Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has sworn in Mr. Kemela Okara as the new Secretary to the State Government with a charge on him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new job. Kemela takes over from Serena Dokubo-Spiff, who resigned about two months ago, to, according to him, face his job as a lawyer and the paramount ruler of his area. Dickson noted that Okara was not a stranger to the programmes and policies of the government and therefore he should not find it difficult to execute his functions. He explained that Okara did not lobby for the job but was appointed because of his track record in private and public service which he also displayed while serving the state as the Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment.
The governor, while expressing confidence in the ability of Okara, reminded him that part of his responsibility would be to coordinate the day to day activities of the government for the overall good of people of the state. He noted that the office of the SSG is very sensitive as it is the fulcrum of government’s officialdom , advising him to keep private matters private while discharging his day to day functions. Okara who hails from Bumoundi in Ekpetiama Clan of Yenagoa Local Government Area holds an LLB degree with Honours from the University of Middlesex, London and he is a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, England having been called to the English Bar in 1989.