Sadness And Joy Meet As Bayelsans Receive Appointment Letter
It is few months to the end of the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson and he has began the doling out of appointment letters to indigenes of the state.
Governor Dickson had last year announced that 1,000 persons would be employed and the fulfilment of that promise has started amidst tears of joy and complaints of sadness and disappointment.
The day for 'status change' finally came for at least 1,000 persons, as the issuance of appointment letter from the government of Bayelsa State began.
But on Monday, however, not up to 200 letters were handed over to the employed persons.
The day had been fixed last week, but so many of the persons that took part in the last text who were not sure whether they made it or not also showed up.
On the last day of the test, a computer base test, the over 20,000 applicants had been cut down to 4,000.
At the end only 1,000 persons had their names crested on the paper that now represents government's authority to become one of the persons that will receive wages' alert from the oil-rich state by the end of every month.
At the event held at the DSP Alamieyesiegha Banquet Hall in Ovom, Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gbaribiogha Jonah (rtd), handed the successful applicants their appointment letter one after the other in alphabetical order.
The Chairman of the state Civil service Commission, Mr Peter Singapore, said it was imperative for them to go alphabetical to avoid gossip.
"To assure you that all your letters are intact, we will start alphabetically.
"Congratulations as you receive yours today," he said just before the announcement of the names began.
The noise was huge, even as the Governor, Seriake Dickson, addressed reporters.
He said it was a fulfilment of his promise to the indigenes of the state.
Some persons remained expectant of receiving a letter, but not more than 200 letters were issued by the government officials, Bounce News' correspondent reports.
The announcement of names suddenly stopped even before one could count to 200. Over 800 letters are still with the State Civil Service Commission and the rest employed persons, who could not get their letters, were told to go to the Civil Service Commission on Tuesday for their letter.
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After receiving her letter, Serah Mamadu said she had left school since 2007 and was happy to have made it to the last stage.
"God did if for me without any godfather.
"I thank the Governor for giving us the opportunity to serve in Bayelsa State government," she said.
Another recipient of the letter, Charles U., who said he was from Southern Ijaw, was happy to have gotten a job after three years of searching after graduation from the Niger Delta University.
"All to the glory of God and thanks to the talk-na-do-Governor for a transparent process.
"I never imagined that this will come to me," he said.
He gave thanks to God and asked other persons who had desired the job to keep faith alive.
Tomorrow is another day and over 800 persons are still looking forward to their letters.
Getting a list of the total number of persons and their name has been a difficult task.
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