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Gov Dickson Blames Imbalance In Nation’s Security Architecture For Senseless Killings

Gov Dickson Blames Imbalance In Nation’s Security Architecture For Senseless Killings

NEWS
Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson has said that the wind of insecurity blowing across the nation, particularly the killings of innocent Nigerians in the Northern part of the country were fuelled by the imbalance in the country's security structure and the politicisation of security by members of the ruling party. Dickson spoke on Friday in Abuja while delivering a lecture entitled: "Cultural Values, National Security and Challenges of Contemporary Governance: Perspective From Bayelsa State Experience”, organised by Institute of Security Studies (ISS). Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Deacon Francis Ottah Agbo, quoted Dickson as saying that the current spate of violence and senseless killings, particularly in the Northern part of the country is the biggest thr
Ibori Throws Weight Behind Restructuring

Ibori Throws Weight Behind Restructuring

NEWS
Former Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori on Tuesday lend his voice to the campaign for restructuring of the country. Ibori spoke during the commissioning of multi-billion naira projects in Delta State by chairman of South-South Governors' Forum, Chief Seriake Dickson who was in the state for a working visit. Speaking at the occasion Ibori urged governors of south south region to continue with the crusade for the restructuring of the country. "Carry on with the battle for the restructuring of the country to the finishing line," Chief Ibori said. Recalled that the governors after their meeting in Port Harcourt Rivers state had said, "everyone is aware of the ongoing clamour for devolution and a return to essential founding principle of this great country and we, in our meet...
BETWEEN NAYSAYERS AND BAYELSA PUBLIC SERVICE REFORMS

BETWEEN NAYSAYERS AND BAYELSA PUBLIC SERVICE REFORMS

ISSUES
By Daniel Alabrah Timi is about 27 years and hails from a rustic community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. He is not a lazy Nigerian youth (if you catch my drift). Since he left secondary school, he has fended for himself, having lost his parents early in life. He is a decent young man, who abhors cultism, drug abuse or some of the anti-societal idiosyncrasies found among youths in Yenagoa, the capital city. Currently, he is a part-time student at the Niger Delta University (NDU) and engages in menial jobs to be able to acquire university education. But his story would have been different. A few months ago, he shockingly discovered that his name was on the payroll of the Bayelsa State Civil Service. Unknown to him, his uncle, a civil servan...
IYC Frowns At Closure Of NDU, Call On Dickson To Address Grievances Of Students

IYC Frowns At Closure Of NDU, Call On Dickson To Address Grievances Of Students

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  Foremost Ijaw youth organisation, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has called on the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson to address the grievances of students of the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State which led to a massive protest and eventual closure of the university on Wednesday, 25 April, 2018. IYC, stated this in a statement by its President Barr. Eric Omare on Thursday while expressing displeasure that in recent times, the institution had experienced different challenges. According to the statement, the shut down of the institution followed a massive protest by students of the Bayelsa State owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma against the increment in charges. Earlier, some workers of the institution had protested against th...
20 Years Old Pipeline Bomber Arrested In Bayelsa

20 Years Old Pipeline Bomber Arrested In Bayelsa

METRO, NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Police in Bayelsa State has arrested one Temona Alison, a suspected cult member and pipeline vandal, who has been on its wanted list. Alison, who is in his 20s, was apprehended by Bayelsa State Command Strike Force on Sunday in his house on Tombia-Ammassoma Road by Boxi Water. BigPen Online gathered that the suspect was arrested in possession of four grenades (miniature bombs), one live cartridge, a pair of military uniform, one cutlass, among other. A police who confided in our correspondent, said that Alison had been on police wanted list over some criminal acts perpetrated by him. Though the source did not indicate what the suspect uses the grenades for, it is believed that the suspect uses them in destroying crude oil pipelines to siphon from them. The Police Pub...
BREAKING! Gunmen Invade Community Near Jonathan’s Home, Kill Four, Abduct One Person

BREAKING! Gunmen Invade Community Near Jonathan’s Home, Kill Four, Abduct One Person

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  Gunmen on Tuesday invaded the local government council of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa State, killing four. The gunmen, suspected to be sea pirates also left many injured while one person was abducted. BigPen Online learnt that the invaders had on Monday night attacked Ayama community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa and repeated the attack on Tuesday afternoon at Ogbia Town. A source from the area told our correspondent that the invaders stormed Ayama community at about 9:pm, firing direct shots from their speedboats into the town, close to Otuoke, country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan. In the process, four persons were feared killed and many injured as frightened indigenes, for fear that the gunmen were going to invade thei...
Jonathan’s Kinsmen Call For Unity, Unveils Dickson Unity Cup

Jonathan’s Kinsmen Call For Unity, Unveils Dickson Unity Cup

NEWS
Political leaders and stakeholders from Ogbia Local Government Area of the Bayelsa state, has urged indigenes of the area to declare genuine support for a united people, acknowledging that football remains the most popular sports that brings about unity in critical times. The state Commissioner for information and orientation, Mr. Markson Iworiso, stated this on Thursday while unveiling the mascot for the Governor Dickson unity cup, at the information house, Yenagoa. It will be recalled that a seven member reconciliation committee to reconcile all aggrieved persons within the fold of the Ogbia people headed by a commissioner in the state was inaugurated few weeks back. Iworiso, said what is happening today is very special and significant because it’s not just a soccer or footb
Police Sergeant Attacks Guardian Reporter At Bayelsa Gateway Checkpoint

Police Sergeant Attacks Guardian Reporter At Bayelsa Gateway Checkpoint

METRO, NEWS
A police sergeant attached to the Bayelsa State security outfit, nicknamed 'DOO AKPO', reportedly threw caution to the dogs when he brutalized a correspondent of the Guardian newspaper in the state, Mr Julius Osahon. BigPen Online learnt that the officer simply identified as Idus Emmanuel, with DOO AKPO vehicle number 082, on Tuesday beat up the journalist for daring to speak at a checkpoint where a vehicle he boarded was subjected to heavy scrutiny. Sergeant Idus was said to have slapped the journalist several time and also corked his service riffle threatening to shot him. The journalist, Osahon who has been on hospital bed since the incident which happened at the Igbogene end of the Bayelsa gateway, told newsmen in Yenageo on Friday that he has formally petitioned the Speci...
Bayelsa Govt Denies Allocating Land For Fulani Herdsmen Cattle Colony

Bayelsa Govt Denies Allocating Land For Fulani Herdsmen Cattle Colony

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Bayelsa State Government on Wednesday denied the claims that the present administration of Governor Seriake Dickson has allocated over 250 hectares for the Federal Government proposed Fulani herdsmen colony in the State. The denial followed the controversies trailing the ownership and management of the Bayelsa state Palm company of which the state government concessioned about 250 hectares of land to a private company for an Integrated Cattle Farming Resort and cropping. The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Doodie Week, while speaking during the inter-Ministerial press briefing presentation to mark the 6th year anniversary of the Restoration administration in the state, denied that the Land belonging to the State Palm Company was neither sold nor alloca...
Over 250 Sub-standard Private Schools To Be Shut Down By Bayelsa Govt

Over 250 Sub-standard Private Schools To Be Shut Down By Bayelsa Govt

NEWS
Barring last minute change of policy, the Bayelsa State Government is set to shut down over 250 primary and secondary schools in the state over allegations that they are of low standard. Already, the State Commissioner for Education, Jonathan Obuebite, in a chat with newsmen in Yenagoa, has disclosed that his ministry after investigation has compiled the names of the school not qualified to be private schools. Obuebite, who decried the alarming rate of sub-standard private schools in the state, said that over half of the over 500 private schools in the state, including those own by churches will be shut down soon. Obuebite said that the private schools were given a probation period to improve and put things in order, regretting that up until now, they had yet to do anything bu