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Dickson mourns mystery death of Bayelsa CJ’s son in swimming pool


Bayelsa State Governor Dickson has expressed deep shock over the untimely death of Wariebi Abiri, son of Justice Kate Abiri, Chief Judge of the State

Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has expressed deep shock over the untimely death of Mr. Wariebi Abiri.

Late Mr. Abiri is the son of Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, the Chief Judge of the State.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

Dickson lamented after paying a condolence visit to the Chief Judge at her residence in Yenagoa.

A graduate of law and a student of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, late Abiri reportedly died in a swimming pool last Friday night in the Federal capital.

The governor noted with regret, the circumstances under in which, the life of the young Wariebi Abiri was cut short.

According to him, the State government will collaborate with the Police and other relevant agencies, to unravel the real cause of his death.

Dickson described the deceased as a focused and promising young man.

He said he was clearly preparing to make a wonderful career in the law profession.

He added that his demise remains a painful loss to the Abiri family and the State in general.

While urging the family to see what has happened as the will of God, Dickson prayed God to strengthen them and grant the grace and fortitude to bear the loss.

“As a Government, be rest assured that, we will stand with you shoulder to shoulder in this very very challenging period.

“Especially in working with the Police and other relevant agencies of the Government to unearth the real cause of his death”, he stated.

In another development, Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday inaugurated a nine-member Board for the Bayelsa State Geographic and Information Systems (BYGIS) with a mandate to formulate policies targeted at effectively managing all land related information.

It is also aimed at creating wealth and promotion of enterprise.

Chief Alex Ekiotene is Chairman of the BYGIS Board, Chief Maclean Aduba is to serve as Vice Chairman, while the secretary is Surveyor Assembly Goin, who is expected to continue to serve Manager and Director.

Other members are, Hon. Nein Ebiakpo, former Assembly member, Chief Andy Godwin Toboro, Amanaowei of Ekowe, Chief Simeon Mathias, Paramount ruler of Ovom, Aboye Ebinimi Odibikuma, Retired Group Capt. John Yekoragha and Mr. Bright Yougha, former permanent secretary.

Dickson described the agency as the brainchild of his administration conceived during the first tenure.

According to him, the establishment of BYGIS is part of the overall strategy in creating wealth and encouraging entrepreneurship and development in the state, in line with global practices to place value on landed properties.

The Governor expressed the government’s expectation for the board and its management to work in unity on all critical issues, pointing out that, the Commissioner for Lands and Survey would play a supervisory role.

He also urged landowners to approach the Ministry of Lands and Survey as well as the BYGIS to process their Certificates of Occupancy, assuring that, within a time frame of 60 days such documents would be signed. 

 His said: “What has happened in most developed societies, including ours is that, we have not been able to put a value on them to enable those, who own landed property trade with title and I wanted to deal with that.  

“The establishment of BYGIS is part of the overall strategy in creating wealth and encouraging entrepreneurship and development in our state.

“When we got elected, we made that a cardinal programme of our government in the first term. 

“In the first two years, we were able to initiate and develop the first and computerized Certificate of Occupancy system in Bayelsa State. 

“And that is a product of the restoration revolution and that is up and running. Now, i have cause to inaugurate a board. 

“Most of the members who are here also served on that board and they did well.

“With the management that is ably under the control of Surveyor Assembly Goin and his team, they were able to re-negotiate the earlier contracts, re-organize the establishment and for sometime, the BYGIS has been functioning and producing C of Os regularly for me to sign.

“And let me announce to you and to the whole state that, every morning when i come to the office, one of the first things i do is to look at the C of Os file and append my signature to the C of Os that have been processed and brought to me for signature. 

“And you will recall that in the last couple of weeks, announcements have been to that effect. 

“I want to call on all of you who intend to process your C of Os, know that they are being signed. 

“I waste no time in signing them.”

In his response, Chief Alex Ekiotene thanked Governor Dickson for the confidence reposed in the members of the agency and assured the government that, they would work towards achieving the task assigned them.

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