As Rivers State concludes the celebrations of its Golden Jubilee, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson says the Government of Bayelsa State was absent at the epoch-making ceremony because his Government and the good people of his state were not invited or involved in the planning for the anniversary which in actual sense should have been an event for both states; celebrating their history, bond, trials and achievements.
A government house statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, says the governor couldn’t have attended the event because the Government of Rivers State did not invite or involve the state.
The statement regretted the non-involvement of the Government and people of Bayelsa State at the anniversary celebration, in spite of the historical ties of the two sister states and the pre-eminent roles played by citizens and leaders of the states in the creation and development of Rivers State. The Governor however congratulates the Government and the good people of Rivers State for a well-deserved Golden Jubilee.
While expressing shock over the non-involvement of Bayelsa State in the anniversary celebration, the Governor said his government is ever willing to partner with the Government of Rivers State in the best interest of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole. The Governor also said the bond between the two states is very strong, stressing that in spite of all the distractions and propaganda sponsored against his government, all Bayelsans, still regard Rivers State as home! He therefore, calls on the people of Rivers State to live peacefully amongst themselves, adding that no meaningful development can take place without peace.
According to the statement, Governor Dickson also acknowledges the attacks on his person by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike but has in deference to the good people of Rivers State refused to join issues with him.
The statement adds that Governor Dickson as an older Governor believes that both Rivers and Bayelsa states are not rivals but sister states that stand to gain by working together. He therefore calls on the people of both states to continue to live in peace as they have been doing over the years. The Governor advises those who have a penchant for promoting discord, division and disunity for their selfish interest to desist from doing so but should rather promote unity and better understanding between the people of the two states and their leaders as Governor Dickson will not give in to such antics because the Governor knows them very well!
The Chairman of the Brass Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State,Hon. Bello Bina weekend exonerated the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and his Delta State counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa from the activities of Militant groups led by the Niger Delta Avengers,saying both Governors are not sponsors of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region.
Hon. Bello Bina,whose Brass Local Government Council play host to oil facilities and platforms owned by major Oil multinationals, said though the activities of the New Militants are affaceting Delta and Bayelsa States, the claims that the Governors of Bayelsa and Delta are involved with the Niger Delta Avenger is false and a political lie fabricated by aggrieved politicians.
The Chairman of Brass Local Government Council,Hon. Bello Bina, who made this position known on Sunday in Yenagoa while reacting to recent cases of attacks on oil and gas pipelines in the area,said the council has discovered that most of the attacks and frivolous claims are sponsored to discredit the Governors,”No Governor is involved in bombing of pipelines.If pipelines are attacked,it affects the state as much as it affects the Federal Government.”
” Why would a state government undo himself in terms funding needed for development.The Two Governors are known to have zero tolerance to crime and criminality. The advice to the APC led Federal Government is that only dialogue can resolve the issues with new militants.”
“The other day,some persons claiming to be militants threatened to attack Bayelsa Governors over payment of 50 per cent salary to workers in the state. These are not statement from true Ijaw people. What a true Ijaw man does is to support the state Governor ro suceed and not discredit him.Those who issued the threats are not militants but sponsored youths.”
Hon. Bello Bina, who was also a former Member of the State Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee,said investigations conducted by the Security unit of Council showed that most of the Bomb attacks purportedly claimed by the Niger Delta Avengers were false, ” 80 percent of the attacks were carried out by criminals and not Niger Delta Avengers.”
” As we know about the ones carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers,we know about the once bombed by criminals out to discredit the state government. We will fish them out. These criminals are attacking the oil pipes because of political differences . ”
Bina hinted that the surveillance report submitted to the council leadership has revealed the identity of the criminals involved in the attacks,” we have placed them under security surveillance and their identity will be revealed soon.”
The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has faulted media reports over non payment of salaries of civil servants in the state for two months, describing them as the height of mischief and irresponsibility,
According him, the journalists who authored the stories were playing out the script of some disgruntled politicians, “who have decided not to see anything good in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led state administration.”
A statement issued on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said some of the journalists reporting the story were taking undue advantage of the liberal and media friendly posture of the government.
DON’T INTERFERE IN BAYELSA POLLS, PDP GOVERNORS WARN BUHARI, GOVT AGENCIES…….BAYELSANS WILL REJOICE FOR DICKSON ON SATURDAY, SAYS GOV. MIMIKO
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors’ Forum, have warned that President Muhammadu Buhari and other relevant agencies of government should desist from interfering in the supplementary election scheduled for Bayelsa State on Saturday
The PDPGF, also expressed confidence in the ability of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, to sweep the poll, adding that, his numerous achievements in all sectors of the economy in the state were commendable
The group, which said the Presidency should ensure a hitch-free exercise, contends that “this is the greatest change the present administration could bequeath to Nigeria.”
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (R), felicitates with his counterpart from Ondo State, and Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, during the latter’s solidarity visit to Government House, Yenagoa.