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.

Thursday, 4 January 2018


Dr. Agada
Executive Secretary Bayelsa State
Health Insurance Scheme
The Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme has been described as a well thought of programme that will better the lot of the masses, especially civil servants and Local Government employees.
The Executive Secretary to the scheme, Dr. Agada stated this in an inter view with the Golden Pen Newspaper in the State capital, Yenagoa that the scheme is intended to provide healthcare services at all levels: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary (P.S.T.), cutting across the nooks and crannies of the state. Hear this:-
"The Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme has a Board. That is the overseeing body and the scheme operates under the guidelines, and I as the Executive Secretary directs the Board how to achieve the goals and the targets that we have set for ourselves."
Explaining the modus operandi of the scheme, Dr. Agada went further to say that:-
"...the health insurance scheme is a health financing system that is designed to hold funds and actively provides qualitative health care services that is affordable for Bayelsans, based on their peculiar health care needs irrespective of their social standards and economic status...
"the contributions are that you pay according to your ability; risk is not taken as a criteria for qualification, There is equalization of risk; that means as they come, this will serve as a code. As they come, the poor pays as he could and the rich pays as he/hers, the poor could receive healthcare the standard that is reachable to the rich. Everybody is brought to the same level, that is the beauty of this social health insurance scheme" he said.
Different types of diseases are handled and treated under the scheme according to Dr, Agada. The Executive Secretary,  who stated that so many people have been registered, emphasized that the scheme has impacted on the lives of the masses in line with the vision of His Excellency the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson for establishing the scheme,

Monday, 25 December 2017


From right A.T. Bokolo Alfred, Chief N. Freshman Numo, Chief (Dr.) M.F. Amaegbe Orutari, Chief O. G Evans Tubonah, Onayate M. Keremah and Chief Ayebaesin E. Omoh

From right Chief Aye S. Teki Febo, Chief V.I.E Sabagha, Chief O.G.Evans Tubonah, Chief (Barr) D.W. Wuku Hugo, and Chief T.Y Ibirimu Etoyeteziba 

From right Chief V.I.E. Sabagha, Chief Onayate M. Keremah, Chief O.G.Evans Tubonah 

From right Chief O.G.Evans Tubonah and Chief S.A. Keremah Sam

From right Chief O.G.Evans Tubonah and Chief (Barr) D.W.Wuku Bugo

from right, Chief (Dr.) M.F. Amaegbe, Chief O.G. Evans Tubonah, and Chief Onayate Keremah
These photos were taken on Saturday, December 23rd 2017 outside the First Nembe Town hall few minutes to the scheduled meeting of the Opu Nembe Council's meeting Day 2.

Sunday, 24 December 2017



Hon. Sodaguwo Festus-Omoni
The Honourable member Representing  Ogbia Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Honourable Sodaguwo Festus Omoni had called on the people of the Ijaw race to go back to their culture so as to build the bridges of peace, unity and progress in the area.
She stated this in a welcome address she presented at the occasion of a "...One Day Sensitization programme on Peace and Unity as Critical  Factors in National Development: The Ogbia Experience..." held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in the Bayelsa State capital Yenagoa.
The Lady Lawmaker, said it was the best of times to highlight the importance of culture with a view to promoting unity, peace and progress in the Nigerian nation, which she said, she has been passionate about. Hear this:
"I  have been passionate about this event because of the strategic importance of the culture of promoting peace and Unity in any social set up....,"
Hon. Festus-Omoni defined culture as the 'transmission of oral traditions of a people from generation to generation through the practices and values which are marriage, music, dance, wrestling, religion, the arts, language and food etc...", while explaining the dynamism of Culture posited that practices that do not serve constructive purposes are dropped for new ones.
Looking back at the lane of history, she said:
"Ogbia people are unique in the sense that we  embrace Peace and Unity at all times. That is why Ogbia Brotherhood was founded to bring  together every son and daughters irrespective of marriage. Intact a daughter married to an Ogbia man is a member of the Ogbia Brotherhood.", she openly declared.
She remarked that the Culture of 'Peace and Unity' of the people of Ogbia is as in the motto of the Ogbia Brotherhood "All for each, each for all"...Odionin ka abai translated Unity is the best."
The Federal Parliamentarian lamented that the culture of the Ogbia people had been eroded due to modernization and encroachment by other cultures that do not value that of Ogbia, which according to her resulted in not holding the festivals of fishing, of wrestling and what she referred to as fast disappearaning of the language amongst the elites. Summarizing it all, she sent a message of caution to the Ogbia nation in these words:
"...let us eschew rancor and bitterness in our communities and social lives. Let us embrace Peace and Unity. Let us forgive and completely forgive the wrongs of the past...we call on our Royal Majesties, Royal Highnesses, Ogbia sons and daughters, our youths to come together to work as one..."
Hon. Sadaguwo  Omoni expressed appreciation to the immediate past President of the federal Republic of Nigeria,  His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCON, GCFR, the Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, His Excellency, the deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, the Speaker of the State Assembly the Rt. Hon. Friday Kombowei Benson and the Rt. Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State.
In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary/CEO, National Orientation for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, PhD, described the occasion as unique, he also called it an ' August gathering of the good people of Ogbia Kingdom..."
He acknowledges the fact that Chief Melford Obiene Okilo of blessed memory was one of the founding fathers of Bayelsa State, and the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan did a lot for the upliftment of not only the Ogbia people, but for Bayelsa and beyond.
He used the medium to thank the former president, Dr. Jonathan over his appointment as the ES, NICO where he served for the passed years after leaving the Bayelsa State Council for Arts and Culture in 2009.
Dr. Ayakoroma who stated that his Office, at the National Institute for Cultural Orientation in collaboration with the Office of the Member Representing Ogbia Federal Constituency, Hon. Sodaguwo Festus-Omoni in the organization of the cultural sensitization programme for the Ogbia people.
Barclays Ayakoroma who used the medium to inform that, that programme may be the last of his engagements as ES of NICO who is the husband of an Ogbia woman.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


The Opu Nembe Ministers Forum in  conjunction  with the Opu Nembe Council of Chiefs will today begin a 3 Day Prayer Conference to speak on the topic: " THE POWER OF UNITY", according to the book of Genesis Chapter 11:1-6
The programme which is first of it's kind aims at fostering unity,  peace and progress in the land and people of the Kingdom.
To that end, the Chairman of the Opu Nembe Ministers Forum, Pastor Johnbull Derock (has called on the people of the Kingdom at home and abroad to come together at the Opu Nembe Civic Centre for the historic programme by 5pm each day.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah
Deputy Governor, Bayelsa State
The Bayelsa Ministry of Information and Orientation has commenced a Two Day Training/Workshop Programme for practicing Journalists in the State. 
Declaring the occasion open, the State's Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah ( Rtd.) commended the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso Markson for taking the bold initiative in organizing the programme.
While describing the vision as laudable, the Deputy Governor said, Bayelsa is also the home  of journalism, because as he puts it, one of the veteran journalists that founded the Independence of Nigeria, Ernest Ikoli is from Bayelsa.
To that end he called on media practitioners in the state to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Ministry of Information to pay attention to the programme so as to update their knowledge in the dissemination of information;  either as public or private practitioners.
Admiral John Jonah (Rtd), reminded participants who said a good journalist must be a good citizen called on the media to always consider national interest and or the interest of the state as none negotiable, and urged them to uphold the ethics of their profession tenaciously in the areas of national peace and prosperity.
Earlier, The Honourable Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso Markson who welcomed all and sundry for attending the historic event , said the Bayelsa State Government under the able leadership of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, had made some remarkable, unprecedented achievements from  inception in office in 2012,  which include monthly Transparency/ Accountability briefings of the income and expenditures accruing into the statement, Educational development that had recorded a towering rise on educational standard according the ratings of examining bodies such as WAEC, JAMB, NECO and coming out first at National Quiz Competitions. He talked about the quality of schools with burden facilities, the Ijaw National College, the African University, scholarships award within and outside etc. and building of the Ecumenical Centre in the as among some of the unprecedented achievements of the Dickson administration.
On the the Media Training /Workshop, first ever of such programme, Iworiso Markson said it is one of the cardinal policies of the Dickson Restoration Government to train and retrain workers in the state to enhance prproductivity and the media being a very critical sector in governance, needs to be trained and retrained so as to be updated to be in terms with modern day realities in the practice of journalism. He explained the good intentions of government for holding the programme in these words:
"Why we are doing this is to empower you to be skillful in the noble profession of journalism, because I know that some of you are are good on it, I have interacted with you and believe that you will do more excellently by training and retraining."
The Hon, Commissioner who revealed that he had been in the practice of journalism in 27 years and loves to continue in the noble profession aa long as he lives, called on the participants to some years people were showcasing militancy as the way of life of Bayelsans, but today, we are telling the world that we are not what the outside world thinks about us, because we are journalists.
Iworiso Markson emphasized the need for journalists to give in their best in service delivery with professional conduct in these words:
"You are in a critical profession, you have to be to be passionate about the profession so that people will respect you and also respect the profession."
In there separate speeches, the Head Of Service to the State's Civil Service, Rev. Thomas Zidafamor,  the Secretary to State Government, Barrister Kemela Okara, and the Chief Of Staff Government House, Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo gave kudos to the information Commissioner for the unprecedented media training programme.
The Lecturer, Professor Ralph A. Akinfeleye speaking on the theme: " CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING AND WORKSHOP PROGRAMME FOR MEDIA PRACTITIONERS IN BAYELSA STATE"  harps on Democracy, National Security, Information Officers Responsibility to the People And Government In The Avoidance of Fake News  And Hate Messages...amongst others said: "...the engine room of democracy is the media"
He said those who documented events in the Bible were called Scribes, while journalists are called Reporters, making it clear that journalism should be a profession that has a place in heaven, which has truth and objectivity as it's foundation.
He said a nation cannot talk about Democracy without talking about the Media and that truth and objectivity cannot be eroded in the practice of journalism, because the peace and prosperity of state 'hinges on truth and objectivity.'
He also

The Information Commissioner left  the resource persons