Author: John Yibowei

Governor Dickson swears in State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC)

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson today conducted the swearing-in ceremony of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) to oversee the processes leading to the conducting of a peaceful, free and fair Local Government Election which is projected to hold in 2018. The persons that were sworn in after being cleared by the House Of Assembly are

1. Dr. Betola Perekeme – Chairman

2. Chief Remember Ogbe – Member

3. Amafini Zipadou – Member

4. Diepreye Dede – Member

5. Preye Broderick – Member

6. Alhaji Kasim Oru – Member

7. Barrister Marshall Abraham – Member

8. Hon. Dengiye Obarugu – Member

Dickson swears in Prof. Steve Azaiki as Pro-chancellor and Chairman of governing council of the Niger Delta University

Governor Seriake Dickson has reconstituted and inaugurated the Governing Council for the Bayelsa State owned Niger Delta University and appointed Prof. Steve Azaiki as Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the governing council.

Governor Dickson speaking at the inauguration in the Executive chambers of the Governors office, charged the council to use their wealth of experience an global network to raise the profile of the Niger Delta University in order to launch the school to an enviable position among tertiary institutions in the country.

The Governor described the NDU as a premier tertiary institution in the heart of the Ijaw Nation and having recently obtained accreditation for all her courses, maintained that the governing council must ensure that the institute under their watch become self sustaining.

According to Governor Dickson, the economic downturn in the country nation calls for institutions to become self sustaining as practiced all over the world.

His words” I expect you to work with the government to move the institution towards more sustainable means of funding. ‘Work to see how the institution will become the center for development which will create and attract funds for the running of the University as against the N500 Million spent by government to pay salaries every month”.

The Governor reiterated that the Senate building will be completed as well as the construction of the internal roads in the institution.

Responding, the Chairman of the governing board, Prof. Steve Azaiki, while commending the governor for appointing him and other members of the board said, the task ahead of them was enormous but expressed confidence and optimism in their collective ability to make the Niger Delta University a globally competitive institution of learning.

Thanksgiving in Edo State

Governor Dickson attends a thanksgiving Service in Ogbe Stadium, Benin City, Edo State. The event was Hosted by the state government led by Governor Godwin N. Obaseki.

In Governor Dickson’s words, ‘we cannot thank God enough and as long as we have breath, mortal men must consistently remember their source.

Also present at the thanksgiving service are the former Governor of Edo state, Chief Adams Oshiomole, the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and other eminent personalities.

Governor Dickson meets Clark on security and tension in Niger Delta

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, and foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on Friday held a meeting on critical issues affecting the Niger Delta region.

The meeting focused on the state of security especially the break down of law and order in some areas and the escalating tension in the oil rich region.

The meeting followed a recent threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume attacks on oil installations in the region.

Hon. Dickson said shortly after the meeting that the deliberations focused on how steps could be taken to establish contacts with the Federal Government on the one hand, and the aggrieved youths on the other as part of efforts to prevent a major crisis in the area.

The Governor in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, stated that the meeting also condemned the disruption of the forth quarter general meeting of the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum by security operatives in Port Harcourt on 26th of October 2017.

The statement quoted the Governor as having said that the meeting called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disruption of the PENDEF’s meeting in Port Harcourt.

Governor Dickson and Chief Clark who condemned the action of the security agencies argued that PANDEF like other organizations, had the right as provided for by law to hold their meetings.

He also called on the agencies responsible for the disruption of the meeting to tender an apology to the elders who were embarrassed by the unprovoked reaction from the agencies.

The men of the Nigeria Police had taken over the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt Venue of a meeting of PANDEF led by Chief Clark on Oct. 26,2017.

No reason was given by the security agencies for the disruption of the PANDEF meeting.

Dickson said, “Chief Edwin Clark and I just had a meeting on issues affecting the Niger Delta region. In specific terms, the meeting dwelt on the break down of law and order, general security and the escalating in the Niger Delta.

We explored how we can step up contacts with the Federal Government on the one hand and the agitators on the other.

“We condemn the security measures taken to stop the meeting of PANDEF in Port Harcourt on October 26, 2017 and demand that the action of the security agencies should be investigated and apology tendered for what happened.
We find the action of the security agencies unacceptable because PANDEF like every other organization, has the right to meet as enshrined in the constitution “

He said that the meeting also discussed efforts being made at repositioning and strengthening the umbrella Ijaw organizations especially the Ijaw National Congress and the Ijaw Youth Council.

He stressed that some progress had been made in the efforts he initiated alongside Ijaw elders and leaders to stabilize these bodies.

PDP Convention: Gov Dickson Warns Against Imposition of Candidates …Says no Leader Should Usurp the Powers of Delegates …Says Party Must Avoid Fresh Crisis

 

 

As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for its national convention, to elect national officers on December 9, 2017, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, has warned against imposition of candidates on the party.

Governor Dickson in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, said the next convention was critical to the survival of the PDP. The statement added that the Governor was totally against imposition of candidates for positions at the convention and calls on PDP leaders and delegates to make sacrifices for the unity of the party.

He stressed that in cases where party stakeholders/delegates are unable to reach a consensus on any position, the party should allow all aspirants who have bought nomination forms to test their popularity on the convention ground.

The Governor noted that it was by creating a level-playing field for all aspirants in a transparent convention that the PDP would be stronger and more cohesive.

Governor Dickson, a former Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee, warned that the Convention should not be conducted in a manner that could plunge the party into fresh crisis.

He wants leaders of the party to avoid the temptation of taking over the place of the convention and the rights of the delegates to choose leaders for the Party.

He said, “The next convention is critical to the survival of the party. My position is that the party should organize an all-inclusive, transparent, acceptable, and credible convention that would rebrand the PDP and show our platform as a truly democratic party.

“Therefore I am against all forms of manipulations, intimidations, blackmail and imposition of candidates. For me, there should be no imposition at all.

“I will not be a party to the adoption of anybody for any office unless it is by consensus of the zone in which the position has been zoned to. If there is more than one contestant for a position, they should be given the opportunity to test their popularity at the convention.

“A leader, no matter how highly placed should not take the place of the Convention and the powers of the delegates to the convention.

“Therefore, on the position of Chairman and other offices, once there is more than a contestant, PDP leaders and members should be free to canvass for any candidate of their choice; nobody should quarrel with that….”

He said the PDP must understand that Nigerians see the forthcoming National Convention as an opportunity that will usher in a rebranded and united PDP, which Nigerians will be happy to embrace in 2019.

While noting that the PDP can regain its glory, Governor Dickson said the December Convention is a precursor to the Presidential primary, stressing that if the PDP gets its national convention right, it is likely to hold a successful Presidential Primary in 2018.

 

Agge Deep SeaPort: Bayelsa Moves To Commence Activities Before 2020

Barely two weeks after Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi in Abuja, Governor Dickson set the ball rolling for the Agge deep sea port project. Having received a word of assurance from the Minister to provide all the necessary approvals, the Governor inaugurated a 14 member Project Implementation Team for the Agge Seaport Development today.

The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to the smooth and prompt take-off of the Agge Deep Sea Port project noting that 15,000 hectares of land had already been acquired by the government and surveyed by the Nigerian Army Engineering Corps.

Governor Dickson expressed satisfaction with the land survey job and also announced the government’s intention to further engage them to survey another 15, 000 hectares for the development of the Agge Port City.
The committee is made up of experts was mandated to advise and monitor the technical developments arising from the project as well as propose a realistic time-frame of achievable milestones.
“All I want to see before the end of my tenure on the 14th of February 2020, is some commercial port-related activities in that seaport. That is why it has become necessary to put this team together. Already a lot of work has been done but going forward, it is the intention of the government to create a formal platform beyond this team either by way of a state corporation established by a bill that I intend to send to the State House of Assembly or, we get the Agge Seaport Development Company registered as a corporate entity to run the actual management of the assets of that company”.
The Governor expressed optimism that, the Federal Government would fulfil its promise of granting all necessary licenses for the project, and assured the investing public of the security of their lives and investment in the area.

According to the Governor, the state Government has decided to work closely with all security agencies to build a Forward Operations Base (FOB) to provide a robust security presence in Agge.
Responding, the Chairman of the Project Implementation Committee of the Agge Deep Seaport Development, Captain Warredi Enisuoh, highlighted the benefits associated with the project to include stimulation of socio-economic activities in the state.

Captain Enisuoh, who described the project as one of the best investments of the Dickson-led Administration, pledged that, the committee would do everything within its reach to actualise its mandate.

Members of the committee include the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, his Lands and Survey counterpart, Hon. Kuroakegha Dorgu and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Ere Efeke.
Others are HRM King Frank Okoroakpo, Retired Major Lance Anyanya, Mr. Joseph Ambakederemo, Capt. Suona Offor (Rtd) and Mr. Godwin Konyefa as well as representatives of the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Ministries of Trade and Justice, with the Director of Works, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure as the secretary.

Governor Dickson Condoles Tinubu Over Death of Son

Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Henry Seriake Dickson has commiserated With former Lagos State Governor and APC chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the demise of his son, Jide Tinubu.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Francis Ottah Agbo described the death of Jide as untimely and shocking. The Governor prayed God to grant the departed eternal repose and also grant the Tinubu family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Bayelsa Annual Thanksgiving Service, 2017

‘God is not man that He should lie, neither is He the son of man that He would repent. We are mare mortals and God, by His will and His alone chose us all. No achievement of can ever be attributed to self but Gods unfailing mercy.

Men ought to thank God and that’s what we are doing in Bayelsa today.
Since 2012 when we assumed office, we have separated this day, 2nd of November to thank God as a state, as a people and like the Holy book says, when we praise God, the earth will yield her increase. Bayelsa will yield her increase.

#BayelsaThanksGivingService.

Give Brass LNG Project the Deserved Attention… Governor Dickson Charges FG

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Honourable Seriake Dickson has charged the Federal Government to resume the Brass LNG project.

He made the call while receiving the management of the Brass fertilizer and Petrochemical Company Limited(BFPCL) in Government House.

Governor Dickson expressed his displeasure at the slow pace of the implementation of the Brass Liguidified Natural Gas project that would have drastically improved the fortunes of the State and Nation.

According to the Governor, “our State is not happy that the Brass LNG project that would have put this State in the world industrial map was halted”.

The governor reaffirmed that the State is stable and secure enough for businesses to thrive and expressed regret on the pace of the project which would have engaged thousands of youths in the region.