8 NEW COMMISSIONERS TAKE OATH IN BAYELSA, CHARGED TO WORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND UNITY OF THE STATE.
L-R: The newly appointed commissioners, Barr. Kemasuode Wodu, Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei, Commissioner for Health, Barr. Kemela Okara, Commissioner for Trade, Industry & Investment, Barr. Iniruo Wills, Commissioner for Environment, Chief Martin O. Agbede, Commissioner for Community Development & Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Indutimi Komonibo, Commissioner for Science & Technology, and Manpower Development, Chief Jumogbolo Partner, Commissioner for Power and Hon. Diongoli Ebikitin Sunday, Commissioner for Sports Development during their swearing-in ceremony held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has sworn-in eight new commissioners and announced the re-organisation of some of the ministries to reinvigorate the machinery of government to deliver on its mandate to the people of the state.
The new Commissioners are Barrister Kemasuode Wodu- Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei-Health, Barrister Kemela Okara – Trade, Industry and Investment and Barrister Iniruo Wills-Environment.
Others are Chief Martin Agbede for the newly created Ministry of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Inditimi Komonibo for Science, Technology and Manpower Development, Chief Jim Ogbolo Partner-Edward for the new Ministry of Power and Hon. Ebikitin Diongoli for Sports Development.
The Bayelsa State Governor also approved the redeployment of the former Sports Development Commissioner, Chief Mitema Obordor to the new Ministry of Local Government Administration, while Barrister Francis Ikio heads the Ministry of Mineral Resources, which was out of the former Ministry of Energy.
Governor Dickson made the announcement, while swearing-in the eight newly appointed Commissioners Friday, at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House in Yenagoa.
The Governor, who announced the scrapping of the Ministry of Capital City Development, directed the transfer of the functions of the Ministry to the Capital City Development Authority, CCDA, adding that ongoing projects in the Ministry would be handled by the Ministry of Special projects in the Governor’s office.
The Ministry of Energy has also been split into the Ministries of Power and Mineral Resources, while the Ministry of Local Government was split into the Ministries of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs and Local Government Administration.
His remarks said “Today marks a very important turning point in the restoration government, as it is the mid-term of the administration”
Governor Dickson noted that all the appointees were eminently qualified, congratulating them for their well deserved appointments.
According to the Governor “ You have been called to serve; do your best in your capacity. You are coming in at a critical time of the administration of this government, as policies and programmes have been laid”
Governor Dickson enjoined all the appointees to work for the development and unity of the state, urging them to sell the policies and programmes of the government to the people.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2nd L), his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd) (3rd R), and the Speaker, BYHA, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson (L), poses for a group photograph with the newly sworn-in commissioners of Trade, Industry & Investment, Barr. Kemela Okara (behind L), Hon. Ndutimi Komonibo of Science, Technology & Manpower Development (2nd R), and his counterpart of Sports Development, Hon. Ebikitin Diongoli (R), shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa