Bayelsa to Give Legal Backing to Order of Precedence and Protocol
22 OCTOBER 2012
The Bayelsa state Government has inaugurated a committee on preparation
of order of precedence and comprehensive protocol list in the state.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who inaugurated the members at the executive
council chambers, government, house, Yenagoa, said the need arose
because of the absence of a proper protocol services in government.
According to him, “part of what we found missing when we came into
office was the absence of proper protocol services, procedures and
practices and tradition in government.
“Government has its
tradition and those in government must conform to certain standard or
behaviour in their public or private conduct”. Describing the committee
as very important, the Governor said, with its inauguration, government
will be presented with an ideal order of precedence it will adopt and
follow in all its formal transactions.
Dickson, while noting
that the existing protocol list creates a lot of confusion, charged the
committee to develop a comprehensive one and also look at the applicable
laws as contained in the acts of the national Assembly to see how it
can be reviewed for use in the state.
He stressed the need to
accord recognition to people by virtue of their position and others for
their personal achievements and contributions to the service of the
The Governor noted that such persons need to be in the
protocol list of government. “When there are formal events, the events
are open but not open to everybody and the protocol list is what guides
“So it very, very important aspect of
the tradition of government and this we found to be inadequate”, he
opined. Dickson gave approval to the recruitment of young men and women
into the protocol service of the state in addition to co-opting those
with the required experience from all arms of government to enable
people attending government programmes get the right attention.
For its permanent usage in governance, the governor stated that he will
soon forward a bill to that effect to the state house of assembly for
legislation so that the order of precedence and protocol list can become
a law in the state.
He called on the public and the state
house of assembly to send in names in their constituents who they feel
deserve to be in the protocol list while also calling on the speaker of
the house of assembly to inform his colleagues in the house on the
The Governor also used the occasion to announce that
government will soon inaugurate a committee on values. In his response,
the secretary to the state government, Prof. Edmund Allison Oguru, who
is chairman of the committee, assured the governor that the members
would give their best to make the assignment a success.
expressed pleasure to serve in a committee, which he described as made
up of highly qualified individuals while accepting the onerous
responsibility of chairing the committee.
Other members of the
committee include the chief of staff, government house, the director,
state protocol, the Attorney-General and commissioner for justice and
the clerk of the state house of assembly.
The rest are the
commissioner for information and orientation, the chief registrar, High
court of Justice, permanent secretary, ministry of local government and
community development, the chief press secretary to the governor and
Mrs. Timi Okara-Schiller.