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Bayelsa 2016: Dickson Swears In 10 New Aides Without Portfolios

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the weekend,  swears in ten new special advisers at the Banquet Hall of Government House,Yenagoa, without assigning portfolios to them.




The appointment of the ten new special advisers came barely seven months to the end of Dickson’s first tenure in office.

It is believed in some quarters that the second-term seeking governor has brought in the appointees to beef up his political camp before the December 5 governorship election in the state.

Some of them are also believed to be ‘estranged’ political associates of former Bayelsa State Governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress, Timipre Sylva.

The ten fresh special advisers sworn-in by Dickson on Friday, July 31,2015, included Sylva’s former political adviser and godfather, George  Fente and  Miacheal Ogbolosingha, a two-time chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Council under Sylva.

Others were Sylva’s former loyalist and immediate past lawmaker in the state House of Assembly, Kuroghoekigha Dorgu (Southern Ijaw 1),  Dauprebo Ikuromo, Obieriakumo Yousuo,  Bright Erewari-Igbeta, Mathias Odogu-Abule, Tari Dadiowei,  Kemi Prefa and Barnabas Edure.

Dickson, however, charged them to be committed and loyal to his restoration agenda, stressing that  he appointed them because they had variously proved their mettle in politics and service to the state.

“You have proved your mettle in your service in terms of politics and you have creditably served your people in other aspects, especially in your belief in the restoration government.

“I want to assure you all that as you remain committed and loyal to the restoration administration and perform creditably to serve our people, God is going to reward you.

“As special advisers, a number of you are not new to the tenets of the restoration government. Even before your appointment, a number of you have been supportive and I want to urge politicians to emulate you”, he said.

The governor, who announced that they would be given their portfolios “later”, urged them to interact with their colleagues, adding that this is the time when their loyalty and commitment is most needed to bring more dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

He enjoined them to bring their wealth of experience to bear by also collaborating frankly and robustly with other members of the restoration team in the performance of their assignments.