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?Dickson Directs Political Appointees To Prepare Handover Notes

Posted: Jan 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma



Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has directed members of the State Executive Council and other political appointees to prepare their handover notes as his administration transits to another tenure of four years.

It was gathered that Dickson gave them the directive during a meeting he held with them on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at the Banquet Hall, Government House,Yenagoa.

The affected political appointees are Commissioners, Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, Government House, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants, among others,

Dickson was said to have directed that the handover notes of the political appointees be ready on or before 13 February 2016, a day before his inauguration for second tenure in office.

The governor sacked the political appointees barely four days after the 9 January 2016 rerun governorship election in which he was re-elected.

It was also learnt that Dickson gave teeth to the directive with an official circular issued to the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies ( MDAs), asking the affected political appointees to handover to the next person in authority.

The directive was said to be causing panic among the over 1,200 political appointees in his administration as some were not sure of being re-appointed.

Analysts have pointed out that Dickson may have taken the decision to allow him appraise the performance in office of the appointees and in the just-concluded governorship election to enable him arrive at possible re-appointment of some.

While some aides were injured and their property destroyed during the poll, others were discovered to have collected mobilisation money and refused to work for the success of PDP.

Dickson was also said  to be particularly considering the issues of loyalty, performance and successes recorded by political aides at their various polling units during the election.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Esueme Dan-Kikile, confirmed  the development, saying “we were asked to prepare our hand over notes in preparation for the transition”.