Tuesday, 23 May 2017

ZIDAFAMOR EXTOLS GOV. DICKSON ON VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

Pastor Thomas Zidafamor
The Head of Service of Bayelsa State, Rev. Thomas Zidafamor has given kudos to the Governor of the State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson on what he calls visionary leadership.
The Head of Service was taken unaware in his office by Golden Pen Newspaper to explain to the public some of the issues in the civil service that will interest the people to know, which had generated tensions in the state at the peak of expectations by the civil servants on salaries payments and pensions, and continued verification exercises etc.
To all these, the  H.O.S came out with a clear view on the issue of salaries payment, on which he remarked that the challenges that faced the state civil service on salaries were not peculiar to Bayelsa State, but national.
Rev. Zidafamor graphically posited that the Hon. Dickson led Restoration Government started with a prompt, before the end of the month salaries payment system in 2012, which continued to 2016 when the economy forced the administration to make necessary adjustments. Hear him:
"The salaries matter is not peculiar to Bayelsa but national. The enlightened ones know what led to that predicament, but several others are accusing someone somewhere, saying, someone is doing this, someone is doing that, when we know that it is the economy that led to it.
"When the present government came to power on 2012, there was no delay in salaries payment. Before even the end of the month salaries were paid...until 2016, when the fund that was coming from the federation account to the state was no longer sufficient."
He further explained that the allocated funds were not meant only for the payment of civil servants salaries or pensions, but for every other need cutting across the state.
"The allocation from the federation accounts to the state was not meant to pay salaries of civil servants and political appointees alone of their stipends and or allowances, but to meet the needs of the entire people of the state who are all entitled to benefit one way or the other; in terms of good roads, water supply, electricity etc...."
The Head of Service said it was unfair on the part of propagandists to say that the governor, Hon. Dickson  or his government had done nothing, when indeed a lot has been done, he tenderly submitted .
Rev. Zidafamor used the medium to state why the civil servants verification exercise had been ongoing for long.
According to him, the state government had taken the bold initiative to know the actual figure of genuine civil servants in the state and their actualb monthly salaries, because some of the employees came through the back doors and have appointment letters, while some who claim to have aquired the necessary qualifications had their certificates printed at business centres.
" The verification has to continue because government wants to do a thorough exercise to ensure that at the end of it all, government will release a white paper. There are so many workers living outside the state, in Port Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja and so on, they don't go to work neither do they have offices, yet they receive salary alerts from banks every month...."
On infrastructural development, the Head of Service said, the governor is working tremendously, and that those criticizing him or his administration may be doing so out of ignorance. Hear this:
"Some of the people that criticize  government has not  visited  some of the project sites, so they carry the wrong propaganda that government is not doing anything," he reiterated.
Reacting to alleged maltreatment of pensioners at verification centres in the state, Rev.Zidafamor said it was never the intention of government to make things difficult for the pensioners, during the exercise, considering their elderly status; went further to say that just as parents don't use to know what the children they sent  to school did on their way or at school, so did the governor not know how  those at the fields handled matters at the verification centres.
He commended the Golden Pen Newspaper for being proactive to clarification of information before going to press and urged the medium to maintain the tempo.


Monday, 22 May 2017

GOV.DICKSON'S SIX YEARS WASTE COMMENTS AGAINST JONATHAN CONTINUES TO GENERATION CONTROVERSIES


Dr, Goodluck Jonathan
From Tuesday last week being 16th of May 2017, there has been a strong controversy arising from a statement made by the governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, who at the occasion of honoring one of the Heroes of the Ijaw nation, Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro of blessed memory stated that, six years of Dr. Jonathan's presidency was a waste to the Ijaw people.
But as soon as the comments were made by the governor, the news went virile as people from all works of life began to comment on the strange outing of the man who the whole nation and the world knew and trusted as Dr. Jonathan's number one supporter, being the governor of his home state, Bayelsa. The most worry the comment had caused the political class in Bayelsa and beyond is the fact that Dickson was a political son to Jonathan until this controversial statement was made, according to investigations.
The governor of Rivers State Nyesome Wike, who regard Dr. Jonathan as a father to the people of the Niger Delta and the South/ South in particular and one of the fathers of the Nigerian nation, being a former president and leader of the largest party in Africa, the PDP for six years, and still the father figure of that party.
In his reaction, Barrister Wike who had the former president, Dr. Jonathan in his State, Rivers,  for commissioning of projects remarked that whoever made such a statement that the former president's six years in office at the presidency was a waste, needed urgent medical attention.
In a related development, a former mister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani Kayode also spoke in the same vein, described the statement as untrue.
But while the thunders and brimstone were raining upon the governor from various quarters, as reactions to the costly statement, the governor's camp came out with double positions as follows:-
1. A denial that the governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Dickson did not make such a statement at all that berated the former president. Intact the statement by Dickson in that wise, spoke about an inseparable relationship between "the two leaders", which means himself (Dickson) and the former president, (Dr. Jonathan).
2. After that, Dickson came up with yet another statement, asserting that he had no regret whatsoever saying that the "six years of Dr. Jonathan at the presidency was a waste..." The governor who displayed an usual courage clearly said that he stands by his statement.
These two positions by Mr. Dickson had created a deeper controversy, too deep for the masses to read the hand writing on the wall, as to who blinks first between the camps of Dickson and Jonathan; especially various Ijaw groups have their slots lashing at the governor, while calling on him to give account of his administration, Dr. Jonathan  single handedly put him.

Friday, 19 May 2017

DR. SAGBE CALLS FOR UNITY IN NEMBE NATIONALITY

Worried by the disintegration of the Nembe  ethnic nationality, caused by disunity, a concerned citizen, Dr. Solomon Sagbe has called on the people to sink their differences and come together for peace and developent. "Nembe people are not faring well because of disunity. Our disunity is Ogbolomabiri and Bassambiri, Twon and Okpoama..."
 He reasoned that the Nembe nation will fare better if such divisions were nipped in the bud.
 He stated this in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, while exchanging views with Golden Pen Newspaper Dr. Sagbe critically observed and noted that the people of Nembe lost everything to internal squabbles the moment they came over with their Ijaw brothers to Bayelsa, and had disintegrated in the past 21 years, he painfuly explained .
Going through memory lane, he said, while Nembe was in Rivers State, the people were more united than after the creation of Bayelsa, and subsequent bifurcation to date. Hear him:-
 "When we were in Rivers State, we were united, and Nembe was  one of the highly respected entities; like the people of Kalabari, Okrika, Bonny in that state, but when we came over here with our fellow Ijaws we became so divided that we now fall victim to  internal dichotomy of core Ijaw and non core Ijaw in our state.
Dr. Sagbe described the backwardness of Nembe as alarming especially now that the youth are no longer interested in education, which means that the future is seriously challenged, because those who will succeed the present generation needed to be sufficiently educated so as to be worthy ambassadors of the Nembe nation.
He called on the Youth not to shy away from education because of fears of joblessness or non availability of employment opportunities, which misleads many to militancy, political thuggery and other anti-social activities for money, instead of pursing their education.
He used the medium to call on the elites of Nembe to partner the traditional institutions, and all sons and daughters across the Nembe ethnic nationality to build a new united and prosperous Nembe societies.

Friday, 12 May 2017

BAYELSA: BUSINESS EXECUTIVE CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF YENAGOA CITY MASTER PLAN

Chief Chris Adokeme
The Chief Executive Officer of Chris Del Group of companies based in Bayelsa State has identified failure to implementing the Yenagoa Capital City Master Plan as a cog in development of the fledgling state.
He stated this while interfacing with golden pen on line in his office in Yenagoa.
Chief Adokeme who served two Military Administrators as a Speechwriter stated that the Bayelsa State government engaged the services of a renowned Architectural firm of  Chief Harcourt Aduke to draw a master plan and wondered why the plan had been ignored in the development process.
Chief Adokeme attributes the ghetto like outlook of the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa as the failure by succesive governments to implementing that master plan aimed at transforming the state capital to a modern city.
Fielding questions, the business guru said the Ijaw man could be a successful business man if only he would stop the mentality of depending on government for contracts. Here him:
"We must purge ourselves on this reliance on governments, how much contract will the government be able to give, how soon will the government be able to pay it's contractors? Once you get tied to the apron strings of the government;...how many people will the government be able to assist? he posited.
Chief Adokeme who is also the National President of ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS IN NIGERIA also identified petition writing in Bayelsa State  as a cankerworm that had eaten deep into the society which had frightened the successful indigenous investors from plowing  back their resources within the state to enhance the desired development. He explained as follows:-
"Some Bayelsans who became rich through politics and who would have built  great infrastructures  would not plow back their resources  in the state, they preferred investing outside for fear of petitions, and the consequences thereof, and that also had adversely affected the speed of development in the state"
Chief Chris Adokeme used the medium to announce that, the National Association of ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS under his able leadership had a lot of projects to be executed this year and called on members to continue to pay their dues so as to achieve desired goals.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

NIGERIANS BEG T.B JOSHUA NOTTO RELOCATE SCOAN

Prophet T.B.Joshua

  • The world renowned televangelist of Nigeria, Prophet Timitope Balogun Joshua, popularly called T.B.Joshua for short is under pressure to rescind his plan to relocate his Church to Israel. Many Nigerians have bared their minds, calling on the Prophet not to pull out of Nigeria, where the Lord God had placed him. Speaking on the issue at Opu Nembe, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, in the Niger Delta Region, South/South Nigeria, Chief O.G.Evans Tubonah had joined many Nigerians to beg the Prophet not to relocate to anywhere leaving Nigeria behind.
  • The Prophet was quoted to have announced to his global audience in his Church of plans to leave Nigeria for Israel to the Galilee area of the Holy Land, where he had concluded talks with three Mayors.
  • Nigerians have since lost sleep following the unwelcome news, that the Prophet may leave and keep Nigeria fallow, which is posing right now, a serious concern to many in the African largest nation.
  • Chief Evans Tubonah who is the publisher of Golden Pen Newspaper spoke on behalf of the millions of Nigerians, especially those who are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters mothers and fathers to the prophet, remarked that relocation of the Synagogue Church of All Nations to anywhere in the world, out of Nigeria may lead to heart breaks of many in the country, which may lead to circumstances of dangerous and unfathomable consequences.
  • The Chief noted that the calls or appeals by countless Nigerians on the Prophet not to leave the Nigerian nation was timely at the time they needed him and his Church most, and cried out to him not to ignore these voices of reason, because, "the voice of the people is the voice of God" he reminded. Speaking on the wrongs against the Prophet, Chief Evans Tubonah has this to say:-
  • "The Prophet knows more than the rest of us, the opinion of God on this matter, that not minding the persecutions he had suffered from the Nigerian government and her people for many years, he should not discountenance the tears in the eyes of the masses and not leave us behind by relocation. May the Lord in the heart of the Prophet  have mercy on us.
  • Chief O.G.Evans Tubonah

Saturday, 22 April 2017

BAYELSA ASSEMBLY MOVES TO END NEMBE/KALABARI BOUNDARY DISPUTE , A WELCOME DEV.- By Evans Tubonah

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has taken a bold step by passing a motion to put paid to the lingering boundary crises between communities in the Oluasiri axis of Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and the Kalabari in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Raising a motion on the sacred floor of the state Parliament, Hon. Iniyobiyo Obiene Representing Nembe Constituency 111, called on the House to wade into the matter to forestall further tension, insecurity and lose of lives and property in the area.
He cited some incidences of kidnap, razing of communities and attacks of law abiding citizens in the Oluasiri axis of Nembe in Bayelsa State. In the motion, Mr. Obiene stated that: ' one Charles was kidnapped along the Oluasiri waterways in December 2012, destruction and burning of Ijawkiri as well as attack of one Amaebite and others."
The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kombowe Benson Friday, following a unanimous passage of the motion directed the deployment of security personnel to secure the volatile Oluasiri boundary area from external aggression and attacks.
The House decided to forward a letter to the National Assembly to prevail on the National Boundary Commission to without further delay mark out the boundary area between the two sister states  to stop the crisis.
Hon. Obiene who moved the motion graphically explained the issues that demanded urgent attention thus:
"..Oluasiri, Robert kiri, Ekulema 1, Ekulema11, and... border communities...that are in volatile area, prone to threats and attacks from their Rivers State neighbours even in the presence of  security  men deployed to the area by their government."
It would be recalled that the Ibenyanaowei of Oluasiri, His Royal Highness, King Iyerite Chiefson Awululu, Olua 1 had in an interview with MIKE ODIEGWU spoke on the crisis in this wise:-
"...the name Soku became famous because of the LNG Gas Plant. The plant is at the centre of Oluasiri land in Nembe and it has been in contention for 20 years?.." King Awululu said a drive from the plant to Soku is about 22 minutes, and that Soku is very close to Degema and Abonema.
King Awululu used the medium to inform the general public that it was amply wrong for Shell to have named the LNG gas plant after Soku which is a distant community from where the plant is truly located, which is Oluasiri in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, King Awululu emphasized .
Explaining further the errors of the Oil company, Shell, the King of Oluasiri has this to say:
 " It was named with bias and out of misinformation. The people who did the exploration and exploitation came to survey the land and lay pipes to determine the volume of oil in the ground. As they came with their houseboat, they looked for a place...Soku that is very far from the place was chosen. They kept their houseboat close to Soku and used small boats to do their exploration.
He clarified that:-
"They came to Oluasiri and discovered this oil. But because of their friendship with Soku or for whatever reason they called the oil well in their survey document Soku..."
King Awululu pointed out this wrongful attitude of naming oil wells in communities after distant communities instead of communities the oil wells were found, he  cited the case of Oloibiri oil well which was found in  Otu Ogidi community and located there, while it is named after Oloibiri, the Ibenyanaowei of Oluasiri posited .
Going back memory lane, King Awululu spoke extensively on the boundary disputes between Kalabari and Nembe thus:-
"There were a series of cases between Kalabari and Nembe even before that gas plant. We had boundary cases 1913 and 1918. There were also Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court judgements.."
He said, while Nembe and Kalabari were all in Rivers State, boundary crisis erupted which led to the constitution of a Commission of Enquiry, popularly called the ' Justice Akere Judicial Commission of Enquiry..." which he said released a whitepaper but regretted that the demarcation of the boundary that had been a far cry over the period was not done, because as  he puts it, the National Boundary Commission did not respond to the cry of the people. Hear him:-
"But from 1992 till now, neither the National Boundary Commission which should have demarcated a boundary between Akuku Toru and Nembe did what they were supposed to do." King Awululu further stated.
After the creation of Bayelsa State out of Rivers, it was expedient for the National Boundary Commission to have completed the process of State creation by delineating the inter state boundary between the two states, to stop disaffection and crisis, observers have noted with concern over the awesome failure of  the Commission.
It has been a troubled water between Rivers and Bayelsa States because of this nonchalance by the Federal Boundary Authority, which occasioned unwarranted litigations between the two states, Rivers always on the offensive, but in all the cases from the Federal High Court to the Supreme Court, Rivers State Government, the complainant lost it all.
That Rivers State Government who stood for Akuku Toru Local Government Area for Soku lost to Bayelsa who stood for Nembe Local Government was attributed to the solid and undisputable facts put together by the latter.
Whereas the former governor of Rivers State, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, now Transport Minister was trying to politicise the clear boundary issue went to the press and asserted that Bayelsa won in the courts because president Jonathan was a Bayelsan, instead of going out with cconvincing evidence, was a misinformation.
But the Bayelsa State Government  did not relent but came out with reliable historical facts as follows:-
"1. The Rivers State Government ... filed two suits against the Bayelsa State Government at the Federal High Court and the Supreme Court respectively in order to assert it's purported ownership over the said oil wells/oil fields and woefully failed as the said suits were all struck-out by the courts.
"2. Soku is a village in Rivers State while the oil wells/oil fields and the flow station are located in the Oluasiri Clan in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The name Soku oil wells/oil fields was wrongly given by Shell Petroleum Development Company  Ltd ( SPDC) since soku was their operational base at that time. This is not peculiar to Soku. For example, the Idu oil wells/oil field is named after a town in Ekpeye land in Ahoada East LGA of Rivers Stayed while the oil field is actually located in Biseni land of Bayelsa State. Similarly, the Omoku west oil field is in Biseni land of Bayelsa State but Omoku is a town in Rivers State.
"3.  The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in it's report on the Familiarization/Verification visit to oil producing states, volume 1, Main Report August 2006 in Chapter 3, page 30 also acknowledged the above anomaly.....
"4. Incidentally, Soku village in RIvers is about 10km, as the crow flies, from the flow station while the Oluasiri /Soku oil wells/field station is surrounded by various Oluasiri villages of Nembe LGA in Bayelsa State...."
The judgement by the Supreme Court titled: THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON SOKU MADE EASY-BY FORTUNE GOD'sSON Alfred
reported:-
"Introduction
Before anything, let me remind us that Rivers State was the (Plaintiff) one that went to the Supreme Court. Let me also remind us that Rivers State Government earlier took Bayelsa State Government to the Federal High Court on this same issue and lost. And instead of following the normal appellate process via the Appeal Court, the Rivers State Government instead invoked constitutional provisions and filed a suit in the Supreme Court in 2011 and this year, precisely on Tuesday, the 10th day of July, 2012, the Supreme Court delivered it's judgement and struck out her case for lack of evidence....
SULEIMAN GALADIMA, J.S.C (Delivering the Leading Judgement):
Now to the merit of the Plaintiff, by the institution of this suit, challenges the allocation of revenue to the 1st Defendant by the 2nd Defendant from oil proceeds to the Federation Account from Soku Oil Wells/Fields. In other words his contention is that Soku Oil Wells/Fields are located in Rivers State. This contention is based on the premise that the boundary between the Plaintiff and the Ist Defendant States is the Santa Barbara River. On the other hand, the 1st Defendant asserts that the same Soku Oil Wells/Fields which he (1st Defendant) referred to as Oluasiri Oil Wells/Fields are located in Bayelsa State because the boundary between  the 1st Defendant and the Plaintiff is the San Bartholomew River.
"We do not require copious formulation of issues by the parties to resolve the case. The sole issue is the actual location of Soku Oil Wells/Fields (as called by the Plaintiff) or Oluasiri Oil Wells/Fields (as called by the 1st Defendant States is.  Is it Santa Barbara River as claimed by the Plaintiff or San Bartholomew River as claimed by the 1st Defendant?..."
Identifying boundary delineation as the crux of the matter, it  was the apex  Court's conclusion that it was the role of the  National Boundary Commission (NBC) to determine, hence the matter was struck out.
This justifies the action of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, calling on the National Assembly to intervene on the matter to stop further tension and  destruction of lives and properties between the two brotherly states, which most Bayelsans described as a welcome development.




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

LGSC BOSS EMPHASIZES EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY

Hon. Chief Adolphus Ebimodei Ofongo
The Chairman of the Bayelsa State Local Government Service Commission (BSLGSC), Hon. Chief Adolphus Ofongo has told the media that he believes in results oriented service delevery in office.
The Chairman stated this while exchanging views with  newsman  who paid him an unschduled visit in his office about an hour ago.
According to Chief Ofongo, the success of any organization depends on the commitment of the workforce, which is the engine room for government business.
He used the medium inform the journalists that, he is surrounded by credible men and a woman as Commissioners, who believe that their