, the Pastor of Shepherd Vine Church, Rev. Emmanuel Ogemudia revealed that the Bayelsa Governor, Henry Dickson share the same calling with Jerubabel governor of Israel in the Bible chosen by God to 're-build Jerusalem after their captivity in Babylon, and that it was not by might nor by power that Jerubabel succeeded but by the power of God, so has Governor Dickson achieved so much not by his power nor by might but by the hand of God.
The man of God said that it is not the will of man, but that of God that must be accomplished in the remaining two years.
Gen. Alain Akinrinade
As part of the celebrations, a lecture on the above topic held at the government house banquet hall attracted dignitaries across the nation to the state capital, Yenagoa.
A former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Guest Lecturer to the historic occasion spoke on the amalgamation of the various ethnic nationalities to a nation called Nigeria, by Lord Lugard, and the carving out of regions, which ended at the beginning of the the Nigerian civil war in 1966/1967 following the creation of 12 states by the military, which today has given Nigeria the status of a 36 states nation, with a Federal Capital Territory.
According to him the present arrangement even with the six political zone system does not represent the needs of the people emphasizing that only restructuring will serve as the panacea for peace, unity and economic prosperity.
Former Governor of old Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife was Chairman of a five man panel to discuss the topic: they include,  the president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Mr. Shetima Yerima,, the spokesman of Afenifere Yinka Odumakin and the founding president, Nigeria Oral Literature Association agreed that the time for restructuring is now,
They agreed that since, Restructuring has become a national consensus, President Muhammadu Buhari should forward a bill to the National Assembly to pass, so that the the desire of all Nigerians to have a restructured nation shall come to pass, whereby true federalism will be practiced where states will control their resources and pay taxes to the federal government.

Sunday, 11 February 2018


Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCON)
As the Bayelsa State Government gets ready to host another big event to celebrate the success story of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson's Restoration Administration, a programme of activities has been announced with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo coming to commission a number of projects.
This was made known at a Press briefing organized by the State Government in Government House, Yenagoa, Friday 9th of February, 2018.
The Secretary to the Government, Barrister Kemela Okara, said the 6th edition of the Restoration Government was special and commended the Hon. Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso Markson for showcasing the activities of government in various ministries/agencies telling the development story of the state, which according to him had gone a long way in informing, educating and enlightening the masses of the high level of performance by the Dickson administration.
Barr. Okara announced a kick-starting of the programme with a Thanksgiving Service Sunday, 11th February, at Glory Land Chapel Government House , to be followed on Monday 12th February with a Public Lecture Topic:
RESTRUCTURING, THE WAY FORWARD by General Akrenade (Rtd), while on the 13th Tuesday, there will be commissioning of projects, amongst which are the Secretariat Annex, Cultural Boulevard amongst others.
The SSG went further to say that on the 'D' day, Wednesday the 14th which is Valentine's day, there shall be a rally to showcase the culture of the Ijaw people in the streets of the state capital. and there shall be a landing of the first sea plane at Oxbow lake as part of the innovations of the administration, Barr. Okara said.
He posited that, the Special Guest of Honor at the historic occasion, the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo will arrive the state and be led straight to the State Traditional Rulers Council for a courtesy call after which, there shall be a Command Performance in his honour and a dinner party in the evening at the state's banquet hall, Yenagoa.
Saturday he said  is the official week day for projects commissioning ,
Earlier, the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iwiriso Markson, in a word of appreciation to the media in the state, remarked that the Restoration government had reached a peak and commended members of the pen fraternity for what he called a good partnership, which the state government and the media have all enjoyed. Hear him:
"We thank the media for support and understanding. With your support and effective coverage, the state government stands tall, and we will always carry the media along to ensure that the activities of the Restoration government were documented for posterity.
Also speaking the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite who gave kudos to the Information Commissioner, Daniel Iworiso Markson for organizing the  immediate past first inter ministerial/agency briefing described the event as a worthwhile venture that revealed the high performance level of the Hon. Dickson government
He remarked that the governor had built the best of schools in the state and  had done a lot in the sector announcing that, ten Bayelsan youths sponsored by the State to Lincoln University who graduated in flying colours, have  founded a company is being  engaged as partners by the Bayelsa state government to boost education by creating websites and other internet facilities that will encourage ebooks.
He used the medium to announce that the former President will be a guest at the prestigious Ijaw National Academy to interact with students across the state, where it is anticipated that the students may be privileged to know more about the story of Nigeria catching on his experience as a former military Head of State and a former president of Nigeria.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018


The Bayelsa State Government led by Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has declared the total One Hundred and four (104) qualitative projects at inception of the administration from 2012.
Speaking at the occasion of an Inter-Ministerial Briefing organized by the Ministry of Information and Orientation under the auspices of the State Government, at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, n Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital,  the Governor of the State, His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson attributed the successes of his administration to a robust security network put in place.
The Governor who was represented by "his dependable ally" the Deputy Governor of the State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd), stated his administration's strategy was to provide security, to bring peace, so as to make way for rapid development in line with the RESTORATION Agenda of his administration.
To this end, he said, a Security Outfit code named "Operation Doo Akpo" was established for both upland and riverine operations, to tackle what he described as the most challenging  security situation that faced the state at the inception of the administration. Rear Admiral Gbotibiogha John Jonah (Rtd) stated that the
                                                                                 timely action taken by the government in these words:
"... the first thing that we pursued was security. We had no choice but to do so, knowing fully well that without security, you cannot for any meaningful projects, without security there will be inexhibition of movements.
"So, we started Iimproving the security system  in the state. Today, our security system is second to none in this country. ..."
Rear Admiral John-Jonah used the medium to inform the people of the the state, that the state government committed so much funds to the security project to achieve the enviable feat.
Giving a graphic explanation  on the establishment of "Doo Akpo" Security outfit, the Deputy Governor has this to say:
"At the point after establishing the state security outfit  Operation Foo Akpo...we conceptualized, constructed boasts. Most of the boats used by security forces were conceptualized in the state."
Rear Admiral John Jonah used the medium to to inform the people of the zeal and passion, the Governor, Hon. Dickson has for the development and transformation of the state.
Briefing the media, the Honourable Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Lawrence Ehrudjakpo Esq. gave a blow by blow accounts of 104 projects embarked upon by the RESTORATION Government, out of which some are completed and others at their various levels of completion, he said.
He highlighted amongst others "the ecumenical centre, University of Africa, Odi New Town, Pavilion, Bayelsa International Airport project soon to be completed, Control room, New Governors office etc.
Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo
Hon. Commissioner,
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
Earlier the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Orientation Daniel Iworiso Markson said that the Governor of the State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson had touched all nooks and crannies of the state through the execution of people oriented projects.
Daniel Iworiso Markson
Ministry of Information and Orientation
Iworiso Markson who took a critical look at the sector which the governor had done so much, according to him  in the areas of building new schools at all levels and providing necessary tools for learning a monumental achievement geared towards a greater future for sons and daughters of the state.
The Information Commissioner who packaged the programme to mark the 6th anniversary of the RESTORATION administration come February 14th  called on Bayelsans to appreciate the good works being done by government.
Dignitaries of all walks of life in both the public and private sector attended the opening ceremony.
The briefing lasted ten days.

Sunday, 7 January 2018


A group photo of  Chiefs after thanksgiving at first Baptist Church Nembe
It was a great day in the history of Nembe Bassambiri (Opu Nembe) when the Royal House, Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Chieftaincy Houses went to the House of the Lord their God, to thank him for his goodness towards them.
The historic event took place at the First Baptist Church in the ancient city on Sunday, the 31st of December 2017, where the Chiefs, deputy Chiefs, elders the men, women and the Youths of the Royal House,  gathered and humbled themselves before the Lord God Almighty: acknowledging Him as their all and all in life.
At that thanksgiving service, the Chiefs also used the occasion to hand over the destiny of the Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Chieftains Houses for a dedication ceremony conducted by the Pastor in charge, Pastor Abbah, who spoke extensively on the rewards for individuals and or a group of people that  acknowledges God,  and offer sacrifices of  thanksgiving/ dedication  to Him for all His benefits, seeing the God factor as a trigger that enforces rest upon those who come to seek his face.
Pastor Abbah who commended the Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Chieftains Houses for  the unprecedented bold initiative of coming to God for thanksgiving and for dedicating the House to the protective hands of the Almighty, assuring them that whatever is dedicated into the hands of the Almighty is safe and secure and urged them to be steadfast in the faith and to continue their relationship with God anually by re-dedication.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Thanksgiving Committee, Chief Otonye Evans Tubonah told the Church that, the Group of Houses in agreement with the Word of God after worthwhile deliberations on holding the programme in their in their meetings passed a resolution to hold the 1st  thanksgiving and dedication ceremony on the 31st of December 2017.
Chief Evans Tubonah said, the position of the Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Chieftains Houses is strictly in line with the word of God , as in  1st Thessalonians 5: 18 that reads:
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" ( concerning.the Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Chieftains Houses).
To this end, Chief (Dr.) M.F. Amaegbe Orutari

 who stood in the place of the Head Chief of the Group of Houses, Chief A.Z. Aladede, who was unavoidably absent by reason of age, said it was the first thanksgiving/ dedication service by the Royal House since their forefather, King Ogbodo founded the kingdom hundreds of years ago,  and while appreciating the goodness of God towards them despite some challenges they passed through, Chief Orutari  called on the Church to dedicate the Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Chieftains Houses to God for His  leadership, love, protection, mercies, grace, favour, his lovingkindness and all the blessings of God to be upon the children of the Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Chieftains
 Houses in the years ahead.
At the reception held at the King Ogbodo square, Chief Orutari in his welcome address, appreciated the turnout at the twin occasion by the people despite series of other engagements.
The Vice/Chairman of the Opu Nembe Council of Chiefs in attendance, Chief B.F.Amakiri Duo remarked that the Ogbodo Tamuno Group of Houses had done what no other group of Chieftains Houses had done and urged the Group to mentain the tempo.
In their separate speeches, Chief Onayate Keremah, Chief Albert Digigha
Wari, Chief Abbot Clinton Tubo, Chief Tony Bokolo Alfred, Chief Allen Ameri and others spoke well of the good outing and urged them to continue in that light in the years ahead.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Chief Otonye Evans Tubonah in his vote of thanks expressed gratitude to God for the success of the programme and the clementine weather, and also thanked all the attendees for their commitment and wished them all, journey mercies to their various destinations.