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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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:

 

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NAME OF COMMUNITY

BENEFICIARY NAMES

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Okigbene a)   Bietimi Ben

b)   Asankuwe Ben

c)   Opuigwe Abere

d)   Dennis Ezekiel

e)   Ebi Sele Friday

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Ekowe a)   Akimunu Marlon

b)   Ifabara Ezekiel

c)   Deborah Ebimo

d)   Victor Darius

e)   Lele Kigigha

f)     Henry Suonfa

g)   Stella Ogbini

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Onyoma a)   Akoko Azi

b)   James Igbesuku Continue reading

THE PROPOSED NIGERIAN ARMY BATTALION IN SOUTHERN IJAW

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31 July 2013
The Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government, Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe has promised to collaborate with the Oporoma community in one hand, and the Bayelsa State Government on the other, in ensuring a hitch-free execution of the construction of a proposed Nigerian Army Battalion in Oporoma. He stated this when the Chief of Army StaffLieutenant General Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika – paid him a courtesy visit at the council headquarters in Oporoma.

Represented by Brigadier General Mustapha Onoyivweta, the army chief enumerated economic development and youth empowerment as some of the multifaceted benefits of the project in addition to security of lives and property. General Ihejirika added that about 80 hectares of land will be required for the project which will house hospitals, schools, maintenance units and others.

Responding on behalf of the Oporoma Council of Chiefs, Hon. Target Segibo, who is the Special Adviser to the Bayelsa Governor on Youth Mobilisation, assured that the 80 hectares of land have been approved, understanding that the project will provide posterity not just for the people of Southern Ijaw but the entire state.

Earlier, Chief Ogbe disclosed that clearing of the road linking Oporoma and Otuan which passes through the Army Battalion proposed site has already been awarded.

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CHIEF OGBE FELICITATE WITH GOV. DICKSON ON HIS VICTORY OVER FEDERAL HIGH COURT DISMISSAL OF EX-GOV. SYLVA’S SUIT AGAINST INEC CHALLENGING HIS CANDIDATURE.

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THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, CHIEF REMEMBER P.N OGBE REJOICES WITH OUR AMIABLE COUNTRIMAN GOVERNOR, HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON AND THE PDP FAMILY OVER THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT RULING (siting in Yenagoa) IN FAVOUR OF THE GOVERNOR/PDP.

WE FELICITATE WITH YOU OVER THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT DISMISSAL OF EX-GOV. TIMIPRE SYLVA’S SUIT AGAINST INEC CHALLENGING YOUR CANDIDATURE. COURT SAYS FORMER GOV. TIMIPRE SYLVA’S APPLICATION IS AN ABUSE OF COURT PROCESS, FRIVOLOUS AND LACKS MERIT.

YOUR EXCELENCY, THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SILGA WELCOMES THIS DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE ITS A VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND RESTORATION. WE GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY

Sign: SSA INFORMATION/TECHNOLOGY TO THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF SILGA

SOUTHERN IJAW LGA: THE JOURNEY IN 45 DAYS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHIEF REMEMBER OGBE

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According to Kathysue Dorey Pohrte, a New York-based certified instructor “to be a leader and to showcase acceptance to his or her followers could be an excruciating task.” However, the acceptance enjoyed by Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe, the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, on assumption of duty on Monday 8 April 2013 is a happily different experience. Symptomic of the approval of the new local government administration, individuals and groups of varying backgrounds have been visiting the council’s headquarters to identify with the change. On his part, Chief Ogbe has begun by operating an open-door policy.

As a prelude to kick-starting infrastructural development in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, the Executive Chairman has held sessions with groups ranging from heads of departments to general staff meetings. This he did with a view to defining the administration’s focus in speedily realizing the restoration agenda in all its tenets within the local government area. Others include meetings with royal majesties, chiefs, communities’ development committees chairmen and youth presidents of all communities across the local government area. This posture proves right the assertion of Abraham Lincoln, a one-time American President that “if I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe.” This perfectly describes activities at the Southern Ijaw Local Government Council in the past 45 days.  

 

  1. Similarly, understanding that security of life and property is a panacea for sustainable development, Chief Ogbe held a brainstorming session with security personnel including Divisional Police Officers of the Nigeria Police Force across various communities in the local government area, heads of the Joint Task Force, the Nigerian Immigration Service. Others are the Marine Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, and officials of the National Orientation Agency. While some of these sessions were intended to proffer solutions to local challenges bedeviling the people, others were aimed at stalling vises of concern to the national economy such as illegal crude oil theft. Already, the area has begun reaping the dividends of these well-articulated meetings.

 

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Taking a cue from the state administration, Chief Ogbe recognizes the place of building institutions in any goal-driven organization. As such, the Southern Ijaw chairman set out to appoint persons with impeccable characters into committees intended to lighten the burden of governance. Such committees include the Southern Ijaw Conflict Resolution Committee intended to resolve age-long communal and intra-communal crises within the area, the Revenue Committee and the supervisors.

The appointment of professionals in their respective fields of study, most of whom are drawn from the academia speaks volumes of the development that this administration yearns to deliver. The current administration believes that governance should be designed as an equalizer. Interestingly, therefore, all appointments made so far have been evenly distributed across the four constituencies in the local government, a practice that many have described as uncommon in the past. More fascinating is the administration’s strict adherence to statutory due process in all of these. As reiterated during the last transparency briefing of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, the Southern Ijaw Local Government Council boss became the first chairman in the current administration to give his stewardship by disclosing the financial status of the Council in the life of the administration thus far. It is worthy of note that in doing this, Chief Ogbe stated that saved funds represent 10% of total revenue rather than 5% as prescribed by legislation.

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Just like its state counterpart, the new administration in Southern Ijaw local government council is one which understands the place of traditional rulers as partners in progress. By this, it has restored their pride of place. Little wonder, the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty Nelson Orianzi commended the high sense of maturity as demonstrated by Chief Ogbe describing it as the first in decades. For the royal fathers, the arm of fellowship extended to them is an opportunity of being a part of decision making at the grassroots, a development they consider new, tantamount to building a new SILGA, and capable of venting a common political voice and ultimately an agenda that could define a prosperous future for the people.

Within the past 45 days, the Southern Ijaw Local Government boss has initiated the marine version of a low-cost transport scheme entitled SILGA Restoration Transport. To further buttress and enshrine the free and compulsory education that the state government seeks to record, the local government boss considered transportation difficulties faced by students of the Federal Polytechnic Ekowe and their counterparts of the Niger Delta University Amassoma, thereby commencing the phase 1 of the scheme applying same on two routes – Yenagoa, Oporoma, Ekowe; and Ekowe, Oporoma, Amassoma.

Cognizant that the local government is an infinitesimal part of the globe, Chief Ogbe considered the need to build a Southern Ijaw Local Government Area website. (WWW.SILGA.GOV.NG) This will, beyond the life of this administration, serve a knowledge reservoir, in showcasing the history, people, programmes and projects embarked upon by successive administration, and most importantly, provide a platform for Bayelsans in the Diaspora and the international community with investment potentials that abound in the area. Also, arrangement with a commercial bank to set up a branch at the Council’s headquarters in Oporoma has reached an advanced stage. Undoubtedly, when completed, these will, in no little way, complement current efforts of the restoration administration at sampling investment opportunities that abound in the local government and as well in Bayelsa.

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Justifiably, the political antecedents of Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe, have been characterized by honesty, hardwork and dynamism, thus, elucidating the mandate the electorate handed over to him during the Saturday 23 March 2013 elections which saw him emerging as the 21st Chairman of the Local Government Council. Being State Director of the Bayelsa Progress Movement, a political association with slogan “service to the people” speaks eloquently of the service orientation endemic in Chief Ogbe. No doubt, he has, just like Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, been in the vanguard of sensitizing the populace towards good governance since year 2000.

 

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Truly, within the short while, the pathway of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council has shown that when the righteous rules, the people rejoice. Adjudged by all as a divine administration, the people watch with joy unspeakable and great expectations as the Southern Ijaw ship of development is steered to greater heights by Chief Remember P.N. Ogbe.

Godfrey Pondei, Ph.D

H. R.H. EREPAGAMO OLOTU: THE KUBU-NANAWEI 11 OF AKAMABUGO CONGRATULATING CHIEF REMEMBER P.N OGBE

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, EREPAGAMO OLOTU: THE KUBU-NANAWEI 11 OF AKAMABUGO CONGRATULATING CHIEF REMEMBER P.N OGBE AT THE RECEPTION VENUE, IMMEDIATELY AFTER BEEN SWORN-IN AS CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA IN BAYELSA STATE