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Month: April 2022

Eulogies As First African Harvard Graduate Goes Home *Ekpebu, An Icon, Legend, Says Diri

Eulogies As First African Harvard Graduate Goes Home *Ekpebu, An Icon, Legend, Says Diri

News Feature
The first African graduate at the prestigious Harvard University in the United States of America, Amb. (Prof) Lawrence Baraebibai Ekpebu, was on Saturday interred at his hometown, Okoloba, Sabagreia in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The late Nigerian Ambassador to the Ivory Coast was given a state burial by the state government. Amb. Ekpebu, who died on January 2 this year at the age of 87, also attended Princeton University, another Ivy League institution in the U.S. The late accomplished scholar, diplomat, public administrator and intellectual colossus set an enviable academic record at Harvard yet to be broken more than 50 years after. Speaking during his funeral service at the Saint Paul’s Deanery, Okoloba, Governor Douye Diri described Ekpebu as a...
BAYELSA APC CONDEMNS MURDER OF ITS MEMBER

BAYELSA APC CONDEMNS MURDER OF ITS MEMBER

News Feature, Politics
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa State chapter, has condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of its member, Mr. Sunday Frank-Oputu, at his Yenagoa residence earlier in the week. The party in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, on Thursday, says no level of disagreement or conflict can justify the killing of anyone by another human being. “Only God gives life, and since human beings are not God, no one no matter the level of anger or bitterness should take the life of another human person”, he said. The party tasked the police and other security agencies to do everything within their powers to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime are apprehended and brought to book without delay. It expressed condolences with the family of t...
Gov Diri Orders Manhunt For APC Chieftain’s Killers *Dissolves Community Leadership Over Arson

Gov Diri Orders Manhunt For APC Chieftain’s Killers *Dissolves Community Leadership Over Arson

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed the police in the state to fish out killers of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Sunday Frank-Oputu. Mr. Frank-Oputu was assassinated by yet to be identified gunmen on Tuesday night at his Yenagoa residence. Governor Diri, who condemned the killing during the 73rd state executive council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, on Wednesday, described the incident as most unfortunate and unacceptable. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as calling on politicians to play politics devoid of violence. He assured that those behind the dastardly act will be unmasked and made to face the wrath of the law. He expressed his condolences and that of the government to the im...
PETER OKOCHA TO TONY IJU: RESIGN NOW AND SAVE ANLCA FROM DISINTEGRATION ….says ANLCA died the day Shittu left office

PETER OKOCHA TO TONY IJU: RESIGN NOW AND SAVE ANLCA FROM DISINTEGRATION ….says ANLCA died the day Shittu left office

Opinion, Press Release
Following allegations that the President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents , Tony Iju Nwabunike, may have gone on AWOL, Shipping World Magazine engaged a former President of ANLCA, Chief Peter Okocha, in an interview on the State of Affairs of the once very vocal Association . Here are excerpts from the interview:       S/W:    You were once President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA. What was the vision of ANLCA under your leadership? OKOCHA: Well ,under my leadership then, I was with Otunba Fashawe who was my Vice President.Our vision was to reposition ANLCA and help the sector to reposition itself as the second largest revenue earner ,which it actually is. But our tenure was short lived because our frien...
JAMOH WINS MARITIME PUBLIC SECTOR ICON 2021.

JAMOH WINS MARITIME PUBLIC SECTOR ICON 2021.

Maritime
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh has been named winner of the Vanguard Public Sector Icon, Maritime, 2021. The Editor of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Eze Anaba  who announced this while presenting a conveyance letter to Dr Jamoh in Lagos said other awardees are President of the African Development Bank,  ADB, Akinwunmi Adesina, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State amongst others. Mr. Anaba noted that, the screening committee of the Vanguard Awards reviewed Dr. Jamoh’s nomination critically and all indices in good corporate governance pointed at the NIMASA DG as an outstanding public sector official in year 2021. He noted the consistency of the Dr. Jamoh led manageme...

Obi Visits Diri, Says I’m Desperate To Make Nigeria Work *Bayelsa Gov Restates Call For Power Shift

News Feature, Politics
Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has said he is not desperate to be president but eager to see Nigeria work. The two-term governor of Anambra State and vice presidential candidate of the PDP in 2019 stated this on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri at the Bayelsa State Government House in Yenagoa. Obi said Nigeria was a great country with untapped potentialities, noting that he is desperate to move the nation away from a consumption economy to a productive one. He stressed that Nigeria was not working because of its unproductive state, which he said was unacceptable to the nation’s young, intelligent and smart population. The presidential hopeful, who reeled out the statistics of agricult...
Hoodlums invade Bayelsa High Court,injure three persons  ….sporadic shooting at APC secetariat

Hoodlums invade Bayelsa High Court,injure three persons ….sporadic shooting at APC secetariat

News Feature, Press Release
Hoodlums numbering over thirty on Wednesday distrupted proceedings into the hearing over a suit into the disputed ward,local government and State congresses of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Bayelsa State High Court. An official of the court, the claimant, Alex Blackson and his brother, Osom Blackson were injured during the stampede and violence inside the court. The presiding Judge, Justice Nayai Aganaba was stoned with plastic bottles by the hoodlums but was taken to safety by his police orderly. Leadership gathered that most of the lawyers in Court were also chased out, while those that came with the claimant were brutalised. Leadership gathered that the hoodlums may have been provoked by the allege insistence of the Presiding Judge, Justice Aganaba to hear the s...
Gov. Diri Pledges Support For Capacity Building Of Lawyers

Gov. Diri Pledges Support For Capacity Building Of Lawyers

Law, News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said he would support any initiative towards enhancing the capacity of legal practitioners in the state. Governor Diri made the pledge when President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olumide Akpata, paid a courtesy visit to Government House, Yenagoa, on Tuesday. He applauded the NBA President for the initiative to go round branches of the association nationwide to know their challenges. While commending Akpata’s vision for capacity building for lawyers, the governor said a basic problem of the judiciary in the state was training and retraining jand pledged his support for any training initiative. In response to a request that courts be also provided in rural areas apart from the state capital for easy access to justic...
PDP Consensus Candidate Will Oust APC From Power, Says Saraki  *Gov. Diri Cautions Against Factions In Party

PDP Consensus Candidate Will Oust APC From Power, Says Saraki *Gov. Diri Cautions Against Factions In Party

Politics, Press Release
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said the quest by some presidential aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to form a united force is for the party to take over power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023. Dr. Saraki said this informed their decision to advocate for a consensus candidate among the aspirants. The presidential hopeful spoke on Monday while briefing journalists after a closed-door meeting alongside his co-aspirants, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Senator Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State, with Governor Douye Diri at the Creek Haven Government House in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Saraki stressed that as an opposition party, the PDP cannot wrest power from the APC if it is not united. According to him, the intere...
UTOMI CALLS FOR SYMBOLIC RESISTANCE AND SOLIDARITY TO PREVENT ANARCHY FROM OVERTAKING NIGERIA

UTOMI CALLS FOR SYMBOLIC RESISTANCE AND SOLIDARITY TO PREVENT ANARCHY FROM OVERTAKING NIGERIA

Politics, Press Release
Noted Political Economist and former Presidential Candidate Professor Pat Utomi has called out Nigerians to a spiritual, symbolic and practical halt of the advance of anarchy. In a statement in Lagos this morning April 12, 2022 Utomi called Nigerians to come out in groups everywhere they are in the country wearing white tops over black to symbolize light over darkness, light candles and shake hands in extension of solidarity and the universal brotherhood of men and sing the song Nigeria will rise up again and post it on social media #lightoverdarkness. The statesmen titled they are all God’s children reads. To Fellow Compatriots THEY ARE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN TOO In the last two weeks the pain pangs from our poorly governed country failings have touched all, from the grandmother retu...