He urged all members of the state executive council and political appointees to imbibe team spirit. Macmanuel was until his appointment the Special Adviser to the Governor on Secondary Education. He replaces Mrs Didi Walson-Jack who was deployed to the Government House as the Chief of Staff. The governor charged the new appointees to render quality service to the government and people of the state. He also warned them not to engage in unnecessary bickering and acts capable of distracting the government from implementing its development plans. While expressing confidence in the ability of Macmanuel to deliver on his mandate, the governor noted that there were challenges ahead, and urged him to rise to the challenges. “You are joining us at a time the restoration train has moved for about a year and a half. A lot is happening, but a lot still lies to be unfolded.
“As you have joined us, we expect loyalty, hard work and selfless dedication to assignments, formal and informal that will be assigned to you,” he said. Dickson urged the commissioner to urgently liaise with his predecessors and the permanent secretary in the ministry for proper briefings. He said that would enable him swing into action and unfold government’s programmes in the sector. “You are assigned to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Manpower Development. “In this ministry, you have your hands full because we have enormous problems in job creation, youth management and encouragement of science application in all spheres of our lives. “Like I said, some work has been done, there is an ambitious programme of empowerment to be unfolded; so I expect you to work, get briefings from your permanent secretary, chief of staff and others who are involved. “So, in no distant time, our people will get empowerment whether they are women or youths. “They will have special empowerment schemes, and all these programme will have input from your ministry,” Dickson said.