Category: Government

Udom Counsels Bayelsa Cabinet Members on Performance

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has charged members of the Bayelsa State Executive Council on performance to enable the state government impact positively on the people.


Speaking as a guest on the third day of the Bayelsa cabinet retreat at the Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State,  Governor Emmanuel said in order for his colleague-governor to succeed, members of the executive council must play a very crucial part.


He stressed that history would demand an account of stewardship from leaders at various levels and lauded the Bayelsa government for the holding the retreat as it is necessary for service delivery.

The Akwa Ibom governor urged the participants to put the knowledge gathered into practice, stressing the need for loyalty and love for the state, which he said would motivate them to put the interest of the people ahead of any personal considerations.


He remarked that resources are not always readily available but tasked the cabinet members to evolve ways of delivering service to the people even in difficult circumstances.

Emmanuel lauded his Bayelsa counterpart, Senator Douye Diri, for his strides in office and called for sustenance of the cordial relationship between both states.


His words: “Leadership is not easy. At times when we talk about leadership, unfortunately we all look at the governor in Nigeria. But everybody inside this room is a leader. If we all play our role we would be better off.
“Your governor is somebody I love so well. Even his predecessor, we worked closely. If we can collaborate as a state, we have a lot to offer each other and our region.

“I love the brainstorming session. Whatever you study in theory, you still need to go back and practise it. 
“Loyalty starts with what you deliver in your ministry. Your relationship with the governor should not be defined by money. You must be passionate about something.”
In his response, Governor Douye Diri thanked his Akwa Ibom colleague for the warm reception accorded him and the cabinet members.


He remarked that the decision to hold the retreat was informed by its desire to serve the people of the state better. 
Governor Diri praised the relationship between Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom, which he described as cordial, stressing that if both states continue to collaborate they can achieve much together.

“I want to appreciate and thank you profusely on behalf of the government and people of Bayelsa State for your hospitality and the warm reception. We believe that this cordial relationship between your state and ours would continue to grow. We know that as a people with shared problems and challenges, we have a lot in common that we can pursue as a group,” he said.


Day three of the retreat featured presentations by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dame Didi Walson-Jack and a retired Permanent Secretary and former Director of Protocol in Bayelsa, Mr. Joseph Akedesuo as well as a former Acting Director-General, Department of State Services, Mr. Matthew Seiyefa and former Chairman, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, retired Major Lancelot Anyanya.

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Bayelsa Governor Charges Cabinet Members On Stewardship

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye, has implored members of the state executive council to explore ways to actualise the vision of his administration for the benefit of Bayelsans.


Governor Diri gave the charge on Thursday at the opening of a three- day retreat for cabinet members tagged ‘Prosperity Agenda for Growth and Development’ at the Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.


The governor, who advised participants to take the retreat seriously in order to gain additional knowledge that would assist them in their various tasks, said as bearers of the administration’s prosperity vision, they should see themselves as those with the opportunity to serve  and improve the living conditions of the people.


His Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as advising the cabinet members to work collectively to achieve the set goals of the administration.

Senator Diri also called on the commissioners to see the people from a positive perspective, noting  that Bayelsans want the best and that once they see government  performing well, they would support it.


His words: “They are watching you. When they see your thoughts and speeches to be on the positive side, they would follow you. So, see them from a positive point of view and you would create a relationship that is harmonious and cordial.

“In your respective ministries, preach love and friendship just like I do. We have to be committed to our people and the prosperity agenda.”


Diri said as a predominantly civil service state, the Bayelsa economy would not grow without diversification hence the need for the government to explore avenues of wealth creation.

Such avenues, he said, are agriculture, entrepreneurship, technology, tourism, education among others.
He also stated that to achieve these, there is the need for reorientation to redirect the mentality of the people from depending on government for survival to becoming entrepreneurs.


“This retreat is to help re-orientate our people to change their mentality from being government-dependent to business-oriented. To set the example as members of the executive to ensure that our people key in, every member of the state executive is expected to own a farm. Our success would depend on our approach.”


He also urged each commissioner to identify and prioritise areas in their ministries they feel would generate revenue and seek ways to achieve them.

He said his administration was ready to partner with the private sector to drive the economy of the state from being civil service-dependent to private sector- driven. 


The resource persons at the retreat include former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, former Anambra State Governor, Dr. Peter Obi,Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Dame Didi Walson-Jack, a former Director-General, Directorate of State Services, Mr. Mathew Seiyefa, and Dr. Sam Amadi.

Others are a former House of Representatives member, Hon. Gabriel Onyenwife, Mr. Kalada Apiafi, Mr. Isaac Yalah, Prof. Olabisi Olasehinde Williams,Major Lancelot Anyanya (rtd) and Mr. Joseph Akedesuo.

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