As part of measures to improve the educational system in public schools, the Bayelsa State Government has constituted a committee to collate data of civil servants whose degree qualifications are relevant to the teaching profession for the purpose of training and redeployment to primary and secondary schools.
The massive investment of the Bayelsa State Government in Education has continued to produce great fruits as the state on Thursday emerged overall third best in the latest National Examinations Council (NECO) results.
According to the Registrar and Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, who announced the release of the results in Minna, Niger State, said Bayelsa came third with 84.52 percent behind Edo 84.61 percent and Ekiti 85 percent.
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, yesterday, announced the formal disengagement of the Secretary to the State Government, HRH Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, to enable him return to his private legal practice.
Governor Dickson, who announced this at the end of the 79th session of the State Executive Council meeting, explained that the decision to release Chief Dokubo-Spiff was a mutual agreement between the two of them, to enable the legal luminary devote time to his legal profession as well as manage the affairs of his native community, where he is the paramount ruler.
The new law will provide the needed framework for the protection of facilities and pupils in the various government boarding schools across the state.
Dickson stated this on Monday during a live media chat with some select journalists inside the Government House, Yenagoa.
According to him the situation is not peculiar to Bayelsa alone as so many states are also finding it difficult to muster the courage to hold elections at that level of government.
He explained that conducting local council elections are very expensive as it cost billions of naira but assured that if the revenue of the state improves the polls will be held before the end of next year.
Describing the projects and programmes in the sector as unprecedented, Governor Dickson also assured that, a number of health facilities would be completed and put to use by next year.
He said some of such projects include, the 500-bed Melford Okilo Memorial Hospital, referral hospitals in Sagbama and Ekeremor local government areas, which when completed, would complement his administration's efforts at meeting the healthcare needs of the people.
He has also underscored the need for the IYC to partner with their respective state governments, in enthroning peace and stability in the Ijaw nation, rather than politicize its activities.
Governor Dickson gave the charge, when the leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Central Zone, led by its Chairman, Barr. Tare Porri paid him a courtesy call in Government House, Yenagoa.
The State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd), made the assertion during the transparency media briefing for the month of July, 2017, in Government House, Yenagoa.
According to him, the balance from the federation account in July, including receipts of funds from other sources came up to N10 billion, out of which, N7.4 billion was spent on capital payments while recurrent payments gulped N2.2 billion.
The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has applauded the leadership of the state-owned Niger Delta University, NDU on its achievements, including securing full accreditation for 10 of its academic programmes, following the release of N200 million by the state government for the purpose.
Governor Dickson stated this when the Acting Vice Chancellor of the NDU, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo presented the 2017 May/June National University Commission, NUC, Accreditation report at the Executive Council Chambers of Goverment House, Yenagoa.
Dickson in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson expressed delight that, the annual festival again brought together sons and daughters of the ancient kingdom to show to the world the unity that exists among them as a people.
The governor, who regretted his unavoidable absence at the annual festival, said as someone, who is proudly, partly of that land, it would have been a thing of joy to be part of the event, but added that, he looks forward to next year's fiesta.