Dickson swears in new SSG, urges him to bring his experience to bear
Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has sworn in Mr. Kemela Okara as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), charging him to bring his wealth of experience to bear.
Dickson noted that Okara is not a stranger to the programmes and policies of the restoration government and therefore should not find it difficult to execute his functions, as a lot is expected of him in the new assignment.
He urged the new SSG to rise above board, while announcing to all that Okara did not lobby for the job, but was appointed because of his track record in private and public service.
He said Okara displayed his track records while serving the state as the commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment and expressed confidence in his ability, but reminded him that part of his responsibility would be to coordinate the day-to-day activities of the government for the overall good of people of the state.
He noted that the office of the SSG is very sensitive, as it is the fulcrum of government’s officialdom and so he must learn to keep private matters private while discharging his day-to-day functions.
Okara, who hails from Bumoundi in Ekpetiama Clan of Yenagoa Council, a lawyer, served as commissioner from April 2014 to February last year and was re-appointed to the same portfolio on April 13, last year after the governor’s re-election for a second term.