by Isi Esene
It was suspension galore in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as governor Seriake Dickson disciplined some civil servants for various offences.
Dickson, on Monday, suspended Akpoebi Ifidi, a civil servant in charge of the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa for spreading “false rumour” about his administration.
He also announced the suspension of John Apah, Ransom Temeya, and Couple Ingibina for other offences including abuse of office.
The governor took the action during his maiden interaction with civil servants at the Glory Land Cultural Centre, Yenagoa. He went on to warn the civil servants to steer clear of partisan politics.
Dickson accused Apah, who was the former Secretary to the state Environmental Sanitation Authority, of abuse of office by engaging in employment racketing. He had allegedly offered-graduate level jobs to cronies without following the rules regulating recruitment in the civil service.
Ingibina, a surveyor in the Capital City Development Authority, was reportedly indicted for indiscriminate allocations of land in Yenagoa without recourse to the city’s master plan.
According to governor, Temeya was suspended for “making careless statements about the government.”
Reminding the civil servants of their constitutional duties, the governor said, “We can no longer continue to tolerate careless statements. We cannot be opposition to the government. You are meant to be seen and not heard.”
He said a committee had been established to conduct secret investigations into the activities of civil servants in the state with a view to identifying those engaging in politics and business.