Saturday, June 15, 2013

Governor Dickson set to govern Bayelsa from Abuja


Bayelsa state Governor, Seriake Dickson, has confirmed that he will be far away from the people who voted for him, citing ” increasing engagements and official programmes”.
Often accused for regularly abandoning the BayelsaGovernment House, sometimes for weeks, Dickson has already carried out a major renovation work at the Bayelsa Liaison Office in Abuja, in preparedness for his prolonged stay.
Already, his Chief of Staff, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, has been delegated to headthe Abuja office.
The governor, it was gathered, spends most of his time at the Presidential Villa, ostensibly to prove his total loyalty to President Goodluck Jonathan, who ensured that he clinched gubernatorial ticket ahead of other aspirants, including Timi Alaibe and Media mogul, Ben Murray- Bruce, to mention a few.
Dickson has also confirmed that Dame (Mrs.) Didi Walson-Jack, will replace Chief Ikiogha’s, as the new Chief of Staff.
DailyPost gathered that Ikiogha is not satisfied with the new arrangement. Sources say the redeployment, may be a ploy to make him lose touch of the mainstream politics in Bayelsa.
The President’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, is a Permanent Secretary in the oil rich South-south state. According to her, despite her schedule, she has been carrying out her official duties from the comfort of the expansive Presidential Villa, Abuja, without a hitch.
Days after her appointment, Mrs. Jonathan said she will not collect a kobo as salary throughout her tenure.
Full text of the Bayelsa government statement:
“In view of the increasing engagements and official programmes of His Excellency, the Governor of Bayelsa State in the Nation’s Federal Capital as well as the strategic nature of these engagements to the conduct of government’s business, His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has approved the upgrading of the Bayelsa State Liaison office with immediate effect.
“Accordingly, in line with this upgrade, His Excellency has approved the immediate transfer of Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, to head the new Abuja office so as to meet up with the high responsibility and demand of the new office.
“The appointment takes immediate effect.
“His Excellency expresses confidence in the ability of Chief Ikiogha to transform the liaison office to match its new status and this is based on hiswealth of experience as a politician and public servant.
“Similarly, His Excellency has approved the appointment of Dame (Mrs.) Didi Walson-Jack as the new Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa. His Excellency is confident that her rich civil service background will stand her in good stead in effectively repositioning the administration of Government House.”

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