Diri appoints SSG, three others

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Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has approved the appointment of Nimibofa Ayawei as Secretary to the State Government.

Diri also named Peter Akpe as the Chief of Staff. Akpe was the Deputy Chief of Staff and later appointed acting Chief of Staff in the governor’s first term.

The appointments were announced in a statement issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Monday in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The statement added that Irorodamie Komonibo had been appointed as the new Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, while Alabrah retained his position as CPS.

Komonibo was the Principal Secretary to the Governor in his first tenure.


According to the statement, the appointments were with immediate effect.


Until this new appointment, Ayawei was the Executive Chairman of the Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue, a position he has occupied since 2016.

Ayawei was also a former Commissioner for Housing and Rural Development and had served as a lawmaker in the House of Assembly representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 4.

He has also held the position of General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of the Bayelsa State Housing and Property Development Authority, among other positions in the state.

These are the first set of official appointments approved by the governor about 40 days after his second-term inauguration on February 14, 2024.

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