13 % derivation insufficient to develop Niger Delta – Gov Dickson

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson says the 13 per cent derivation given to the Niger Delta is insufficient to develop the region.

The governor said this on Tuesday, in Yenagoa.

He said the derivation principle was short of the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the Niger Delta.

Gov Dickson said the only restructuring would guarantee sustainable peace, stability and development in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.

On the ongoing public service reforms, the governor urged the people to discountenance what he called the propaganda and blackmail orchestrated by detractors and no genuine worker would be adversely affected.

He said through continuous verification and other measures, his administration had pruned down the over bloated wage bill of about N6 billion it inherited to N3.8 billion by May.

Gov Dickson, who urged the people not to see civil service as the best occupation, assured them of government preparedness to assist them go into commerce and other private businesses.

The governor said he had directed the appropriate government officials to announce the commencement of the recruitment of 1,000 graduates into the public service by next week.

He assured fairness and transparency in the recruitment processes.

Gov Dickson urged the public to report any government official who indulges in nepotism and other sharp practices to the appropriate quarters.

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