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AZAIKI UNFOLDS NEW PROJECTS FOR YELGA/KOLGA, BAYELSA CENTRAL DISTRICT

*ASSURES FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIPS, MEDICAL CARE

BY ETETE ENIDENEZE

New constituency programmes are underway for Yenagoa-Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency and the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District. The programmes will be in the aspects of skills acquisition, education and health.

These were disclosed by Prof. Steve Sinikiem Azaiki, member representing Yenagoa-Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

He had last year promised to package more projects this year and beyond.

Prof. Azaiki who spoke in Yenagoa, at the ocassion of formal hand over of electricity generating sets to 39 primary health care centres in his constituency, said he was finalising talks with private and government donor agencies outside and within Nigeria, to carryout economic empowerment programmes in order to tackle poverty and step up the standard of living of his constituents.

Represented by Barr Francis Igodo, Prof. Azaiki also said that he would implement skills acquisitions programmes and free medical consultancy services for Yenagoa-Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency, and would extend same to Bayelsa Central Senatorial District.

He stated that good health and education were among the best indices to measure development, hence are among his areas of focus.

Meanwhile, Prof. Azaiki has promised to award postgraduate scholarships for First Class graduates, from his constituency, to study in Ukraine.

Prof. Azaiki has also announced 100 scholarships for his constituents who wish to study French, Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian languages at the Azaiki Institute of Science and Technology in Yenagoa to ease studying in those countries as well as easily get employed in today’s multicultural global economy.

He further announced that the Azaiki Foundation would pay membership fees for 200 students in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, to use the library in order to promote reading culture.

Earlier in a speech to kick off presentation of the electricity generating sets to the primary health care centres, Prof. Azaiki said it was part of programmes lined up in the health sector.

Azaiki in a speech read on his behalf by Bishop Montgomery Agbagidi, stated that the essence of donating the power generating sets was to boost health service delivery at the grassroots.

The lawmaker charged the health centres to make good use of the electricity generators, adding that more programmes would be executed in due course.

He thanked the Federal Government; the contractor that handled the project; State House of Assembly members, Bayelsa State Ministry of Health and paramount rulers of the benefiting communities for facilitating distribution of the power generators.

Prof. Azaiki disclosed that maternity homes in his constituency will also be given power generators to facilitate services to expectant mothers and babies, especially during immunization exercises.

Speaking at the handover ceremony as Royal Father of the Day, Chief Godwin Odumgba, described the donation as a worthy gesture, especially in view of the epileptic power supply in the state.

Similarly, chairman of the occasion, Fafi Prezeah, noted that the donation was part of the lawmaker’s campaign promises in the health sector, urging that other elected officers should emulate.

Also speaking, chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, Mr. Denye Ubarugu lauded Prof. Azaiki, for the number of programmes he has so far executed, and prayed God to grant him more opportunities to influence projects to the constituency.

The electricity generators were handed over to the heads of the health centres by Chief Lambert Ototo; Elder Israel Igbori and the other dignitaries present at the occasion.

GOD’S GRACE ON PASTOR IBIYEOMIE, WONDERFUL DEEDS AND BLESSINGS AT 5-DAYS OF GLORY

GOD’S GRACE ON PASTOR IBIYEOMIE, WONDERFUL DEEDS AND BLESSINGS AT 5-DAYS OF GLORY

The Revelation of David Ibiyeomie as anointed servant of God, bestowed with uncommon grace, was indeed, to fulfill a divine call to establish God’s Kingdom on Earth, so that mankind will be saved and blessed eternally. These have indeed been on for 20 years, and this year’s 5-days of Glory programme, even promises more showers of blessings.

Five years ago, I attended The Salvation Ministries Church at the Government Reserved Area (G.R.A) in Port Harcourt. On that day, the presiding pastor, Pastor David Ibiyeomie was at his best. He preached about sin and salvation and the need for mankind to restitute and receive salvation. Laced with the theme of prosperity, the Man of God was so audacious, just as the teachings were equally so convincing. Yet, I perceived him and the message on the contrary, as I rather reminicised on the negative stories that made the rounds about some pastors and Men of God, especially as were reported in the mass media and in the rumour mill.

Surprisingly however, as I returned home after the church service that fateful day, the unimaginable happened.  At night, the imagery of the church and the sermonic messages continued to reappear in my head. I could not sleep, nearly thought out that night. I was rather awake pensively replaying all  that Pastor Ibiyeomie preached at the service.

One aspect that cugeled my brain most, is the sin of arrogance and pride, an issue he kept hammering to the congregation. He did that with a spiritual force that never allowed him to mince words.

He stated that the spiritually proud person finds fault in the Saint, while a humble Christian spends most part of quite time at home to reflect on his or her conducts, and prays for deliverance from evil, instead of been busy criticising and judging other people.

Then the next Sunday, I attended the service again. On that day too,  his teaching, centred on the topic, “character”. He simply defined that character is who you are when no one is watching you. This apt definition took my mind back to the other Sunday’s lesson. And the admonishments even became more edifying to me.

Thereafter, I read one of his books:  Secrets of Generational Impact: Living Successfully to Change Your World. It opened my eyes the more. In that inspirational book,  the author, Pastor Ibiyeomie says, as a person, you must go to God in prayer and ask him where you belong in life. He further says that it is not in the hands of any mortal to predict for you. He continues, that God made us children of destiny, and He has  great plans for everyone. But that modern society and external circumstances can halt the expression of your God-given talents and other blessings.

But that, the ‘Secrets of Generational Impact’ provides the practical steps to focus on possibilities and opportunities, instead of limitations.

The book assures that God will  motivate and encourage us to go beyond the expected norm,  take risks for His glory and face new challenges with excitement. He figuratively admonishes that challenges will  serve as food for the champions who are ready to address them in righteous manner.

To every grace, he says, we must be humble because as he puts it, without humility, we cannot access divine grace. According to the author, grace empowers us to conduct ourselves appropriately in the world. And that when we want grace, we cannot walk in pride and arrogance.

Haven accessed the mighty works of Pastor David Ibiyeomie, I feel compelled to mention here that Nigeria has been so blessed to have Men of God who have done so much for our nation, much more than we can even imagine. For instance, the good deeds and miracles of Benson Idahosa of the Church of God Mission International are wonderful and spirit-lifting.

In another instance, I remember the first day I went to Royal House of Grace, which is now my church, I was surprised at the teachings and preachings of Apostle Zilly David Aggrey, a man without high educational qualifications. I concluded that he must be speaking for God and he is indeed anointed. Amazingly, Apostle Zilly Aggrey sees David Ibiyeomie as a mentor.

Like Apostle Aggrey,  many of us across the globe, also see David Ibiyeomie as a mentor and a father in Christ.

One of the things that make Ibiyeomie stand out, is his favourite teaching that the ultimate test of true religion is the audacity to go beyond the spiritual vilification of Satan. Indeed, religion must find a way to reconnect man to a larger beneficent purpose here on earth. If the will of God must be done “on Earth as it is in Heaven” then we must support the poor, speak up against injustice and oppression, and help build a better society.

Pastor David Ibiyeomie of the Salvation Ministries in Port Harcourt is doing a lot for mankind and in God’s vineyard. . Is it In his teachings (whether in church or in his over 80 books)? And through charity, as he for instance, recently built and donated a magnificent hostel to the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAEU), Port-Harcourt? In fact it is in all angles you can recall.

Ibiyeomies’s regular teachings on topics such as facing challenges squarely and cultivating positive attitude to life, faith in God’s healing power, the place of prayer and fasting in the Christian Faith, have continued to change many lives spiritually and physically.. And the testimonies abound.

Despite the value of miracles reaped daily by believers and the unbelievers because of God’s mercy, Pastor Ibiyeomie always reminds mankind of the importance of hard work, personal responsibility, and the need to aim for a larger social good of society.

Crucially, Pastor Ibiyeomie recognizes that there is no sermon greater than the power of personal examples. This is why in the past 20 years, Pastor Ibiyeomie and the Salvation Ministries, have spent billions of Naira in humanitarian relief efforts. They have built free schools for the dowthroden children, and granted scholarships to thousands of students within Nigeria and abroad.

In a morally depraved world, dominated also by leaders blinded by the cataract of corruption, Salvation Ministries, have come to the rescue by giving succor to millions of people through healing, deliverance, hope as well as spiritual and material fortitude.

As the church holds its flagship programme, the “5 Nights of Glory 2020”, on the 20-24th of January, 2020, may the good Lord who has mandated Pastor Ibiyeomie to serve Him and mankind, again manifest His greatness and mercy by doing wonders to the congregation and others, through the anointed servant. May God’s healing power and righteousness flow like a mighty stream. And so shall it be in Jesus name. Amen!

(Austine Tam-Geaorge is acknowledged). This article was inspired in church, by the sermon delivered by Pastor Dr. E. A Odeyemi of the Redeemed Christian Church Central parish , Abuja).

Malaysian High Commissioner visit Prof. Steve Azaiki

Malaysian High Commissioner visit Prof. Steve Azaiki, OON Member House of Representatives to hold business development meeting on palm oil production in Yenagoa the Bayelsa state capital.

Opportunities being created and to be unveiled soon as the Malaysian High Commissioner on Trade paid a courtesy call on the lawmaker to conclude a Job/wealth creation meeting with the Member House of Representative, Yenagoa, Kolokuma/ Federal constituency Prof. Steve Azaiki, OON.

High point of the meeting was to create investment opportunities in the Bayelsa State Agricultural sector,especially Palm oil. The Malaysian trade high Commissioner while speaking made it known that the Malaysian Govt is interested in investing in Agriculture especially Palm oil and Prof. Steve Azaiki, used the opportunity to present the Bayelsa state owned  palm oil plantation (Bayelsa Oil palm) as a veritable platform where the Malaysian govt can utilize and create jobs for our teaming unemployed youths in the state. The outcome of the meeting is so much with positive energy as the state will soon experience investors in that sector.

FRIENDS OF LATE DELE AGEKAMEH

FRIENDS OF LATE DELE AGEKAMEH

BURIAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”. Abraham Lincoln

The sad news of the passing away of our dear friend Mr.  Dele Agekameh on the 10th of October 2019, was a rude shock. Dele was a friend and a close associate to lot of people in different walks of life.

He was a consummate and award winning investigative journalist who distinguished himself in his chosen carrier. A prolific writer and columnist, his glittering career traversed several media houses from the Champion Newspapers, Tell and The Nation Newspapers until his demise. As a founding member of the National Think Tank and other numerous associations that Dele was a member of (see full list below). Dele meant many things to us as a friend, associate and professional colleague.

Dele’s final rites of passage as announced by the family will commence with the wake keep at his residence in Lagos. As friends of our beloved Dele, it is our duty to provide a shoulder for the family he left behind to lean on by encouraging them to be strong at this very difficult time. According to Chuck Palahniuk” We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will”.

Tributes and condolences should be via mail to planningcommitte2019@gmail.com  cash and other financial support should be paid to: Dele Agekameh. 0073422889 Access Bank Plc.

Please send your name and contact details if you wish to be part of the planning committee.

For further enquiries please contact the following numbers: Prof Azaiki- 08034632325 or Alex-08091788777

Thank you and God Bless.

Signed;
Hon. Professor Steve Azaiki (OON)
Member federal house of representatives,
National Assembly,
Abuja.

Chairman

DELE AGEKAMEH

CEO, QUICKLINK INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
PUBLISHER, THE CAPITOL INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
FORMER SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, TELL MAGAZINE (1991-2004)
VICE-CHAIRMAN, COMMONWEALTH JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION, CJA
SENIOR MEMBER, AFRICAN PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATIONS, APRA
MEMBER, NIGERIA GUILD OF EDITORS, NGE
ASSOCIATE, ADVERTISING PRACTITIONERS COUNCIL OF NIGERIA (APCON)
FELLOW, INSTITUTE OF STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT NIGERIA, ISMN,
FELLOW, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARKETING OF NIGERIA, NIMN
NATIONAL DIRECTOR, MEDIA/PUBLIC AFFAIRS, NATIONAL THINK-TANK.
HONORARY MEMBER, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT DOCTORS (OF NIGERIA), NARD
COLUMNIST, THE NATION NEWSPAPER,
COLUMNIST, PREMIUM TIMES
MEMBER, NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS
MEMBER, ENTREPRENEURS’ ORGANISATION
MEMBER, USAGBE CLUB OF NIGERIA

Prof Azaiki appoints Etete as Press Secretary

Prof Azaiki appoints Etete as Press Secretary

The Honourable Member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/ Opokuma Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives Prof Steve Sinikiem Azaiki has appointed Mr. Etete Enideneze to serve as his press secretary and spokesperson.

In a statement released from his office this afternoon, it was stated that Mr. Etete emerged successful to clinch the position after an assessment was conducted for those who indicated interest.  A native of Agudama-Epie in Yenagoa LGA, Enideneze is a qualified secretary, journalist, administrator and public relations expert.  He will be based in the constituency office where he will be a channel for gathering feedback from members of the constituency to their representative, Hon. Azaiki.

He holds advanced degrees in Public Relations, Advertising, Media Arts and Journalism. Mr. Etete has more than twenty years cognate experience in strategic communication both in public and private sectors where he held several similar positions and served meritoriously. He is a member of many professional bodies including Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) among others. His appointment takes immediate effect.

Prof. Steve Sinikiem Azaiki (OON)
House of Representatives, Abuja
24th October 2019

Our Kindness Deficit

Our Kindness Deficit

By Dele Agekameh

Sometime last week, I was amazed by an interview I saw on CNN. It was about a new, well-funded institute that has been created to further research and study into one simple facet of human behaviour – kindness. The Bedari Kindness Institute, housed in the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA, is funded by a $20 million donation by the Bedari Foundation, a private family foundation co-founded by Mathew and Jennifer Harris. The significance of research of this type in today’s world is monumental.

If the idea seems unbelievable, or the funding, mind boggling, one only has to turn on the TV at any point in time to be reminded of the magnitude of strife and violence, poverty and disease, that burdens our world today. For the older generation, a trip down memory lane would also do the trick. That is, remembering a time when the world was a safer place to interact with others and form lasting friendships that endure for decades. Today, there is too much distrust and enmity, between countries, individuals and groups, across several dividing lines.

One of the first things that came to mind after seeing the CNN interview, titled Spreading Contagious Kindness,  is how Nigerians in particular can benefit from this kind of research. Our society is deeply divided, and our divisions are being emphasised every second of everyday, through our individual and group actions and that of people in leadership positions. The African continent is no different, despite the best efforts (which is not much) of associations like the African Union, AU, and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

If it were possible to measure the instinct for self preservation in the mind of an average Nigerian, most Nigerians would score above 90%. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The negative part of this ‘selfish virtue’ is the cost, to inter-personal relationships and simple human kindness. Nigerians have been exposed to war, high level of crime and corruption and the stinging bite of extreme poverty, for years. The emotional trauma of fighting these evils has turned Nigerians into battle-hardened humans, with reduced emotional connections and a deficit of simple kindness.

I also discovered, from further reading, that scientific research has been conducted for decades, into the subject of kindness and its effects on populations. Kindness, as research shows, is truly contagious. Witnessing an act of kindness or charity immediately ignites an emotional response that some have termed ‘elevation’, that triggers a desire to replicate that act or a similar act. Findings around this topic were published by researchers from the University of California, San Diego and Harvard University in the online edition of  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. Similar studies have  also been carried out by researchers in Cambridge University and University of Plymouth in the United kingdom, with similar results.

In a country where it is considered a poor decision to offer a ride to a stranger stranded in the rain or scorching sun, mostly for security reasons, Nigeria may be a particularly interesting case study for the scholars in the new kindness institute at UCLA. As a dean of social sciences in the university puts it, the new institute seeks to be an antidote to the politics, violence and strife in the world today. In Nigeria, it was the politics, violence and strife that killed the historical kindness of Nigerians, and turned Nigerian society into an angry and impatient place that is unforgiving of the perceived weakness of even the slightest act of kindness and consideration.

In Nigeria, researchers will be confounded by a society that steals supplies from Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, condemned to a life of neglect and toil in their disease-infested camps; public officials that divert public funds and leave tens of millions in poverty and ignorance while their relatives enjoy opulence likened to some of history’s most powerful monarchs; religious bodies with multi-billion dollar ‘empires’ accepting money from people on involuntary fasting. The list goes on and on.

Also, how does one encourage more kindness in a society that has been crippled by fear? For every act of kindness imaginable, Nigeria has a reason why it should not be done. For example, giving alms to beggars opens you to the danger of ritualists, as some will tell you. Here, turning the other cheek is not only a faux pas, it is a socially abhorrent behaviour that will be met with considerable disdain. The fear is always that, when you give an inch, the Nigerian society will likely take a mile, and continue taking until you go bust or join the band wagon of ‘”sharp” (selfish) Nigerians. The worst thing is, it is the truth.

In the midst of all that chaos, Nigerians have not completely lost their humanity. Kindness still resides in our hearts, even if stifled by fear and misery. One at least agrees with the researchers that only more kindness can create a mass reaction that can multiply and bring the human factor back into our daily lives. It is not inconceivable that the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh, could have chosen to be ‘sharp’ by protecting herself and warning her friends and relatives about a possible epidemic. She, and others, put their lives on the line and stemmed the spread of ebola, which ended with her paying the ultimate price. That is humanity in action.

Several tales of taxi drivers and airport attendants returning large sums of money, indigenous Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, stepping up to fill the void left by government, and even national leaders shelving ambition in the interest of Nigerians. This all means that there is hope. While progress may be slow in spreading community spirit and basic human consideration in a country of 200 million people, the research also  shows that the kindness contagion, once started, spreads organically. As such, we need our political and community leaders, school children and students of all ages to benefit from these new research and studies, so that we can kick-start our own deliberate kindness experiment that may heal our communities.

Billionaire Allen Onyema’s recent largesse, through Air Peace, where he provided free rides to help Nigerians escape violence in South Africa’s xenophobic attacks, is a case in point for spreading kindness. The man himself is a known philanthropist and a natural partner for the kindness institute in Nigeria, should the institute ever turn its focus on the country.  He founded the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria, FEHN, which has achieved the seemingly impossible by intervening in many conflict resolutions in Nigeria, including the de-escalation of Niger Delta militancy and subsequent training of ex-militants as part of the Amnesty programme of the Yar’Adua administration.

Perhaps, if the Almajiri could be confident that northern elites are truly interested and invested in the Almajiri’s place in modern society, with the benefits and privileges that come with it, they will not be so easily cajoled into criminality and destructive causes that have become a nightmare for the entire country. Same goes for “area boys” and political thugs all over the country. Being neglected and consigned to the fringes of society, these outcasts have, overtime, embodied the manifestation of our lack of empathy and ultra-selfishness as a nation.

Like the Allen Onyemas of Nigeria, Aliko Dangotes of Africa and Bill Gates’ of this world, if ordinary people can commit to promoting peaceful co-existence through random acts of kindness and material or emotional generosity, the world can truly be a better, more tolerable, place for billions of people. Where the kind gestures of billionaires can get lost in the maze of inter-personal suspicion and enmity at ‘ground level’, the missing piece of the puzzle may be our own emotional contributions and small material offerings as ordinary people, towards making a better life for ourselves. God knows that Nigerians need this, perhaps, more than any other group of people that I know.

Professor Steve Azaiki receives certificate of return from INEC Chairman, PROFESSOR Mahmood Yakubu

Prof. Steve Azaiki, winner of the just concluded election to House of Reps, YELGA-KOLGA Fed. Constituency received his certificate of return from Professor Mahmood Yakubu INEC chairman and Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola Director Legal services INEC

Professor Steve Azaiki receives certificate of return from Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola Director Legal Services INEC
Professor Steve Azaiki receives certificate of return from Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola Director Legal Services INEC
Professor Steve Azaiki congratulated by Professor Mahmood Yakubu INEC Chairman
Professor Steve Azaiki congratulated by Professor Mahmood Yakubu INEC Chairman

NATIONAL THINK-TANK MOURNS SHAGARI

PRESS
RELEASE

NATIONAL
THINK-TANK MOURNS SHAGARI

The National Think-Tank, NTT, has received, with
sadness, the news of the passing on of Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari, a former
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, between October 1979 and December
1983.

In a release signed by Prof. Steve Azaiki, CON, and Mr
Dele Agekameh, the National Coordinator and National Director, Media and Public
Affairs respectively, the organisation mourns the demise of the father of
Alhaji Ibrahim Shagari, one of the members of the governing board of the
organisation and father of the nation.

The organisation said it mourns “a father who, in
words and deeds, stands out as our nation’s conscience. It describes the late
president as “a man who treated everybody that comes into contact with him as
his children”.

The NTT said his entire life was a journey in humility
as he treated people with utmost respect and love. The organisation also
observed that the former president was great in everything, and he was one of
the most decorated Nigerians, in terms of ministerial appointments. The
organisation remarked that “Allah gave the late president everything – power,
position, authority, children and friends – except money”.

It also stated, in the joint statement, that “unlike the
leaders of today, the former president never believed in accumulating wealth;
he never even bothered to own a bank account, a car or a house”. The former
president was compared to Job in the Bible, as “he lost so much, yet always
accepted Allah’s will in his life, even when his children died”.

The NTT noted that, as a highly religious man, the
late Shagari had an open mind, and was very accommodating, detribalised,
friendly and humane. He loved all and hated no one. The NTT expressed that no
wonder Allah, his creator, gave him such a long life until his demise last
Friday at the ripe age of 93.

The NTT advised that, as the nation mourns the exit of
this colossus of a man, his life and times should guide Nigerian leaders to
live exceptional lives and bequeath to generations yet unborn the virtues of
honesty, humility and love for their fellow beings. It also suggested that a
national monument, such as the Sokoto Airport, be named after the departed
former president.

As the 2019 general elections approach, the NTT urged
politicians to tread softly and realise that there is no other country they can
call their own other than Nigeria, noting also that Nigerians must put the
country first above all interests.

Signed:

Prof. Steve Azaiki, CON
National Co-ordinator

Dele Agekameh
National Director, Media and Public Affairs