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Waripamowei Dudafa and his band of detractors



I have read with great sense of awe and pity for the promoters of recent propagandas against Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa a onetime Special Assistant to Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. These media attacks against Dr. Dudafa has been promoted and piloted by no other person or persons than the incumbent governor of Bayelsa state and his media goons.

Before I go on, it is imperative that I quote the Bayelsa state governor on the said Dr. Dudafa who they have found worthy of maligning. This statement was made on the day of the occasion of conferment of Doctor of Phillosophy Degree on the former Commissioner for Chieftaincy and local government affairs in Bayelsa state. Hear the governor-“Dr. Dudafa in his relatively young life has served Bayelsa State with distinction and consummate industry in every capacity in which his worthy endowments had been required at both the legislative and executive arms of governance… it is important that he is not losing sight of self-improvement, despite his commitment to serve Bayelsa State and Nigeria”

After reading and rereading this statement by the governor, I was forced to posit that politics is really a funny game which is hinged on opportunism if not how can one explain the fact that the same man who made the above comment can suddenly discover that the man whom he was praise singing has suddenly lost all the attributes that was ascribed to him.

The truth is that Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa has not lost the said attributes rather it is the media goons of the state governor that have lost touch with rationality and reality on ground. Dudafa still represents the positive side of Bayelsa state and sill command high regard and respect in the state especially amongst his followers. His love for the progress of the state and commitment to the people has not been an issue for question. It is rather unfortunate that politics can make a rational mind lose his or her sense of rationality but we cannot belittle ourselves always all in the name of politics.

The Bayelsa gubernatorial election is by the corner and all political jobbers have been mobilized by all the stakeholders in the political firmament of the state but it is imperative that we understand that decorum in politics is a virtue that must be kept. Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa has as a matter of decency kept his cool despite all the attacks but such should not be taken as weakness. He has made his position clear as a responsible citizen of the state by distancing himself from the governor’s reelection bid. This he did base on principle and no matter the psychological pressure on him by equating his principled stance with disloyalty for his former boss whom he has the utmost regard for will hold water.

The developmental needs of Bayelsa are huge and enormous. Instead of looking at how to tackle these pressing needs in the state, the state government has been on a wild goose chase against perceived political enemies. This chase has in all sphere belittled his administration in the eyes of the public.

That the former President and his amiable wife are supporting his reelection bid is understandable especially from party perspective but from another perspective especially from a private citizen like Dr. Dudafa, his position on the governor should be respected also. His principled stance cannot be wished away especially considering the level of acrimony against him by the underperforming governor.

As I round up this piece I must stress once again that Dr. Dudafa remains a respected man in the state and in the country at large. His contributions to the state and the country cannot be wished away by mere propaganda. It will take more than the propagandas of the renowned Josef Goebbles and other notable propagandists in this world to achieve such.

As Special Assistant to the former President, the experience he brought to bear in the running of the office was nothing short of efficiency and effectiveness encapsulated in sagacious management of the affairs of his office. This is evidenced in the words of President Jonathan on the said day he was conferred with the Doctorate degree by the University of Port Harcourt.

Hear him “It is my hope that your acquisition of a doctoral degree will not only inspire you to loftier aspirations but also further enhance your capacity to continue to render worthy service to our dear nation, especially at this point when the country is in dire need of the re-commitment of men and women of good will to our national transformation efforts.”

With the word of a great leader like this on Dr. Dudafa, I wonder what his detractors will say to counter this position.



By Messiah Nwokoma

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My son’s death a test from God – Heartbroken Gov. Sule



Heartbroken Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Friday said the death of his son, Hassan, is a test from God.

Hassan, 36, died on Thursday after a brief illness.

He spoke while receiving condolences at the palace of his father, the Sarkin Gudi, Alhaji Sule Bawa, in Akwanga LGA.

Sule said he was the one consoling somebody who lost his nine children and 70 cows the previous day and that today God decided to test him, to see whether he was sincere in consoling that bereaved father.

“This is my time to be tested. I see this as a test from God. I was the person consoling somebody that lost his 9 children and 70 cows yesterday, and today God decided to test me, to see whether I was sincere in consoling that bereaved father,” he said in a report by The Punch.

According to him, his son grew up carrying all his siblings along, saying that it was only God that has the power to take him away.

Sule added that his son was the one taking decisions on their businesses, saying that he was always on hand to advice him on what next to do, as his schedule would not allow him to run any business.

The governor insisted that God took him away to test hi resilience and faith.

“God didn’t seek my advice when he gave Hassan to me and he will not seek my advice when he takes him away,” he said.

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Senate summons Kyari, CEO NNPCL over N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo



The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mr. Mele Kyari, over a N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.
The pipeline surveillance contract was awarded by the Federal Government to Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a private maritime security firm founded by Government Ekpemupolo, an erstwhile Commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) also known as Tompolo.

The Tompolo-owned firm was expected to protect all the oil pipelines criss-crossing nearly all the states in the Niger Delta in collaboration with other major stakeholders in the oil bearing communities in the region.
Specifically, Tompolo is expected to carry out the N4 billion per month contract that covers Delta, Ondo, Imo, Rivers and some parts of Bayelsa State in collaboration with major tribes along the communities that host the oil pipelines.

However the Isoko Ethnic Nationality has petitioned the Senate alleging that their young men were not being carried along in the multi-billion naira project.

The Isoko people under the auspices of Interested Isoko Youth Groups, through a petition sent to the Senate on their behalf by Stanley Okonmah, said they were completely marginalised in the contract award.
The lsoko Ethnic Nationality requested the Senate to probe the award of the contract and prevail on the NNPCL’s management to award a fresh contract to a company owned by an Isoko person.

Specifically, the people urged the Senate to look into the matter and urged the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to correct the anomaly.

They want the NNPCL to award the pipeline surveillance contract to a company to be chosen by stakeholders of Isoko nation.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP – Ondo Central), at a session in Abuja, said the GCEO of the NNPCL was being summoned to the Senate for him to come and assure the Isoko people that the agency would do the needful to avoid economic sabotage by the aggrieved youths of the area.
He said, “The GCEO of the NNPCL is hereby summoned by the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions (to appear before this committee) on January 25.

“We want him to come and assure Nigerians that he would do the needful to calm down the youths so that they will not engage in pipeline vandalism.”

Earlier, the leadership of the Isoko youths told the panel that since oil was discovered in their land and pipelines installed there in 1958, till date, no case of vandalism had been recorded in the area.

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Confusion at Lagos Airport as Workers Embark On Strike…… Passengers Stranded!(Photos)



Several passengers were stranded this morning at the Murtala Mohammed International airport as airport workers began strike starting from midnight.

passengers were spotted all around with airlines having little information on the way forward.

for instance, virgin Atlantic passengers that were due for London trip this morning were helpless as many had to reschedule their flights and many left loitering around

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