Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has offered automatic employment to all Ph.D holders of the state origin, as well as, those from Ijaw speaking states in the country.
The governor said that beneficiaries of the offer include Ijaws from Ondo, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said in a statement yesterday that Governor Dickson made the announcement while inaugurating the Committee for the Employment of Ph.D holders across Ijaw land. He said, those to be employed would be deployed to the various state-owned tertiary institutions namely, The Niger Delta University (NDU), the University of Africa, the Bayelsa Medical University, the College of Education, the Bayelsa State Polytechnic and others.
According to him, the massive employment of Ph.D holders, which also covers those in the diaspora is part of the ongoing efforts of by his administration to reposition the state education sector and make it more viable. Iworiso-Markson explained that following the inauguration of the committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Kemela Okara, those who are interested could apply through the committee for immediate employment.
The commissioner said that all PhD holders in the state civil service would be deployed to lecture in the tertiary institutions, where their services would be better appreciated.
He added that the employment of Ph.D holders would boost tertiary education in the state and help to develop the capacity of undergraduates in the different higher institutions.
The government spokesman noted that the automatic employment for Ph.D holders was coming few weeks after the governor announced similar gesture for all first-class graduates of the state origin.
“This is another clear statement we are making in our resolve to reposition our education sector for greater productivity. There is no doubt that Governor Dickson has delivered in that critical sector. We believe strongly that this automatic employment will bring about academic excellence in our tertiary institutions.
“It is a great opportunity for all Ph.D holders to take advantage of this offer. In his usual magnanimity, he has also extended the gesture to all those who are not from Bayelsa, but hails from Ijaw speaking states like Rivers, Delta, Ondo, Edo and Akwa Ibom.”