THE BENEFITS OF GOV DICKSON’S FREE EDUCATION POLICIES IN BAYELSA STATE: BY MIENPAMO SAINT

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Benefits of Free Education

In the words of Francis Bacon, Knowledge is Power, Power to live a decent life, Power to earn a decent income, Power that brings you respect and dignity. When knowledge can bestow the power for so many things, why should it be restricted to a few who have the advantage of wealth? Knowledge needs to be free for all those who deserve it, and what a person deserves should be decided by an individual capability and intelligence and not by wealth. The best and simplest way to disseminate knowledge to all those who deserve it, is through free education. Making education free at the least at the primary level, or maybe, even up to the secondary and/or post-secondary level, would only benefit our society. Lets look at some of the most important benefits of free education.

Remedy to Society ills:

Our society is more divided by wealth than by any other criteria. There is the unbelievably rich few, the very rich, the middle income group, the poor, and those in utter poverty. And amidst all this are impoverishment, unemployment, and destitution. How can anyone think of spending money on education, when they do not have money for food and shelter? However, education is the remedy for all these ills that plague our society. Education is the only means that can open up the doors that lead to employment, and through it food, shelter and better quality of life. Therefore, providing free education to the deserving ensures that atleast the future generation can step through these doors to a better living.

Greater advantage:

Although scholarships are intended for the disadvantaged few, the disadvantaged aren’t just few. Scholarships help only a handful, for others providing free education would come as a great relief.

Focus on learning:

Providing free education would enable students to concentrate on learning and gaining more through the education, instead of struggling with the payment of tuition fees and meeting other expenses. When the focus shifts to learning it leads to empowerment of the youth to work towards an increasingly intellectual society.

Improved quality of life:

Free education would lead to more educated people. More educated people in the society leads to overall improvement in the quality of life in the society. Through better employment and elimination of the struggle for basic needs, people would concentrate on the higher aspects of life, such as improving administration and management of issues that impact the society in general. Therefore free education would have a very positive impact on the overall quality and thinking in the society.

Better governance:

More educated people would mean better governance from the grassroots to the national level. Educated people would make better choices in electing their representatives and are better equipped to question corruption and misuse of power. Therefore, education is not only the remedy for the ills of unequal wealth, but also the remedy for the ills that plague our administration and governments. By making education free, we prod our society towards the path of better governance.

Equal opportunities:

Intelligence and talent are not the forte of the wealthy alone. There is lot of untapped and undiscovered talent and intelligence lying covered under impoverishment and destitution. Free education opens the doors of opportunities to these talented people. Through free education, we can ensure that the talented and intelligent can gain the assurance of a better tomorrow through maximizing their academic potentials.

Free education would be beneficial to those who deserve it, as well as, to the society as a whole. Where everybody is talking about equal and better opportunities, the prospects of a better future should not be lost due to lack of equal opportunities for education.

Mienpamo Onitsha Saint is the Director of operation. Bayelsa New Media Team

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CONCERNED ELDERS FORUM OF SOUTHERN IJAW HONOURS CHIEF OGBE

The civic reception organized by the Concerned Elders Forum of Southern Ijaw Local Government in honour of the Executive Chairman of the area – Chief Remember Ogbe – has held at the council headquarters in Oporoma. Speaking, a one-time federal legislator and gubernatorial candidate in the old Rivers State – Dr. Eddy Ogoun – catalogued projects and programmes of the Chief Ogbe-led administration ranging from the construction of ultra-modern market, construction of police station and police staff quarters intended to beefing up the security apparatus of the area, staff welfare and human capacity building within six months. Describing the election of Chief Ogbe as a timely act of God, Dr. Ogoun stressed that the prudent management of resources has put the local government on the path of development. He urged indigenes of Southern Ijaw Local Government to rally round the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and that of Chief Ogbe in order to sustain the wind of revolution.

Responding, Chief Ogbe described his political antecedents which dates back to 1988/89 when he served as Supervisory Councilor for Works and Health respectively in the old Rivers State as being characterized by service. Describing the reception as unique in the history of Southern Ijaw Local Government, he called on well-meaning sons and daughters of the area to contribute their quota to the development of the area while pledging to do more in the coming years.

Highpoints of the event included the September edition of the monthly transparency briefing, an Outstanding Performance Grassroots award conferred on Chief Ogbe by the Bayelsa State Chapter of the Niger Delta Newspapers Publishers Association, and cultural display by the Egbelegbele Dance Group of Oporoma.

OTUAN COMMUNITY HONOURS CHIEF OGBE

Otuan community in Ogboin clan of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area has joined the league of those to have organized a civic reception in honour of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Chairman – ChiefRemember Ogbe – for meritorious service to the people of the area.Describing Chief Ogbe as a true son of Ogboin clan, His Royal Highness Edward Tokpo I (JP) who is the Amananaowei of Otuan, appreciated the chairman for doing them proud by the rapid development acrossSouthern Ijaw. The royal father prayed God to take Chief Ogbe to greater heights in his future endeavours.

Responding, the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area pledged not to relent in his efforts at replicating the Restoration Agenda of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson in all its dimensions. Chief Ogbe, who stressed his resolve to adhere strictly to budget discipline, concluded that the survey work for the Phase 1 of Southern Ijaw link roads connecting Amassoma, Otuan, Oporoma,Ombugbene, Onyoma, Ekowe, and Olugbobiri has already reached an advanced stage of completion which will culminate in the roadconstruction as part of phase 2 projects.

In attendance at this epoch-making event were Chief Parish Digifa, othersons and daughter within and outside Otuan, chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, members of Bayelsa Progressive Movement, andseveral other socio-cultural groups.

CHIEF OGBE DISTRIBUTE FISHING MATERIALS TO 71 BENEFICIARIES IN SILGA

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The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government council Chief Remember P.N Ogbe has Distributed the first phase of fishing materials to fishermen in twelve communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government area in Bayelsa State today at the council head Quarters in Oporoma.

Over 71 beneficiaries of the scheme received the fishing materials and they were also given the sum of Ten Thousand naira (N10,000) each by the Chairman as part of the scheme

BELOW IS THE LIST OF BENEFICIARIES

S/N NAME OF COMMUNITY//BENEFICIARY NAMES

1, Okigbene
a) Bietimi Ben
b) Asankuwe Ben
c) Opuigwe Abere
d) Dennis Ezekiel
e) Ebi Sele Friday

2, Ekowe
a) Akimunu Marlon
b) Ifabara Ezekiel
c) Deborah Ebimo
d) Victor Darius
e) Lele Kigigha
f) Henry Suonfa
g) Stella Ogbini

3, Onyoma
a) Akoko Azi
b) James Igbesuku
c) Igunuere Silvernus
d) Operator Africanus
e) Mukumo Ogni

4, Oporoma
a) Bomie Opukiri
b) Asabasuo Alabo
c) Godlove Agada
d) Robert Kekebou
e) Labonimi Lambert

5, Diebu
a) Meeting Indian
b) Jackson Abule
c) Etty Adua
d) Major Wagi
e) Mrs. T. Adua
f) Claudius Adada

6, Otuan
a) David Odogu
b) Suogborubi Agbe
c) Doutimi Alaseigha
d) Monday Green
e) Regina Bomo

7, Amassoma
a) Andrew Oyeinkepreye
b) Johnbull Egede
c) Afelain Egpeiboh
d) Ogbopina Sikpi
e) Oyeintonbara Egpeiboh
f) Ditonmene Ozeh
g) Izonbodei Ebituofegha
h) Oyeintombra Egede
i) Tubonumu Abraham
j) Operekumo Beke
k) Ditonmene Ozeh
l) Newyear Ogbe
m) Ebikebina Atagboro
n) Perekere Ogolo
o) Beatrice Blessing Soroh

8, Angiama
a) Love Micah
b) Titus Dickson
c) Dorathy Game
d) Hawkings Awelibo
e) Timi Koufadie

9,Oweikorogha
a) Patani Melford
b) Micah Thankgod
c) Calabar W.
d) Okirima Temini
e) Wisdom Pamo

10, Lasukugbene
a) Doris Okadi
b) John Gigi
c) Pnemer Tarilayon
d) Erus Wei
e) Mako Albert

11, Igbomatoru 1
a) Livingstone Joko
b) Saridon Ayabowei
c) Ebiemi Josiah

12,Igbomatoru 2
a) Dimiekumo Ezekiel
b) Otekeridei Mathias
c) Solomon Anthony

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DISTRIBUTION OF FISHING NET IN SILGA: GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

LOGOSOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT

The following persons are by this announcement requested to proceed to Oporoma, the Southern Ijaw Local Government headquarters on Monday 26 August 2013 to claim their fishing nets:

 

S/N

NAME OF COMMUNITY

BENEFICIARY NAMES

1

Okigbene a)   Bietimi Ben

b)   Asankuwe Ben

c)   Opuigwe Abere

d)   Dennis Ezekiel

e)   Ebi Sele Friday

2

Ekowe a)   Akimunu Marlon

b)   Ifabara Ezekiel

c)   Deborah Ebimo

d)   Victor Darius

e)   Lele Kigigha

f)     Henry Suonfa

g)   Stella Ogbini

3

Onyoma a)   Akoko Azi

b)   James Igbesuku Continue reading

SILGA BOSS LAUDED CONTRACTORS HANDLING COUNCIL’s ONGOING PROJECTS

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16 August 2013
The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government in Bayelsa state, Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe has lauded contractors handling the Council’s ongoing projects. Chief Ogbe gave the commendation when he paid an unscheduled visit to the project sites of the Ultra-Modern Market, and Police Post at Amassoma where work has reached an advanced stage. He however urged contractors to adhere to the timeframe as spelt out in their terms of reference in order to ensure timely handover.

Earlier, the Southern Ijaw Local Government helmsman had embarked on a similar visit to the council’s secretariat at Oporoma where renovationwork is ongoing.

In another development, Chief Ogbe frowned at encroachment of land developers into the council’s premises. The statement urged all affectedproperty owners to contact the Supervisor for Works without delay.

2013 INTERNATIONAL YOUTHS DAY: CHIEF OGBE CHARGE YOUTHS TO REFRAIN FROM PIPELINE VANDALISM, CULTISM AND OIL THIEFT

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15 August 2013
The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government, Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe has charged youths to refrain from pipeline vandalism, cultism, oil theft, violence and all forms of criminality. He stated this during the International Youths Day celebration at the Restoration Play Ground in Oporoma. Represented by the Council’s Political Secretary, Barrister Amaebi Ekpitibo, the chairman reiterated his commitment in ensuring the total wellbeing of youths in the area.

Delivering a public lecture to commemorate the event, a guest lecturer, Professor Prince Efere, speaking on the 2013 theme of the annual fiesta christened ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’, lauded the Chief Ogbe’s youth-friendly disposition enumerating the training of fifteen youths of the area in the Niger Delta University entrepreneurship centre, appointment of a Supervisor for Youth, Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant on Youths, amongst others. Prof. Efere however tasked youths to reciprocate the administration’s gesture by living above boards in their dealings.