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?”
#NaijaLiveTv >>>> A former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, has shared his views on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, which was passed by the Senate on Thursday.
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The PIGB is the first part of the Petroleum Industry Bill, which the National Assembly has failed to pass since 2008.
To allow for easier passage of the bill, the Senate broke it into three parts.
Obahiagbon responded to the passage of the bill when he appeared on Politics on Channels Television.
The former lawmaker expressed excitement over the passage of the bill after years of delay, saying his palate was “titillated” when he heard the news.
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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”.