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My Victory Will Propel Me To Serve Bayelsa Better, Says Gov Diri

My Victory Will Propel Me To Serve Bayelsa Better, Says Gov Diri

News Feature, Politics
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has dedicated his victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to people of the state, saying it will spur him to serve the state better in his second term. The tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Monday, affirmed the re-election of Governor Diri in the November 11, 2023 election in the state and dismissed the petition filed by Chief Timipre Sylva and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on grounds of lacking merit. Speaking with journalists shortly after the judgement was delivered by the Justice Adekunle Adeleye-led three-member tribunal, Governor Diri said the petition was a “needless distraction.” In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, the governor noted that by the judgement, the judiciary has agai...
We no Gree on Coastal High Way from Lagos only:  Obong of Calabar Wants Execution From Both Ends, Commends Tinubu

We no Gree on Coastal High Way from Lagos only: Obong of Calabar Wants Execution From Both Ends, Commends Tinubu

News Feature
The Obong of Calabar Executive Forum, OCEF, which is an advisory and executive arm of the Palace of the Obong of Calabar has called on the federal government to start the construction of the Calabar-Lagos highway simultaneously. They said this would abridge the project delivery time and reduce risks associated with inflation. At a press briefing in the palace of Obong of Calabar on Friday, the OCEF advised the federal government to engage many engineers and competent road construction contractors for the project. They commended the Tinubu administration, describing the project as the single largest-ever infrastructure development in Nigeria. Chairman of the OCEF, Gershom Henshaw, said the coastal highway is a strategic national infrastructure that will transform the economi...
Rivers Bridge Initiative Congratulates Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo On His Emergence As Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly.  _…calls on INEC to initiate the process for bye-elections in 28 constituencies_

Rivers Bridge Initiative Congratulates Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo On His Emergence As Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly. _…calls on INEC to initiate the process for bye-elections in 28 constituencies_

Law, Misc, News Feature
The Rivers Bridge Initiative, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting good governance and sustainable development in Rivers State, has congratulated Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo on his emergence as the new Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. In a statement signed by Tonye Barcanista, the National Publicity Secretary, the organization praised the lawmakers for their wise decision in electing Oko-Jumbo, who represents the Bonny Constituency, as the new Speaker. The statement read: "We believe that Rt. Hon. Oko-Jumbo's wealth of experience, leadership skills, and commitment to the welfare of the people of Rivers State make him an excellent choice for this position." The Rivers Bridge Initiative expressed confidence that Oko-Jumbo's leadership will foster a collabor...
INC condemns the barbaric act of Killing of innocent people and personnel of the Nigerian Army

INC condemns the barbaric act of Killing of innocent people and personnel of the Nigerian Army

News Feature, Press Release
The ijaw National Congress worldwide (INC) wish to condemn in strong terms, the recent attack on the military and the Killing of 22 soldiers of the Nigerian army. The INC describes this act to be very barbaric, sad, and unfortunate The INC was reliably informed that, an indigene of Okoloba community in Bomadi Local Government in Delta State was kidnapped on the 5th of March purportedly by indigenes of Okuama , whose corpse was later found on the 8th of march and the case was immediately reported to the DPO of Bomodi police station. On the 12th of march, there was another case of missing person and kidnap, which prompted leaders of Okoloba community to report to the joint task force (JTF). In the process of rescuing the kidnapped person from Okuama, the soldiers were ambushed an...
Federal Bureaucracy Slowing Down My Agenda: President Tinubu

Federal Bureaucracy Slowing Down My Agenda: President Tinubu

News Feature
President Bola Tinubu has asked Federal permanent secretaries to rededicate themselves to their duties and work towards improving the lives of Nigerians by acting with dispatch on matters that border on the welfare of citizens. The President, who met with the Head of Service, The Body Of Permanent Secretaries, and some Directors-General of agencies at the State House, on Thursday, said policies impacting the welfare of the people and the economy must be treated with urgency, diligence, and a strong sense of duty. President Tinubu warned that the ineffectiveness and unnecessary bureaucracy that result in the delay of interventions on the economy and with programmes targeting vulnerable citizens will not be tolerated. He directed that a monthly briefing by The Head of Service and su...
We’ll Diversify Bayelsa Economy In Second Term, Says Diri *Former Presidents, Nigeria, Liberia VPs, Govs, Large Crowd At Inauguration

We’ll Diversify Bayelsa Economy In Second Term, Says Diri *Former Presidents, Nigeria, Liberia VPs, Govs, Large Crowd At Inauguration

News Feature, Politics
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has said his administration remains committed to the progress and economic advancement of the state as it embarks on its second term. To this end, Governor Diri said a five-year economic plan has been developed, which outlined the strategies and initiatives to diversify and strengthen the state’s economy, create jobs and attract investments. Senator Diri stated this on Wednesday after taking his second term oath of office and oath of allegiance alongside his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, at 1.56pm at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa. The governor said his Prosperity Government achieved remarkable milestones in various sectors of the state's economy in his first tenure. "We have developed a comprehensive and ambit...
Bayelsa To Immortalise Wigwe *Niger Gov Inaugurates 22km Ring Road Project

Bayelsa To Immortalise Wigwe *Niger Gov Inaugurates 22km Ring Road Project

News Feature
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has said his administration is considering immortalising the late Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, for his contribution to development of the state. Wigwe, his wife, son and a former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Abimola Ogunbanjo, died in a helicopter crash last weekend in the United States. Speaking on Tuesday during the inauguration of sections 2 and 3 of the 22km Yenagoa Outer Ring Road, which was constructed by Lubrik, one of Access Bank’s subsidiaries, Governor Diri said he will consult with elders and stakeholders in the state with a view to naming the road after the late consummate banker and businessman. He also explained that Wigwe was largely ins...
Wigwe’s Death Shocking, Unbelievable, Says Bayelsa Gov

Wigwe’s Death Shocking, Unbelievable, Says Bayelsa Gov

News Feature
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, says he is still grappling with the reality of the tragic and sudden death of the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe. Governor Diri in a condolence statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, described Wigwe as a dear friend and brother, who understood what friendship and brotherhood meant. He said Wigwe’s death was a personal loss as their friendship was mutual, cordial and brotherly. Governor Diri noted that the consummate banker and businessman carved a niche for touching lives and bringing dreams to reality. He recalled how Wigwe through Access Bank positively impacted youths in Bayelsa by partnering with the government to organise the maiden edit...
GOV DIRI’S VALENTINE’S DAY INAUGURATION: BAYELSA AGOG

GOV DIRI’S VALENTINE’S DAY INAUGURATION: BAYELSA AGOG

News Feature
Bayelsa State residents are upbeat as events marking the second tenure Inauguration of Governor Douye Diri kicked off on Sunday with a thanksgiving service. Thousands of beautiful dressed Bayelsans thronged the state’s Ecumenical Centre at Igbogene in appreciation to God for the governor’s victory in the November 11, 2023 poll. Senator Diri and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, will be sworn in for another term on February 14, 2024. Speaking during the thanksgiving service, the governor expressed gratitude to God for his victory in the November election, saying without His intervention, it would not have been impossible. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that God delivered Bayelsa from the hands of those who wrongly use po...
MARITIME SECURITY: USCG TO WORK WITH NIMASA ON REMOVAL OF COE

MARITIME SECURITY: USCG TO WORK WITH NIMASA ON REMOVAL OF COE

Maritime, News Feature
The United States Coast Guard USCG, has offered Nigeria a three-year plan to work with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA for the removal of the Condition of Entry (CoE), placed on American-bound vessels from Nigeria. Cdr. Juliet Hudson at the USCG headquarters in Washington DC disclosed this during a peer review visit by a delegation from NIMASA. Hudson announced a bi-annual assessment of compliance level with ISPS implementation at Nigerian Ports working with NIMASA. In her words, “We will work with NIMASA to review the compliance level of Ports in Nigeria with the provisions of the ISPS Code. This will be done twice a year to enable us update the Port Advisory Security Portal in the White House after which a decision will be taken to completely lift...