Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, says his administration is committed to professionalising the state’s public service.
Governor Dickson noted that his government would enshrine the tenets of utmost professionalism and dedication to the ideals of the Public Service Rule in the workforce of the state.
He made the remark at the inauguration of the Bayelsa State Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr Thomas Zidafamor, whose predecessor, Dr. Peter Singabele, had retired from the workforce.
The Governor said that his administration has recorded a number of feats in depoliticising the civil service of the state, as well as protecting a culture which promotes a clear change of baton in the leadership of the civil service.
He tasked Mr Zidafamor to create policies that would lead to an efficient and depoliticised workforce in the south-south Nigerian state.
Governor Dickson reiterated that his administration’s drive for professionalism would not be compromised.
He also assured the people of Bayelsa State of his commitment to the prompt payment of the full salaries of every civil servant in the state.
Governor Seriake Dickson has restated his resolve to create a Bayelsa State Civil Service that is completely apolitical where appointments into key offices are made without any political considerations but strictly on merit.
He made the remark at the swearing-in of Dr Peter Singabele, as the new Head of Civil Service of the state at the Government House in Yenagoa.
Governor Dickson stressed the need for public servants to uphold the principles of neutrality and absolute loyalty to the government in power.
He expressed continued commitment to promoting workers’ welfare within limits of available resources, pointing out that apart from regular payment of salaries and pension entitlements, even in the face of the current economic meltdown bedevilling the nation, his administration has, to a very large extent, addressed the issue of office accommodation for workers.
Governor Dickson, however, charged the newly appointed Head of Service of the State, to further depoliticise and instill more discipline in the state’s Civil Service to achieve improved service delivery.
Dr Singabele is the third official to be sworn in as Head of the Civil Service under the present administration.