The story of the BAYELSA NEW MEDIA TEAM can be likened to the parable of the sower. The seeds we sowed on July 7th, 2012 sprouted. Some of the seeds wanted to grow into a shrub defying the organic process of growth. Those members fell by the way side. Some of the seeds fell among the thorns, and they tried to grow but the get-rich-quick mania shunted them out of circulation; yet others fell on rocky soil. These members tried to move along but they have no stamina (manure) so naturally they atrophied. Yet a few of the seeds fell on good soil. They followed the organic process of growth: germinated, sprouted and weathered the storm to grow.
Today, the BAYELSA NEW MEDIA TEAM is one year old in spite of the buffeting torrents of concocted scandals, internal conspiracies and attempts to bring the BAYELSA NEW MEDIA TEAM to disrepute.
I wish to thank His Excellency Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and His Deputy Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah who created the office and inaugurated the BAYELSA NEW MEDIA TEAM. They established it but it is nurtured by the divine intelligence. I wish to thank my family for standing by me when the concocted allegation and scandal was revved up to question my moral integrity. Morality is my eternal bedfellow and it is the lubricant that places me in an unshakable position among contemporaries. I also thank those harbingers of hate and confusion for making the BAYELSA NEW MEDIA TEAM more resolved and committed to deliver on its mandate.
I want to specially thank Mr. Nwokedi Nworisara and Saint Mienpamo Onitsha for their hard work and ever-ready-to assist disposition. To Kokobaiye Abeki, Karinate Matthew, Miebi Albert, Becky Ovuru, Dave Asei, Deaconess Azibakanye, Mackson Edore and my former Secretary Mrs Kurotimi Asingbi, you occupy a special place when the story of BAYELSA NEW MEDIA TEAM story is told. There are several others who have contributed to the success story of the Team. To them I donate a hefty shove of gratitude.
Seven persons were appointed to constitute the Social Media Committee to assist my office but only two of them are effective. I have already told His Excellency of the need to change the other four who are square pegs in round holes. Their replacement will come sooner than later. One of the principles of organizational effectiveness is commitment, team work and sharing of ideas – which help to ossify the bond of relationship and increase productivity. Only Mr. Nwokedi Nworisara and Saint Mienpamo Onitsha are playing and even surpassed their required role. The others exhibit apathy, malingering, nonchalance, laziness and treated every important assignment with levity. That is not the spirit of the Restoration Agenda.
In all, I thank the supreme intelligence for guiding us thus far. If the serious members are exposed to some training, their performance can even get better. Ours is a formidable team where we communicate the truth, analyze government plans and programmes. We build no Chinese walls to separate us from the people.
Thank you all for your support. Happy one year anniversary
Comrade Idumange John SSA to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Research & Social Media July 7, 2013
1. We are celebrating one year of robust social media excellence. BAYELSA STATE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM BUILDING