Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, yesterday increased his cabinet by inducting in five new commissioners, and advising them to affiliate themselves with the ideals and vision of the restoration agenda, towards delivering quality services to the people.
The commissioners are, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu for the Ministry of Health, Mr. Austin Dressman, Ministry of Ijaw National Affairs and Culture, Mrs. Ebiere Ajuwa Musa, Ministry of Tourism Development, Mrs. Martha Jenakumo, Ministry of Women Affairs, while Mr. Tamunobere Oguoh heads the Special Duties, West Senatorial district.
While swearing them in at the new Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa, the Governor called on the appointees to exhibit a high sense of dedication and loyalty in the discharge of their duties.
He described the Commissioner for Health as a thoroughbred medical personnel, who is a one-time Chief Medical Director at Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, adding that his antecedents were exemplary and urged him to streamline all the massive investments made in the sector.
Dickson disclosed that the state has put in place world class health facilities, including the diagnostic centre equipped with a forensic unit and by next year, the government will construct and equip health centres in each of the 105 wards to take healthcare delivery closer to the rural dwellers.
His words: “We want to have the best facilities in all spheres. Very soon, we are going to be number one in agriculture, sports, education and now we want to be number one in medical tourism, with the facilities that we are going to put in place, we will have a situation where no Bayelsan will need to travel out to receive healthcare.
“Not only that; we want all Nigerians and people from other places to come to Bayelsa for healthcare services. Your duty will be to harmonize all of these. We have the forensic unit at the Diagnostic centre which is 90 per cent set.
“Knowing you as a thorough-bred professional, you have been brought into government at this time to put your seal of professional to all these initiatives and you have on ground, a team of competent medical personnel ready to work with you. I have no doubt that the team working under your leadership, our vision of making Bayelsa number one in the area of tourism and healthcare delivery will be achieved.”
The Governor also charged the commissioner for Ijaw National Affairs and Culture to mobilize the Ijaw nation for a positive national development, called on him to bring his wealth of experience as an activist to bear on his new assignment.