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Invitation to 2020 Global Parliamentary Conference, 13-14 April 2020, Washington D.C.

2020 Global Parliamentary Conference, 13-14 April 2020, Washington D.C.

Honourable Azaiki Stephen,

On behalf of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2020 Global Parliamentary Conference from 13 to 14 April 2020 in Washington D.C., jointly organised with the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. The theme of this year’s conference is “Delivering for Development and Prosperity in the next Decade – what role for Parliamentarians?”

 With the year 2030 just ten years away, the next Global Parliamentary Conference will examine how our actions today will enable us to achieve targets such as the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in time. Progress has been made in critical areas, such as a decline in extreme poverty, a decrease in infant mortality, and access to electricity for the majority of the world’s populations. However, much remains to be accomplished as climate change continues exacerbating vulnerabilities to natural disasters; fragility, conflict and violence hinder our efforts to end extreme poverty; and social and economic disparities within countries are on the rise. The sessions will highlight concrete strategies Parliamentarians can implement today to achieve our development and prosperity targets over the next decade.

The International Secretariat of the Parliamentary Network will prepare the event programme and send it to you in due time. The deadline for confirmations is 28 February 2020. I invite you to confirm your attendance by clicking on the following link (http://www.cvent.com/d/4hqyq0?lang=en) and filling out the online registration form. Please note that travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participant. For further information, please contact  givanova@parlnet.org.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington D.C.

With my very best wishes,

The Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, UK
Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF




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.

Free Conference in London, March 2020, 7th Commonwealth Africa Summit

The Commonwealth Africa Summit is a high level, multi-stakeholder event that annually brings together government and business leaders from the Commonwealth and allies to facilitate dialogue and action on key and relevant issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship and job creation, economic development, Security and counter terrorism, Energy and Power amongst other relevant issues in Africa.

Past speakers have included HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Former Nigerian Head of State), Rt Hon Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (Former President of Nigeria), H.E John Dramani Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Amina J Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General) represented by H.E Bience Gawanas (UN Under Secretary for Africa), Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi (UNCTAD Secretary General), H.E Carmelo Abela (Foreign Minister of Malta), H.E Victor Harris (Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union), H.E Mrs Toyin Saraki (Wife of the Former Senate President of Nigeria), Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal (Minister of Environment Sudan), Chief Mrs Folorunso Alakija (Vice Chair – Famfa Oil and Richest African Woman), Alhaji Sani Dangote (Group Vice President at Dangote Industries Limited), Ashish Thakkar (CEO Mara Group), María Teresa Fernández de la Vega (Former Vice President of Spain), Cherie Blair (Wife of Former British Prime Minister and more.

The event, usually hosted as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London, is organised by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative and other partners, to provide a veritable platform for the generation of new ideas, trade agreements, business relationships and investments.

The Summit convenes Heads of Government, senior ministers, public sector leaders, the private sector and senior executives in one place to discuss security and development, trade and investment, and business opportunities.

Journalists from registered national media organisations are invited to cover the Summit. Media inquiries should be directed to: secretariat@commonwealthafrica.com

To register for the event, visit www.casevents.org/cas2018 or for more information about CAFI’s global chain of events, visit www.casevents.org

visit www.casevents.org/cas2020 for more information

CAS 2020 Objectives

The 2020 Summit seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth. It will engage the commonwealth community to advance multiple agendas such as Good Governance, Effective Leadership, Security, Economy and Energy in order to:

Promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action and creation of policy options in achieving sustainable development goals and the African Agenda 2063.

Harness Commonwealth’s strengths in international politics to effect positive economic and political change in Africa

Promote advocacy for good governance and better service delivery in the member African countries

To showcase countries’ best practices, promote peer learning, capacity development and dynamic partnership.

To improve governance in Africa through public-private cooperation by working in close collaboration with key international organizations.

To convene public and private-sector leaders together with intelligence, health and finance experts to prepare for and respond to a rapidly changing landscape and multiple humanitarian crises

Summit Features

Keynotes and Presentations
Keynote Presentations by leading global voices at CAS 2020 will address the Summit’s themes and conversations aimed at achieving the Common Good of all through improved collective action and creation of policy options in achieving sustainable development goals for the good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth.

Executive Exchange
Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction among executives and senior government leaders. This is an opportunity for participants to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on individual interest.

Networking Session
Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable activities with an environment conducive for in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow participants relax between sessions while still discussing and being productive.

Delivering Result
At the end of each session, the moderator concludes with recommendations and action points, which are subsequently delivered in the Summit Report to Commonwealth Policy-Makers.


The Honourable Lawmaker, Prof. Steve Sinikiem Azaiki, representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, in collaboration with the relevant Federal Agency in Abuja, will implement a reach-out programme, in the health sector. The essence of the scheme is to support health service delivery to the people.

Heads of primary health care centres in the areas as identified by their respective State House of Assembly Members are therefore, requested to obtain forms at the Azaiki Public Library, along Imgbi Road, Amarata, Yenagoa, from now to the date of collection of items. The items are to be distributed Wednesday, 29th January, 2020, 10a.m. prompt, at same address.

For proper identification, they are to take along introductory letters from the State Ministry of Health; Paramount Ruler and Community Development Committee (CDC) of the host communities as well as the Honourable House of Assembly Member of the State Constituency where the health centre is located.

The invited primary health care centres are those located in the following communities:
1 Yenegwe
2 Agudama-Epie
3 Opolo
4 Yenizuegene
5 Kpansia
6 Okaka and Ekeki
7 Azikoro
8 Amarata
9 Agbura
10 Ogu
11 Obogoro
12 Akaba
13 Swali
14 Famgbe
15 Yenakah
16 Polaku
17 Okoroama
18 Obunagha
19 Ogboloma
20 Nedugo
21 Agudama-Epketiama
22 Tombia
23 Gbarantoru
24 Bomoundi
25 Tein Biseni
26 Egbebiri
27 Kalaba
28 Epie Zarama
29 Kaiama
30 Odi 1
31 Odi 2
32 Sampou
33 Kalama
34 Ofonibiri
35 Akaranbiri
36 Okoloba
37 Sabagreia
38 Igbedi

The invited heads of the health centres should treat the invitation as important, please.




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.



The office of Prof. Steve Azaiki, OON. Honourable Member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency of Bayelsa state wish to announce – that all qualified graduates and academic professionals who are interested in taking up the various positions as advertised by The Directorate of Technical Aid Corps and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, can forward applications through his office – as entries are still being received.


  1. Position Title: Lecturer (Design Technology)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD or Master Degree in Landscape Design, Interior Design, Product Design or Visual Design with at least 4 years of teaching and/or industry experience.
  2. Position Title: Lecturer (Prosthodontics)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  3. Position Title: Lecturer (Periodontology)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience
  4. Position Title: Lecturer (Oncology Nursing)
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers in Master of Oncology
  5. Position Title: Lecturer (Nephrology Nursing)
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers in Masters of Nephrology Nursing (a PhD Nurse with specialization in Nephrology)
  6. Position Title: Lecturer (Peri-operative Nursing)
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers in Peri-operative Nursing (A PhD Nurse with specialization in Peri-operative and 4 years experience)
  7. Position Title: Lecturer (Biomedical Equipment Management)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years experience.
  8. Position Title: Lecturer (Health Supply Chain Management)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years experience.
  9. Position Title: Lecturer (Health Informatics)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years experience.
  10. Position Title: Lecturer (Dietetics)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD with 4 years experience.
  11. Position Title: Lecturer (Medical Entomology)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD with 4 years experience.
  12. Position Title: Lecturer (Epidemiology)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years experience.
  13. Position Title: Lecturer (Medical Imaging Science)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years experience.
  14. Position Title: Lecturer (Intensive Care)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years experience.
  15. Position Title: Lecturer (Medical Emergency)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years work experience.
  16. Position Title: Lecturer (Human Anatomy)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD with 4 years work experience.
  17. Position Title: Lecturer (Mining and Geology)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years work experience.
  18. Position Title: Lecturer (Architecture)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD or Master Degree with at least 4 years teaching and industry experience.
  19. Position Title: Lecturer (Economics)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  20. Position Title: Lecturer (Management Sciences)
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers of Management/Public Administration (PhD holders with 4 years teaching experience)
  21. Position Title: Lecturer (Forestry Economics)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  22. Position Title: Lecturer (Forestry Pathology)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  23. Position Title: Lecturer (Agronomy)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience
  24. Position Title: Lecturer (Aquaculture)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD with 4 years teaching experience.
  25. Position Title: Lecturer (Soil Science & Horticulture)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  26. Position Title: Lecturer (Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Management)
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers of Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Mechanization (Minimum of PhD holder in Agricultural Engineering with 4 years teaching experience)
  27. Position Title: Lecturer
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers in Civil Engineering, PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  28. Position Title: Lecturer (Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine)
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers in Veterinary Medicine (PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  29. Position Title: Lecturer (Physical Education)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years experience.
  30. Position Title: Lecturer (Performing Arts)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  31. Position Title: Lecturer (Library Science)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  32. Position Title: Lecturer (Restorative Dentistry)
    Eligibility/Qualification: PhD holder with 4 years teaching experience.
  33. Position Title: Lecturer (Journalism and Communication)
    Eligibility/Qualification: Lecturers with PhD or Master’s Degree in Print Journalism and professional practice with 4 years experience.

NB: Interested candidates from Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma should send their updated CV’s and copies of relevant certificates to azaikinass1@gmail.com clearly indicating the position(s) they qualify and wish to apply for.




“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.

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