Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said his administration will not allow the civil service to crumble under his watch, maintaining that the current restructuring in the state civil service has come to stay.
Dickson stated this in an interactive session with political appointees at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa on Thursday.
He contended that, in spite of the blackmail and propaganda, his administration would not stop the implementation of the reforms.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo, after the session, Dickson argued that the reforms were in the overall interest of the state.
He urged the political appointees to do more in sensitising the people on government’s policies and programmes.
Dickson said, “As instruments of policy delivery, I expect you to translate policy into action from the state to the local government levels.”
He lamented the high level of involvement of civil servants in payroll manipulation, grade-level racketeering and other sharp practices inherent in the system.
The governor gave the assurance that no effort would be spared in wiping out the ghost worker syndrome in the state.
Dickson called on those, who he said, were politicising the reforms to have a rethink, because “no other political party other than the Peoples Democratic Party can win an election in the state.”
Commenting on the recent disturbances at the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, the governor promised that all those who were involved in the looting and vandalisation of the institution’s property would be punished.
He said, “The preliminary report that I have received is appalling; my duty is to do what is right. We have a big strong family. And like a play, you play your part and take your exit. As the captain of the restoration boat and with you as passengers, I call for more support.”
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