Sunday, 21 July 2013
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) speaking during the 26th edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant in Yenagoa, while the Minister of Culture, High Chief Edem Duke (left) and the Chairman of Silverbird Group, Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce (right) look on.
Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson (left) congratulating Miss. Anna Ebiere Banner (right) shortly after she emerged winner of the 26th edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant in Yenagoa.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) presenting a souvenir to the winner of the 26th edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant Miss. Anna Ebiere Banner (right) in Yenagoa, while the Minister of Culture, High Chief Edem Duke (left) looks on.
Saturday, 20 July 2013
BAYELSA GOVT POSTS N25.3BN BALANCE AT THE END OF JUNE …..AS GOV DICKSON EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER RECURRENT EXPENDITURE
Bayelsa state Government posted the sum of N25.3 billion as balance as at the end of June, 2013. This includes the balance from the monthly allocation from Federation Account for the month of June, SURE-P of N10.8bn, and balance after deduction of recurrent and capital expenditure which stood at N13.5bn.
Disclosing this during the presentation of the 14th edition of the Monthly Transparency press briefing in Yenagoa, Governor Seriake Dickson said the total inflow for last month amounted to N19.1 billion comprising statutory allocation of N2.6 billion, derivation N9.4 billion and Augmentation N5.02 billion.
Other components of the inflow, according to the Governor include, subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), N1.1 billion; VAT N811 million with an NNPC refund of N233m.
Hon. Dickson said total FAAC deductions for the period which included bond, foreign loans, refund on overpayment and commercial agricultural credit scheme amounted to N1.9 billion bringing the Net Inflow from FAAC to N17.2 billion.
Giving further insight into the financial position of the state, the Bayelsa State Governor announced a total outflow of N10.8 billion.
Out of this amount, he said Civil Servants salaries gulped over N4 billion, salaries of political appointees – N555 million, bank loan repayment – N2.4 billion and monthly overhead payment – N1.2 billion.
The outflows also comprised monthly standing approvals of N316 million, transfer to Gratuity Account N250 million with cost for collection of internally generated revenue (IGR) put at N32 million.
Governor Dickson posted N645 million as IGR receipt for the month of May, which he described as abysmally low and incapable of sustaining the much desired growth and development of the state.
He said total payment to contractors between May and June, 2013 yanked off over N12 billion from the capital fund Account.
Meanwhile, Governor Dickson has expressed concern over the State OF re-current expenditure, stressing the need for active participation of the Organized Private Sector
Friday, 19 July 2013
Thursday, 18 July 2013
BAYELSA, ONE OF THE SAFEST STATES FOR INVESTORS ….GOV DICKSON, PLEDGES GREATER COMMITMENT TO SECURITY OF LIVES AND PROPERTY
GOV DICKSON TASKS BEAUTY PAGEANTS ON FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS SCOURGE
In demonstration of his commitment to the promotion of the tourism sector of the economy, the Governor disclosed that certificate of Honorary citizenship would be presented to the winner of this year edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant scheduled for Yenagoa, this Saturday..
Commending the organizers of the programme for taking time to acquaint the contestants with major historical sites in the state, the Governor said,’ “I’m particularly delighted that the organisers took time to take you round some of the very historic places in the state…Whoever emerges as the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in this particular contest on this great soil of Bayelsa, the Glory of all Lands and the capital of Ijaw nation, that person will be an honorary citizen of this state and will be entitled to all that comes with that honorary citizenship status”
Describing Bayelsa as one of the most peaceful states in the country, he noted that the state has a lot to offer beyond oil and gas and expressed government’s intention to transform it into a tourism and entertainment hub in the near future.
Commending the Silverbird Group for promoting the MBGN event, Governor Dickson noted that the presence of the most beautiful girls in the state gives credence to the positive result of the investment being made in the area of security and tourism.
Earlier, the Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Mr Guy Murray- Bruce pointed out that, whoever emerges as winner would represent the country in the forthcoming Miss World Pageant scheduled to hold in Jakarta, Indonesia.
According to Murray-Bruce, the contestants have been in the state for the past ten days and have visited various tourist sites including the Whiteman’s Grave in Akassa, the site of the first oil well drilled in the country in 1956 at Oloibiri and the famous Lake Efi at Sabagreia.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
LAWMAKER WHO BEAT HIS COLLEAGUE TO STUPOR IN RIVERS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY DECLAIRED WANTED BY POLICE
ILAWMAKER WHO BEAT HIS COLLEAGUE TO STUPOR IN RIVERS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY DECLAIRED WANTED BY POLICE
Monday, 15 July 2013
RIVERS ACN: GOV AMAECHI IS THE MAIN CULPRIT OF RIVERS PROBLEM, DENIED CALL FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN
APC EXPOSED: BUHARI's SPOKESMAN ACUSES ACN GOVERNORS OF CORRUPTION, SAYS THEY AWARD ONE KILOMETER ROAD FOR ON BILLION NAIRA
General Mohammadu Buhari’s Spokesman and Chieftain of the Save Nigeria Group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin has accused the Governors of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, of awardingone Kilometer of Road construction for N1 Billion.
Boasting about his knowledge of Yoruba political leaders, Odumakin said, “I can tell you authoritatively that the most dangerous and terrible tendency in Yoruba politics is the house of deceit that Tinubu represents.”
Odumakin, a spokesman for General Mohammadu Buhari, on his facebook wall recalled how he dragged former Governor Alao Akala to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for awarding One Kilometer of road forN50 Million and said most Yoruba leaders are “greedy.”
Odumakin, a spokesman for General Mohammadu Buhari said:
“Between 1999 and now, I’ve related at close quarters with most actors in the Yoruba political space at close quarters and I know the weaknesses and
strengths of all.
“I can tell you authoritatively that the most dangerous and terrible
tendency in Yoruba politics is the house of deceit that Tinubu
“I took Akala before EFCC in 2010 for awarding roads at N50m per km in all the LGs in Oyo state. Today your Asiwaju is collecting N1b per km across South West.
“When Tinubu turned “60″ ACN states contributed N1b for a bash, nobody tried that in Yorubaland before.
“Chief Adebanjo was chairman of AD in 1999 and not one relation of his got a ticket unlike your Tinubu whose wife is a senator,son in law a Rep, Sister in law a House member in Lagos and daughter now Iyaloja via imposition .
“Your grouse with the old men may be for reasons you have not stated but you know they are far more honorable than a million Bola Tinubu.”
Sultan said the governor displayed a good understanding of the letters of religious tolerance in a pluralistic society like Nigeria, describing it as a gesture worthy of emulation.
In a special Ramada message to all Muslims, he urged the entire Muslim Ummah to use this period of Ramadan to pray for peace and tranquility in our nation, advising that "We must resist all provocations to violence and pray for our leaders at all levels for Allah's guidance and justice". NSCIA also called on all leaders to be conscious of Allah and discharge fully their responsibility to the followers.
"In the spirit of Allah's blessings fully embedded in this sacred month of Ramadan, the NSCIA under the leadership of His Eminence, Alh Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, the President-General of the Council and Sultan of Sokoto, hereby felicitates with the Muslim Ummah throughout the country, on the apt commencement of this year's Ramadan, wishing them all Ramadan Karim!
"The Council particularly thanks the Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson for the symbolic act of the paid advertisement of his felicitation with Nigerian Muslims over the commencement of Ramadan thereby displaying a good understanding of the letters of religious tolerance in a pluralistic society like Nigeria. It is a gesture worthy of emulation," part of the release stated.