…as former appointees besiege ex-gov’s country home
The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson has said that he worked with a highly committed and dedicated team during his eight-year period in the state.
Dickson, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said that his government made more appointments that any previous government in the state.
The former governor spoke at his country home of Toru Orua while playing host to a high-powered delegation from Opume Community who visited him to thank him for appointing a son of the community, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the former Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Culture and 17 others.
“I thank the Iworiso family for giving to Bayelsa a dedicated, loyal and hardworking son in the person of Daniel Iworiso-Markson. He was the longest serving Chief Press Secretary Bayelsa has produced and the only one who graduated to be a commissioner.
“I can say confidently that no governor has appointed people the way I did. I worked with all kinds of people – the good, the bad, the ugly.
“And working with me closely for that long is a very serious thing. I will call on you at odd hours, ask you all manner of questions, push you to your limits just the way I pushed myself and he passed all. So I kept promoting him.
“We all have everything to look back and give glory to God. I was head of a team, very hardworking and dedicated team. If there is anything I know how to do, it is to identify great people. I am very proud of the team. I thank all appointees for their support.
“Politics is a very important way of serving God. He who serves fellow human being well serves God,” Dickson said.
The Opume Community delegation, led by the Head of Iworiso Group of Houses, Chief John Iworiso, thanked the former governor for the life-changing developmental projects, especially the Opume bridge, which the administration executed at Opume.
Iworiso said that the community would forever remain grateful to the former governor for his magnanimity as shown by the various developmental projects executed by the Restoration Government and the engagement of 18 members of the community as appointees.
In his remarks, the former Commissioner for Information, Iworiso-Markson thanked the former governor for bringing him back home to contribute to the development of the state.
He said that he would always hold his former boss in high esteem and give him the necessary support at all time.
Earlier, former political appointees and all local government chairmen in the state visited the former governor’s country home to express gratitude to him for the opportunity he extended to them serve, in the past eight years.
The former appointees include Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Kemela Okara, other commissioners, special advisers, all the local government chairmen, and others.