Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State wednesday carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle for “more effective service delivery” to the state.
During the event which witnessed the swearing in of his former Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, as the new Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Dickson said the minor movements within the government would further add verve to his administration.
Among those who were redeployed were the former Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Jonathan Obuebite, who would now oversee the education ministry.
Also, the erstwhile Education Commissioner, Mr Markson Fefegha, was moved to the Ministry of Solid Minerals, and was advised by the governor to work closely with his counterpart at the national level.
He said as “Chairman” of the entire information machinery in the state, Mr Iworiso-Markson, a public relations expert, should bring his wealth of knowledge to bear on his turf.
He also ordered that the office of the state historian and archivist and those responsible for documentation of government information to henceforth report to the ministry of information.
“He will take charge not only of government information but also of documentation within government. With your experience in managing public information, you will do well in your new assignment.
“I appreciate your service and loyalty. You have served well and you deserve this elevation. You have seen it all. You have seen how the restoration government works because no one knows the restoration journey better than you at least from the point of view of your former office,” he said.
He added that he had no doubt that Iworiso-Markson possesses the capacity to make a difference in his new job, and advised him to carry along his subordinates in the ministry.
The governor also said he was moving Obuebite to the education ministry because of the massive development in the sector and the energy needed to keep pace with the activities in the ministry.
He urged him to continue with cleaning the rot in the system, including payroll fraud and employment racketeering.
In his comments, Iworiso-Markson thanked the governor for the opportunity and promised to ensure that the activities of government are taken beyond Yenagoa, the capital city to the hinterland.
‘To whom much is given much is expected and the reward for hardwork is more work and we will do our best to project our state and its policies and programmes. Our people need to know what we are doing,” Iworiso-Markson said.