At the forum, the governor shared with the civil servants his thoughts on what an ideal civil service should be and his plans to restore the Bayelsa state civil service to its time tested principle of diligence, loyalty, contentment and been totally apolitical.
He went further saying from there on, the state civil service will begin the implementation of its promised reforms as he ordered the immediate suspension of four civil servants starting with a senior accountant in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ransom Temeregha, for alleged acts of “careless talk”, a surveyor with the state Capital City Development Authority (CCDA), Couple Imgibina, over alleged illegal allocation of lands in the Central Business District (CBD) area of Yenagoa for the building of illegal structures, former secretary to the Environmental Sanitation Authority for “wrongful recruitment of persons,” persons from his community and relations in contravention of the civil service rules, and Akpoebi Efidi for “damaging and dissemination of rumour” about the present administration with immediate effect.
Dickson said further that a violation of the Civil Service rule will no longer be acceptable and would not be tolerated for those who will not be flying the flag of the reforms and also the politicisation of promotion in the service would no longer be accepted.
“I have decided to meet with you to reposition the service. We need to change to a new song. The reposition plan does not mean people will be sacked but we will go around and ensure that those not on their duty posts will be considered non-genuine civil servants. The Civil servants I want to know must be at work,” he said.
Dickson civil servants in Bayelsa state were mostly members of the billionaires club, participated in politics at very high level and are leading contractors before his assumption of the exalted office of the governor, he however sounded a note of warning that such will not be taken from any civil servant again as all rules must be abided by from now. He said for those who wants to be active politically, he will advise they retire from the civil service first, saying “the most sacred law of service is loyalty to constituted authority.”