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Dickson inaugurates state exco

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, yesterday, inaugurated the state executive council, two months after he was sworn in as the state governor. He warned the appointees that his administration would not tolerate any act of corruption.

Dickson reminded them that some senior officials of the state treasury department were already in detention over their alleged involvement in fraud and helping the security agencies to unravel the mystery behind the state’s bloated wage bill, which is second to Lagos despite the state’s meager population and landmass.

Those sworn-in are James Dugo, Local Government and Community Development; Thomas Commander, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Ayakeme Massa Trade, Industry and Investment; Salo Adikumo, Education; Francis Ikio, Energy; Sylvanus Abila, Environment; Duate Iyabi, Finance among others.

As Akpabio swears in 20 Commissioners, 5 Special Advisers
By TONY NYONG
UYO—Twenty Commissioners and five Special Advisers were, yesterday, sworn-in in Akwa Ibom State. They were warned to shun corruption or be shown the way out.

Swearing in the Commissioners and Special advisers, Governor Godswill Akpabio, warned them against corruption, saying, ‘’Whether you are a Commissioner or Special Adviser, you must abhor corruption. There is reward for hard work and good service. We are here to serve the public. If we fail, we will go back to the era when some Nigerians laugh at us as house-helps.

“Government won’t hesitate to discipline anybody who errs. If you are not prepared to join us, then leave us. We will maintain the momentum of development.”

He commended the appointees on their appointment and paid glowing tributes to people, who he said had made great sacrifices to the development of the state, particularly those that served in his cabinet.

He called for a minute silence for the late Pastor Oyong Asukwo, the immediate past Commissioner for Youth and Sports, who died in auto crash two weeks ago.


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