Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has sworn in Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries with a charge to ensure healthy work attitude.
The appointment brings the total number of the State Executive Council members to 18.
Governor Dickson also reminded them that they were coming on board at a time, when the national economy had nosedived.
He noted that, the revenues accruing to the state from the federation account represents less than a quarter of the financial receipts during the inception of his first term, stressing that, in spite of the development, it was the government’s expectation for the appointees to cultivate a healthy work attitude and work as a team with utmost loyalty, patriotism and commitment to deliver the dividends of democracy.
Governor Dickson, who spoke recently in the state capital Yenagoa, charged the new permanent secretaries to exercise their authority in enforcing discipline in the public service, expressed his administration’s commitment to tackle issues of welfare for the workforce, just as it would equally deal with the challenges confronting the civil service.
His words, “You are joining the Executive Council at a time that is fairly different from when things were when we started. Now the national economy is in deep recession and all the economies, including ours, is severely affected. Our revenues are just about less than a quarter of what they used to be. And, so, things are very different. What it means, therefore, is that, at these times a different attitude to work is needed.”
While congratulating the commissioners and permanent secretaries for their appointment, the Governor lauded civil servants for their show of patience and understanding, in view of the prevailing economic downturn.
Mr. Joshua Ongore heads the Ministry of Budget and Planning, Chief Saviour Ibegi was assigned the portfolio of Community Development, Mr. Williams Alamene mans the Ministry of Environment, while Chief Blessing Izagara takes charge of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Chief Blessing Izagara and Mr. Williams Alamene had served in the first term of Governor Dickson’s administration.
The permanent secretaries sworn in are, Mr. Tony Tombiri, Dr. Eseimokumoh Godspower, Mrs. Kenisuomein Walson and Mr. Lucky Salolomo.
Others are, Dr. Dagana Johnson Amaowei, Mr. Tony Ike and Mrs. Tesoma Turner.

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