Category: Youth Empowerment

Gov Diri Cautions Beneficiaries Against Selling Starter Packs 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has advised graduates of technical colleges in the state not to sell starter packs provided by the state government in order for them to become self-reliant entrepreneurs.

Governor Diri gave the advice on Tuesday in Yenagoa during the presentation of business start-up items to 400 graduates of the state-owned technical colleges.

He also directed the Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emelah, to monitor the beneficiaries in order to achieve the goals for which the science and technical colleges were set up.

The governor described the graduates as torch bearers of his Prosperity Administration, who would form the critical mass of skilled manpower in the state and take charge of the local economy.

He said: “As we are giving out these starter packs, please do not go and sell them. If you sell them, you will be selling the seed that has been planted in your life. You are expected to nurture that seed and watch it grow up and bear fruits. It is the fruits you will harvest.”

The governor expressed concern that indigenes of the state do not control the local economy, saying his administration was poised to change that narrative by equipping young Bayelsans with the necessary skills in various fields.

According to him, “there is a general shift from certification education across the world towards science and technical education. Such persons in the latter category are the ones that are becoming millionaires and billionaires. 

“You are the torch bearers of enterpreneurship in Bayelsa State. With the skills you have acquired, you are no longer going to seek for jobs. Rather than become employees, you are now going to be employers of labour.”

The state’s helmsman also urged the graduates to be the mouthpiece of the administration and defend its policies and programmes.

He said the government will complete and equip all the technical colleges in the state.

“We want to change that mindset of people depending on handouts from politicians. In the world today, most of those doing well are the young people. We want to see the young people of Bayelsa change our state for us. So, make a positive and good use of the starter packs.”

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emelah, said the starter packs consist of a complete set of tools to start out a business for each beneficiary in eleven different trade areas.

They are catering, plumbing, dress making, marine diesel/petrol mechanics, building technology/draughtsman ship and electrical installations.

Others are computer/book keeping, welding and fabrication, hairdressing, motor vehicle mechanics and mechanical engineering.

Emelah said by meeting the objectives of the government’s position statement on the science and technology education policy, the government would have a continuously refreshed pool of skilled workforce ready to address challenges.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor 
December 22, 2021

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Gov Diri Tasks Youths On Self-reliance – Presents Starter Packs To 814 Skill Graduates As Govt Trains 317 Others

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has renewed his call on youths of the state to embrace skill acquisition programmes as a way to be self-reliant rather than depending on handouts from politicians.

Speaking in Yenagoa on Monday during the graduation ceremony of 814 students of the Diri Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Programme, the governor said the programme is in line with the prosperity agenda of his administration.

Also, on Monday, the Governor Diri flagged off the training and empowerment of 317 others under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scheme.

He stressed that true progress comes from hard work. 

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as restating the desire of his administration to continually support similar empowerment programmes to improve the economic fortunes of youths and the state at large. 

The governor encouraged youths to shun acts of criminality and take advantage of government’s plans and programmes to give their lives a meaning. 

He expressed delight over the disposition of the graduates, who he said showed a determination to put their skills to use and promised to sustain the programme. 

The state helmsman expressed confidence that with the series of empowerment programmes of his administration, Bayelsans would soon start producing most of what the people of the state go out to buy. 

He commended the initiator of the scheme, Mrs. Charity Godwin, for changing the narrative about Constituency 4 in Southern Ijaw from being an area known for criminality to an entrepreneurial one. 

His words: “Indeed, today is one of my happiest days as I stand before women and boys graduating with skills. It is important that today you have skills and you will add value to yourselves and others around. This training will continue, and you will have to train others too. What Charity (Godwin) has done is flying with my vision.

“I like to call on the youths in Southern Ijaw, particularly Constituency 4, to shun all forms of criminality. Those who encourage you to do bad things do not love you. Those who love you are the ones giving you skills today and our government will continue to give you such opportunities.

“Do not go into ungodly business. Do things that will add value to yourself and your community. 

“I am happy with your spirit. I can see that you did not even wait for your starter packs before you began putting your skills to use. We will be monitoring you to see how you are developing with a view to supporting you.”

In a welcome address, the Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, Mr Federal Otokito, described the event as remarkable in the life of the administration, saying it is in line with the governor’s charge to end political praise singing and raise entrepreneurs.

He thanked Governor Diri for making the programme a reality, stressing that it would go a long way in bringing prosperity to Bayelsans. 

Delivering a programme overview, Director, Centre for Women Development, Southern Ijaw Constituency 4, Mrs. Charity Godwin, thanked the governor for giving her the opportunity to serve, saying she has been using her office to further his desire to ensure that youths and women become self-reliant.

She explained that the training lasted about one year and the students have learned various skills such as fashion design, catering, shoe making, soap making among others. 

Representatives of the beneficiaries, in their remarks, appreciated the Governor and Mrs. Godwin for the training, assuring that the skills acquired will be put to profitable use. 

Speaking during the flag-off of the SDGs skills training at the Banquet Hall in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Diri said without developing manpower, the infrastructure being developed would not make much impact on the populace as there would be no one to manage them.

He explained that the programme involved tripartite funding but that due to the importance of capacity building, his administration took the initiative to commence the training without financial contribution from the other two partners.

He urged the beneficiaries to see themselves as ambassadors of the prosperity government and effect change in their communities through the training. 

In his opening remarks, Senior Special Assistant and Focal Person on Sustainable Development Goals, Dr. Ebiwari Wariowei, said the training is in line with government’s emphasis on Bayelsans to work to earn a living.

According to him, the programme focuses on number one and eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere and to promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all” respectively.

He thanked the Governor for approving fund for the office to enable it commence the training.

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Gov. Diri Declares Open 3-day Training Programme For Local Government Councillors In Bayelsa State

“Today, we are all gathered here in one hall to rub minds together and to build a capacity of our Local Government Councils, so, it is on this note, I like to acknowledge the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy, who have been working assiduously to ensure that this programme comes to fruition. I like to also appreciate the Local Government Chairmen, their deputies and ALGON for ensuring that this programme actually comes to fruition.

I like to tag you as my colleagues, colleagues in the broad sense of legislative business, having been a legislator, legislative business at all tiers of Government are virtually the same. So, I like to invite you to be very calm and listen and make contributions when necessary. 

It is on this note that I hereby declare this 3-day training programme for Local Government Councils open.”

~Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State, speaking at the opening ceremony of a 3-day training programme for Local Government Councilor with the theme: “Building Capacity for Legislative Impact” which had in attendance, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Sunday Agadaga and his deputy, Peter Akpe, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy, Chief Thompson Amule, Member representing Kolokuma/Opokuma constituency 1, Hon.Tonye Isenah, some members of the State Executive Council and other top government functionaries, at the Dappa-Biriye Conference Hall, Golden Tulip, Onopa, Yenagoa.

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Gov. Diri Rewards Nine-year-old African Chess Champion, Deborah Quickpen With Scholarship, N4m

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has honoured nine-year-old Deborah Quickpen following her heroic performance at the recent Africa Youth Chess Championship in Accra, Ghana.

Miss Quickpen emerged champion in the Under-10 category after winning nine out of 10 games.

Governor Diri, who received the Bayelsa-born Chess prodigy inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House in Yenagoa, announced a scholarship to university level whether in Nigeria or overseas, a N4m cash gift as well as appointed her a Youth Ambassador.

Speaking during the reception, Governor Diri said: “On behalf of the government and the good people of Bayelsa State, I welcome you home and say a very big congratulations. You are a worthy daughter of this state. Having started on this beautiful note, your government will support you.

“I therefore appoint you an Ambassador of Bayelsa State youths. Your appointment is in academics. I hereby announce that your academics be followed up with the game you already know how to play. You have to attend a school whether in Nigeria or overseas where you can combine both academics and sports, particularly chess.

“For making personal sacrifice alongside your parents and coaches, I also announce a cash gift of four million naira.

“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate your parents for training you up well. Every giant begins from the home. Today, you are the giant in your age bracket in Africa.“

Governor Diri urged parents to follow the example of Mr and Mrs Quickpen to train up their children in the way they should go so that they will  become assets to the society, the state and country.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Daniel Igali, said three young Bayelsans represented Nigeria in three different categories at the championship, namely Deborah Quickpen, Treasure Ebiakpo and Shine Ekpore, who he said all made the state proud. 

Igali thanked the governor for the honour done her and other athletes in the state.

Miss Quickpen had also represented Bayelsa at the just concluded 6th National Youth Games at Ilorin, Kwara State, where she won three gold medals.

She is the youngest Nigerian and African to win the prestigious chess championship.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor 
November 3, 2021

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CAF Confederation Cup: Gov. Diri Motivates Victorious Bayelsa United With N14m

An elated Governor Douye Diri has doled out N14 million to the state-owned football club, Bayelsa United, for the victory over visiting AS Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea in the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The match played at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa saw the youthful Bayelsa team winning by four goals to two.

Before the game commenced, Governor Diri had promised to handsomely encourage the players if they emerged victorious. 

He said the team would get N10m for a win and N1m for any goal scored, a promise he redeemed immediately the game ended.

Senator Diri, who congratulated the club for the victory, urged the players not to allow it get into their heads but should rather spur them to more victories.

The governor, also on Sunday, presented a brand-new Coaster bus to the team.

He made the presentation to the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Dr. Daniel Igali, and the management of the club in Government House, Yenagoa, before the Confederation Cup game.

The governor had during the official reception in honour of the team after winning the 2021 AITEO Cup last month in Benin promised the players a bus.

Governor Diri said the state was proud of its teams for bringing glory to Bayelsa. 

His words: “We made this commitment to our two clubsides, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens. Today I’m happy that it is being fulfilled.

“Bayelsa United has done us proud by going continental. We hope and believe that by next year they will qualify for the professional league.

“So let me on behalf of the Prosperity Government hand over these keys to the Commissioner for Sports and the management of Bayelsa United.”

Speaking after receiving the keys, the Commissioner for Sports, Dr. Igali, said the sports family in the state was extremely delighted for fulfilling his earlier directive on the bus. 

Dr. Igali noted that with the kind gesture of the governor, the state would not only be known for sports but also for what it has done for its teams. 

The Sports Commissioner added that the official presentation of the Bayelsa Queens bus would be done soon.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor 
September 19, 2021

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Nigerian Idol Winner, Kingdom, Gets Bayelsa Govt Scholarship.

Winner of  Season Six of the recently concluded Nigerian Idol, Kingdom Kroseide, has been granted educational scholarship by the Bayelsa State Government.

Governor Douye Diri made the pronouncement on Friday when he received Kingdom and his team in Government House, Yenagoa. 

He said the government would henceforth bear the responsibility of the 24-year-old talented singer’s education at the Federal University, Otuoke, where he is a student and up to a Master degree level if he so desire.
The governor also appointed Kingdom as Youth Ambassador in the state.

Diri in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, advised youths of the state to put in their best in whatever they do in order to be successful in life.

His words: “In appreciation of the honour you have brought to the state, I hereby announce that you are on the scholarship of the Bayelsa State Government. As you finish your first degree and if you proceed for a Master degree, the scholarship would also cover your programme.

“You are also appointed as an ambassador of the youths of Bayelsa State.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on youths of Bayelsa State to see Mr. Timi Kingdom Kroseide as a role model; as one who out of hard work and the grace of God has brought honour to the state. I am sure that putting yourselves in legitimate careers, you would bring honour not only to yourselves but also to your state and country.”

While appreciating Kingdom for the honour done to the state, Diri advised him to strike a balance between his academics and his career, adding that with proper education and the grace of God, he would excel in his chosen career   even outside the shores of Nigeria.

He also advised Kingdom to continue to use his music to glorify God in order to move to greater heights.
The governor, who noted that Kingdom’s success story was that of all Nigerians, thanked the Nigerian Idol judges, the Nigerian Military School Old Boys Association and Nigerians for their different roles that led to the Bayelsa-born  contestant emerging as winner.

He also urged the relevant ministries and agencies to put modalities in place to establish a music school that would harness the musical talents that abound in the state.

Earlier, Kingdom Kroseide attributed his success to the grace of God and hard work.
He thanked the state government, Bayelsans and Nigerians for their support that enabled him win the contest.
In separate remarks, representative of the Amananaowei of Angalabiri Federated Community, Chief Peres Peretu, and Kingdom’s manager, Felix Kroseide, thanked the state government and everyone that supported and voted for him to win.

Chief Peretu appreciated Diri’s leadership style of uniting and galvanizing the support of the people to enable Bayelsans achieve great feats.

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Gov. Diri Rewards Victorious Female Handball Team

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Monday, received the state’s Under-18 female handball team after emerging champions at a recent national tournament in Lagos. 


Governor Diri, who addressed the team in Government House, Yenagoa, announced a cash reward of N3.5 million for being shining ambassadors of the state.


He described the team’s triumph as a miracle because of the odds against it and commended their determination to come back home with the trophy.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that the road to success was not always rosy as it takes sacrifice and hard work to overcome all obstacles.
Diri, who was full of praises for the athletes, expressed appreciation on behalf of the government and people of the state for making the state proud.


His words: “I’m aware that you struggled on your own, having faith in God to say you want to deliver this cup to the governor and people of Bayelsa State.


“I say a big thank you to all of you for your star performance and for believing in what we have been preaching. You are good examples of good students who listened to their teacher and had faith in the teacher to become what you want to be in life.


“You represented us very well in Lagos despite the financial challenges and inadequacies that you must have experienced. You still told yourselves that this cup must return to Bayelsa. That is the way to success, which is always very rough, narrow and mostly winding. For you to get access to a rose, you must experience thorns.” 
Diri charged them to brace up for the challenge ahead as they prepare to represent the country in a championship abroad.


He announced that the team’s preparation and trip to the tournament would be written off by the government while promising a handsome reward if they emerge victorious. 
Speaking earlier, head coach of the state’s handball team, Mr. Opuene Yekorogha, said they were proud to represent the state despite the initial hiccups of poor funding.


Mr. Yekorogha, who thanked Governor Diri for coming to the team’s aid financially, stressed that they were determined to do better with the backing of the state government. 
He stated that the continental championship in Sweden or Spain would be held in June this year.

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