State-owned Flag, Coat of Arms and Anthem Law.


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In line with the vision of the founding fathers of our dearly beloved state and given this administration’s stand on Ijaw mobilization, Ijaw integration and the need to promote Ijaw fundamental interest, which clearly is not subordinate to any other interests, the government of Bayelsa State has given its approval to have a state-owned emblem to mark and strengthen our sense of identity as a state.

The decision was taken at the end of the 7th meeting of the State Executive Council held on Monday 6th, August 2012. Accordingly, the State Executive Council has approved a flag, state anthem and Coat of Arms for Bayelsa State which will reflect the colours and symbols of the Ijaw nation and it will be put to use as soon as His Excellency, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, gives his accent to the law which has just been passed by the State House of Assembly.

This decision also underscores government’s belief that this state, like any other state, is where the Ijaws, the fourth largest ethnic nationality, has as its home. Bayelsa is home to all Ijaws both at home and abroad. The emblem therefore will help serve as a unifying force and rallying point for all our people. It says a lot about the preservation of our culture, our essential values as a people and as a race. These are the qualities that distinguished us and makes us who we are – proud, great people of the Ijaw Nation; irrepressible in spirit, a people that are second to none in this country. There is therefore need to project our culture and uniqueness as a people. There is the need to preserve our proud values and pass them on as part of our heritage.

Hence, once the law is accented to, the emblems will be officially unveiled to the public. The point must however be made clear that the step taken by our government to announce the proposed launch of a state owned flag, anthem and coat of arm is not in any way different from what other states in the federation have done. It is common knowledge that virtually all the states in the southwestern region such as Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti State – have since launched theirs. The most recent was the North Central state of Kwara.

In the South-South, Cross River and Rivers State are the only two states in the region that has embraced this noble concept. In the case of Rivers, it was done since the 1970s. We believe that Bayelsa State, being the only state that can be considered as the home state of the Ijaw race, deserves even much more to blaze this trail than any other state in the federation, given its uniqueness. This much is true because of the emphasis we place on the propagation of the Ijaw ideals and what we stand for as a people, the Ijaw ideology.

More importantly, as a government, we view the decision to launch the state-own emblem, as critical to our development and it matches our drive to project Bayelsa State as a world-class tourist destination, the new frontier for eco-tourism and an investment haven.

The emblem that is soon to be launched represents a unique form of branding for our dear state and we believe it holds the key to our collective abilities as Bayelsans and Izons to stand for what we believe in, if we must make tangible progress going forward

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9 thoughts on “State-owned Flag, Coat of Arms and Anthem Law.

  1. Bayelsa approves state emblem, anthem, coat of arms
    August 9, 2012 | 12:58 am News
    Bayelsa State Government has approved a state emblem, anthem and coat of arms to mark and strengthen a sense of identity for the people of the state in li
    ne with the vision of the founding fathers of the state. It said the decision was informed by the administration’s stand on Ijaw mobilisation, Ijaw integration and the need to promote Ijaw fundamental interests. Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in a statement, yesterday, said: “The decision was taken at the end of the 7th meeting of the State Executive Council. The State Executive Council approved a flag, state anthem and coat of arms for Bayelsa State, which will reflect the colours and symbols of the Ijaw nation and it will be put to use as soon as Governor Seriake Dickson, gives his accent to the law, which had just been passed by the state House of Assembly. “This decision also underscores government’s belief that this state, like any other state, is where the Ijaw, the fourth largest ethnic nationality, has as its home. Bayelsa is home to all Ijaw both at home and abroad. The emblem, therefore, will help serve as a unifying force and rallying point for all our people. “It says a lot about the preservation of our culture, our essential values as a people and as a race. These are the qualities that distinguished us and makes us who we are – proud, great people of the Ijaw Nation.”

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  5. COMMENTS FROM THE SOCIAL MEDIA ON BAYELSA FLAG, COAT OF ARM AND ANTHEM

    “The hullabaloo over Bayelsa’s adoption of her Coat of Arm; Flag and National Anthem is really uncalled for. It only demonstrates that Bayelsa State come of age as a state within the Nigeria Federation. Under a federal system of government, component states are allowed to have their own flag, coat of arms and anthem except printing their own curren
    cy or owning their own armed forces. In the United States of America – which is a riveting model of Federalism, all States: California; Texas, New Jersey, Michigan; New Mexico, Florida, etc. have their flags flown along with the American National Flag. Those who preoccupy themselves to discuss Bayelsa on this issue are mean, jobless IGNORANT”…….Idumange John

    “It is common knowledge that virtually all the states in the southwestern region such as Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti states — have since launched theirs. The most recent was the North Central state of Kwara. In the South-South, Cross River and Rivers State are the only two states in the region that have embraced this noble concept. But none of these states elevated their quest for identity symbol like Bayelsa, which did it through legislation. “For instance, during state engagements instead of playing the national anthem, a state can play its own anthem or display its coat of arms and flag on state owned building and institutions. It is a welcome decision and the state has not run foul of the law.”

    Also, the former state Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Stanley Damabide, argued that It was constitutional for a state to have its unique symbols. According to him, Cap 13 law of the Anthem, Coat of Arms and Flag Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, makes a provision for states within the federation to have theirs.
    Ono Akpe described the bill as timely and argued that it was in line with the moves by Governor Seriake Dickson, to restore and give the state a unique identity. “As Bayelsans, we have come of age to be proud of where we come from as the only homogeneous Ijaw state. The bill when signed into law will be awakening our pride and honour reflected by the flag with a colour that is peculiar to our identity as a people,” he had said.

  6. COMMENTS ON BAYELSA FLAG, COAT OF ARM AND ANTHEM

    “The hullabaloo over Bayelsa’s adoption of her Coat of Arm; Flag and National Anthem is really uncalled for. It only demonstrates that Bayelsa State come of age as a state within the Nigeria
    Federation. Under a federal system of government, component states are allowed to have their own flag, coat of arms and anthem except printing their own curren
    cy or owning their own armed forces. In the United States of America – which is a riveting model of Federalism, all States: California; Texas, New Jersey, Michigan; New Mexico, Florida, etc. have their flags flown along with the American National Flag. Those who preoccupy themselves to discuss Bayelsa on this issue are mean, jobless IGNORANT”…….Idumange John

    “It is common knowledge that virtually all the states in the southwestern region such as Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti states — have since launched theirs. The most recent was the North Central state of Kwara. In the South-South, Cross River and Rivers State are the only two states in the region that have embraced this noble concept. But none of these states elevated their quest for identity symbol like Bayelsa, which did it through legislation. “For instance, during state engagements instead of playing the national anthem, a state can play its own anthem or display its coat of arms and flag on state owned building and institutions. It is a welcome decision and the state has not run foul of the law.”

    Also, the former state Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Stanley Damabide, argued that It was constitutional for a state to have its unique symbols. According to him, Cap 13 law of the Anthem, Coat of Arms and Flag Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, makes a provision for states within the federation to have theirs.
    Ono Akpe described the bill as timely and argued that it was in line with the moves by Governor Seriake Dickson, to restore and give the state a unique identity. “As Bayelsans, we have come of age to be proud of where we come from as the only homogeneous Ijaw state. The bill when signed into law will be awakening our pride and honour reflected by the flag with a colour that is peculiar to our identity as a people,” he had said.

  7. Dickson Denies Secession, Signs Bill on Symbol, Coat of Arms

    16 Aug 2012

    Undaunted by the outcries that have so far greeted his decision to have a Bayelsa State coat of arm and anthem, Governor Seriake Dickson Wednesday signed a bill legitimatising it into law.

    Dickson waved off claims of secessionist plan by his administration saying the decision to create a new identity is nothing new as many other states in the federation had done same in the recent past.

    The bill, known as the Bayelsa State Symbols and Songs Law 2012 was among the eight bills passed by the state House of Assembly.

    According to the statement issued Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the new law will provide a unique opportunity for government to make a clear pronouncement on the real intendment of the law.

    According to him, “Bayelsa State is a federating unit in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, created and recognized in the constitution with rights, powers and obligations.

    “That all structures, organs and officials of the state operate under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “That our decision to have state symbols and songs, are as a result of our belief in true federalism as a cardinal cornerstone of Nigerian nationhood and it is in exercise of our inalienable rights as a federating unit.

    “This is a right, which we cannot be denied of since several other states with the same rights have equally exercised.

    “That the decision taken by our government in this regard is also as a result of our commitment to the propagation of ijaw culture, language, history and ideals.

    “That this decision also creates a platform for us as a government to rally our people for positive development within the context of a united, egalitarian and democratic Nigeria.”

    Commenting on the controversy generated by the decision of the state to have its own separate identity from that of the Federal Government, Dickson at an interactive session with newsmen at the Government House on Tuesday night said the intention of the state was misconstrued by critics, saying that fears of secession is misplaced.

    “Bayelsa is now like the melting point of national politics and if these people cannot hit the head (Jonathan), they will continue to hit the stomach (Bayelsa). To them hitting is hitting. This is just a question of federalism and national identity.

    “if you go to Lagos State, the crest behind the Governor is the crest of Lagos not the Federal Republic. Unfortunately, this is the Nigeria of today. People sensationalize.

    “Other states have done it long ago. Because I want to do it and they are screaming. We want to promote tourism and if visitors come in, we will present them with our plaque and it denotes our identity. I know people will understand and you know that I am a politician of conviction and not convenience.

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