Category: Culture

Thank You Visit: Gov. Diri Receives Ogbia Council of Chiefs

… as they appreciate Diri on projects in Ogbia LGA

His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State, today received the Obanobhan of Ogbia and his Council of Chiefs in Government House, Yenagoa.

The visit was to thank the Governor for his developmental intervention in Ogbia Local Government Area.

“Let me also appreciate you for the little we have done in Ogbia Local Government Area and you have come to say thank you for appreciating what we have done in terms of the construction of bridges, and roads.

I am also happy that when the Elebele bridge totally collapsed and that route was no longer used, today that bridge has been newly constructed, completed and commissioned. We are doing total reconstruction of the Onuegbum-Otuoke road. The Akaba-Ogu-Okodi road is ongoing and I was there myself.

And we are happy that by so doing we are touching the lives of our people and changing the narrative in our State.

Today, after three (3) years we are talking about projects that have been done in our Local Government in Ogbia, not talking about the manpower, skill acquisition and all that we have done.

For me, that is the road to travel. We travel on the road of development and capital development and the moment we achieve that we can also stand up tall in the committee of States so we can access our communities by road, that’s a priority to us,” Governor Diri said.

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Coronation: Gov. Diri presents Staff of Office to new Pere of Tarakiri, Seiyifa Koroye

… congratulates the Kingdom

… charges Pere to keep existing peace in the Kingdom

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri today graced the coronation of Dr. Seiyifa Koroye as the new Pere of Tarakiri Kingdom, the (Tarakiri-Owei VIII) in Ebedebiri, in Sagbama Local Government Area of the State.

Governor Diri who is also a Chief in the Tarakiri Council of Chiefs, congratulated him and charged him to keep the existing peace in Tarakiri Kingdom.

“We have just witnessed the formal coronation of the Pere of Tarakiri Kingdom. A very peaceful coronation having gone through the constitutional requirements of becoming the Pere of Tarakiri.

Let me on behalf of the Government of Bayelsa State, the Prosperity Government, the traditional Rulers Council, here with us, the Chairman, King of Ekpetiama, Bubaraye Dakolo and all other Royal Highnesses, Majesties and the people of Bayelsa State, say, congratulations to our latest and new addition to the Traditional Rulers Council of Bayelsa State.

“My charge to you is that you have to work to keep the existing peace in Tarakiri Kingdom. My charge to you is that you continue to work with the Traditional Rulers Council of Bayelsa State ably led by Bubaraye Dakolo, King of Ekpetiama Kingdom and that you will bring your knowledge, your wisdom into that Council and that Council will also benefit from your wealth of experience, “Governor Diri said.

On the occasion, the Governor also presented the Staff of Office to the King.

In attendance were, Senator Konbowei Friday Benson, Senator representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Hon. Fred Agbedi, member representing Sagbama-Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Hon. Mrs Marie Ebikake, member representing Brass/Nembe Federal Constituency, Hon. Oboku Oforji, member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency, Hon. Michael Ogbere, Deputy Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Chief, Thompson Amule,Hon. Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, members of the state House of Assembly, other members of the state executive council, HRM, King Bubaraye Dakolo, Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom and Chairman, Bayelsa State council of traditional rulers and other top government officials.

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Coronation: Gov. Diri presents Staff of Office to new Pere of Tarakiri, Seiyifa Koroye

… congratulates the Kingdom

… charges Pere to keep existing peace in the Kingdom

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri today graced the coronation of Dr. Seiyifa Koroye as the new Pere of Tarakiri Kingdom, the (Tarakiri-Owei VIII) in Ebedebiri, in Sagbama Local Government Area of the State.

Governor Diri who is also a Chief in the Tarakiri Council of Chiefs, congratulated him and charged him to keep the existing peace in Tarakiri Kingdom.

“We have just witnessed the formal coronation of the Pere of Tarakiri Kingdom. A very peaceful coronation having gone through the constitutional requirements of becoming the Pere of Tarakiri.

Let me on behalf of the Government of Bayelsa State, the Prosperity Government, the traditional Rulers Council, here with us, the Chairman, King of Ekpetiama, Bubaraye Dakolo and all other Royal Highnesses, Majesties and the people of Bayelsa State, say, congratulations to our latest and new addition to the Traditional Rulers Council of Bayelsa State.

“My charge to you is that you have to work to keep the existing peace in Tarakiri Kingdom. My charge to you is that you continue to work with the Traditional Rulers Council of Bayelsa State ably led by Bubaraye Dakolo, King of Ekpetiama Kingdom and that you will bring your knowledge, your wisdom into that Council and that Council will also benefit from your wealth of experience, “Governor Diri said.

On the occasion, the Governor also presented the Staff of Office to the King.

In attendance were, Senator Konbowei Friday Benson, Senator representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Hon. Fred Agbedi, member representing Sagbama-Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Hon. Mrs Marie Ebikake, member representing Brass/Nembe Federal Constituency, Hon. Oboku Oforji, member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency, Hon. Michael Ogbere, Deputy Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Chief, Thompson Amule,Hon. Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, members of the state House of Assembly, other members of the state executive council, HRM, King Bubaraye Dakolo, Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom and Chairman, Bayelsa State council of traditional rulers and other top government officials.

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Rescued 3 Sao Tome and Principe Fishermen: Gov. Diri Thanks Bayelsa Rescuers, NIMASA

…hands them over to Sao Tome and Principe Head of Mission to Nigeria

“First, I got the news of the rescue of these fishermen informally, before I now tried to use a formal government system and the security to confirm that we had two citizens of Sao Tome and Principe, who were rescued by some Bayelsa fishermen in Okpoma in Brass Local Government of the State, while one was rescued by the NIMASA.

And so, I directed that the three of them be brought to Yenagoa, so that they can undergo health checks and probably contact the Sao Tome and Principe Government.

Fortunately, the Sao Tome and Principe Government’s Head of Missions in their Embassy here in Nigeria made contacts with the Government of Bayelsa State, and he informed us that he was coming down to Yenagoa to receive the rescued fishermen.

When they were found by our fishermen who had gone in search for one of their own who also went missing, there was a language barrier, because they speak Portuguese and we speak English, but they were quick to know that these ones were lost, and so they brought them safely to Bayelsa State, precisely at Okpoma, and handed them over to the security.

And today, we have their Head of Mission who is here to ensure that they are safe, and they are returned to their country.

I am really very proud of our fishermen who have exhibited their Ijawness, because the Ijaw man is very welcoming, accommodating, and is one who loves humanity.

I thank them, and I also use this medium to thank the NIMASA also for the one they rescued and brought to us.

Let me use this medium to appreciate the Government of Sao Tome and Principe for going after their citizens who went missing in the Atlantic Ocean for over one week trying to find their way, and the Gulf of Guinea drifted them to the Nigerian boundary.

And so Nigeria formally through the Government of Bayelsa State is handing over your citizens to you.

Thank you and God bless you.”

~ Sen. Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State, speaking, while officially handing over the three fishermen from San Tome and Principe that were rescued in Bayelsa State, to the Head of Missions of Sao Tome and Principe in Nigeria, Pires Dos Santos Aguiar and his entourage, at the Governor’s Office, Government House, Yenagoa.

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Stop Seeing Politics As Dirty, Gov Diri Urges Christians – Reels Out Achievements Ahead Second Anniversary 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has advised Christians to actively participate in politics and stop seeing it as dirty if they want to positively impact on the society.

Governor Diri gave the advice while speaking at the end of a two-day programme of The Redeemed Christian Church of God tagged “Light Up Bayelsa Holy Ghost Rally” at the Oxbow Lake in Yenagoa on Wednesday evening.

The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, urged Christians not to be aloof to politics or remain unconcerned but rather join to influence decision-making for the good of the generality of the people. 

He said Nigeria was in dire  need of people that would salvage it from its many challenges, adding that the church should not be docile in the face of insecurity, corruption and other vices threatening the country.

The governor stated that under his administration, peace had come to stay in the state and that the days when people resort to violence to settle differences were over.

Speaking about his achievements, Diri said within  two years in the saddle, his administration had changed the landscape through various projects from road infrastructure, educational and health structures to lighting up of the major roads and building of a mega media complex among numerous other projects.

The Bayelsa helmsman, who expressed joy that the programme coincided with activities marking his second year in office, declared that his administration had adopted it as part of its anniversary celebrations.

He thanked the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for his continued support for his administration.

He said: “You are a good father. So, after consultation, we decided to give you the name “Ebidaowei of Bayelsa,” meaning the  good father of Bayelsa.

“Our story as a government in Bayelsa will be better told by you, Daddy G.O. When we were told that you were coming to start the year with us, we opened our arms to welcome you.

“This government will be two years old on February 14. You have been a part of us, supported us, prayed with us and prayed for us. You have continued to support us by coming to begin the year with us.

“As part of our second anniversary celebration, we have adopted this programme. Bayelsa has been lighted up. Bayelsa will not go back to Egypt. 

“As your government, we came in 2020 at the time of COVID-19. In 2021, we had some respite and effectively governance commenced. 

“Within this short period, our scorecard is on the streets. We have constructed roads. There are between 15 and 20 concrete roads constructed in Yenagoa. We are taking on a big ticket road project from the Ecumenical Center at Igbogene to Tombia roundabout and later to Government House. We are taking on the Yenagoa to Oporoma road, and by February 14, we will drive from Yenagoa to Angiama. 

“We are taking on the other senatorial road from Sagbama to Ekeremor in Bayelsa West. Our desire is that by February, we will drive on tarred road to Aleibiri. Before our government completes its first four years, we will drive on tarred road to Ekereomor.

“We have taken one of our signature projects, because we see the media as very important. We are building one of the biggest media complexes in Nigeria today and before February 14, it will be commissioned.

“In terms of sports and youth empowerment, your government has done so much that at the last sports festival, for the first time, Bayelsa came third in Nigeria. Bayelsa last year won the Federation Cup called AITEO Cup. 

“We have continued to light up Yenagoa city. Our streets will no longer be in darkness.

“Your government is also very concerned about the other senatorial road in Bayelsa East Senatorial District, which has been on the drawing board for decades. That is the road from Nembe to Brass. We have resolved that since it is a Federal Government road, if nothing is done this year, your government will start its construction. 

“Also, we are poised to commission the Nembe Unity Bridge by February 14. The collapsed Elebele bridge, started and completed by your government, will be commissioned also on February 14.”

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