The governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, has reportedly appointed 29 special advisers into his cabinet.
According to him, the appointments are part of the continued process of repositioning the structure of governance and productivity of the state.
The Leadership reports that the appointment of the nine women and 20 men took place on Monday, December 19 while their wearing-in took place on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
Those appointed include Barrister Belemu Nemine, the state chairman of a political group known as the Voice of the South-South (VSS), Barrister Alex Dumbo, Obosi Churson, Felix Omemu, Bernard Agai, Clifford Apina, Blessing Akpuluma and Henry Orumieyefa.
Others include former chairman of the Yenagoa local government council, Hon Michael Ogbolosingha, Wariowei Ebiwari, Akpoebide Alamieyeseigha, Mathias Abule, Hawkins Kalabo, Barrister Peter Afagha and Dr Anapurere Awoli.
Some of the men appointed further include Abednego Don Evarada, Hon Beinmopre Jonah, Hon Ayebaesin Edoghot, Pogoyon Beinmoyon and Nyanayun Tubo-Miela.
The appointed women include former commissioner for Women Affairs and Education in the state, Mrs Sylvia Brigidi, Ms Victoria Denenu and Sarafina Otazi.
Others include Charlotte Nweke, Ashanti Bekewei, Keseme Wilson, Mercy Zigha, Chrispin Augusta and Nengi Ebitimi.
A statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Daniel Markson-Iworiso, said: “The appointment is in the continued efforts at repositioning the governance structure by injecting quality manpower for greater productivity, in line with his policy of consolidating on the Restoration agenda.”
The appointment came just days after the 36 state governors agreed to cut down on the cost of governance, excessive travels and dressing to reflect the current economic challenges.