Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Dr Rachel Dickson on Thursday called for concerted efforts in tackling obstacles that impede the educational development of the Ijaw girl-child.
Dr Dickson made the call while declaring open a 2-day Bayelsa Women Summit with the theme “Ijaw Women Walking Tall” at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Center, Yenagoa.
She called on parents, particularly mothers to work assiduously in supporting the girl-child, towards realizing her full potential in any profession, to enable her contribute to the development of society.
Dr Dickson, who encouraged parents never to give up on their children, stressed the need for Ijaw women to take their rightful position in the scheme of things through commitment, hardwork and passion for excellence.
She also called on Ijaw women to jettison all divisive tendencies and support one another in the pursuit of their goals, noting that, mistakes in life should not be seen as stumbling blocks, but rather as formidable platforms to excel.
The 4th Bayelsa Women Summit featured lectures on different career development such as essential security tips, women in politics, academics, business, legal profession and journalism.
Mrs Nene Adala of Otuedu Community in Ogbia Local Government Area and Madam Ebimotimi Justice from Southern Ijaw were among several women that testified to the benevolence of the Restoration Government, which they noted, had empowered their families.
Also speaking, the three female members in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Gold Ingo-Iwowari, Hon. Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai and Hon. Kate Owoko lauded the Dickson-led administration for its gender friendly posture that has earned Bayelsa international recognition.
In her lecture on Women in Politics, the Managing Director of Bayelsa Trading Company Limited and former state Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mrs Faith Opene urged the Ijaw women to develop themselves educationally and shun blackmail and ‘pull her down syndrome’.
Goodwill messages were delivered at the summit by state representatives of various organizations, including National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA), National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
……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”.
The plan by President Muhummadu Buhari to return to his London doctors for further treatment is an act of corruption and a mockery of the ‘Change begins with me’ campaign of his government.
The Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Ngbo Diocese, Ezzamgbo, at the weekend, said he was not in support of the planned medical trip, especially as the country was in a period of economic recession.
According to him, “If we are saying that we are in economic recession, then going abroad for medical treatment by the president is corruption. The ‘Change begins with me’ campaign should begin with the president because I see no reason why we should allow our hospitals to be in very dilapidated conditions and then we travel abroad.”
Bishop Chukwuma who suggested that the equipments used in medical treatments abroad should rather be brought to Nigeria, said the president should not only have confidence in the medical facilities in Nigeria but should also use the provisions of the 2017 budget for revamping the health sector, maintaining that it will be enough to fund it.
He said anything to the contrary was a serious negativity against the ‘Change begins with me’ campaign.
On the order by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), that people should stay at home on May 30th to mark Biafra day, the bishop said he was not in support as he cautioned that people should not deploy violence.
“Biafra is not for violence or confrontation. Rather, it’s for agitation. We are agitating for equal rights and justice. People should not misuse IPOB for secession. We are not seceding. Nigeria belongs to all of us. Everybody should know that what we are looking for is equal right.
“The Southeast is being neglected in many areas. Even the recent appointment of boards members, how many Southeast people are there?” He reiterated that Igbos are being marginalized in many areas.
The church had used the occasion to honour some outstanding personalities among who were former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a serving senator representing Ebonyi North, Obinna Ogba, the traditional ruler of Ngbo, Eze Simon Ali Ega among others who urged the church to continue to maintain peace and unity with host communities.
The Governor alleged that Sheriff is planted in the party by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to decimate the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He described the loss by Makarfi at the Court of Appeal to Sheriff as a temporary setback.
Wike told Thisday, “As far as I am concerned, you may say it is complicated but I will rather say it is a temporary setback because I don’t like commenting on all these judgments but I know that this is not the final bus stop; the final bus stop is the Supreme Court.
“Obviously, we reject the judgment. Sheriff is a mole in the party and so if it were a situation you know it is someone who has the interest of the party talking, then you begin to see how you can move from there.
“Having identified that the mole has been working for APC, it will be difficult for any right-thinking politician to say oh, let us allow him, it will be very, very difficult.
“We are going on appeal; we will take a major decision after the final appellate court that is, the Supreme Court has given its verdict, so I am not worried.
“I know that in politics this is the way it goes, you don’t expect things to be smooth all the time. Sometimes it is rough; it will threaten you and sometimes it enables you to know that this is the type of human beings you are working with so you can know the kind of characters they are made of.
“Luckily, it was not a unanimous judgment, it was a split decision of two to one; you can appreciate the fact that there is still hope as we go to the Supreme Court
“There is nothing to reconcile because everybody has seen his actions so you don’t need anybody to tell you that he is a mole; even those who are parading him, you can see the characters, you can see how they romance with the ruling party.
“He is not going to work for the party; rather he wants to see that the party is decimated before 2019.”
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Governor, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State today met leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other affiliated bodies to discuss issues affecting the State civil service.
The governor commended workers of the state for the understanding and maturity expressed throughout last year for accepting the fifty percent of their salaries. He stated that this year, salaries will be paid as at when due and the backlog will be handled. He also commended workers for being diligent in their duty.
“I want to commend civil servants in this State for the show of understanding and maturity for the delay in the government meeting up with salary obligations owing as a result of economic realities facing the nation”
Governor Dickson who expressed the government’s stance on instilling discipline in the service said, government will no longer condone any form of absenteeism, truancy, ghost workers, over bloated wage bill and other irregularities.
In their separate speeches, the NLC and TUC Chairmen, Comr. John Ndiomu and Comr. Tare Dounanagha TUC Chairman, while commending the governor for his development strides in the State, made it clear that the union does not support absenteeism and nonchalant attitude of workers.
They added, that the government should reverse back to status of meeting it’s salary obligations to workers by paying before any month runs out as promised and stressed the need for labour to have regular meetings with the state government in order to bridge the communication gap.