How I Was Denied Promotion Because Am From The South Ex-DSS Says Anyone From The South Is Already Disadvantaged When It Comes To Federal Positions
Matthew Seiyefa, former Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) has said that those from the Southern Nigeria are already disadvantaged when it comes to leadership positions at the Federal level.
Seiyefa reportedly said this at the launch of the Bayelsa Tertiary Education Loan Scheme in Yenagoa, the capital of the state according to this ThisDay.
Matthew Seiyefa, who is from Bayelsa State was briefly appointed as DSS Director General on August 7, 2018, when Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacked Lawal Daura as Director General of the DSS following the invasion of the National Assembly.
Seifeya was compulsory retired by President Muhammadu Buhari less than one month after and was replaced by Yusuf Bichi, the present head of the DSS.
Seiyefa, who spoke about the days before his compulsory retirement said John Pepper Clark, a notable scholar and Hon. Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, stood solidly behind him.
According to Seiyefa, “I want to sincerely thank two personalities who encouraged me during that period (crisis in the leadership of DSS). Prof. JP Clark, who was in Lagos and constantly encouraged me not to give up but to stay and His Excellency, our dear governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson.
” In fact, on two different occasions, he offered to employ me if I should leave, but I stayed the course.
When I August 7 last year happened, I was told of the jubilation in Bayelsa state. That they heard that one of their own is now the head of a Federal Security Agency. People even went to beer parlous, they bought drinks and they were so happy and that moment of shared stakeholding in Nigerian Nation is very important.
“The moment of celebration that we too belong here is very important. But people made it happen and His Excellency is one of them. I appreciate what we have been through as a people.
“Education is important as has been said, is it. I particularly want to encourage the boarding schools, because in the years to come, as far as I am concerned, that will be the game-changer.
When I look back at my own story, the secondary school that I attended made all the difference. And for the young people, at the corporate and Federal level, the years ahead will be very tough, competition will be very fierce and hard.
“Because you are from here (South), you are already disadvantaged. But if you are also poorly educated, then that is double jeopardy and you will be doubly endangered.
“As it is, we are poorly represented at the Federal level. Since you are already disadvantaged coming from here, if you don’t have quality education, then you don’t stand the test of time.
On occasions, during my career, I was denied promotion, not because of anything else, but because people were being positioned. That is the reality. But if you are good and have a point to make, they will look at you in the end because you don’t have any traditional ruler to run to, no religious leader to run to and that is the reality. Identity politics is a fact of life in our nation, ” he said.
Seiyefa is currently the Pro-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University (NDU) in Bayelsa.
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