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FG Has Neglected Bayelsa State – Dickson Cries Out

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He called on the Federal Government to reverse the “unfair and inequitable” trend, a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said.

The governor was quoted as expressing his concern during a courtesy call on him by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, at the Government House, Yenagoa.

Dickson also challenged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to intensify efforts on the completion of the ongoing federal secretariat project in the state.

According to him, available employment statistics reveal that Bayelsa ranks among few states that are poorly represented in all cadres of the Federal Civil Service.

He added that Bayelsa State does not have any federal permanent secretary.

The governor said,

“We will like you to give us listening ears as we make the case for a fair and equitable representation in all cadres of the public service of the federation. A case in point is the absence of a permanent secretary from Bayelsa State in the Federal Civil Service.

“As you are more aware than I am, since the retirement of Amb. Godknows Igali, our state is now one of the few states that does not have representation at that level. I don’t believe it is deliberate.

“But, I will like to call your attention to that, because you are also a member of the Federal Executive Council.”

The governor said the state government was ready to partner with the office of the HoS in driving his administration’s policies on the welfare of public servants, particularly in the areas of housing and training programmes.

He said the government has already acquired large expanse of land in some strategic areas of the state capital, Yenagoa, and would collaborate with reputable development partners to build affordable residential houses for civil servants.

Oyo-Ita expressed determination of government to effect a paradigm shift in documentation, and in the welfare of the civil servants, especially in the areas of housing, training, regular payment of salaries and allowances as well as post-pension life.

She said,

“I want to leave behind a deep and lasting change in the culture of the service and the people operating it. I am looking at developing a character change and a civil service that will act in line with the ethics of the service; efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred.”

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