In continuation of his assessment of the flood situation in Bayelsa State, Governor Douye Diri was in Otuoke, hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local Government Area on Thursday.
Speaking to journalists, Governor Diri lamented the degree of destruction caused by what he described as an “attack by natural disaster” on the livelihood of Bayelsans.
He stressed that Otuoke, which is the host community of a federal university, had been submerged and most of the locals displaced, including the home of Dr. Jonathan.
The governor, however, urged the people not to despair even in these trying times, assuring them that the state government had put in place machinery to provide relief materials and medical assistance to victims of the flood.
He equally empathized wit...
Bayelsa State is agog ahead of activities marking the second anniversary in office of Governor Douye Diri.
Governor Diri will be two years in office on February 14 but the anniversary activities commence on Monday, February 7.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors and the party's national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, are among prominent personalities invited for the celebrations.
Others are former governor of the state, Senator Seriake Dickson, members of the National Assembly, religious and traditional leaders.
According to a statement by the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayibaina Duba, who is also chairman of the Media/Publicity Committee, a two-week progra...
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed dissatisfaction with comments credited to the Director General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa, on the legality of the state's technical committee on the recent oil spill in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.
The NOSDRA DG was reportedly quoted to have said that the committee was illegal and also prevented the media from being part of the Joint Investigation Visit to the spillage site.
Governor Diri spoke on Monday during a courtesy visit of the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, to Government House, Yenagoa.
The minister was in the state for an on-the-spot assessment of the blowout that occurred at OML 29 Wellhead platform operated by Aite...
South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Kim Young-Chae, on Thursday, said Bayelsa State had the potential to be as developed as his country of origin.
Speaking in Government House, Yenagoa, as guest of the state government, Ambassador Young-Chae said his visit was a follow-up to his recent meeting with Governor Douye Diri in Abuja to further explore areas of partnership between the state and the Republic of Korea.
He noted that Bayelsa and South Korea shared a lot of similarities, which he said would make economic co-operation between both parties beneficial.
The envoy, who is on a two-day visit to the state, identified agriculture, construction and manufacturing as some of the areas of co-operation, expressing the readiness of his country to make the partnership a reality.
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, says only justice and equity for every section of Nigeria would bring to an end the clamour for self-determination in the country.
Senator Diri stated this on Friday when members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said the governor expressed concern over the level of insecurity in some parts of the country, describing it as alarming.
His words: "The current spate of insecurity in the country is alarming. And, of course, Nigeria has no reason to disintegrate.
"What we need is equity and justice. As long as we practice injustice, inequitable distribution of resources and if...
Victims of the November 13, 2019 dastardly attack on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members and supporters in Ogbolomabiri-Nembe had cause to smile on Thursday night as the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, announced immediate employment for the survivors and relations of those that lost their lives.
The governor also directed immediate promotion for victims that are already in the state civil service as well as the Commissioner for Health to take over the medical bills and treatment of those still undergoing treatment.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said in a statement that the governor made the pronouncements at a meeting in Government House with victims and relations of the slain.
The attack on PDP faithful during Senator Diri's campaign rally in t...
Gov Douye Diri , Asu Beks during the visit
The immediate past Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside , will be the Guest Speaker at the Annual Town Meeting of the Ijaw Media Forum billed to hold in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital, in November. President of the Ijaw Media Forum, Elder Asu Beks who led members of the Forum on a Courtesy call on Gov Douye Diri on Monday said the theme of the one day Town Hall meeting is BAYELSA,BEYOND OIL.
Elder Asu Beks disclosed that with the dwindling receipts from oil, the time has come for oil producing states in the Niger Delta region to think out of the box and explore the bundles of opportunities in the region.
An elated Gov Diri told the visiting IMF team that the Bayel...
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated the newly inaugurated Bayelsa State Molecular Laboratory, Research and Diagnostic Centre as a COVID testing laboratory in the country.
Governor Douye Diri
The facility, which was inaugurated by Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday, brought the number of NCDC accredited laboratories in the country to 66 in 34 states.
The NCDC in a letter signed by the Laboratory Network Advisor, Celestina Obiekea, and addressed to the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, stated that the laboratory had fulfilled the necessary requirements for a molecular laboratory to test for COVID as well as met all successful validations and optimisations.
It further explained that the state will be responsible for procurement of consumables, equipment a...
Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri
Bayelsa State Government, on Tuesday, described as incorrect Federal Government's categorisation of the state as insolvent due to its low internally generated revenue profile.
It also restated its call for restructuring of the country to address the current lopsided federalism that denied states, particularly Bayelsa, the due revenue from the resources in their land and region.
Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Mr. Elias Mbam, while receiving receiving the Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) from the Editor-in-Chief of the Economic Confidential in his office in Abuja on Monday, stated that Bayelsa, Borno, Katsina, Kebbi and Taraba states had become insolvent because of their “extremely poor I...
President Muhammadu Buhari
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is committed to putting an end to the importation of refined petroleum products into Nigeria, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said.
Sylva said the government was working to reverse Nigeria’s status as a net importer of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, and as such had been supporting the establishment of modular refineries to boost indigenous PMS production.
The minister stated this after inspecting the Azikel Hydro-Skimming Refinery, the first hydro-skimming private modular refinery being built by businessman, Azibapu Eruani in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The refinery, which is about 75 per cent completed, has the capacity to process 12,000 bar...