Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Tuesday swore in 9 female and twenty-nine others as Special Advisers in conformity with the 35% affirmative action.
Addressing the newly sworn-in appointees at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa, the governor commended efforts of the people particularly the women for the role they played in the last election.
Governor Dickson noted that the gesture was to give women a greater voice in the affairs of government, which he said would place them in a vantage position to work in collaboration with other stakeholders in championing the cause of their womenfolk and the vulnerable in society.
Describing women as critical partners in nation-building, the governor said his administration has over the years put in place a number of empowerment programmes aimed at achieving their full potentials.
Governor Dickson who charged the thirty special advisers to work as a team to advance the cause of the restoration agenda, described year 2017 as a decisive one as government was poised to consolide on the achievementstate made in the last 5 years.
Governor Dickson noted that history would recorded in their favour in view of the doggedness and resilience towards ensuring victory for the restoration government.
Hon. Dickson said that “now the election is over, it is now time for the appointees to face the business of delivering dividends of democracy to the people,” stating that during his inaugural address to the people, he had made his stance on the development of Bayelsa known to the people.
“During my inaugural address, I made one promise that Bayelsa and ijaw nation will not be the same again.”
“In spite of our dwindling revenue, we have been able to impact on the lives of the people through various developmental projects in all our towns and villages.”
Stressing the need for the new appointees to justify the confidence reposed in them, the governor said though they were joining government at a critical period in the history of the nation, there was need for them to align themselves with the restoration agenda.
He disclosed that “2017 is going to be a decisive one in terms of re-organisation, reformation and sustenance of existing peaceful atmosphere across the state,” disclosing that the state has been adjudged as one of the most peaceful states in the country.
His words, “the year 2017 is going to be a decisive one in the history of the state. We are known to be the most peaceful state in the country. Your state is far more respected than ever before. You have a government that is respected.”
Mrs. Mercy Seigha, a staunch member of the state All Progressives Congress was one of the female appointees.