OUR CHAIRMAN SHUTTLES BETWEEN YENAGOA, OPOROMA — VANGUARD REPORTS.

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OUR CHAIRMAN SHUTTLES BETWEEN YENAGOA, OPOROMA — VANGUARD REPORTS.

On October 06, 2014 By Samuel Oyadongha & Emem Idio.

YENAGOA—BEFORE now, council chairmen in Bayelsa State had the proclivity to residing at hotels in Yenagoa, the state capital from where they administer their councils, only to resurface fleetingly during public functions or when monthly allocations were to be shared at their council headquarters. Continue reading

RE: ‘‘UNEASY CALM IN BAYELSA COUNCIL, AS PLOT AGAINST ASSEMBLY SPEAKER THICKENS.”

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RE: ‘‘UNEASY CALM IN BAYELSA COUNCIL, AS PLOT AGAINST ASSEMBLY SPEAKER THICKENS.”

The attention of the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council has been drawn to unfounded and frivolous reportin Leadership Newspaper and Daily Newswatch Newspaper dated September 1, 2014 with the headline ‘‘UNEASY CALM IN BAYELSA COUNCIL, AS PLOT AGAINST ASSEMBLY SPEAKER THICKENS.” Continue reading

UNWARRANTED ATTACK ON GOV. DICKSON AND CHIEF REMEMBER P.N. OGBE

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PRESS RELEASE.

UNWARRANTED ATTACK ON GOV. DICKSON AND CHIEF REMEMBER P.N. OGBE

The attention of the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council has been drawn to a malicious post on Facebook by one ex militant, Mr. Paul Eris aka Gen Ogunboss disparaging the person of the executive Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson and my office over the good work being carried out by the Oil and Gas Task Force put in place by the council to stem the tide of crude oil theft, illegal refining of petroleum products, pipeline vandalisation and illegal bunkering in the council area.

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GUN MEN FAILED ATTACK ON SILGA OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE: THREE ARESTED WHILE TEN OTHERS ATLARGE.

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GUN MEN FAILED ATTACK ON SILGA OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE: THREE ARESTED WHILE TEN OTHERS ATLARGE.

SOUTHERN IJAW L.G.A PRESS RELEASE.

Following a bye-law passed by the legislative arm of the Southern Ijaw Local Government, the Local Government Oil and Gas Taskforce came into force, working closely with the JTF, Nigerian Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the National Orientation Agency, amongst others.
During a routine patrol of the rivers and creeks of Southern Ijaw by the LocalGovernment Oil and Gas Taskforce that checks crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism, an armed bandit numbering thirteen onboard a speedboat outran the Taskforce attacking its personnel. Continue reading

SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE — GAINS AND CHALLENGES.

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SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE — GAINS AND CHALLENGES.

By Dr. Godfrey Pondei.
According to Mahatma Gandhi, a preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruledIndia who employed non-violent civil disobedience in leading India to independence, “whatwe are doing to the forests and waterways of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” This is akin the clarion call by rural dwellers of Southern Ijaw Local Government to find ways of checking further pollution of the ecosystem resulting from activities of illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism and refining of petroleum products. Continue reading

SOUTHERN IJAW IN ACTION; AS OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE SWING INTO ACTION

SOUTHERN IJAW IN ACTION; AS OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE SWING INTO ACTION.

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As part of promises made by the Governor of Bayelsa State Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson during his Thank You Tour To Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Monday the 9th of December 2013. Gov. Dickson Said “Hard times await oil thieves and vandals of petroleum products pipelines in Bayelsa State, as Governor Seriake Dickson warned the perpetrators to desist from the unwholesome practice or face dire consequences as from 2014”

Speaking at Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area during his thank you tour to the area, Chief Dickson said Government was disturbed by the alarming rate of oil theft and its effects on the State and Nation’s economy, stressing that stringent measure would be taken to stop it.
In line with the Restoration Agenda of the Governor, the Executive Chairman Of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council Chief Remember P.N Ogbe has inaugurated the Silga Oil and Gas Taskforce on the 7th of May 2014, the general public is hereby notified on the assumption of duty by members of the Taskforce.
The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw L.G.A Chief Remember P.N Ogbe has directed all tradition rulers, Chiefs, parents and stakeholders in the local government area to advise those that were ignorantly doing illegal bunkering as business to refrain from oil theft as necessary security apparatus are being put in place to curtail the act.
According to him, the Silga Oil and Gas taskforce is to clamp down on the perpetrators of the criminal acts, warning that anybody caught in the act will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Thanking the people for their support during and after his election in April 6th, 2013 as Chairman of the L.G.A, he said that he would not renege on his promises
The members of the Taskforce include:
(1). Wilson Levi Clifford – Chairman (2). Progress E. Neverdie – Vice Chairman (3). Eguda Preye – Secretary (4). Souebitei L. Angasei – PRO (5). Undukakpo Ogede – Coordinator Operation Others are:
(6). Esau Woniowei – member (7). Felix Kurobo – member (8). Commissioner Gobo – member (9). Freedom Oki – member (10). Roman Deriabere – member (11). Gboloko Emmanuel – member (12). Gerekumo Aaron – member (13). Alex Enaeimi – member (14). Okito Wilson – member (15). Wilcox Apollos – member (16). Kemela Tarilatei – member (17). Efere Bunatari – member (18). Blacky Sokari – member (19). Alfred Ibomo – member (20). Akpata Apollos Wilson – member (21). Omiebi Fouebi – member (22). Kaizer Leghemo – member (23). Naira C. Yeyei – member (24). Endurance David – member (25). Ogbozimo Tonbie – member (26). Hon. Preye Oseke – member (27). Izeokumo Ayibatonye – member (28). Esinkumo Anbaiduwei – member (29). Isaac Otobo – member (30). Jeremiah Biewari – member (31). Godbless Jonah – member (32). Kpou Konboghe – member (33). Ditorudokumo Kelsy – member (34). Iniye Kekebu – member (35). Living Jackson – member (36). Lawson Ebiwei – member

Members of this Taskforce is to work in collaboration with various security agents in the local Government Area such as NSCDC, Navy, Police and DSS as their Primary Assignment which will go a long way to curb the menace of oil theft, illegal bunkering, pipeline Vandalism, local refining of petroleum products and other vices.
Therefore, the general public is hereby advised to give them maximum co-operation in the discharge of their official assignment.

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CHAIRMAN OF THE SILGA OIL AND GAS TASKFORCE MR. Wilson Levi Clifford GIVING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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ROAD MAP TO INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN SILGA

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A WELCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL, CHIEF (HON) REMEMBER P.N. OGBE TO THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE HIS EXCELLENCY, HON HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON ON THE OCCASION OF HIS THANK YOU VISIT TO OPOROMA, THE HEADQUARTERS OF SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA ON MONDAY THE 9TH OF DECEMBER, 2013

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I feel very humble and delighted to stand here to welcome you to Oporoma, the heart of the good people of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

This visit is very significant to the people of Southern Ijaw and could be likened to the ‘’Triumphant entry of our lord Jesus Christ to Jerusalem’’ wherein the children of Israel shouted Hosanna in the highest, the son of David. In the same vein the people of Southern Ijaw are chanting hosanna in the highest the son of Chief Melford Okilo of blessed memory.

Your Excellency Sir, it may perhaps interest you to note that the average Southern Ijaw person regards you as their political messiah and the reason for this is not far-fetched. Southern Ijaw being the largest Local government in the country is blessed with abundant human and natural resource that has not been properly harnessed due to absence of a road linking her to Yenagoa the state capital or any other urban city.

This state of affairs no double accounted for the gross underdevelopment of the area until now when you have decided to provide the much needed development to the area by embarking on the construction of the Yenagoa –Oporoma –Ukubie Road.

Your Excellency Sir, you have within such a short period in office completed the reconstruction of the Tombia – Amassoma road, and the approaching Anyama-Ijaw. We the people of Silga in the true characteristic of Ijaw people say Noah! Doo!! Noah ooh!!!

Another major reason why the people of Southern Ijaw are celebrating you today is the prevailing peace security you provided for us. It is worthy of note that on your assumption office, you promised Bayelsans security of lives and property and peaceful environment which is sin-qua-non to development. We are happy to inform you that there is peace in Silga as people go about their lawful businesses in our creeks and rivers.

In addition, we are aware that your administration has embarked upon various development projects in various communities in our L.G.A, yet the road construction you have started, the rehabilitation of the Tombia – Amassoma road prevailing peace in the area stood out for our people.

We therefore implore you to complete the road you have started and maintain the peaceful atmosphere pervading in the L.G.A.

Furthermore, it is worthy of mention that on the 6th of April, 2013 you charged the chairman of the various local government councils to key into your restoration agenda of infrastructural development, security, transparency and accountability. In line with this policy frame work and as your agent of development at the grassroot level, my council has embarked upon various developmental projects which include the construction of road network from (1) Oporoma – Otuan – Amassoma, (2) Oporoma – Ekowe – Peremabiri, (3) Oporoma – Umbugbene and (4) Ekowe – Olugbobiri.

The completed of these road projects will open up the hinterland of the L.G.A and since these projects are capital intensive, we most respectfully urge you to collaborate with the Southern Ijaw Local Government council for the completion of these projects.

In addition to these road projects, the council has embarked upon other project as follows:

1. The construction of ultra modern market Amassoma.

2. The renovation of secretariat complex, Oporoma.

3. Renovation of restoration play ground, Oporoma

4. Construction of Marine police office, Oporoma

5. Construction of modern police station, Amassoma.

6. Construction of police staff quarters, Amassoma.

7. Construction of 24 flats storey building for council staff, Oporoma

8. JTF Station Azuzuama

9. JTF Station Koluama

10. JTF Station Iginagbene

11. JTF Station Olugbobiri

12. Primary Health centre, Amassoma

13. Staff Quarters, PHC, Amassoma

14. Construction of a modern cafe, Oporoma

15. Provision of mini-water works, Oporoma

16. Construction of concrete walkway at Oporoma.

17. Construction of walkway at Amassoma

18. Provision of official vehicles for principle staff of council and councillors

It is heartwarming to note that some of these projects have been completed while others are in advance stage. We shall carve your indulgence to commission them in no distant time.

Finally, we are not unaware of the fact that the plethora of projects you have executed all over the State within a short period in office has endeared you to the entire Bayelsa State, yet we the people of Southern Ijaw consider ourselves as the luckiest to have you as our Governor because of the road projects and therefore, we have no regret in giving you total support for both your primary election in 2011 and general election in 2012 respectively.

We the people of Southern Ijaw categorically state that considering your catalogue of achievements, we are solidly behind you in your quest to transform the state.

We wish you and your entourage journey mercies as you depart Oporoma for Yenagoa in continuation of your thank you tour.

Long live Governor Henry Sriake Dickson

Long live Bayelsa State.

Long live Southern Ijaw.