Gov DicksonBy Amgbare Ekaunkumo/Jerry Jonathan
Bayelsa State Students Union Leadership comprising of the National Union of Bayelsa State Students (NUBBS) Worldwide, Students Union Government (SUG) of Niger Delta University and the NANS Zone B leadership have thrown their weight
behind the ongoing civil service reforms embarked upon by the Dickson led Restoration Government.
This was contained in a joint press conference convened by the union’s leadership in Yenagoa following the crisis that engulfed the Niger Delta University, Amassoma.
Speaking on behalf of the National Union of Bayelsa State Students (NUBBS) Worldwide, the President, Comr. Okeren Benjamin said the ongoing reforms carried out by the state government is a welcomed development because it would save funds for development as well as provide job opportunities for young graduates roaming the streets in search of jobs.
Comr. Benjamin noted that the Bayelsa State civil service is bedeviled by many anomalies ranging from ghost workers syndrome, over aged workers in service; civil servants receiving salaries from multiply sources and outright hoarding of employment chances, hence the need for the reforms.
He commended Hon. Seriake Dickson for his determined efforts at providing\critical infrastructural development in the state especially the education sub-sector thereby laying a solid foundation for the development of the youths in the near future.
Also speaking, the Students Union President of the Niger Delta University, Rtd. Comr. Raphael Biweribo called on the students of the Niger Delta University (NDU) to remain calm as efforts are being put in place to ensure that school resumes in no distance time, emphasizing the need for everyone for the sake of peace and security maintain the peace and allow Government and all parties to resolve the lingering crisis.
Comr. Biweribo urged government to look into the genuine agitations of the Amassoma/Ogobiri people while also charging the agitators to sheathe the sword in order to amicably resolve the impasse and called on government to retire those due for retirement and reabsorb those unduly retrenched.
On his part, the leader of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NAN)
Bayelsa State, Comr. Zacchaeus Godfrey lauded the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for the timely passage of the Students Loan Scheme Law and the Governor for his accent, adding that the law will enable indigent and less privileged students access quality education at the expense of the state.
Comr. Godfrey condemned in strong term the senseless act that resulted in the untimely death of Comr. Eze Amadi, a student of the Niger Delta University, saying that the death of the student should be a reminder on the need for people to always toe the path of peaceful dialogue to prevent violence and death.
The union leaders appealed to Government and other well-meaning Bayelsans to come to the aid of the immediate past Senate President of NUBBS Worldwide, Comr. Gilbert Destiny, who is in dire health challenge involving both kidneys and urgently needs the sum of 10 million naira to carry out kidney transplant and ensure his survival.