Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has reiterated his administration will not allow the civil service to crumble, maintaining that the current restructuring in the state’s civil service has come to stay for good.
Dickson, who said this yesterday, in an interactive session with political appointees at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, in Yenagoa, noted that in spite of calculated attempts, through blackmail and propaganda, his administration will not be dissuaded from implementing the reforms.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo, Dickson urged the political appointees to do more in sensitising the people on government’s policies and programmes and assured that the reforms were in the overall interest of the state.
He said: “As instruments of policy delivery, I expect you to translate policy into action from the state to the local government level.”
He lamented the high level of involvement of civil servants in payroll manipulation, grade level racketeering and other sharp practices inherent in the system and said no effort would be spared in wiping out ghost workers syndrome in the state. Dickson called on those “who are politicising the reforms” to have a rethink, stressing that “no other political party can win election in the state other than the Peoples Democratic Party.”
On the recent disturbances in Amassoma community, the governor promised that all those involved in the looting and vandalisation of property belonging to the Niger Delta University (NDU) will be revealed in due course.
“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.