By EGUFE YAFUGBORHI, Yenagoa
Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan stole the show yesterday as Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa swore in 19 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the State Civil Service.
The First Lady walked into the Government House Banquet Hall, venue of the event at exactly 12.39pm in company of the governor after other appointees had taken their seats an hour earlier.
The colourful ceremony which held at the Government House Banquet Hall in Yenagoa was witnessed by prominent Bayelsans inc luding the first civilian governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and his wife; Special Adviser to the President on Inter Party Affairs, Mrs. Mariam Ahmadu-Ali amongst others.
Dame Patience was granted the privilege of being the first to take both oath of office and allegiance administered by the state chief registrar, Ineikadi Uzakah as the ceremony commenced at 12.50pm while others were taken in batches.
The listing of Dame Jonathan among appointees had generated widespread resentments when it was announced, but the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in the post swearing remarks had maintained its defense of her appointment.
Governor Dickson noted that the resentments were misplaced, coming from majority critics with inadequate knowledge of her track record and level in the State Civil Service, declaring that her appointment “followed all due process in line with the law of the state and Nigeria.”
He declared that no other person was more deserving of the honour than Dame Jonathan based on her compassion and immense contribution towards the development of Bayelsa State from her status as wife of a former deputy governor, later governor of the state, vice president and now President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.