Office of the Governor

The State Governor is the head of the Executive branch of the Bayelsa State Government. This position places leadership of the state on the Governor with command authority over the state affairs. The Governor is also referred to as the number one citizen of the State. Article II of the Constitution of Nigeria vests the executive power of the state in the governor and charges him with the execution of state law, alongside the responsibility of appointing state executive, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers subject to the approval by the House of Assembly.

LEGISLATIVE ROLE

Powers and Duties

The first power the Constitution confers upon the governor is the veto. The Presentment Clause requires any bill passed by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly to be presented to the governor for his assent before it can become law. Once the legislation has been presented, the governor has three options:
Sign the legislation; the bill then becomes law.
Veto the legislation and return it to the House of Assembly expressing any objections; the bill does not become law, unless the members of the house vote to override the veto by a two-third majority

ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS

The Governor has the authority to exercise the executive powers of Bayelsa State. The powers so conferred on him as well as administrative duties assigned to him are awesome and enormous indeed.
The governor as the head of the executive branch of the state government is constitutionally obligated to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The governor as well makes numerous executive branch appointments in the exercise of his administrative powers.

JUDICIAL POWERS

The governor also has the power to appoint the Chief Judge of the State. “Section 271(1) of the Constitution provides that ‘The appointment of a person to the office of the Chief Judge of a State shall be made by the Governor of the State on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the House of Assembly of the State.”
Governors may also grant pardons and reprieves, as is often done just before the end of a governorship term.

Selection Process

The Governor is directly elected by the people of Bayelsa State through a registered political party to a four-year term.

Chapter six of the 1999 constitution Nigeria as amended sets the requirements to hold the office. A governor must:

  • be a natural-born citizen of Bayelsa State.
  • be at least thirty-five years old.
  • be a member of a register political party and must be sponsored by that political party.
  • Must possess at least, the West Africa School Certificate or its equivalent.

Stay in Touch

Location

Creek Haven, Government House,
Yenagoa, Bayelsa State
Nigeria

Open Hours

8:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Monday – Friday

Contact us

Phone: +234-703 000 0000
Email: dcos@bayelsastate.gov.ng