Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has warned civil servants in the state against involving themselves in partisan politics.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
He noted that the development whereby civil servants become political was not only against the ethics of the profession, but also had far-reaching negative implications for efficiency and effectiveness of the public service.
Dickson gave the warning during the swearing in of the new Head of Service, Dr. Peter Singabele, and a member of the state Civil Service Commission, Dr. Boumakuma Kpokiri in Yenagoa, a statement by his media aide, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Saturday.
He stressed the need for public servants to uphold the principles of neutrality and absolute loyalty to the government in power.
Describing the public service as the most important sector in service delivery in a government, Dickson vowed not to allow political considerations to determine who becomes head of the state civil service.
He charged the newly-appointed HOS, Singabele, to further de-politicise and instill more discipline in the state civil service to achieve improved service delivery.
He expressed continued commitment to promoting workers welfare within the limits of available resources.
He pointed out that apart from regular payment of salaries and pension entitlements even in the face of the current economic meltdown bedevilling the nation, his administration had, to a very large extent, addressed the issue of office accommodation for workers.
Dickson noted, “For the past one year, no state government can boast of any effective construction work because we are in a state of recession. But, even in spite of all that, we are not owing salaries of members of the public service in this state.