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Dickson suspends four civil servants


Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Monday suspended a civil servant in charge of the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa, Mrs. Akpoebi Ifidi, for spreading “false rumour” about his administration.

Dickson, who was angry at the conduct of some civil servants in the state, also announced the suspension of John Apah, Ransom Temeya and Couple Ingibina for other offences including abuse of office.

According to the Punch, the governor, who took the action during his maiden interaction with civil servants at the Glory Land Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, read the Riot Act to them and warned them against partisan politics.

He alleged that Apah, who was the former Secretary to the state Environmental Sanitation Authority, abused his office by engaging in employment racketing.

Apah was said to have offered-graduate level jobs to his kinsmen and cronies without following the rules regulating recruitment in the civil service.

Dickson, who lamented the increasing involvement of civil servants in politics and business, said Ingibina – a surveyor in the Capital City Development Authority – was indicted for indiscriminate allocations of land in Yenagoa without recourse to the city’s master plan.

The governor was also angry at Temeya for “making careless statements about the government”.

Reminding the civil servants of their constitutional duties, the governor said, “We can no longer continue to tolerate careless statements. We cannot be opposition to the government. You are meant to be seen and not heard”.

He said a committee had been established to conduct secret investigations into the activities of civil servants in the state with a view to identifying those engaging in politics and business.

“We have taken some decisions to depoliticise the civil service. Very soon, some civil servants will be made to leave the service,” he said, adding that civil servants who bought forms to contest the ongoing local government elections in the state would be forced to leave the service.

Dickson also said the government had decided to introduce appropriate taxes for the civil servants in the state, noting that the era of tax evasion was gone.

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