Bayelsa Governor Appoints Five Commissioners from Jonathan’s Town


Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Government wednesday appointed one additional commissioner from Ogbia Local Government Area, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown, to bring the total number of aides from the area serving in the state executive council to five.

Aside the nomination of Faith Opuene, the latest appointment from the town, other serving commissioners are: Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Partner Jim-Ogbolo (Power), Fred Obuah (Special Projects) and Saviour Ibegi (Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development).

Speaking on the issue wednesday, Iworiso-Markson, the Information Commissioner, said it was an expression of Governor Seriake Dickson’s love for the people of that local government.

He noted that the move further affirms Dickson’s commitment to the development of Ogbia as a whole, stressing that Ogbia has enjoyed more appointments in Dickson’s government than at any other time since the creation of Bayelsa State.

He assured the governor that they would not disappoint him even as his administration prepares to finish well and strong.

“We want to sincerely thank His Excellency for recognise Ogbia people and carrying them along in the scheme of things. We want to let him know we are proud of the choice of Faith Opuene as a commissioner.

“We want to strongly believe this elevation will spur her to deliver her best to further contribute her quote to the ‘Restoration Government.’ We also want to assure the governor that we will not disappoint him, we will stand by his government till the end.”

He said the appointments of Opuene and Funkazi Koroye-Crooks are exciting considering the fact that the number of women in the state executive council will now increase.

According to the information commissioner, the appointment of Ebipatei Apiangolo is also welcome and very apt as they speak of the governor’s knack for selecting the right persons to occupy the right positions.