The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved the request of Governor Seriake Dickson to appoint 15 Special Advisers barely five days after he was sworn-in for a second term in office.
The House approved Dickson’s request during its plenary on Thursday, February 18, 2016 presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Abraham Ngobere.
Moving the motion for the approval, the Leader of the House, Peter Akpe, described the request as timely.
He said that it would enable the government to function and urged his fellow lawmakers to support it.
In their unanimous approval, members of the House expressed satisfaction that the number of special advisers was modest.
They also added that it would help set the machinery of government in motion while other appointments were being awaited.
Dickson had in his letter of request to the House cited Section 196 subsections 1, 2 and 3 of the 1999 Constitution to seek the approval of the House to appoint the special advisers.
He explained that they would enable him to put the machinery of his administration back in motion.
Meanwhile, the governor has approved the appointment two Special Advisers.
They are Boma Spero-Jack for Security Matters and Francis Agbo for Media Relations.
A statement on Friday, February 19, 2016 signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said their appointments were with immediate effect and that they would be sworn-in on Tuesday, February 22, 2016 in Yenagoa.
Spero-Jack had served in the same capacity during the first tenure of the governor while Agbo was his media consultant.
The appointments of the duo had brought to three the number of appointments made so far by Dickson since his swearing-in on Sunday, February 14, 2016 as he had shortly after the ceremony re-appointed Daniel Iworiso-Markson as his Chief Press Secretary.