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Cholera Kills 24 Persons In Bayelsa State
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Cholera Kills 24 Persons In Bayelsa State

THE Bayelsa State Government has announced that 24 persons have died as a result of cholera outbreak in the state. It was gathered on Saturday that about 200 cases of the epidemic were recorded in 30 communities with the coastal Southern Ijaw Local Government Area being the worst-hit. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Pabara Newton-Igwele, while confirming the incident, said the state government had mobilised its Rapid Response Team to mitigate the spread of the cholera disease. He said the government in partnership with the World Health Organisation had also adopted some measures to preserve the lives of the people during the period. Newton-Igwele said, “Some of the measures include the decentralisation of the RRT in the local government areas since last October; distr...
Outrage As N5.9 Billion Water Project Rots In Jonathan’s Town
Politics

Outrage As N5.9 Billion Water Project Rots In Jonathan’s Town

The inability of the Bayelsa State government to run a water project handed over to it by the Federal Government has led to the wastage of N5.9 billion and lack of potable water in the state, writes MIKE ODIEGWU. There is no potable water in Bayelsa State. While people in the rural areas depend heavily on polluted rivers, rivulets and streams for water, those living in Yenagoa, the state capital, buy water from vendors, mostly northerners, who purchase in gallons from privately-owned boreholes. On September 9, 2016, the Federal Government inaugurated a massive water intervention scheme, the Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project in Bayelsa State. The project, which gulped N5.9 billion, was sited at Otuoke, the community of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local...
How Dickson Made APC’s Victory In Bayelsa Much Easier – Timipreye Sylva
Politics

How Dickson Made APC’s Victory In Bayelsa Much Easier – Timipreye Sylva

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipreye Sylva has `thanked’ Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa for making it much easier for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, to win the Nov. 16 election. He disclosed this after presenting the Bayelsa Governor-elect, David Lyon, to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday. Sylva attributed the electoral victory of the APC candidate to what he described as “poor performance by the Bayelsa State government”. He said: “It’s been a very hectic week but I will like to bring in this Eritrean proverb, that if you marry a wife very well, you will be blessed with another wife. “Gov. Dickson, unfortunately made our job very easy because he married the wife very b...
Dickson Calls For Cancellation Of Election In Nembe, Southern Ijaw
Politics

Dickson Calls For Cancellation Of Election In Nembe, Southern Ijaw

Governor Seriake Dickson has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the election in parts of the state where the exercise was characterised by brigandage, hijacking of electoral materials and personnel. A statement from the Bayelsa State Government said Dickson particularly called for outright cancellation of the exercise in Nembe Local Government. He said that the thugs were sponsored by pipeline surveillance contractors, Mr Gabriel Jonah and one Kodjo Sam. The statement said: “I call on the Chairman of INEC to issue an order cancelling the process in all the wards, in all the local government areas affected, in all the wards and units, where materials have been stolen or hijacked, where officials have been kidnapped and held hostage to enabl...
I Will Sign Death Warrant Of Convicted Kidnappers – Governor Dickson
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I Will Sign Death Warrant Of Convicted Kidnappers – Governor Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, is mulling the signing of death sentences of convicted kidnappers to send a signal that there is no place to hide for felons in the state. Among the convicted kidnappers are those found guilty and sentenced to death by the state High Court for the kidnap and death of Pa Benson Esinte Adigo, 87, uncle of former governor Timipre Sylva. Dickson said he is worried that the rife in kidnap cases is being carried out by criminal elements that were armed by opposition leaders during the general election. He said he is considering signing of the many death sentences to send the appropriate signal that Bayelsa State government, under his watch, would not allow kidnappers get way. Dickson, who decried the continued undermining of the state secu...
Checkout How This Man And His Family Celebrated Barcelona’s Win Against Chelsea
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Checkout How This Man And His Family Celebrated Barcelona’s Win Against Chelsea

A Nigerian journalist and former worker in Bayelsa State Government, Eberiye Christopher was over-joyed yesterday after his favourite team, Barcelona thrashed Chelsea 3-0 at Camp Nou in Spain. The hardcore Barcelona fan who couldn’t contain his excitement, ensured his whole family including his baby daughter wore Barcelona jerseys to celebrate the Spanish club’s Champions league qualification. Mr Christopher continued with his excitement as he shared a picture of him flying the Barcelona flag on his way to work this morning in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital. According to him; ‘he’s going to a suburb in Yenagoa this morning to receive some decamped fans from Chelsea to Fc Barcelona‘. Barcelona put on a spectacle on the Nou Camp stage as they beat Chelsea to seal their place i...
Ese Oruru: Everyone Has Abandoned Us – Father Of Raped, Islamized Girl Cries Out
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Ese Oruru: Everyone Has Abandoned Us – Father Of Raped, Islamized Girl Cries Out

Charles Oruru, the father of the then 13-year-old girl, Ese Oruru, who was abducted and taken to Kano where she was allegedly raped, forcibly Islamised and married off without her parents’ consent, has cried out over government’s failed promises. Charles said all the promises made by the governments of Bayelsa and Delta states with regard to Ese’s scholarship had not been fulfilled. Ese was allegedly abducted on 12th August, 2015 at her mother’s shop in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State by a man named Yunusa Dahiru (alias Yellow) and taken to Kano. She was rescued on February 29, 2016, by the Kano State Police and placed in the custody of the government. It was later found out that she was five months’ pregnant with her abductor’s child. Charles spoke with Punch o...
DICKSON: Not Me But Federal Govt Responsible For Delayed Salaries
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DICKSON: Not Me But Federal Govt Responsible For Delayed Salaries

Bayelsa State Government on Tuesday explained that the November salary for civil servants had yet to be paid because the Federal Ministry of Finance has not released the monthly federal allocation and the expected Paris Club debt refund to the state. A statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the funds due to state governments had not been released because of the failure of the Federal Government to hold the crucial meeting of the Federal Accounts and Allocation Committee (FAAC) for the month of November. He explained that the non-release of the funds was responsible for the delay in the payment of the salaries of workers for the month of November. Iworiso-Markson, however assured workers in the state that the state government wou...
Bayelsa Suspends All Health Activities In Schools Over Monkeypox Vaccination Rumour
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Bayelsa Suspends All Health Activities In Schools Over Monkeypox Vaccination Rumour

The Bayelsa State Government on Friday announced the suspension of all forms of medical outreach program in public and private schools throughout the state. The decision, according to the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, at a joint press briefing with his Health Commissioner, Ebitimitula Etebu, was sequel to the scare of a purported injection given to students against the viral ‘monkeypox’ disease, He said the government will monitor the situation and ensure strict compliance while urging the management of schools to verify the identity of those who come around there premises for one thing or the other. Mr. Iworiso-Markson described as deliberate misinformation the development which has led to the panic and withdrawal of students by parents fro...
Bayelsa Approves N2b Counterpart Funds For UBEC, SDGs
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Bayelsa Approves N2b Counterpart Funds For UBEC, SDGs

The approval given by the State Executive Council in Yenagoa on Friday provided N1 billion each for the two agencies to improve community development and basic education The Bayelsa State Government has approved N2 billion counterpart funds to the offices of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Basic Education Commission. The approval given by the State Executive Council in Yenagoa on Friday provided N1 billion each for the two agencies to improve community development and basic education. The Governor, Seriake Dickson, who presided over the meeting, explained that the approval was made to provide basic social amenities and improve basic education in the state. Dickson, therefore, reiterated his administration’s commitment toward holistic development of the...
Bayelsa Govt Seals Chinese Firm Over N109 Million Tax Liability
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Bayelsa Govt Seals Chinese Firm Over N109 Million Tax Liability

The Bayelsa Board of Internal Revenue, BIR, on Wednesday sealed off a Chinese company, Hilong Oil Services and Engineering Company Limited over alleged tax default of N109.5 million. The enforcement team of BIR comprising armed police officers and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, NSCDC, sealed off the company’s premises located at Elebele, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that soldiers guarding the premises had initially prevented the enforcement team access until an official of the company intervened. The Director of Compliance, BIR, Robert Lokoson, who led the enforcement team, said the state government authorised the operation in order to recover a tax debt of N109.5 million owed it by the company since 2013. ...
Disgruntled Politicians After Dickson – Bayelsa Govt
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Disgruntled Politicians After Dickson – Bayelsa Govt

The Bayelsa State Government has lashed out at those it described as ‘disgruntled politicians’ blaming them for negatives reports targeted at Governor Henry Seriake Dickson. Governor Dickson has appealed to Bayelsans and the general public to ignore recent reports over the Paris Club refunds, saying it was only meant to embarrass the state government. A press statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr Francis Agbo, noted that contrary to the lies dished out by politicians using an on-line medium, the refund to the state as at December 2016 was N14.5 billion which was exactly what the Government declared publicly. According to him, in line with the Transparency and Accountability Law of the state, the Commissioner for Finance, promptly announced the s...
The Road Leading To Otuoke, Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Village
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The Road Leading To Otuoke, Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Village

This is the road to Otuoke, Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan's village Gej failed everyone including himself. Emmanuel Okechukwu is an indigene of Enugu state. He was seen sitting helplessly along the road leading to Otuoke, home of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Okechukwu, 42, has almost lost contact with his family in Enugu, although he remembers the name of the village. He was sitting on a stool by one of the bad spots along the road leading to the village. When asked what he does there daily, he said he sat there assisting drivers to take care of the road to the village. He told our reporter that he has been there for long, his business is to help drivers so that their vehicles do not have much problem while passing through the pothole ridden road to Otuoke. And by so doing h...
Bayelsa Indigenes Clash With Igbo Traders
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Bayelsa Indigenes Clash With Igbo Traders

*The 18-year old girl was murdered by suspected ritualist, who allegedly cut off her breast *Delta lawmakers seek police intervention in communal crisis. The Bayelsa State government has urged the residents of Biogbolo to remain calm to allow the security agencies to unravel the murder of a girl. The 18-year old girl was murdered by suspected ritualist, who allegedly cut off her breast. In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, he urged the people not to read ethnic or tribal meaning to the killing. The commissioner disclosed that the state police command had promised to fish out the perpetrators and prosecute them. He said government was committed to ensuring that the state is peaceful and promised to support the family of the decease...
The Murder Of 17-Year-Old Girl In Bayelsa Causes Tension In The State
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The Murder Of 17-Year-Old Girl In Bayelsa Causes Tension In The State

The Police on Tuesday prevented what might have brought about fierce assaults on Igbo traders by furious youths in Biogbolo community in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The youths staged a dissent against the asserted murder of a 17-year-old young lady from the community, Amusoro Zedibe, by a 31-year-old man known as Tochukwu. One of the deceased relatives, Bobby Gabriel condemned the alle murder and requested for government intercession, claiming that the incident was not unconnected to ritual purposes. The Caretaker Chairman of the Yenagoa Local Government Area, Oboku Oforgi, told journalists that a meeting with the chiefs and young people of the community had been gathered to request for peace. He included that Igbo traders in the community have been implored to avoid th...

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