Category: Education

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.


The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has advocated a national consensus on the development of education in the country irrespective of political affiliations.
Dickson said that education was central to development and should command the attention of all key players.
The Governor spoke at a colloquium organised by the Government College Ughelli, Old Boys Association tagged ‘Raising a wise generation: Revamping Nigeria’ s Secondary Education’ in Lagos.
Dickson who recently was appointed as a co-chairman of the reconstituted Southern Governors’ Forum said that collective efforts of all stakeholders was required to tackle the issue of educational development.
According to him, the Southern Governor’s Forum had the intention to meet with its counterparts from other regions to give the deserved attention to education as a strategic response to the  lack of investment in the sector which has resulted in instability, insecurity and unemployment and unemployability.
Dickson said that a consciousness of the pertinence of education to development was what inspired his administration to embark on the current revolution in the education sector in Bayelsa.
He stressed that his administration has built 14 functional boarding secondary schools in the eight local government areas of the state while efforts were ongoing to establish constituency boarding schools in the state.
Dickson, who said that his administration’s investment in education was paying off, added that it was the objective of the government to raise the number of students in boarding school to 10,000.
“For the first time we have over 14 public boarding schools built across the eight Local Government Areas in Bayelsa State, and we are working hard to establish more constituency boarding schools with the goal of raising a minimum of ten thousand students. So far, our investments in the education sector is visible to all.”
He said that the Ijaw National Academy which has a Briton, Mr. Charles Johnson, as its principal, was one of the free model boarding secondary schools which has over a thousand students selected through a competitive academic process.
The Governor noted that it was the preoccupation òf his administration to give quality and affordable education to Bayelsans especially at the grassroots level, through what he termed the ‘democratization of education.’
The governor also stressed that the Bayelsa State Government has already signed into law The Teacher Education and Certification Bill, which was critical to the education revolution.
The colloquium paraded an array of special guest speakers with high roller stature in Nigeria’s development, especially in the area of education. They include, Prof. Grace Alelle William’s, Governor Kashim Shetima, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and a host of other dignitaries.

NDU STRIKE: Govt, ASUU sign MOU to end 4-month old strike

Following a meeting and the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, between the Bayelsa State Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Niger Delta University chapter, the lecturers have agreed to suspend their 4 month old strike.
Addressing newsmen shortly after a joint meeting of ASUU and officials of the State Government at the House of Assembly Complex in Yenagoa, the Chairman of ASUU, NDU Chapter, Dr. Stanley Ogoun and the State Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, both expressed satisfaction with the contents of the MOU, assuring that, they will ensure strict compliance with the various provisions of the document, as it affects them.
The ASUU Chairman, who commended the State Government’s mediating team headed by Dr. Seiyifa Koroye, pointed out that, part of the agreement it reached with the State Government is to improve on the infrastructure and other facilities needed to properly position the University for optimum result and recognition in the comity of Universities.
Dr. Ogoun, who commended the present administration repositioning the institution, however, blamed the state of affairs in the university on successive administrations of the State, stressing that, little or nothing was done to improve the infrastructure and basic needs of the university over the years.

You are here Accreditation: We’re satisfied with Bayelsa College – NCCE …Dickson restates committed to completing ongoing projects

The National Commission for Colleges of Education has commended the Bayelsa State Government for putting in place quality facilities to enhance teaching and learning at the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama in Sagbama Local Council Area of the state.

The National Commission for Colleges of Education has commended the Bayelsa State Government for putting in place quality facilities to enhance teaching and learning at the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama in Sagbama Local Council Area of the state.

The acting Director of NCCE, Mr Vitalis Uji, gave the commendation on Thursday, during a courtesy call on Governor Henry Seriaki Dickson in Yenagoa.

According to him, although the College has its share of teething problems, most of the facilities already on the ground; such as the Art Theatre, were of high standard that would stand the test of time.

He said, “We want to commend you for the effort you have made. That is a new site, but what we have seen there is really commendable. The Art Theatre we have seen in that Campus, I must say, we have never seen in any other place. Not even in Colleges of Education owned by the Federal Government. So, we want to commend you for that.”

Justifying the inspection tour, he said the provisional approval that enabled the College to take off was based on an earlier verification exercise carried out on available facilities at the former site of the institution at Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area, pointing out that, the Commission cannot transfer the approval on the basis of what it verified on that campus.

Uji, who promised to furnish the Governor of the full report of the tour, however, called on the state government to provide perimeter fencing, practical workshops, a standard library, clinic and adequate academic as well as non-teaching staff for the college.

In his response, Dickson assured the NCCE delegation of his administration’s commitment to completing most of the ongoing projects at the institution, before the next inspection visit in spite of shortfalls in revenues accruing to the state.

He said education occupies a pride of place in the agenda of the present administration, stressing that, the government was not only determined to making proper investments in the state-owned tertiary institutions, but reposition them to attract students and the best manpower from within and outside the state.

Dickson, who explained that, the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education was relocated to Sagbama in the best interest of the state, especially in the area of easy accessibility, thanked the team for their objective assessment of the institution.

He said, “We take education very seriously and we are also very ambitious in terms of putting our state forward in that sector. But, as you are aware, just like what is happening at the Federal and most other states, we have a lot of funding constraints.

“But that has not stopped and will not stop us from being ambitious. We are aware that, that college and all other tertiary institutions need more capital injection. The commitment I make today, on behalf of the government is that, we are going to look for all ways of providing adequate funding for that College, at least to complete most of the ambitious projects we have already embarked upon. As the government intends the College one of the best in the country.”

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Tertiary educations: Bayelsa formulates policies to reduce dependence on govt funding

The Bayelsa State Government said it would formulate a comprehensive policy that would guide the management of all its tertiary institutions and the government parastatals towards making them less dependent on government funding.

To this end, the government is to constitute sub-committees to study and streamline the various policies that would be generated, based on the report presented by the Committee on the Management and Funding of Tertiary Education and Government Parastatals.

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson stated this over the weekend in Government House, Yenagoa while receiving the report of the Committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd).

The Governor said the State Executive Council would also analyze the report thoroughly and fashion out relevant policies that would guide the operations of all tertiary institutions and government agencies in the state.

Governor Dickson, who stressed the need to reposition such educational facilities and the government parastatals by making them self-sustaining, pointed out that, the measure had become imperative, in view of the dwindling finances of the state, occasioned by the national economic downturn.

He, however, assured that, the government would support all tertiary institutions in the state, including the Niger Delta University, Amassoma as it is the only public tertiary institution in Bayelsa.

Applauding the efforts of members of the committee for doing a thorough job, Governor Dickson said the government would implement the findings and recommendations contained in the report and directed the committee to make a copy of the report available to the State House of Assembly.

Presenting the report, Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), who is also the Chairman of the Committee on the Management and Funding of Tertiary Education and Government Parastatals, said the committee was divided into two groups, with one looking at the tertiary institutions headed by the Secretary to the State Government, while the Head of Service chaired that of the government agencies.

He explained that an 11 point terms of reference was established for the tertiary institutions, which include, identification of all sources of revenue to the tertiary institutions, review and examine the financial state of the government owned tertiary institutions, staff and students’ strength as well as how the finances were managed.

The Deputy Governor who said, 7 tertiary institutions in the state were examined, also highlighted some of the major findings of the committee to include, challenges in accreditation, least student population, over-bloated non-academic staff and infrastructure deficit as compared to other tertiary institutions in the country.

He also recounted the findings on some government agencies to include, poor management structure, lack of due process in the employment of staff and wholly dependent on the government for salaries and expenses.

Some of the parastatals examined were, the Bayelsa Transport Company Ltd, Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, Niger Delta Television, Bayelsa State Newspaper Corporation and Bayelsa Housing and Property Development Authority.