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Shun internet fraud, ritual killing, learn digital skills, Bayelsa-born hype man advises youths



Yenagoa—Renowned Yenagoa-based hype man, Inebiri Theophilus Bubaralayefa, professionally known as Zephyr has admonished youths to shun internet fraud popularly called “Yahoo Yahoo” as well as ritual killing.

He rather advised them to embrace digital skills to earn an honest living.

Zephyr who made this known in a chat with our reporter stated that good and bad things are bound to happen, but it is left for people to choose which to believe.

“It’s a crazy world we live in. The internet will feed you with stories you’ll find hard to believe which is which. Things are bound to happen, good and bad things that we can’t stop but can minimize as people that want a better society.

“I’m totally against cybercrime and ritual killings and I always tell people how I make my money and how I don’t need anyone to tell me how to use it. Same thing with young people that make their money through the internet.

“There are a thousand and one legit ways to make money using laptops and phones. I know young people that trade cryptocurrencies, NFT, stocks and bonds, create websites, antivirus and programmes that generate millions for them,” he said.

He opined that most youths make money through forex but “we leave in a society where whatever you do using your phone and laptop is classified as Yahoo Yahoo.”

Zephyr, an official hype man at Club Bara nightclub, averred that “tech money is bigger than agric money, politics money and sports money. And tech money is the new blood money.

He advised youths to take the learning of digital skills seriously, adding that aside from earning big, technology rules the world.

In his words: “Get Involved in technology it’s the future. Digital skills are what every youth needs right now. So you can work from home.

“The world is a global village and technology is ruling but also what talent can do for you can never be overemphasized.

“Search yourself and develop that talent, it will pay big. And in doing that please get a certificate.

“You don’t have to go through the four walls of a university if you don’t want to; you can take online courses and expand your reach say with six-month professional courses or so.

“You can save money in dollars, not in naira and.

He advised youths to believe in God in their life pursuits and always show love to others.

“Be a giver and stay out of crime. The law will definitely catch up with you if you don’t stay clean,” he added.


Establish drug rehab centers across Bayelsa, media expert tells Diri, laments prevalence of drug abuse among youths




Abuja—A media expert, Mr. Sam Dogitimi has called on the Senator Douye Diri-led Bayelsa state government to set up a rehabilitation center for drug addicts in each of the eight Local Government Areas in the state to drastically reduce the impact of hard drugs on youths.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Sam lamented the prevalence of illicit substance abuse in the state, insisting that the ugly trend can be minimized if and only when people begin to see it as a societal problem.

Narrating his struggles with smoking and binge drinking in the past, the publisher of expressed that he may have forayed into substance taking if not for God’s intervention in his life.

The Abuja-based media entrepreneur observed that nowadays girls have become bigger drug users than their male counterparts, urging people to speak up against the menace.

He equally called out those dealing in the sale of hard drugs and advised them to stop the illegal business, saying they cannot be destroying lives to make money.

The post reads in part: “I told myself I won’t smoke or drink again in my life. But two weeks after leaving the town, I was inside the club, drinking spirits and smoking cigarettes.

“It took me another year to stop cigarettes. Who knows if I would have graduated into taking cocaine, heroin, etcetera if God had not rescued me from the habit?

“So many people have gone mad smoking weed, skunk, cocaine, and other hard substances. So many people spend all their income and investments to satisfy the urge.

“So many fine boys and fine girls are now looking funny due to excessive intake of hard substances.

“I think the state government needs to provide, equip and fund rehabilitation centers across the eight LGAs, particularly in the council headquarters.

“Perhaps we should also start talking to our loved ones who can’t control their urge any longer for their own interest and ours too, as their addiction also affects us, directly and indirectly. I am pleading for us to do whatever we can to help reduce the negative trend in our communities.

“It appears some young girls are now doing drugs more than even their male counterparts and this disturbs me a lot. Let us not be quiet and allow our future mothers, fathers, and leaders to destroy themselves.

“It is my plea that, in doing the above, we must also commit to not condemn any drug user as most of the substances are highly addictive and it is beyond them to stop, hence the call for rehabs that will do their work perfectly.”

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Sylva, Seibarugu, Degi, others hail Paga at 50




Abuja—The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva on Saturday poured encomiums on Mr. Paga Anagha, a close domestic aide, on his 50th birthday anniversary.

Sylva who was represented at the event by the Senator representing Bayelsa East, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, applauded Paga’s cardinal virtues of patience, utility and honesty.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Julius Bokoru, the Minister while congratulating the celebrant and his family averred that “there is quality in Paga’s 50 years and I am very happy to be here.

“Sylva appreciates you, he is happy with you, he is proud of you, you are indispensable. God will continue to show you His love, peace, fulfilment and longevity.”

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On her part, wife of the Minister and former First Lady of Bayelsa State, Alanyingi Sylva, described the celebrant as a loving brother from another mother.

“My marriage is what it is today thanks to Paga.  He is an integral part of my home, he is a blessing to me and I want to thank him for this,” she said.

Former acting Governor, deputy Governor and Speaker of the Bayelsa State House ofAsse, Rt. Hon. werinipre Davidson Seibarugu, represented by Hon. Joe Alakere described Paga as a dependable brother who is always a stickler for excellence and orderliness.

Guests at the event were thrilled to serenading songs from Singing Bird Agala and Diteh. Popular entertainer, Senibo and Kalai-tam Hamilton anchored the event as MCs while Pastor Ogo Uzodike, SA protocol to the Minister closed the event with a toast.

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You can’t claim paternity of a child you abandoned, lady tells Ijaw men




Brass—A businesswoman, Ms. Doris Dibite has condemned the attitude of some men who jettison their role as fathers in the lives of their children.

Doris who hails from Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State insisted that some Ijaw men after impregnating a lady, abandon her to cater for the child alone.

In an interview with our reporter, Doris revealed that she was a victim of such circumstances as a child and questioned why some men would want to claim the paternity of a child they abandoned.

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“It is sad that a man will impregnate a woman and abandon her with the child.

“After the woman suffers for years with the child and the child becomes rich or is about to get married the father will now come to claim the child.

“How can you claim a child that you didn’t contribute anything towards her upbringing,” she asked.

Doris suggested that “we should adopt the tradition of the Igbos whereby if a man abandons a child with the mother and the mother gets married to another man, the stepdad automatically becomes the father of the child.

“The child will bear his name and not your name or if the woman doesn’t want to get married, the child will answer her father’s name.”

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