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CHOLERA OUTBREAK: BAYELSA FAULTS NCDC’S SURVEILLANCE REPORT  …. SAYS REPORT’S A COMPLETE MISREPRESENTATION OF STATE DATA

CHOLERA OUTBREAK: BAYELSA FAULTS NCDC’S SURVEILLANCE REPORT …. SAYS REPORT’S A COMPLETE MISREPRESENTATION OF STATE DATA

Health, News Feature
The Bayelsa State Government through its Ministry of Health has faulted the inclusion of Bayelsa on the list of states affected by cholera epidemic outbreak as recently published by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its disease surveillance report. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Toyin Azebi, refuted the report at a joint press briefing shortly after a meeting of the Bayelsa Taskforce on Immunization and Health Services presided over by its Chairman and Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, in Government House, Yenagoa on Thursday. It will be recalled that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control had in its recent Epidemiological Week 22, 2024 report, placed Bayelsa as amongst the states with the highest burden of cholera cases. Dr ...
Gov Diri Creates Marine and Blue Economy Ministry …Says wealth of Bayelsa lies in the Belly of the Atlantic Ocean

Gov Diri Creates Marine and Blue Economy Ministry …Says wealth of Bayelsa lies in the Belly of the Atlantic Ocean

Misc
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, on Friday, swore in additional 15 commissioners bringing the total number of members of his cabinet to 29. The governor also created two new ministries, which are Blue Economy and that of Special Duties (General Services), which is in charge of non-indigene affairs. Fourteen commissioners had been sworn in in the first batch on April 29. Senator Diri also re-assigned the Commissioner for Special Duties (East), Preye Brodrick, to the Ministry of Transport while Mr Mandy Akpalo was assigned the Ministry of Special Duties (Central). Also, Hon Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai, who was earlier assigned the Labour, Employment and Productivity portfolio, is now the Commissioner for Information, Strategy and Orientation while Chief Saturday Omiloli is ...
MEET PHARM (DR.) FAITH IZIBENUA ZIBS-GODWIN, BAYELSA COMMISSIONER FOR MARINE AND BLUE ECONOMY

MEET PHARM (DR.) FAITH IZIBENUA ZIBS-GODWIN, BAYELSA COMMISSIONER FOR MARINE AND BLUE ECONOMY

News Feature
Dr. Faith Izibenua Zibs-Godwin Pharm. B, Pharm. D, MSc, mPSN, MAW is the immediate past Pioneer Chairman of the Bayelsa State Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation Committee (BADAPARC), hails from Yenagoa Community in Atissa clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. This committee was established in 2021 by His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa State, to address the pressing issues of drug abuse within the state. Dr. Faith's tireless efforts focused on both prevention and rehabilitation, particularly for young people struggling with substance addiction. In 2017 she was appointed as a Special Assistant to the Governor, later elevated to the position of a Senior Special Assistant on medicals, and subsequently appointed as Chairman of BADAPARC in 2021....
BAYELSA AIRPORT GETS NEW MD

BAYELSA AIRPORT GETS NEW MD

News Feature, Travel
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has approved the appointment of a seasoned military officer and administrator, Air Vice Marshal Nelson Ebieteli Calmday (retired), as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Bayelsa State International Airport. A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Friday, disclosed that the appointment takes immediate effect. AVM Calmday was born on May 24, 1966 and hails from Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area of the state. He was member of the Nigerian Defence Academy 37 Regular Course and upon graduation was commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer on September 22, 1990. He progressed through the ranks and was promoted Air Vice Marshal on November 20, 2017 (effective September 27, 2017), wh...
BASHIR ADEWALE ADENIYI , MFR: 365 Days on the Saddle                       Musa Omale

BASHIR ADEWALE ADENIYI , MFR: 365 Days on the Saddle Musa Omale

News Feature
Since his appointment as the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) about a year ago, on June 19, 2023, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR has displayed a rare dynamism in running the affairs of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). This is anchored on the fact that he has recorded multifaceted feats since assuming office. Indeed, it is a case of a success story, thereby justifying our earlier opinion when he was appointed that, he was a reincarnated ICON of the Abdullahi Dikko’s glorious yester- years which moved the Customs to a world- class standard. He believes that everything succeeds and fails on the table of leadership, hence the need to provide the right leadership. It is against this background that his landmark achievements are herein chronicled. Mission Statement On assumption of o...
NNADI CELEBRATES CGC WALE ADENIYI WITH LANDMARK SEIZURES AT TIN CAN

NNADI CELEBRATES CGC WALE ADENIYI WITH LANDMARK SEIZURES AT TIN CAN

News Feature
Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, was all smiles as he lavished encomiums on officers and Men of the Tin Can Command who rejected mouth- watering offers to make an iconic drug seizure to celebrate his first 365 days in office as helmsman of the Nigeria Customs Service. Adewale Adeniyi was named Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on June 19, 2023 , thus bringing to an end the Hameed Ali administration of ineptitude which will go down in history as the darkest days of Service. For the Tin Can command under the headship of Comptroller Dera Nnadi, Mni, this was more of a birthday present to Wale Adeniyi, the CGC than just men and officers carrying out their statutory duties as enforcement officers and revenue ...
*TRIBUTE TO AN ODE OF ARCHITECT* A Tribute by Lady Olamide Odusanya

*TRIBUTE TO AN ODE OF ARCHITECT* A Tribute by Lady Olamide Odusanya

News Feature
Late Ferdinand Agu was appointed as an undertaker of the then NMA. Due to his professional and personal conviction, he designed, constructed and operated a forward looking Agency. Late Architect Agu was loved by all for his brilliance, oratory power, humaneness, love of arts and culture. We loved him for some many reasons. He became the benchmark for good leaders in the Agency. He touched the lives of all and sundry in the Agency, and left the Agency far better than he met it. On a personal note, late Agu challenged me to be better at my job, and was an inspiration to all staff to be a better and patriotic Nigerians. May God Almighty grant the family he has left behind, succour, courage and grace to forge ahead and grant him eternal repose, amen.
*FERDINAND AGU – AN EXCEPTIONAL MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR* A Tribute by Dr Emeka Akabogu

*FERDINAND AGU – AN EXCEPTIONAL MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR* A Tribute by Dr Emeka Akabogu

Maritime, News Feature
Architect Ferdinand Agu was a man of high intellect. I greatly admired him because he combined his prodigious intellect with delicious articulation and impressive gravitas. Beyond these, he had a hands-on approach to his job and set about tasks with commitment and detail. I distinctly remember his first interaction with the maritime industry after his appointment at a stakeholder interactive session in 2001. He was quiet all through the event, listening intently and taking notes. When eventually he took the podium, it was evident the country’s maritime administration had not beheld such a class act. He flawlessly captured the essence of all interventions, seducing the words to deliver hope in great doses of audial pleasure. My first full engagement with him was shortly after in Enugu...
NIMASA DG Mobereola Mourns Late Ferdinand Agu

NIMASA DG Mobereola Mourns Late Ferdinand Agu

Maritime, News Feature
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, has described the death of Architect Ferdinand Agu, former Director General of the defunct National Maritime Authority (NMA), as a rude shock. Reacting to Agu's sudden passing this weekend, the NIMASA DG expressed that it is a significant loss to Nigeria, the maritime community, and NIMASA in particular. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Arc. Ferdinand Agu, a former Director General of NMA. He left an indelible impression on me within the short time we shared during my first stakeholder engagement just last month. I had hoped to engage him more often, to tap into his wealth of experience for the collective interest of every Nigerian. Alas, death has denied us thi...