Bayelsa Govt Swears-in a Commissioner, 4 Special Advisers, and Chairmen/Members of Commissions
Bayelsa State Government has made a slight reshufflement in its cabinet with the announcement of Dame Mrs. Didi Walson Jack as Commissioner for Science and Technology and Manpower Development.
Dame Walson Jack, a onetime Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary in the State, takes over from Mr. Ambrose Alfred, who will now oversee the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.
Governor Seriake Dickson announced this at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Commissioner, Dame Didi Walson Jack and 4 Special Advisers as well as Chairmen and Members of various statutory bodies in the State in Government House, Yenagoa.
They are, Chief Blessing Ipigansi Izagara as Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo – Chairman Local Government Service Commission, Mr. Perediyegha Ajoko – Chairman Assembly Service Commission.
Governor Dickson also inaugurated Mrs. Flora Ebi William as Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) alongside its members.
Assigning portfolios to the Special Advisers, the Governor charged all the newly sworn-in appointees to brace up to the onerous task of bringing about positive change in the State and leave it better than they met it.
The Special Advisers are, Mr. Seipulou Timipre – Treasury, Accounts and Revenue, Mr. Gibson Ifieme Ikpaikpai – Budget, Dr. Koku Obiyai – Agriculture and Mr. Tamunoye Alazigha – Chief Economic Adviser.
Governor Dickson called for sacrifice and devotion to duty, noting that his administration was now on the right path to deliver on the mandate given to it by the people.
According to the Governor, difficult but right decisions would be taken to restore the lost glory of the State and free the people from an inglorious past of underdevelopment especially in the educational sub-sector and urged them to key into the educational policies of his administration.
Addressing members of the Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Dickson intimated them of government’s desire to sanitize the local government system, stating that he will soon sign the bill to check payroll fraud in the state into law.
He said his vision is to have a local government system with an efficient and effective workforce, but lamented that the third tier of government cannot fulfill its statutory obligations as they have been bogged down by workers and other sharp practices, such as funding non-existent projects.
The State Chief Executive pointed out since assumption of office in February, government has not made any deductions from funds accruing to the local governments.
Governor Dickson noted that government was awaiting the findings and recommendations of the local government councils adding that if the local government system was repositioned, it would impact positively on the lives of rural dwellers.
The Governor also tasked members of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) on the conduct of free, fair and credible elections by liaising with political parties.
He said his administration was currently working on a bill to penalize perpetrators of electoral violence.
Responding on behalf of members of the various Commissions, Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo assured the state government of their preparedness to key into the restoration agenda, adding that they were aware of the enormity of the challenges of their responsibilities.