Diri: The puritan In Bayelsa’s creek haven

June 6, 2022 Daniel Alabrah 0

Two days before his 61st birthday on June 4 two years ago, my phone rang about 3pm. It was His Excellency on the line. Without hesitation, I accepted the call. After the usual courtesies, I listened attentively to the soft but firm voice on the other end. His Excellency addressed me formally. “CPS, please be informed that I do not Read More

What happened to Bayelsa state anti kidnapping law?

May 31, 2022 Blueprint 0

Laws are made to be obeyed for the good of all and where not obeyed, there should be enforcement, but such is not about some extant laws in Bayelsa state. JOY EMMANUEL examines such laws. Indeed, it is one thing to enact good laws that looks human in order to govern a society; yet, another problem is implementing or enforcing Read More

We are tired of unresolved murders in Bayelsa, APC guber aspirant cries out

April 28, 2022 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governorship hopeful on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebegha Tarelayefa, has expressed sadness over the killing of an APC chieftain, Sunday Frank-Oputu, saying the state was tired of unresolved murders. He said the recent brutal killing of Frank-Oputu in his sleep at his residence in Yenagoa, the state capital, must be subjected to thorough investigations. Read More

Gunmen assassinate APC chieftain in Bayelsa

April 27, 2022 Joy Emmanuel 0

Gunmen suspected to be assassins have allegedly killed one Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu, a strong supporter of a suit contesting the legality of the recently conducted ward, local government and state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a Bayelsa state High Court. Hon. Frank-Oputu who is cheiftain of the APC and an indigene of Igbomotoru community in Southern Ijaw Read More

HOMEF raises concern over another Agip spill in Bayelsa

March 25, 2022 John Oba 0

Health of Mother Earth Foundation, (HOMEF) has raised concern over another oil spill by Agip PLC at Lasukugbene, a community in Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa State following the burst of pipelines. The Foundation in a statement signed by the Media/ Communication Lead, Kome Odhomor, said the spill has sadly been unattended to since February 3rd it occurred, even though Read More

Bayelsa partners Sterling Bank, Zipline, others to expand medical access

February 1, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Bayelsa State Government has partnered with Sterling Bank Plc, Zipline, a global leader in instant logistics, Drugstoc and Health Spaces to implement a transformation agenda in the state’s healthcare system under a Health Supply Chain Consortium. According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU), the Health Supply Chain Consortium will invest in the transformation of Bayelsa State healthcare supply chain by Read More

Abducted Bayelsa commissioner Otokito regains freedom

January 25, 2022 Joy Emmanuel 0

The abducted Bayelsa Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr. Federal Otokito has regained freedom. His abductors released him on Monday five days after he was kidnapped from his Otuokpoti community residence in Ogbia local government area. Bayelsa Commissioner of Police, Ben Nebolisa, and State Director of the Department of State Services, Mohammed Abdullahi, presented Otokito to Governor Douye Diri on Read More

‘Bayelsa multi-billion cassava factory to train, employ PAP delegates’

November 17, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The interim administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), Wednesday said the 60-metric ton daily Cassava Processing Factory in Bayelsa will train and employ PAP delegates on cassava farming and starch processing. The factory, which is fortified with modern equipment to process starch from cassava, was built by the Bayelsa state government at Ebedebiri, Sagbama local government area, Read More

AITEO commended over oil spill intervention

November 11, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Again, AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company (AEEC), has been commended over its prompt intervention and report on its Sanya Babara South Well 01 located in Nembe local government area of Bayelsa state. In a statement made available to newsmen in Yenagoa through the company’s media contact, Mr. Ndiana Matthew, the spill which occurred on the 9th of Nov.2021, was Read More

Diri presents N310.7bn 2022 budget to Bayelsa Assembly

October 21, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, Wednesday, presented a 2022 appropriation bill of N310.7 billion to the state House Assembly. Tagged: “Budget of Sustainable Growth,” the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure have the highest allocation of N51 billion to drive the critical infrastructure programme of his administration. The Ministry of Agriculture was allotted N12 billion, followed by education and Read More

Diri presents N301.7bn 2022 budget

October 20, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governor Senator Douye Diri, Wednesday, presented a 2022 Appropriation Bill of N310.7 billion to the state House Assembly. It is tagged: “Budget of Sustainable Growth” with the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure having the highest allocation of N51 billion to drive the critical infrastructure programme of his administration. The Ministry of Agriculture was allotted N12 billion followed by Read More

Buhari backing reforms in oil sector with actions – APC group

October 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A voluntary think-tank group of the All Progressives Congress, known as APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is backing long overdue efficiency and transparency to the management of Nigeria’s oil and gas resources with action. The group added that the President will not slow down or relent in his efforts to transform the Read More

Diri urges NNRA to explore Nigeria’s space potential

October 19, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA) is to site its South-south zonal headquarters in Bayelsa state. The NNRA director-general, Dr. Yau Idris, disclosed this on Monday during a courtesy visit to Bayelsa state governor Douye Diri, in Government House, Yenagoa. Dr Idris noted that the agency is a regulatory body in charge of issues relating to radiation. According to him, Read More

APC state congress: Nabena calls for urgent reconciliation in Bayelsa

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a chieftain of the party in Bayelsa state, Hon. Yekini Nabena, has commended the peaceful conduct of State Congress in the state where new leaders have emerged. At the Bayelsa state delegate election congress, Barr. Dennis Otiotio emerged as the new APC Chairman, Hon. Francis Koloko as Read More

IGP deploys CP Ben Okoli to Bayelsa Command

October 12, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, to Bayelsa State as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in-charge of the state command. A press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank.Mba, Monday in Abuja, said CP Okolo takes over from CP Echeng Echeng, who was earlier redeployed to Read More

Breaking: Buhari orders Twitter back if…speaks on COVID-19, agriculture, insecurity, others *Read President’s full speech on Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary

October 1, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a conditional lifting of ban on micro-blogging site, Twitter. Buhari who disclosed this during his broadcast on Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Friday.The President also spoke on other crucial National issues. Read his full speech… INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY Read More

Bayelsa @ 25: Abacha remains our hero- Diri

September 28, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, weekend said he was grateful  to former head of state, late General Sani Abacha, over the creation of the state 25 years ago. The state was created  on October 1, 1996. Governor Diri said the people of his homogeneous Ijaw state remain grateful to the late Nigerian leader for that singular decision regardless of Read More


Chinese firm to establish smart metering plant in Bayelsa

September 15, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

A Chinese high-tech company, Clou, and its Nigerian partners, Jumbo Goois Global Services, are set to establish a smart prepaid metering   assembly factory in Bayelsa state. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jumbo Goois Global Services, Mr. Timipre Ogoibiri, who led the delegation, disclosed this at Government House, Yenagoa, during a presentation to Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday. Presenting Read More

Gov Diri dedicates COVID-19 response award to c’ttee

August 27, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, has dedicated the Distinguished COVID-19 Response Champion Award to the state’s COVID-19 Committee in appreciation of its hard work and sacrifice in the fight against the scourge. The award was conferred on the governor in Abuja by the National Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (NAMLS), led byProf James Damen, in recognition of his administration’s Read More

Federal agencies seek Bayelsa collaboration on secretariat project

August 25, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Federal government parastatals in Bayelsa state have solicited the cooperation of the state government to ease their office accommodation challenges.  Heads of the federal agencies made the request Tuesday in Government House, Yenagoa, during a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri.  The governor’s chief press secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a press release, quoted chairman of the association of Heads Read More

No previous govt developed Niger Delta like Buhari’s administration – APC group

August 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC), a voluntary think-tank group of the governing party, has said that no previous administration has paid more attention to the plight of the Niger Delta region like the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The group assured that Buhari will not relent in the implementation of his vision of a safe, secure Read More