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Month: October 2020

Supreme Court Didn’t Cede Disputed Oil Wells To Rivers – Bayelsa Govt

Supreme Court Didn’t Cede Disputed Oil Wells To Rivers – Bayelsa Govt

Breaking News, News Feature
Bayelsa State has said Tuesday’s verdict of the Supreme Court on the matter it instituted over the disputed oil wells with neighbouring Rivers State did not amount to a resolution of the dispute. It also said contrary to reports in the media, the apex court’s verdict did not cede the oil wells or area to Rivers. The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayibaina Duba, who gave the explanation on Friday, said the clarification was necessary in order to dispel erroneous reports and misinformation. The Information Commissioner explained that the Supreme Court, by its decision, only advised Bayelsa State to await the ruling of the Appeal Court where it also filed an appeal seeking to nullify the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered in favo...
Gov. Diri Celebrates Eid-el-Maulud With Bayelsa Muslims *Approves Bus For Community

Gov. Diri Celebrates Eid-el-Maulud With Bayelsa Muslims *Approves Bus For Community

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Thursday, marked the Eid-el-Maulud festival with the Muslim community in the state even as he sued for an indivisible and peaceful Nigeria where all tribes and religions would co-exist in love. Governor Diri, who hosted the adherents of Islam at the Government House in Yenagoa, said with religious tolerance, the country can forge ahead as a people with one destiny to make Nigeria richer and greater. The governor's spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as expressing delight with the peaceful disposition of the Muslim community in the state. He said Bayelsa is predominantly Christian but his government will continue to encourage good neighborliness between the two religions. He said: “We want a united Nigeria. We want a Nigeria of ...
ENDSARS PROTESTS: HASSAN BELLO ASKS SHIPPING COMPANIES TO WAIVE DEMURAGE

ENDSARS PROTESTS: HASSAN BELLO ASKS SHIPPING COMPANIES TO WAIVE DEMURAGE

Port News
As Nigerians begin to take stock of loses occasioned by the nationwide ENDSARS protests, the Nigeria Shippers Council has sent a passionate appeal to Shipping Companies to apply waivers on demurage charges on cargo. In a statement in Lagos on monday and signed by the Council's Head of Public Relations, Rakiya Zubairu, the Excutive Secretary of the Council, Hassan Bello, was quoted to have cautioned Shipping Companies and Terminal Operators against charging demurage during the period of the protest.   To ensure strict compliance with his directive, Hassan Bello has promised to embark on a surprise visit to some terminals to enforce compliance.
We’re Not Hoarding Palliatives – Bayelsa Govt

We’re Not Hoarding Palliatives – Bayelsa Govt

Breaking News, News Feature
Bayelsa State Government, on Monday, said it has distributed the foodstuff and other palliative items it received as donations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country. It also explained that the government was not hoarding food items in any warehouse in the state. The Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Mr. Ayibaina Duba, who stated this, said the clarification became necessary to ease the tension arising from attacks on warehouses containing COVID-19 palliatives and other items by hoodlums in some other states. He said the state has been commendably peaceful but that it was necessary to dispel misinformation from those with motives to foment trouble. The Information Commissioner said so far, the state government had distributed food...
MARITIME EDITORS CALL FOR A PROBE  OF ARSONISTS ATTACK OF NPA HQ

MARITIME EDITORS CALL FOR A PROBE OF ARSONISTS ATTACK OF NPA HQ

Maritime, Port News
Maritime Publishers Condemn NPA’s Building Inferno, Demand Investigation The League of Maritime Editors and Publishers Wednesday condemned the fire incident on the headquarters of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) linked to the ongoing ENDSARS protests nationwide. However, while sympathizing with the authority and the various members of staff whose vehicles were razed down on the enormity of the damage, the League which is a body of maritime journalists, called for a thorough investigation on the cause of the inferno. In a statement by the President, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke and Secretary, Mr. Francis Ugwoke, the group suspects that the fire incident may be the mastermind of some elements in the system who may have organised the inferno to cover up fraud. The League further ca...
#EndSARS: Bayelsa Sets Up Judicial Panel *Gov. Diri Heads Security, Human Rights Committee

#EndSARS: Bayelsa Sets Up Judicial Panel *Gov. Diri Heads Security, Human Rights Committee

News Feature
Bayelsa State government has constituted a judicial panel of inquiry as well as a special security and human rights committee in response to the demands of the #EndSARS protesters in the state. Governor Douye Diri announced this on Wednesday shortly after the 9th State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa. He said both committees were set up as part of his government's commitment to meet the demands of the protesters. The governor said the judicial panel of inquiry would investigate police brutality and allegations of rights abuse while the special security and human rights committee is to supervise and monitor the new police unit, Strategic Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) squad in the state. The judicial panel is headed by Retired Justice Y.B. Ogola with Barr. Al...
Flooding: Bayelsa Shuts Down Schools  *Govt To Distribute Palliatives To Victims

Flooding: Bayelsa Shuts Down Schools *Govt To Distribute Palliatives To Victims

News Feature, Press Release
Following the devastation caused by flood, the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed the immediate closure of all primary and secondary schools across the state. A statement by the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the directive takes effect from Monday, October 19. Governor Diri said the decision was taken to avert further danger to lives. He gave the directive after leading a team of his cabinet members and other government officials on an on-the-spot visit to some of the flooded communities in Yenagoa and Southern Ijaw local government areas on Saturday. He is visiting other affected local government areas on Sunday. The governor, who lamented the devastating effect of the flooding on the people and communities, said his adm...
Okoko Fulfilled His Purpose As Ijaw Hero – Gov. Diri

Okoko Fulfilled His Purpose As Ijaw Hero – Gov. Diri

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said former Ijaw National Congress (INC) President, Professor Kimse Okoko, was a rights activist, who despite his class in society never amassed wealth. Senator Diri also said the late Ijaw leader's exemplary lifestyle has taught Bayelsans that material wealth always ended in vanity. The governor stated this on Saturday at Prof. Okoko's funeral at his country home in Obunagha community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. His spokesman, Mr Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as eulogising the sterling qualities of the deceased, saying the late scholar paid his dues as an administrator and activist that led the Ijaw struggle successfully. His words: “Professor Okoko was a socialist; he belonged to ...
I  Support the EndSARS Protests – Gov Diri  *Directs Release Of Illegal Detainees

I Support the EndSARS Protests – Gov Diri *Directs Release Of Illegal Detainees

Politics, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said he is totally in support of the ongoing protest against police brutality exemplified by the hashtags #EndSARS and #EndSWAT across Nigeria. He also said his administration would not condone acts that infringed on the fundamental rights of citizens in the state. Governor Diri spoke on Saturday evening when the protesters in their hundreds blocked the Government House entrance in Yenagoa to press home their demands. His spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, noted that the governor, who was returning from inspecting communities ravaged by flood, came out of his vehicle to join the youths that were waving placards and chanting slogans against police brutality. While addressing them, he noted that as a firm advocate ag...
Tribute to Prince  Shittu Olayiwola @70

Tribute to Prince Shittu Olayiwola @70

Maritime
Encomiums and goodwill messages have continued to flood the Corporate Head Offices of SKELAS GROUP, FESTAC ,as Prince Olayiwola Shittu, the Group CEO clocks 70 years. One of such messages came from Engr Abass Yakubu. In the message, Engr Yakubu extalled the sterling leadership qualities of Prince Shittu describing as a role model par excellence. He said:  "I heartly rejoice and celebrate with our dear father Prince (Alh) Shittu Olayiwola MD/CEO Skelas Ltd.   Alhaji Shittu Olayiwola, a worthy and noble ambassador of Igboho, in Oyo State, was the immediate past president of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Custom Agent (ANLCA), and also a council member at the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), where he served as Publicity Committee Chair . Al...