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.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

BAYELSA PUBLIC SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTE READY FOR OPERATION SOON

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

YOU HAVE NO LINK WITH BIAFRA BUT USURPER, IDUMANGE TELLS NNAMDI KALU, By Evans Tubonah

 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
IPOB Lead

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

FORMER NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, GEN. GOWON IN BAYELSA-By Evans Tubonah

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.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

PREXTAM WATER COMPANY, A CHILD OF NECESSITY By Our Correspo

Tena Gede
 All over the world, it has been documented that there are some basic needs for the survival of every human being on planet earth. It has been a strong point in developing nations that:
" The basic needs approach is one of the major approaches to the measure of absolute measurement of absolute poverty in developing countries.... A traditional list of immediate basic needs"  is food (including water), shelter and clothing."
That goes to explain the importance and value of water in the life of mankind. If you look at it carefully, you will agree that water is the most essential of every need, because, it is the all purpose need of life.
Water is used for bathing, for cooking, for drinking, for washing clothes etc; especially potable water or clean water, which gives good health and prolongs life.
Talking about the dangers of absence or lack of potable water in any society :
"The World Health Organization says that every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water related diseases, making it the leading cause of disease and death around the world ..."
African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology also wrote a report also on the consequences of water borne diseases, quote:
"Water borne diseases are the most prevalent infectious diseases in the developing countries especially in new settlements....information obtained from the study revealed rather a grave scenario, showing that most common illness was diarrhoea and vomiting having a prevalence rate of 62.67% followed by skin problems (21%) preverlence rate..."
These are some indisputable facts about the dangers associated to unclean or dirty water. It is a common knowledge in African societies that most communities in especially the rural areas, depended on water that were found not fit for drinking, which gave birth to epidemics that kill thousands or millions of people in our societies.And this was the very scenario that faced the people of Bayelsa State, at the bifurcation following her creation out of Rivers State, Ist October 1996.
 It was indeed a great challenge to have potable water in the state capital. Yenagoa, even with the efforts of successive governments that committed funds anually to increase the sector.
But with a touch of compassion  to find a solution to the alarming situation of " water water everywhere but none to drink" and to stop the rampant cases of diseases and untimely deaths caused by polluted water, a Son of the soil, an Engineer took a bold initiative, went ahead with his vision to provide potable water, which resulted in the Foundation of  a water producing company, called Prextam.
Seeing this water in circulation at occasions and in stores, in bottles and in sachets in the Bayelsa State Capital, Yenagoa, our medium, Golden Pen Newspaper visited the Company for an interview with the CEO, excerpts:'
GP Well, my name is Evans Tubonah from Golden Pen Newspaper, am in your office to interact with you on the Foundation of this important water company in the state, how did it come about?
Ans:- Well, my name is Tena Gede, the CEO Prextam Water. We are a water company, a bottle and sachet water company based in the state capital , Yenagoa.
We work with locally sourced materials, locally employed staff.
"Cut in: What brought about the foundation of the company?
Ans:  Oh! water had always been a passion to my father who founded the company. He used to run NGOs to provide clean drinking water for communities. It is something he is good at or passionate about.
My father said, why not we put our resources together to create a company, something we can produce in Bayelsa, that is surplus, that is water. We can refine it, treat it and produce it. A company that could fund itself, to create jobs and to produce water for the masses. That was how Spottena Integrated Services Limited was founded to produce Prextam water being produced here in Bayelsa, having the quality to rival any water produced anywhere in the world.
It passed through NAFDAC screenings, NAFDAC testing, went through rigorous treatment and testing procedures, and it has good quality as could be found  anywhere in the world, with the added advantage of being local.
Ques:- That is quite interesting, can you tell us about the scope of your operations?
Ans:- So far, our operations are restricted to the state, Bayelsa State and eventually with time it can be extended beyond, but now our products are made in Bayelsa for Bayelsans.
We have several departments - production, Production, Marketing/Commercial, Administration/Logistics Finance/ Accounts etc.
We produce sachets water, bottle (50cl, 75cl & 150cl) w also produce 19 litres dispenser bottle. It will interest you to know that we have the nylon department which produces all the nylon we use for the sachets water production.
Ques:- But with all these, have you been receiving feedback from the public?
Ans:- We had very good report about us. Considering the fact that our company is new, we have started and spreading, though based in Yenagoa, our aim is to spread across the eight Local Government Areas of Bayelsa, because we are not restricted to certain areas alone.
We find it necessary to appoint distributors at appropriate time to take our products to different locations and we are working at hearts to liaise with some distributors to make it work. We also have customized water freelance and these events can be in different locations as well, that also help to publicize the products in such areas, Tena Gede continued.
Ques:- You talked about employment creation for Bayelsans how many are your staff?
Ans:- Our capacity for now is an average of 64 staff, during peak periods of sales we use to have more, because at peak periods we have increase in the need of staff during the dry season and at festival periods.
On the expansion that is taking place, we have the department of raw materials, the production of the nylon and sachets  takes quite a number of staff there, while the new site at Gbaraun Toru will give us more staff, so our staff strength is increasing, she he concluded.
Prextam water had caught the attention of many in Bayelsa State, especially those who deal with bottle and sachet water.

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PASTOR JUSTICE RETURNS FROM THE MOUNTAINS, INVITES YOU TO MEET JESUS IN HIS CHURCH By Evans Tubonah

A cross section of the Pastor and Congregation








A cross section of Church members front view
A cross section of members back view
The Founder and vision bearer of the New Divine Demonstrate Ministries (NDDM) worldwide Kolo, Pastor Justice Aggo who went to the mountains to meet with God  three weeks ago 9has returned.
According to information reaching Golden Pen news desk Saturday, 1st July, the Kolo born Pastor arrived the Kolo community and drove straight to his abode in  the Church compound unannounced.
It would be recalled that, before his departure, to the holy mountains in Lagos, the man of God consistently informed the congregation during Sunday services for weeks about the journey and urged the members not to relent, but to pray for him and the Church, while assuring them that he himself was going to intercede for members in the mountains.
And before his departure, he commissioned his Resident Pastor, Sunday Onyiteaziba to hold brief for him after presenting him to God for spiritual empowerment.
At a Sunday Service, 2nd July 2017, Pastor Justice who titled his sermon, THE FEAST OF THE LORD
First of all thanked the Church for their prayers and cash gifts to support the Ministry, especially for his journey to be with the LORD in the mountains. He said he used the money he received to sow seeds to attract the blessing of God for the members according to their individual needs, making it clear that in the Christian Ministry, sowing of seeds and giving is key.
The man of God who said he had a lot to say and also a lot not to say declared that the set time was come for the manifestation of the 'Creative anointing', which he likened to a covenant of Glory between the LORD and himself, to heal the sick, raise the dead, deliver those under demonic oppression, to turn native doctors, occult men, witches and wizards to God and to make the poor rich, and above all to preach salvation to all nations.
In that Service, his first from the mountains, he said he had returned from the mountains to manifest the Glory of the Lord at his location, the Church, because no one who go to the mountains manifests there, but at their locations.
He then announced that, Jesus has declared a feast and should be waiting in the altar of the Church as Chief Host, while the Holy Ghost is the Special Guest of honour, with hosts of angels to give packages all that comes.
He therefore called on the members of the Church to invite relations or friends, and all those who have various challenges: to be brought to the Church to meet ' Dr. Jesus' for miracles, that will serve as everlasting testimonies, Pastor Justice reassured.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

CHIEF DUFEGHA GIVING MEANING TO WORK ETHICS

Chief Emmanuel Reginald Dufegha
This world is indeed a classroom or a school in which one has to continuously learn from one another.
That is to explain the fact that there are some human beings who are pace setters or way showers, no matter how you look at it, such persons excel wherever they find themselves. Such are the likes of some Biblical characters such as Joseph, Daniel, and David just to mention a few.
That there a people who live like those great names even today is not an exaggeration. The aforementioned were all persons who served in governments and left a legacy as pace setters and or way showers in the records of the world.
What informed this view is not unconnected with the way and manner a worker in the Office of the Directorate Of Project Monitoring and Evaluation in Bayelsa State had given true meaning to works ethics in the State.
He is Chief Emmanuel Reginald Dufegha, the Director of Media and Publicity in the Directorate. Not at all that there may not be found some of his likes in the offices, but Golden Pen Newspaper found him extraordinarily industrious, highly committed to result orientation in service at his duty posts and in his office.
When Golden Pen met, Chief Emmanuel Dufegha some months ago in his office, he displayed an uncommon commitment to those who needed his attention to do his bid on the job at his table.
This attitude he had consistently maintained whenever our medium paid a visit to the Directorate of Project Monitoring and Evaluation, which endeared him to the camera man of our medium to give a shot in his honour and as acknowledgement of him as a pace setter and or way shower in this part of the world, from whom others need to learn from.


Friday, 30 June 2017

GOVT. CALLS ON BAYELSANS TO EMBRACE VOTERS REVIEW

Hon. Fyneman Wilson
Hon. fyneman Wilson and Dr.George Fente
 The Government of Bayelsa State is making a clarion call on the people of the state to have their names registered in the ongoing voters registration exercise across the nation.
Addressing the Press in the Conference hall of the S/A Political in the state capital, Yenagoa, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Hon. Fyneman Wilson said there was need for the people of the state to be mobilized for the exercise so that the target of having the actual voters strength of the state will be achieved.
He stated that the exercise which began about a month ago has not been embraced by the people of the state as expected, and called on Bayelsans holding political positions at the national, state and local government levels to come together and work for the success of this voters review and continued registration exercise in the state, Hon. Fyneman Wilson said.
He used the medium to inform that Bayelsa state, had a low voters register at the last exercise, because of what he called apathy to voters registration, and appealed to the people to mobilize all sons and daughters of the state of voting age to be registered so as not to repeat the same mistake. Hear him:
"You will recall that in the last election, Bayelsa State was one of the states with the least number of votes owing to voters apathy and low number of  registered voters in the state. It is important to note that the citizens participation  in a democracy determines how the society progresses. One of such ways to participate in decision making in a democratic process is for citizens  to exercise their civic responsibilities such as the right to vote and be voted for." the S/A Political emphasized.
Wilson who said government alone cannot do it, appealed to all Bayelsans including all residents to take the exercise serious, to participate and to get their voters cards which  will be useful to them at elections and in other important official needs. Hear this:
"Please note that this exercise is very important. By participating in this exercise, Bayelsans and residents in the state will have the opportunity to increase the voting strength in the state since it is one of the indices used in planning and increasing our stake at the federal level. It is imperative for Bayelsans, especially those at the rural communities to turnout enmasse to take part in the INEC registration exercise."
Also speaking, the Caucus Chairman of the PDP, Nembe L.G.A, Dr. George Allen Fente, said the Press has a role to play in mobilizing the people to achieve success in this very important voters review and continued registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Dr. Fente who is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal FM and ITV in the state stated thus:
"...the press should take this as a corporate responsibility to call on the people to come out in their numbers to register and not to leave it for the government alone.
He remarked that apart from using the card for electoral purposes, there are other areas that the voters card could be useful. Hear him:
"...Bayelsans need to be registered because the voters card may be required as a tender at the banks, and for other important official transactions." Dr. Fente concluded.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Inter Party Relations, Chief Ben Robert Eyororokumoh was also at the Conference.


A cross 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

BAYELSA AND DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Tabowei
When Bayelsa State was created out of Rivers in 1996, it was a welcome development for many reason, because state autonomy brings about many benefits.
Talk about political postions, civil service positions, employment of youths, educational and economic development and health care delivery services amongst others.
At the beginning, the newly created Bayelsa State faced great challenges amongst which were accomodation, road construction, power supply, water supply,  transportation and health care delivery to mention a few.
Out of the challenges that faced the state, every administration both the minlitary and political governments paid befitting attention to health care delivery hence hospitals, health centres, schools of health and nursing and other people oriented health projects established in many parts of the state.
And whereas the Ministry of Health in every succesive administration built the health fascilities even as the present administration is doing, so also had the Hospitals Management Board assigned with the management of such health fascilities in the state.
Considering the ecology of a state that is largely riverine  with communities in lands that defy governments development efforts, not easily accessible because of poor road networks, gives the signal that the successes of the present administration may not unconnected to strict commitment by the present administration.
Efforts by Golden Pen Newspaper to have a word from the Chief Medical Director (CMD) was not successful,  at press time, as he was said to be in a meeting.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

RELOCATION OF OPERATIONAL HQS,: OIL COMPANIES SHOULD BE SANCTIONED IF-BARRISTER IWOLO By Evans Tubonah

Barrister Iwolo Ebeni

Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo
  A Yenagoa based legal practitioner, Barrister Iwolo Ebeni has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to sanction Oil companies operating in the country should they flout the executive order by the President that they should relocate their corporate headquarters to their areas of operations.
Barrister Ebeni who is a voice in the Niger Delta on critical issues stated this, while exangig views with the Golden Pen Newspaper in the Bayelsa state capital, Saturday.
He took a swipe on the oil companies for not being proactive to the myriad of compliants by oil bearing communities and the consequences of protestations, agitation and militancy over the years.
Giving kudos to the Acting President, Professor Osinbajo for giving the executive order, Barrister Ebeni said the delay by the oil companies since after the order not showing any sign of relocation tantamount to undermining the federal authority, and posited that such attitudes are most likely to attract punitive measures. Hear him:-
"There are several measures you deal with erring corporate organizations, once the president of a country makes any pronouncement;  that should be taken as a policy statement, and when it is flouted, there should be some punitive measures.
"If they are sanctioned then they will know that... the president has spoken and they must obey so, sanction must follow, and once they are sanctioned, definitely they will do what is needful. So I am recommending that they should be sanctioned."
The legal practitioner, tracing the history of oil find in Bayelsa State and the Niger Delta, remarked that the people of oil bearing communities across the Niger Delta have suffered degradation and poverty, while all the benefits accruing from it's exploration and exploitation was used to improve lands and people outside the region.
"If you talk about development in the Niger Delta from when oil was found, if you go to Oloibiri, Southern/Ijaw, Nembe, Brass, Yenagoa and the rest of the LAG's where oil production activities are taking place, you will weep. I say so because those areas uptil now are underdeveloped. You know Kaiama/Declaration came as a result of the under development of the Niger Delta. When our people went and saw how Abuja was developed as a result of the money gotten from oil, when the went to Lagos and  saw some of these things people were honesty agitated, compared to where this oil is coming from. Go to Korokorosei, go to Ajujuama, and other oil producing  areas you discover that development has not gotten to any of these areas, compared to what is taken away from there. So, in terms of development...Bayelsa, Niger Delta generally is under developed"
He therefore called on the oil companies to obey the FG relocation order and build their corporate headquarters in the areas of their operation to change the story of the region, by effecting employment, and developing the land?
The Lawyer observed with concern what he called the laziness of the youths of the Niger Delta, because of the operations of oil companies in their areas in these words
"There are a lot of issues that are associated with the discovery of oil. It has made our youths lazy, so lazy in the sense that because of th companies that are coming around us.. nobody is ready to work, nobody  is ready to any hard work The agricultural aspect that was booming that, before the oil era, nobody thinks about it, nobody is thinking of how to work and earn a living any more.
" We have stay at home  jobs, people stay at homes and get salaries. People agitate over one thing or the other without going to school .."
Out of all these Barrister Iwolo Ebeni noted that the region had been left underdeveloped by the oil companies, with all their headquarters located far away from their operational areas, the reason for which the executive order by the Federal Government directing the relocation of all oil companies headquarters to their operational states, came at the most appropriate time, and urged the FG not to shy away from sanctioning them if they dare flout the order, he concluded.

Oil flow station

Friday, 23 June 2017

KANU SHOULD STOP MENTIONING IJAW AS BIAFRA

Chief Evans Tubonah
Nigeria is our beloved country and we have lived in peace since we inherited her from our forefathers.
When you look at Nigeria, if you have a positive mindset you will appreciate the works of the colonial masters who amalgamated our various communities and ethnic nationalities to such a great nation that is known all over the world as the largest  African nation on planet earth.
That had been a great blessing to those of us who became Nigerians not by ourselves but by the will of God that made us to be. As a people,  we don't have a choice as to which family we have to be born into or which community should be ours, what language should we speak etc.
And that no doubt may be the very reason I, Chief Otonye Evans Tubonah and you Nnamdi Kanu come from different backgrounds, different places. I am an Ijaw man from Nembe, Bayelsa State, Niger Delta, South/South Nigeria, and Nnamdi Kanu, you are an Igbo man and everything about you is just Igbo and that is it, nothing more nothing less  And I don't doubt the fact that your ancestors or forefathers did tell you of your ancestry, as my forefathers and ancestors also did.
That being the truth, you, Nnamdi Kanu could not feign ignorance to the truth that the Igbo People and the Ijaw people are not one. Before the amalgamation, during the amalgamation and from Independence to State and Local Government creation in Nigeria the Igbo and the Ijaw people never sat together to place a demand on any issue, because they are not one.
And Nnamdi Kanu, if you don't know your geographical boundary as an Igbo man and want to claim lands and people of others that have nothing to do with you and your ancestors, it beats my imagination. And I believe, it will also beat  the imagination of every right thinking person  in Nigeria, and people all over the world that the self styled noise making  leader of the Independent People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu does not know his boundary.
For the interest of truth and the unity of our God blessed nation, Nigeria, one cannot shy away from calling the erring, IPOB leader, Mr. Kanu that neither Bayelsa State, nor any Ijaw land is part of your 'Republic of Biafra Dream', so you have to stop forthwith embarrassing our people by associating us to your fake, selfish and self seeking imaginations?
Because of your age disadvantage, you may not have witnessed what is called 'Biafra' in the historic Nigerian civil war, so you don't know what happened. You have been making so much noise, using your invisible Radio station, the New Media and the Print Media to create tension in the land and crisis in some parts of the country, but that was not the best approach to whatever a man may desire to have in life.
Nnamdi Kanu, your attempt to include Bayelsa State or any other Ijaw land as 'Biafra' is your misadventure, and you should retrace fast so that you don't become ashamed of the fact that you don't know your boundary, you don't know your people, which means that you don't even know what you are doing, but that is not my worry.
If you say you are the leader of the Igbo people, that you are the leader of the 'who is who' in Igbo land, that has nothing to do with me; if you declare Igbo land whatever Republic and declare yourself the president of the Republic, it has nothing to do with  me, but the advice I have for you is, stop calling Bayelsans and people of the Niger Delta as part of your none existent Republic of Biafra.
Nnamdi Kanu

Thursday, 22 June 2017

BAYELSA: JOURNALISTS HOLD SERVICE OF SONGS FOR CHRIS EJIM

Comrade Chris Ejim
It was a memorable occasion to witness the gathering of members of the Pen Fraternity in Yenagoa,  Capital of the all Ijaw State, Bayelsa, Niger Delta Region, South/South Nigeria to give honour to one of their own, Comrade Chris Ejim who had left planet earth to join his ancestors.
A Service of Songs programme packaged by the Federated Correspondents Chapel (FCC) at their Secretariat Toolda Road Ekeki, in Yenagoa, had in attendance media dignatories cutting across border lines.
Speaking at the occasion, the  Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite said it was too sudden for the departed Journalist, Mr. Chris Ejim, Correspondent of the New Telegraph to have passed on at the time his services were needed most.
Mr. Obuebite who represented the Governor of the state, Mr. Seriake Dickson remarked that the Bayelsa state government had enjoyed cordial relationship with the media, stated further that the governor  'who is the number one journalist in the state' will continue to encourage the continuity of such relationship.
He spoke well of the late journalist, Mr. Chris Ejim for his commitment to truth and objectivity in the practice of the noble profession, while using the medium to call on all and sundry to shun bickering and acrimony amongst themselves, but to love one another.
Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of the Federated Correspondent Chapel of the (NUJ), Kola Oredipe said the gathering was in respect of their colleague, Chris Ejim, 'who passed on a couple of weeks ago'.
Mr. Oredipe remarked that it was an occasion for sober reflection to the fact that life is ephemeral, and no one knows when his or her turn will come for departure. He therefore called on journalists in the state not to live a carefree life, but to embrace Christianity and live in the knowledge that, 'this world is not our own, we are just passing through."
The State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade John Angese decried the early deaths of young and vibrant journalists practicing in the state and calls for prayers. He described the late, Chris Ejim as a man who gave his best to the world through the profession of journalism.
Paying a glowing tribute to the late, Chris Ejim, the S/A, Mr. Soji Ajibola, the Chairman of the Bayelsa Federated Newspaper Publishers Association (BAFENPA), Ayibaitari Easterday spoke well of the life and time of the departed who they said was a genius.
In his vote of thanks, the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Osaro Okhomina thanked the people for attending the occasion enemas and wished every one and those who will go for the burial peaceful journey.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

AN OPEN SECRET OF CHIEF& MRS ALAYINGI SYLVA By Evans Tubonah


Chief Timipre Sylva
If you  have ever traveled out from anywhere in the world to the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, from the birth of the fourth Republican politics, 1999 to date, there is one man whose name rings bell through the nooks and crannies of the only all Ijaw state of the Niger Delta, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A man whose name is Timipre Sylva, one of the  great and illustrious Sons of Nembe, did not come to limelight overnight in Bayelsa State, because he was one of the youthful, intelligent, and purposeful, political leaders that was elected to the Rivers State House of Assembly by his people under the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the government of Rufus Ada George. As anticipated of him,  he represented his constituency so effectively that the people held him in high esteem.
To be an honourable member in a State Assembly of an oil rich state such as Rivers, was not a little, but a great feat, because it was a  window of opportunities that connected him to his peers in other state houses of assemblies across the nation, across the West African sub-region and the world.
He was a political success  in Rivers State before  the bifurcation following the creation of Bayelsa, Sylva was amongst the political kingpins of the newly created state who moved towards bringing a political party that was going to have national spread and possibly win electoral positions across board.
And that made him a co-founder of the PDP, who amongst others inaugurated the party and flagged-off the campaigns in the state, and because of his involvement in the caucus of the political arrangements in the first democratic election which brought, Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha to power as Governor of Bayelsa state, due to his involvement as key player, Hon. Sylva was inarguably made the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters.It was a most demanding office besides that of the governor and the deputy governor.
Hon. Timipre Sylva was on top of that great assignment of mobilizing the party faithful after the victories at the polls, successfully garnered every ward in the 8 LGAS of the state and achieved the strengthening of democracy in the state.
Looking at the track records of achievements, Hon. Timipre Sylva attracted attention at many frontiers, while he was still in the office of the S/A Political, Hon. Sylva was given another assignment, this time at the federal level. He was given the appointment of Personal Assistant (P.A) to the Minister of Petroleum, Dr. Edmund Daukoru, now, the Mingi Xii, Amanyanabo of Nembe during President Obasanjo's administration, 
That was another highly demanding assignment, because it was an international office, demanding international attention. High government officials all over the world, especially from oil producing countries continued to come in their droves to meet with the oil minister, who must pass through the office of Chief Sylva to co-ordinate affairs, who arranged all the meetings, and some times handle less cumbersome matters to lighten the burdens of the Oil Minister.
That gave Sylva a far more responsibility than meets the eyes, because apart from the internal affairs of the ministry that bordered on conferences, meetings etc; there were also highly demanding external duties to perform by the Oil Minister. And the Oil Minister seeing  in Sylva the traits of worthy ambassador, gave him more assignments, either  to represent him at Conferences and or deliver ministerial addresses within and outside the country, including OPEC meetings.
And as a matter of fact, 0that made Sylva not only popular across Nigeria, but also in Africa and in different countries of the world .
Well, Abuja is not where he can vote and be voted for, because politics demanded of him grassroots commitment, therefore he had to come back home, to his ward in Okpoama, and to Nembe where he was made a Chief in the Kalabo group of Chieftaincy Houses in Nembe Bassmbiri where he also declared his ambition to contest the governorship position of Bayelsa State, an election he mysteriously emerged as the governor in 2007. 
He was sworn-in to the office and assumed duties at the peak of  militancy, and faced the economic challenges of blown up pipelines that robbed the state of enough financial allocations to pilot the affairs of the state, yet he continued to smile over the challenges that faced him, thus making history as one of the best people oriented governors of Bayelsa State, who paid salaries of workers and pensioners in the state, regular, at the end of the month.
As easy going as he was, with smiles he pondered over the situation and came out with a solution, the amnesty solution which led to a wilful surrender of arms and ammunition by the militant groups across the Niger Delta, which ushered in, peace and progress to the region.
In all these and even in the most turbulent situations, you can always see Chief Timipre Sylva smiling as if nothing happened. His beloved wife, Alayingi is also like her beloved husband. It's like  smile is their way of  expressing  their deep love for the masses.


Chief & Mrs Sylva 

Friday, 16 June 2017

COMRADE GBASSA ACCUSES BAYELSA GOVT, OF INSINCERITY ON PARIS CLUB REFUNDS By Evans Tubonah

Comrade Ebiserikumoh Gbassa
Human and People's  Rights Activist

Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson
Governor of Bayelsa 

Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah
Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State
Today in the Bayelsa State capita, Yenagoa, a Niger Delta born Human and Peoples Rights Activist, Comrade Ebiserikumoh Gbassa was noticed around the State Secretariat Complex, playing his traditional drum to catch the attention of the masses; especially his admirers so as to say what informed his coming out in that form as he used to do.
Noticing Golden Pen Press crew at a distance  the astute Comrade Gbassa, who is also an anti-corruption campaigner, announced that he came to call on the Bayelsa State Government to pay the salaries of workers without further delay.
Speaking in anger, Comrade Gbassa said he was not happy with the Seriake Government which after receiving the Paris Club refunds approved by the Federal Government to pay the backlogs of salaries  of workers and pensioners, the state government had remained adamant, as the people continue  to cry daily. Comrade Gbassa told Golden Pen, that what triggered him to come out to speak was a misleading 'transparency briefing by the deputy governor'.  Hear him:
" You see, a toad does not run for nothing in a broad day light." Serake Dickson in his administrative agenda is squeezing the people and strangulating them. Many are sick because of hunger, while hundreds and thousands of people have died because of non payment of salaries, pensioners, contractors, including non payment of students bursaries."
According to the Activist, who is also an anti-corruption campaigner said, the Bayelsa State government had been economical with the truth, I mean not sincere about how much the governor truly received from the federal Ministry of Finance of the Paris Club refunds, which the Federal government  said was N24.89 billion, but the state government argued that it was just N14. 5 billion.
He berated the deputy governor of the State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (Rtd) and the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite for not standing on the truth but mixing issues to the detriment of the people of the state.
"The state government had deliberately refused to give honest accounts to the people of the state and the world. If they do, why don't they give account of both the monthly federal allocations that had risen up to billions of naira at once  and give  the actual amount they received from the Paris Club refunds paid to the state to clear the accumulated arrears of civil servants and pensioners in the state.
"In that transparency briefing, the Deputy Governor of the State, retired Rear Admiral  John-Jonah hinged his briefing on the Paris club refunds alone, and came out with different figures from that, published by the Federal Ministry of Finance, and defended by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Obuebite is not transparent, because they were all economical with the truth, they were deceiving the people of the state" Comrade Gbassa observed.
The deputy governor, Gboribiogha John Jonah was quoted as saying that:
"When the first 25 per cent was paid, Bayelsa state could have received N21.168 bn, but when the money came, they only released N14.5 bn to us.
"But again the N14.5bn was not for the state government alone, because out of the amount N1.3bn was for the local government councils.
"So what really came to the state government was N13.2bn". Admiral Jonah clarified.
In his reaction the Bayelsa based Niger Delta Activist Comrade Gbassa had said the transparency briefing was controversial and not at all transparent, because what the public wants to hear from the Dickson administration is whether the Paris Club money had been used to clear the backlog of salaries as directed by the federal government or not. He also queried why the briefing centered only on the Paris club refunds to the state without a mention of the monthly allocations that accrued to the state in the past six months; neither was there any mention of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state etc. Gbassa said:
" If they want to give true accounts of their stewardship, why then did they not tell Bayelsans the billions of naira, the governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson had collected from the federation's accounts on monthly basis as allocations to the state, the Internally Generated Revenue of the state and other sources of income, and a breakdown of the expenditures...."
Comrade Gbassa said the governor and his deputy are mixing the issues, not telling the truth, while other states are paying salaries, they say, they have not received the money to pay or they have not received the total amount of N24. 89 billion to be able to pay. He described the claims by the deputy governor that the state received only N14. 5 billion out of the above stated amount, as most contrversial and unbelievable, while looking at the episode as a great political error that the deputy governor needed to have distannced himself from the ill fated transparency briefing.
Hear him:
"The Bayelsa State, deputy governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd) was a highly regarded Military Officer, I so highly respected, but today, he has come out to tell what is not true to mislead the suffering masses in the state and that is unacceptable.
He should be told the truth that his transparency briefing was not transparent, and he did not sound as someone caring about the well being of the suffering masses whose salaries Dickson and himself have denied to pay for months..."
Gbassa further stated that, he was so disappointed with the Deputy Governor, John Jonah and the Information Commissioner for shifting grounds to say that the government later received an additional amount of N6.61bn as part of it's share of the first tranche...", after they had denied it all, he said.
Gbassa contended that he does not see any reason for the State Government to play politics with the destinies of workers, the pensioners, the contractors, the students and the entire people of the state in the none payment of salaries, none payment of pensioners etc.
He further condemned the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson for approving an obnoxious increase of school fees in the state own, Niger Delta University (NDU) from N35,000.00 to N150, 000.00 to also increase the burdens of the same parents suffering from unpaid salaries, and other self employed investors that are struggling to survive in the state to cough out such a jaw breaking amount of money at this trying moment in the history of Bayelsa, to parents whose sons and daughters are in that school.
He shouted to the government saying:
"Be sincere to the people pay the salaries of workers, and the pensioners, and the contractors, and the student bursaries and also pay overhead etc. you don't have any excuse." Comrade Gbassa concluded.