Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has expressed concern over the poor representation of the state in all cadres of the federal civil service.
Describing the obvious neglect as “unfair and inequitable,” he called on the federal government to reverse the trend by applying federal character in appointments of Bayelsians into public service positions.
Speaking when the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, HoS, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, paid him a courtesy visit in Yenagoa, he also challenged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to expedite efforts on the completion of the ongoing federal secretariat project in the state.
“We will like you to give us listening ears as we make the case for a fair and equitable representation in all cadres of the public service of the federation. A case in point is the absence of a permanent secretary from Bayelsa State in the Federal Civil Service.
“As you are more aware than I am, since the retirement of Ambassador (Dr) Godknows Igali, our state is now one of the few states that does not have representation at that level. I don’t believe it is deliberate. But, I will like to call your attention to that, because you are also a member of the Federal Executive Council.”
According to him, available employment statistics reveal that Bayelsa ranks among few states that suffer under-representation in all cadres of the federal civil service and noted that Bayelsa State does not have any federal permanent secretary.
Dickson therefore solicited the support of the HoS in the desire of the state to have a fair share in the distribution of employment and appointment slots.
Also, he expressed the readiness of the state government to partner with the HoS of the federation in driving the administration’s policies on the welfare of public servants, particularly in the areas of housing and training programmes.
Speaking on the federal secretariat project, Governor Dickson stressed the need for the federal government to make necessary sacrifices in the face of the current economic hardship to ensure its completion.
He said the completion of the federal secretariat would free the state government from the extra burden of providing office accommodation for almost all the federal agencies domiciled in the state.
Earlier, Mrs Oyo-Ita lauded the level of infrastructural development and peaceful environment put in place by the restoration government of Dickson.
The HoS who said she was in the Bayelsa State to attend the marriage of her son, expressed determination of government to effect a paradigm shift in documentation, and in the welfare of the civil servants, especially in the areas of housing, training, regular payment of salaries and allowances as well as post-pension life.
“I want to leave behind a deep and lasting change in the culture of the service and the people operating it. I’m looking at developing a character change and a civil service that will act in line with the ethics of the service, efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred”, she emphasised.

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