Abuja—The Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial district and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson has presented an educational support grant to students of Bayelsa origin who are currently in the 2021/22 session of the Nigerian Law School.
Beneficiaries of the scheme are to receive N100,000 each.
Dickson who made this known in a post on his official Facebook page, revealed that he has also approved the sum of N870,000 educational support grants for Miss. Emmanuel Ebilaere Favour, a Bayelsan student studying in Zanakuro Iscom University, Benin Republic.
The grant according to him has already been paid directly to the school account.
He averred that throughout his public career, he has left no one in doubt about the primacy of position he attaches to the issue of education, building educational institutions, infrastructure, policies and the development of human capital in general.
“This was why as governor I awarded unprecedented number of scholarships, both local and foreign even in a recession.
“Now in my present capacity as senator, I have continued to use the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation (HSDF) to support Education, scholarships, sports and human capital development in which ever little way I can.
“We have kick-started this today as the first batch and some others will follow. I congratulate the awardees and urge them to accept this as a token of my appreciation for their efforts and to encourage them to do more in their educational pursuits.
“As someone who has always been passionate about education, I deliberately extended this batch of beneficiaries beyond my Senatorial District in the same way I extended scholarships and other opportunities as governor to all Ijaws outside Bayelsa,” the post reads in part.
The former Governor revealed that his constituency office and officials will follow up on the Post Graduate Educational Support Program for PhD and masters students.
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While stating that some beneficiaries have already been contacted and others noted, he urged those who are qualified and intend to participate to contact his constituency office through the following numbers: Tony Ogula 07066781356 and Barr. Bordillon Ogugubeni 08064283764.
Below is the list of current beneficiaries:
1. Amangala M. Joshua
2. Amiekumo Oyeinkule Priscilla
3. Tarilayefa Ogidi
4. Tarinabo-Debi Ebinyo Toyin
5. Timipre Obiene Barigha
6. Maccarthy Izibetoyin
7. Tiebogiren E. Possibility
8. Ebiegberi Zidafamor
9. Ebisuobo Rufus Thankgod
10. Oborie Ephraim Hope
11. Okoko Nathaniel
12. Gigi Benjamin Marcell
13. Azibaolanari Obana
14. Dumbo Desmond Mutu
15. Solomon Samson
16. Hillary Okorotie
17. Nanapere Prudence Tamarapreye
18. Agadaga Donald
19. Favour Onoriode
20. Sam Jonah Godstime
21. Ebitimi Ebidoughebofa Kingsley
22. Lokoson Veronica Ebiwari
23. Amakiri Yibamiemunu
24. Youpele woringidiepreye Sophia
25. Kenigua Pere-ere princess
26. Okpotolomo Ebiowei
27. Victoria Pree ifidi
28. Samuel Abila
29. Akuna Powedei
30. Winston Mercy Ayebatari
31. Bekeowei Tamaradie
32. Ezekiel Ikionana Ellen
33. Onungo Princess Ibiwari
34. Emily Robert Ayalla
35. Peres Mitiya
36. Abowei Annex Bernard
37. Timibra Jonah Wilson
38. Okoko Joy Perefinere
39. Otuogha Gesiye
40. Charles Onyema Chukwuma
41. Jim Ogbo Queen Mienenimebebi
42. Ekanem Tarinabo Helen
43. Happy John Honour
44. Nat- Beregha Hope
45. Ogidi Tarilayefa Ben
46. Arisou Enebikedou
47. Gift Keriebo
48. Afentu Oyindeinyefa Duke
49. Ebiere Theresa
50. Iyudu Usivwi Keren
51. Ukieh Gift Ikioha
52. Beregha Esinfa Temple
53. Abidde Theophany James
54. Dagana W Faith
55. James E Allagoa
56. Kainti Ebiladou Tabitha
57. Anthony P Deborah
58. Genesis Toboulayefa Vivian
59. Igbadiwei Macdonald Ebimoboere
60. Puromeiziba Ipigansi
61. Ebiason Ayebainagbo Annabel
62. Janet T Abiri
63. Ken Austine Izibenifien
64. Ebikeniye Sandra
65. Smith Livinus-Agala
66. Friday Kuroyifa Wisdom
67. Esegi Maureen Izibevie
68. Oyinkepreye Louis
69. Tom Ebibo Ayawari
70. Soroghaye Rebecca
71. Uyabara A Boneghen
72. Daniel Doubra Esther
73. Edevie Delia Afinavie
74. Igbelekumo Emilia Preye
75. Debbie Laye Andrew
76. Primrose Epiekiri
77. Buruboyefe Ukiye simeon
78. Vic-Sandra George
79. John Prosper Obokparo
80. Akamu Oyakemeagbegha Roland
81. Jimmy James Calmday
82. Appam blessing tamarakuro
83. Bestman Queen
84. Ebitimi Osain
85. Olali, Karinate Deborah
86. Frank Naniye Okpara
87. Ogbosain Apeikumo Poweide
88. Akoukiri Rita Douyerinlayefa
89. Igwela, Samuel Obiosa
90. Igodo, Ebiowei Frank Geofrey
Four suspected internet fraudsters die of alleged drug overdose in Bayelsa
Yenagoa—Four suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo boys were on Friday confirmed dead after purportedly overdosing on illicit drugs in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, NaijaLiveTV reports.
The incident took place in an apartment along Nasco Egei road in Biogbolo community, Yenagoa happened at about 12am on Friday.
It was gathered that they lost their lives after they took the illicit drugs in celebration of a mysterious financial breakthrough by one of them.
The deceased boys are identified as Favour Ekezie, 19yrs, Favour Okorie, 18yrs, Mr.Waripamo Bestman Ejele, 25yrs and Richie Mike Prezi, 21yrs.
One Melvin, who claimed to be a friend to one of the deceased boys, Favour who hails from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state declared that they’ve been trying to secure the release of his corpse.
“We believe that they were poisoned.”. But he could not explain who and how they were poisoned.
“We are here at Ekeki Police Station in company of Favour’s father to secure the release of the corpse for burial. But it is proving difficult after swearing to an Affidavit.
“We gathered that they eat a food they ordered which was delivered by a logistics motorbike and they died. One of them who was in the toilet however survived because he did not eat from the meal,” he said.
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Another friend of the deceased boys, who pleaded anonymity, claimed that “the deceased were much awake when we forced the security man to open the gate to their residence.
“Nelson (one of the deceased) was sitting on the chair but his head was on the ground with his vomit. Richie (another deceased) has his computer in his hand and showed he was struggling. It clearly showed that they were poisoned.”
They also dismissed claims that they died from inhaling generator fume.
Contacted on the development, the State Commissioner of Police, Benjamin Okolo, who confirmed the death of the four youths attributed it to drug overdose,
“They died of a drug overdose. It is quite unfortunate that they administered the drug themselves. They were five and the one that survived told us that they took two pills each and that he took one. This was why they died, ”Okolo revealed.
The Police boss, however, assured newsmen that if the friends and family of the deceased insisted that the four boys were poisoned,” the police will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.”
Oil-producing states get N625bn in two years, says Garba Shehu
Abuja—The Presidency on Friday revealed that nine oil-producing states received N625.43bn 13 percent oil derivation, subsidy, and SURE-P refunds from the Federation Account in two years, Punch reports.
“The states that received the refunds dating from 1999 to 2021 are Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers,” a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, read on Friday.
The statement is titled ‘Oil derivation, subsidy and Sure-P refunds: Nine oil producing states receive N625.43 billion in two years; N1.1trn still outstanding.’
The Presidency also noted that the Buhari-led regime will continue to render equal service to all the states regardless of affiliation, and “an acknowledgment of this by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the others is not out of place.”
Citing data obtained from the Federation Account Department, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, it said a total of N477.2bn was released to the nine states as the refund of the 13 percent derivation fund on withdrawal from Excess Crude Account without deducting derivation from 2004 to 2019, leaving an outstanding balance of N287.04bn.
The States also got N64.8bn as a refund of the 13 per cent derivation fund on deductions made by NNPC without payment of derivation to Oil Producing States from 1999 to December.
According to Shehu, the benefitting States still have an outstanding balance of N860.59bn windfall from the refunds, which was approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
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From the figures, under the 13 per cent derivation fund on withdrawal from ECA without deducting derivation from 2004 to 2019, Abia State received N4.8bn with outstanding sum of N2.8bn, Akwa-Ibom received N128bn with outstanding sum of N77bn, Bayelsa with N92.2bn, leaving an outstanding of N55bn.
Cross River got a refund of N1.3bn with a balance N792m, Delta State received N110bn, leaving a balance of N66.2bn, Edo State received N11.3bn with a balance of N6.8bn, Imo State, N5.5bn, with an outstanding sum of N3.3bn, Ondo State, N19.4bn with an outstanding sum of N11.7bn while Rivers State was paid 103.6bn, with an outstanding balance of N62.3bn.
The states were paid eight installments between October 2, 2021, and January 11, 2022, while the ninth to 12th installments are still outstanding.
On the 13 per cent derivation fund on deductions made by NNPC without payment of derivation, the nine oil-producing states were paid in three instalments this year, with the remaining 17 instalments outstanding.
Under this category, Abia State received N1.1bn, Akwa-Ibom, N15bn, Bayelsa, N11.6bn, Cross River, N432m, Delta State, N14.8bn, Edo State, N2.2bn, Imo State, N2.9bn, Ondo State, N3.7bn, and Rivers State, N12.8bn.
Meanwhile, the benefitting States shared N9.2bn in three installments in April, August, and November 2022 as refunds on the 13 per cent derivation exchange rate differential on withdrawal from the ECA.
The three largest benefitting States were Akwa Ibom (N1.6bn), Delta State (N1.4bn), and Rivers State (N1.32bn).
Similarly, all nine states received N4.7bn each, totaling N42.34bn as refunds on withdrawals for subsidy and SURE-P from 2009 to 2015. The refund for all the states and local government councils was paid on November 10, 2022.
The Federation Account also paid N3.52bn each as a refund to local government councils on withdrawals for subsidy and SURE-P from 2009 to 2015 on the same date in November.
“President Buhari considers it a matter of honour and decency that debts owed to states or anyone for that matter be repaid, and in time without regard to their partisan political affiliations.
“The President will continue to render equal service to all the states of the federation and an acknowledgment of this by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the others is not out of place,” Shehu said.
Court sentences A’Ibom guber candidate, Bassey Albert to 42 years in prison
Uyo—The governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bassey Albert, has been sentenced to 42 years in prison for corruption.
Premium Times reports that Justice Agatha Anulika Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced Albert who was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
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He has been taken to Ikot Ekpene prison, Akwa Ibom State, to serve his prison term.
Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North East District, was accused of receiving bribes for 12 cars worth N254 million from an oil marketer, Olajidee Omokore, during his (Albert’s) tenure (2010 – 2014) as commissioner for finance in Akwa Ibom State.
The convicted senator was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, the ruling party in the state before he defected months ago to the YPP, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.
He was a major challenger to the PDP candidate, Umo Eno, in next year’s governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.