In the heat of the tension making the rounds in the state about a directive issued to the Caretaker Chairmen of the 8 LGAs in the state to drop LGA workers employed from 2004, the immediate past Caretaker Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government and a Governorship aspirant in the state Hon. Joshua Maciver has come out to advice the Caretaker Chairmen to be careful else they’ll create a bad image for themselves in trying to follow orders from the state government. Hon. Joshua Maciver who made the advice known through a press statement issued on Monday 4th November, 2017 said, he also made the same mistake and still regretting that singular action. Hon. Joshua went on to say that though Caretaker Chairmen don’t have such authority of theirs but any decision they are directed to take has adverse effect on them either positively or negatively. He said “I was trying to follow orders and in doing so, it caused serious disaffection among those affected and their families”. He further said “I’ll not want the same stigma to follow these set of Caretaker Chairmen”. In his statement, he reiterated that Bayelsa State for now is not an industrial hub for business therefore 95% of Bayelsans depend on government either directly or indirectly therefore any decision to drop workers always leave grave consequences on the populace. He enjoined all Bayelsans to rally round a candidate that will put the interest of the people first in the forthcoming Governorship Election in 2019. He said if Elected, he’ll put Bayelsans first as according to him, the welfare of the people is more paramount than any form of infrastructural development.
Hon. Bello Bina, the immediate past Chairman of the Brass Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State has lashed out at the Former Militant Leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, Chief Edwin Clarke and some traditional Rulers from the Niger Delta region over their recent comments on the Biafra agitation and the 16 points agenda put before the Federal Government on the development of the region.
According to Bello Bina, though the Niger Delta region and the Ijaw Nation has lost confidence in the ability of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to implement the 16 points presented, the comments of the likes of Alhaji Asari Dokubo, Chief Edwin Clarke and others have shown that the Ijaw nation lack direction and quality leadership.
While Bello Bina described Asari Dokubo as “standing alone” on his false claim that Niger Delta people are supporting the Nnamdi Kanu led Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) on the secession agitation against the Federal Government. He disowned Chief Edwin Clarke over his Ijaw National Leader status for his alleged “double speak” and ” poor leadership” posture on the issues presented before the Federal Government by the Pan African Elders forum (PANDEF) and open support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who has failed to impact positively on the region.
Hon. Bello Bina, who is also a Bayelsa PDP Chieftain and Chief Executive Officer of the B-Multi group, in a statement issued in Yenagoa via email, accused Chief E.K Clark, Asari Dokubo and some traditional rulers of trading with the problems confronting the Ijaw nation and Niger Delta by ascribing to themselves leadership positions that are not endorsed by the people of the region.
According to him, ” Am speaking with pain over the Niger Delta issue and how people used the pain of the region to trade. I see Asari Dokubo on facebook jumping up and down with false claim that the Ijaw nation belong to Biafra. I want to make it clear, Niger Delta is not with Biafra. If Asari Dokubo and his family are with Biafra, they are on their own. The Biafra people are of the Ibo states.”
“If Asari Dokubo love the Ijaw nation, Niger Delta and Nigeria, why did he put all his investment and his so called University in Benin Republic? He also claim to be Biafra and he deployed all his investments abroad.
I want to repeat that nobody should fear because we are not part of the Biafra story. I am not against Biafra people or their agitations, but I insist that Niger Delta is not part of Biafra.”
Bello Bina noted that despite the failed efforts by a few to associate Biafra with the Niger Delta people on facebook, the Ijaw people are faced with their own peculiar problems and not bothered about issue of Biafra.
He also pointed out that the attempts to draw the region into the Biafra agitations was based on the outcome of the struggle by the likes of the Foremost Former Militant Leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo, ” now many people tag them to be criminals but these are the Niger Delta agitators that made the region become the beautiful bride for the IPOB agitation.
The Niger Delta people can not join any agitation because we are rich enough to create a country if we desire.”
On the alleged treachery by Chief E.K.Clarke against the Niger Delta people, Hon. Bello Bina insisted that though he respect elders in the region, the claim by Chief Clark that he is the National leader of Ijaw nation is questionable and is self imposed,
” Some people will be claiming to be leaders of the region. Before you claim to be a leader, what are the benefits the people of the region have enjoyed from you?” “During Former President Obasanjo, Chief E.K Clarke existed and it is the same stock in trade.
The Likes of Late Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro and Chief D.S. P Alameiseigha are true leaders of Ijaw people. Theu were oppressed and died for the people of the region. The 13 per cent derivation increase was part of Alameiseigha legacy of resource control.
But E.K Clarke followed Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and after GEJ tenure,diswoned him. He claimed to have left politics but he is back offering to settle Niger Delta issue.” ” Is he a Leader of Niger Delta people? Who made him a Leader? Let him show what he has brought to the region as a leader? Has he drilled a bore hole or pay WAEC for any indigent Ijaw student or community? Has he offered assistance to any political leader without monetray agains? Before you claim to be a leader, your people will push you forward as one.
These are leaders that collect money to betray the region.” “Those are not the leaders Ijaw people are looking for.
The Ijaw nation is not looking for people that talk cheaply. They are looking for a focussed peaceful and committed leaders. ”
he also noted that some Traditional Rulers have abandoned their royal stool and joined the foray of political jobbers in search for cheap monies along the corridors of power in Abuja,” these are men that ha dumped their traditional stools and are now seen in Abuja. Those who relocated to Abuja because of money shall never know peace.”
“Kings are meant to sit at their domain and oversee the affairs of their people and be highly revered and respected. They are not be seen walking from one office to another..
Am so ashamed that those traditional leaders, who are supposed to bring Ijaw people together, are now telling lies to curry favour in Abuja.
Tommorrow, one Senator will call them a child birthday party and theu put on their royal beed and set at the front smiling. What is wrong if the Senator or President visit you in your domain” “And those are the traditional leaders we call our leaders.
Can’t they learn from the Oni of Ife or the Oba of Benin? These are true leaders and their people can die for them. Why can’t the Niger Delta leaders be coordinated.? You call yourself a King and because of money, you betray your Ijaw people.
And you say all is well after they gave you N5million. They can’t do that to the Oni of Ife or the Oba of Benin.” “These revered Obas sit in their palace and politicians come to them and ask for solutions. Our kings have lost their respect. Our kings have no leadership qualities and they tell lies because of money.
They should stop it, it is painful. They should revert to being a good leader and learb to bear hardship in a royal way. God knows why he created the Ijaw nation and the Niger Delta.”
“Our kings are deeply involve in politics. Today, Goodluck Jonathan is good.Tommorrow, Jonathan is a bad man.
Now they have started, Buhari is a good man. And tommorrow, what will they say?”
Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has described the late Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro as a symbol of the Ijaw struggle, whose agitation and activism for a better life for his people can never be forgotten.
According to him, the late Boro even though he had passed on remains in the heart of many because of the sacrifices and contributions he made and added that he will forever be honored as a true Ijaw hero.
Speaking at an event to mark the 2017 Isaac Boro Day in Yenagoa, the governor noted that the late activist was a brave man who was very passionate to end the oppression and subjugation of Ijaw people.
Dickson stated that Boro alongside his comrades left the comfort of their lives to fight for others, an attribute which he said is rare and urged people to emulate them as that which they fought for still exists.
He said ” Isaac Boro and his fellow comrades believed in the wellbeing and welfare of their people and not themselves. They stood trial, were convicted and sentenced to death before they were later pardoned. They fought for our liberation to prevent another colonialism”.
The governor who used the occasion to announce the commencement of a special allowance for the wife of the late Boro also told the gathering that his government is building the capacity of youths in the state in various fields to take over from the departed heros who were equally committed to education.
” As a people we need to have a clear sense of direction, a clear sense of strategy. If you don’t know, let me inform you that you belong to an ethnic group that is the most oppressed and deprived on the face of the earth”.
” That is why we are working hard to lay the foundation for a new Bayelsa and a new Ijaw nation. We are raising a new generation of Isaac Boro to give intellectual bite to the Niger Delta struggle because the battles are not over but the territories, terrains and story must change. I have therefore directed that henceforth “Boro Day” should be celebrated in all our schools to under the importance of the life and times of the late Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro and the ideals for which he stood, fought and died for, which is an important part of our history”
Gov. Dickson also used the event to berate some privileged Bayelsans who are occupying sensitive positions but have refused to attract any meaningful development to the state because of politics.
In their goodwill messages, the Amayanabo of Twon Brass, Alfred Diete-Spiff and the chairman of the Bayelsa Elders Forum, Chief Francis Doukpola said Boro lived and died for what he believed in.
On their part, the Ebidaowei of Kolokuma, King Mosi Agara and the first daughter of the late Boro, Esther praised Dickson for keeping the name of their departed hero alive.
The highligt of the event was the laying of wreath at the graveside of Boro by the governor, his deputy and other dignitaries.
……applauds Gov. Dickson for immortalizing him
#NaijaLiveTv >>>>> Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the family of his long time friend and political ally, late Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha in Amassoma, Bayelsa State.
Chief Ibori, who was accompanied on the visit by political leaders and stakeholders from Delta State, including the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya, described Chief Alamieyeseigha as a patriotic leader, who was very courageous and outspoken and stood on the side of his people at all times.
He said he was devastated when news of his death got to him in the United Kingdom, as they both shared a common ideology and relationship, which was very deep, adding that, Chief Alamieyeseigha until his demise fought against oppression and evil, which ultimately led to his untimely death.
While sympathizing with the family of the departed Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation, Chief Ibori urged them to take solace in the fact that, he was a good man who will forever be remembered by his legacies and also the reality that what he believed in will not die.
The former Delta State Governor, who equally took time to visit the grave side of the departed Alamieyeseigha assured the family that, he will always remember and stand by them as their father and son would have done same for his family.
Earlier, Ibori had visited Governor Seriake Dickson at the Government House in Yenagoa, where he also expressed his sympathy to the government and people of the state over the death of their first civilian governor.
According to him the visit was to appreciate Governor Dickson for immortalizing the foremost Ijaw hero by renaming the Government House banquet hall after him and for pushing forward his noble ideas of governance and strong agitation for the rights of people Ijaw and Niger Delta.
“I take solace in the fact that having met you, I am encouraged that indeed the flag only flew at half mast for a couple of days and after that, the flag is flying again. Thank you for playing your bit to immortalize him. He may have left us but his spirit is still with us”.
In his remarks, Governor Dickson said the visit was solemn, but historic and thanked Ibori for his thoughtfulness to visit the family, which emphasized the brotherliness that existed between him and the late former governor.
Dickson, who called on people of the Niger Delta to stop betraying their leaders, noted that, both Alamieyeseigha and Ibori were victims of the Niger Delta struggle, which was as a result of their campaign for resource control and fiscal federalism.
He said “ We have done enough when it comes to betraying, sabotaging and pulling down one another especially our leaders. Nobody in this nation will build and sustain leaders for us, we have to build our leaders, support and encourage them. So I think the time has come for us in the Niger Delta to turn a new leaf and learn from others”.
Scores of angry Ijaw Youths under the Federal Government Presidential Amnesty Programme, weekend, sent a protest letter to the President, Muhammadu Buhari and the Leadership of the National Assembly to intervene and prevail on the Amnesty Implementation Committee to pay outstanding tuition fees to their institutions in Nigeria and United States of America, under the Kaplan agreement.
The angry youths said though all channels of communications on the issues have been utilised and they may resort to disruption of peace along the East/west road if the issues are not resolved, the failure of the Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh led Amnesty Implementation Committee to pay up the Tuition fees and Six months allowances have led to their ejection from schools in Nigeria and United States and turned them to beggars.
The Local and Foreign Institutions identified are the Lead City University, Ibadan, Igbinedion University, Okada,Edo State, the Elizade University, Ogun State, Benson Idahosa University, Edo State and the Afe Babalola University,Ekiti State.
The Ijaw Youths, after a well attended meeting of students, under the Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP) at the Ijaw House in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said the refusal of the Amnesty Committee to pay up tuition fees owed the various institutions of learning in the Nigeria and United States is threatning to jeopadise their lives and career.
The angry youths, in the letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly, signed by Signed by the Chairman, Comr. Joshua M. Amangala, Secetary,
Comrade Justice Ipiteikumoh, Hon. Amaebi Osaribie, Comr. Oluwatobi Oke and Comr. Johnny Kenneth,
stated that “we have met to discuss vital issues pertaining to the welfare and wellbeing of beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Initiative, specifically on the non paymentof tuition fees, in-training allowances and the case of some students that are stranded in the United States of America,under the Kaplan agreement.”
“At the end of the meeting; the following observations were made. Due to the non payment of the in-training allowances and tuition fees; the student’sbeneficiaries of the Amnesty Program arelooked down on and treated like ‘second class citizens’in their respective institutions From all indications, the Gen. Boroh led leadership of the Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP) has connived with some officials in the Presidency and the Federal Ministry of Finance to deliberately and systematically, stifle the student’scomponent of Presidential Amnestyinitiative in exchange for their so-called agricultural program.”
“With the thoughtlessness and careless handling of the Amnesty Programme, particularly with regard to the welfare and wellbeing of the student’s segment of theprogram (both locally and internationally), ithas resulted to theincrease in armed robbery, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and otheranti- social vices and has paved way for the resurgence of militancy in the region which the program was designed to address. The unholy alliance between the Gen.Boroh led Amnesty office and his ilk’s in the presidency has resulted to the termination of a validly entered agreement with an educational serviceprovider, the Kaplan International which has rendered some students stranded in the United States of America.”
“Sequel from the foregoing and taking into account, the fact that with the non payment of tuition fees and stipends, the students are now miserable and have chosen to take their destinyinto their hands. Therefore, thefollowing resolutions were taken:That the students are requesting for the immediate payment of their stipends which has accumulated to Six (6) Months and also thepayment of tuition fees.”
“That there is no cordial relationship between the students who are delegates in their respective institutions and the Presidential Amnesty office, especially under the present leadership of the PAP. The Amnesty office has not deemed it necessary to go round the various schools to know the plight of the delegates in their respective institutions.That the students are demanding for Gen. Boroh to throw in the towel, particularly as it is obvious that the demands of providing effective leadership towards faithfully implementing the Amnesty Program haveoverwhelmed him. This is with a view of protecting his name and reputation. “
“That failure to respond swiftly to some of these issues raised; especially as it relates to the non payment of stipends, tuition fees and also to reconsider the terminated. Kaplan agreement within seven (7) working days. The students will be left with no option than to block all major national corridors leading to the Deltaregion and a protest march on the National Assembly.”
“Conclusively, we urge all men of good conscience, the Security and Intelligence community, the National Assembly, the International Community, the Nigerian Student’s community and other relevant stakeholders within the Nigerian polity to prevail on the Amnesty Office and theFederal Government to attend to ourplight with all sense of urgency, in the spirit of sustaining the present relative peace being enjoyed in the region and beyond.”