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Dickson Warns Against Politicization of Bayelsa Civil Service

...Swears in New Head of Service, Says Posterity Will Remember His Govt


By Oyosongo Udoyo


Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has admonished the political class to guard against politicization of the public service to ensure effective service delivery.

Gov Dickson stated this at the swearing in ceremony of the new Head of Service, Mrs. Biobelemoye Charles-Onyeama, in Government House, Yenagoa.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei quoted the governor as having charged the new Head of Service to mobilize the permanent secretaries and workers to operationalize policies and programmes of any government in power.

According to the governor, his administration has laid the foundation for a result-oriented civil service by carrying out a robust public service reforms in the past eight years.

He said, “The Civil service should not be part of the political fray in the state. The civil service should not be treated as an arm of a political party.

“It should be apolitical at all time. I charge you to give leadership, mobilize all permanent secretaries and civil servants for every government.”
He noted that when the story of Bayelsa would be written, posterity would be fair to him and his team for repositioning the state civil service where the virtues of discipline, hardwork and neutrality are upheld.

Gov Dickson urged Mrs. Charles-Onyeama to bring her wealth of experience to bear on the implementation of the reforms.

The governor who described the new Head of Service as a hardworking and conscientious public servant, pointed out that her appointment was based on merit and seniority having successfully completed her training at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.

He also gave kudos to the immediate past Head of Service, Mr. Luka Wellington Obiri on his meritorious service and support to the reforms.

“I want to urge you and charge you also to lead the civil service in an apolitical manner. I want to use this opportunity to advise that politicians should not politicize the civil service of our state, we have tried to professionalize it, we have tried to inject productivity and discipline.

“Politicians can have their quarrels and fights, but the worst thing that can happen to any state is when the civil service becomes a part of political battles.

“And that is why I have tried in this eight years to ensure that at any time I have had to take decisions concerning the civil service, I do so in a fair manner and also in a manner that will protect its political neutrality.

“I will like to see moving forward under your leadership will be a professional civil service, we have already established a basic foundation upon which we stand, the civil service where merit and hardwork are recognized.

“Also, we now have a civil service founded on discipline and not a civil service where people go and purchase grade levels and steps at will as it used to be, not a civil service where people will collect salaries without going to work, not a civil service where people have work in three different places.”

Speaking with newsmen, the new Head of Service, Mrs. Biobelemoye Charles-Onyeama expressed gratitude to the governor for the appointment and pledged to carry out the mandate.

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