Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Thursday March 3, instituted a five-man panel to investigate the level of involvement of those he described as career public civil servants in the last governorship election in the state. Gov. Dickson said the aim of the action is to save the state’s civil service from being destroyed by politicians.
Members of the panel includes: Mr. Renner Tiebiri (Chairman), Dr. Enokie Bribena (Secretary and Legal Adviser), Suru Oyarede, Walton Liverpool and Ebikipah Ebikake (Members).
In a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff ,the state government said it has come to the notice of the government that some public servants were involved in partisan politics in the last December, 2015 and January, 2016 governorship polls, where they were used as coordinators of political parties and party agents at various levels.
According to the SSG;
The action of such public servants, most of whom were card-carrying members of various political parties, was a clear contravention of the extant Public Service Rules (PSR) No. 030422 (a-d) of the 2008 edition and the panel has been empowered to investigate workers in all tiers of the public service, including those in the educational institutions and the unified local government service.
Meanwhile, an earlier report in January had revealed that the governor planned to punish about 500 civil servants in the state for allegedly supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Timipre Sylva during December/January gubernatorial elections in the state.
According to the report, Gov. Dickson was unhappy that some of the civil servants worked against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and against his re-election and had earlier set up a special committee in each of the eight local government areas to monitor the activities of pro-APC civil servants before and during the elections.
The action affected workers in the ministries, departments and agencies within grade levels 8 to 17. As part of their punishment for being pro-APC in the election, the governor removed the names of such workers from the pay roll and withheld their salaries since last October.