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Bayelsa Assembly Confirms Two More Commissioner Nominees

Bayelsa State House Of Assembly
Posted: Apr 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Tuesday screened and confirmed two more commissioner-nominees whose names were submitted by Governor Seriake Dickson.

They are Mr. Markson Fefegha current  Principal Executive Secretary to the Governor, who served as Commissioner for Information in the early life of the restoration government, and Mr. Collins Cocodia, who is the immediate past  Commissioner for Youth Development.

The confirmation of Fefegha and Cocodia has brought the  number of commissioners appointed by Dickson in his second term to 16 as he had last week Wednesday April 13 sworn-in 14 commissioners to constitute the State Executive Council.

The governor also swore-in 18 special advisers at the ceremony bringing the total number of special advisers whose appointments had been publicly announced  to 23 even as he promised to approve more appointments.

Among them  were two Special Advisers on ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘Women Mobilisation’ respectively while two others were also designated ‘Special Adviser on Political Matters 1’ and ‘Special Adviser on Political Matters 2’.

Dickson who has  been lamenting the sharp drop in the revenue allocation to Bayelsa from the Federation Account and poor internally generated revenue (IGR) had promised after his second-term electoral victory that he would make few appointments unlike his first tenure.

While the monthly wage bill for civil servants stands at N4billion, federal receipts has shrank from over N18b a month in 2012 to N2.1 billion in the first quarter of 2016 with IGR hovering between N450m and N500m.

The Assembly screened and confirmed Fefegha and Cocodia with dispatch during the proceedings presided over by Speaker Konbowei Benson.
They were advised to continually support the programmes and policies of the restoration government of Dickson and also be loyal members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state.