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Month: April 2023

Collapsed Building on Banana Island: NIWA replies Gov Sanwo Olu

Collapsed Building on Banana Island: NIWA replies Gov Sanwo Olu

Maritime, News Feature
The attention of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has been drawn to a misleading report that has gone viral in the social media and was published in THISDAY NEWSPAPER of Sunday 23rd April, 2023. The report carried a distorted account of what transpired over the collapsed building In Banana Island. In the said publication, the Lagos State Governor was quoted to have accused the Federal Government Agencies particularly the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) of being culpable in the incident of building collapse on the highbrow Banana Island. The Governor also described officials of NIWA to be reckless in the manner they issue permits without regard to the topography of the area. He further stated that the site of the collapsed building was not originally part of the ...
APC Youth Leader, Others Defect To PDP As Thousands March For Diri’s Second Term

APC Youth Leader, Others Defect To PDP As Thousands March For Diri’s Second Term

News Feature, Politics
Thousands of youths, on Wednesday, took to the major roads of Yenagoa in a solidarity walk in support of the re-election bid of Governor Douye Diri. The youths from the eight local government areas of the state walked a distance of more than 10 kilometres from the popular Tombia roundabout to the Peace Park opposite the Government House. A prominent APC youth leader in the state, Gifted Natus, also led scores of defectors to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as part of the re-election walk for the governor. Speaking on their behallf, Natus said they decided to join Governor Diri’s Prosperity Family because in the last three years under his watch, Bayelsa State has been politically stable and peaceful. He noted that the leadership of their former party dampened their hopes and ...
NIMASA HOLDS THE UMBILICAL CORD TO THE PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY PROGRAMME…Jamoh

NIMASA HOLDS THE UMBILICAL CORD TO THE PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY PROGRAMME…Jamoh

Maritime, News Feature
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA , Dr Bashir Jamoh ,has said in Lagos that he is surprised that the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, and NIMASA are not one and the same Agency, given the history of its formation. " I was involved during the formative years of the PAP in 2001and can say with the benefit of hindsight that the initial plan was to have both agencies integrated . It is either NIMASA was supposed to be part of the PAP or the PAP a part of NIMASA", Jamoh revealed in Lagos on Tuesday when he hosted the Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen Barry Ndiomu retd. Jamoh who extolled the sterling leadership qualities of the PAP helmsman , Gen Barry Ndiomu described the visit as a wake up call on the need for ...
Gov Diri Empowers 840 Small Business Owners With N200m Grant

Gov Diri Empowers 840 Small Business Owners With N200m Grant

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Tuesday, presented a grant of N200 million to 840 beneficiaries under the government’s Women and Youth Empowerment Programme for small and medium scale entrepreneurs (SMEs). The grant was presented to four beneficiaries each from the 105 political wards across the eight local government areas of the state for January and February 2023. It is part of the administration’s initiative to spur micro businesses and economic growth in the state with each beneficiary getting N200,000. Addressing the beneficiaries at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, Senator Diri said the SMEs’ programme is one of series of empowerment schemes designed for Bayelsans desirous of doing business. The governor said the programme, which ha...
We Lost A Father In Tarakiri Monarch – Gov Diri

We Lost A Father In Tarakiri Monarch – Gov Diri

Misc
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described late King Richardford Orukarebai Koroye of Tarakiri Kingdom as a father and thoroughbred professional whose reign brought about peace, stability and development to the clan, which cuts across Bayelsa and Delta states. Senator Diri stated this on Saturday during the late king’s funeral at Toru Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The governor noted that the Tarakiri people were not only mourning the passage of their king, who died at 85, but also celebrating his remarkable achievements. A statement by his Chif Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that the late monarch upheld and promoted the culture and traditional values of the Ijaw people. "Truly, we have lost a father, brother, a ...
PRESS RELEASE  Diri Visits Family Of Slain Youth  *Offers Employment To Wife, Scholarship For Children

PRESS RELEASE Diri Visits Family Of Slain Youth *Offers Employment To Wife, Scholarship For Children

Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Friday night, visited the family of a slain Bayelsa youth, Douglas Joseph, to commiserate with them over last Wednesday’s ugly incident that led to his death. The young Douglas, a native of Epie from Yenizue-Epie community in Yenagoa, the state capital, was reportedly stabbed by a commercial tricycle rider following disagreement over transport fare. The governor, who led top government functionaries to the deceased’s family residence at the Kpansia area of the state capital, brought some succour to the family as he offered immediate employment in the state civil service to wife of the late Douglas. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Saturday, quoted the governor as also announcing scholarship for the dece...
Gov Diri Orders Prosecution Of Herders For Breaching Anti-Grazing Law

Gov Diri Orders Prosecution Of Herders For Breaching Anti-Grazing Law

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed security agencies to clamp down on violators of the state’s anti-open grazing law. Senator Diri gave the fresh directive on Thursday when he stopped his convoy to apprehend two herders and their cattle at the Sampou community junction along the East-West road in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state. The governor expressed anger that despite several warnings, some persons were still brazenly breaching the law against open grazing in the state. On March 10, 2021, the Bayelsa governor signed the “Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law, 2021.” He stated that henceforth, law enforcement agencies must ensure that they apply the full weight of the law on violators. The governor directed the st...
Gov Diri Imposes Restriction On Commercial Tricycles, Urges Calm Over Youths, Riders’ Clash

Gov Diri Imposes Restriction On Commercial Tricycles, Urges Calm Over Youths, Riders’ Clash

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has imposed an 11-hour restriction on commercial tricycles with the state capital, Yenagoa, and environs. The directive restricting their movement is between 7pm and 6am daily. This followed Wednesday’s violent clash between youths of Yenizue-Epie community in Yenagoa and tricycle operators, which resulted in loss of lives. Governor Diri gave the directive on Thursday during a meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, which had in attendance traditional rulers, leadership of the tricycle operators, representatives of the Arewa community in the state as well as youths of the Yenizue-Epie community and other stakeholders. The governor said the restriction became necessary in order to calm frayed nerves and to restore peace in the area. H...
ASU BEKS TO HADIZA BALA USMAN: SHUT UP! YOU WERE SACKED FOR FINANCIAL IMPROPRIETY AND INSUBORDINATION.

ASU BEKS TO HADIZA BALA USMAN: SHUT UP! YOU WERE SACKED FOR FINANCIAL IMPROPRIETY AND INSUBORDINATION.

News Feature, Port News
As the controversy surrounding her book "Stepping on Toes" in which she made scathing remarks about former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi rages, fiery maritime Journalists and Publisher of Shipping World Magazine, Asu Beks, has fired back at the former Nigerian Ports Authority Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman,saying she got booted out of office for acts bothering on gross financial impropriety and insubordination. Asu Beks and two other Journalists had last in 2021 dragged President Muhammadu Buhari , Attorney General of the Federation, Hadiza Bala Usman and two others before an Ikoyi High Court, presided over by Justice Garba Ringim over her premature reappointment and her flagrant abuses of the Public Procurement Act .Said Asu in a statement in Lagos weekend said,"This bo...
Nov 11 Poll: Diri Emerges PDP Governorship Candidate

Nov 11 Poll: Diri Emerges PDP Governorship Candidate

Politics
Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State, has emerged candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state. Senator Diri clinched the ticket on Wednesday with a total of 305 votes as sole aspirant of the party out of 313 votes cast during the primaries, which took place at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa. Addressing the delegates and party stakeholders, chairman of the PDP Electoral Panel and Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, said Diri having satisfied the statutory requirements of the primaries was declared winner. In his remarks before the exercise, Senator Adeleke called for a peaceful conduct of the process in accordance with the party's constitution and relevant provisions of the c...