Group tackles Dickson for extending tenure of Bayelsa Head of Service

Posted by News Express | 28 June 2016 | 2,231 times

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The Bayelsa First Initiative (BFI) has criticised the decision of Governor Seriake Dickson to extend the appointment of Head of Service of Bayelsa State, Peter Singabele, by six months with effect from June 16, 2016.

The BFI in a statement signed by Nathan Egba, its Director-General, accused Dickson of manipulating public institutions and policies for his personal interest.

Serena Dokubo-Spiff, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), announced Dickson’s approval of the elongation of the tenure of the HOS in a statement on Monday 20 June 2016.

Egba wondered why Dickson would extend the services of the HOS after he had attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 or 35 years in service, adding that there were competent civil servants that could occupy the office.

He said: “From the foregoing therefore, we are at a loss as to the basis for the decision to further extend Dr. Peter Singabele’s appointment as Head of Service after he had clocked the mandatory retirement age of 60 years or 35 years in service.

“We in the BFI do not doubt Dr. Singabele’s integrity or capacity. If anything, we applaud his meritorious service to the state, but we do not believe that there is no other civil servant qualified enough to occupy that exalted office in the entire Bayelsa State civil service.

“If however, the governor's claim that Dr. Singabele needed to be around to complete the reorganisation of the civil service is true, then we advise that he be given an appropriate political appointment that will empower him to complete that assignment and perhaps carry out other ones too.

“On the contrary, we believe that this action is in line with Governor Dickson’s penchant for manipulating government institutions and policies for his personal interest.”For instance, we remember vividly his unfortunate decision to sack the Head of Service he met, who was barely a year in office ostensibly because she was not the most senior Permanent Secretary at the time of her appointment by his predecessor in office, Chief Timipre Sylva.

“So then, why is he now suddenly bending the rules by not wanting to appoint the next most senior Permanent Secretary to the position of Head of Service?”

Egba stated that another example was the current payment system operated by the government whereby Bayelsa’s entire payroll and the functions of the office of the Accountant-General were being co-ordinated by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Treasury Matters.

The BFI therefore, called on the Governor to rescind the decision to elongate Singabele’s stay in office to avoid setting a bad precedence and weakening the morale of civil servants.

•Photo shows Governor Dickson.

Source: News Express

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