Benue Gov reads riot acts on Heads of MDAs, calls for effective service delivery

Benue Gov reads riot acts on Heads of MDAs, calls for effective service delivery
October 18 19:45 2023 Print This Article

.. Says more civil service reforms underway…

By Bridget Ikyado

The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev Fr Dr Hyacinth Alia has warned civil servants to desist from truancy, but uphold their duties for effective service delivery to the state.

The Governor gave the warning during a meeting with Head of Ministries, Departments and Agencies and Units of the State, civil service , which held at the Secretariat Complex in Makurdi.

According to Alia, the various Heads of Departments were to ensure staff adhered to diligence, hard work accountability, transparency, confidentiality discipline and team work.

“Accountability has to be built in your heart, the confidentiality we used to have in the service needs to be returned, as we take charge of our life style, so should the job be” ,he added.

He also urged the Head of Departments to ensure they lead by example, “if you show at work late, close when you want or you are absent, how do you want your subordinates to act differently”,he queried.

He further called for drastic change in attitude towards work for best results to be gotten.

“I am here to serve you and the state; you have accepted the Job to also serve the state in various capacities, I call for a uniform style of work to justify the prompt payment of salaries,

“We need to revive, revamp and reform the civil service and we have to change the narratives

“We must recaliberate to avoid embarrassing scenes and situations, this administration will not  tolerate laziness and truancy”, he said.

Gov Alia emphasized on the need for every civil servant to dress properly to work as it shows how one values the job.

“Let us bring back aura, respect and value again in to the civil service”, he appealed.

The governor stated  some reforms to be established in the civil service  includes:the automating of the entire civil service, which would register one’s presence or absence, adding that staff Productivity would be enhanced this way.

He also said the reforms would ensure, people due for promotions, where promoted as at when due.

Gov Alia also warned that overheads where not to be personalised but used to solve internal needs of the office.

He also announced that retirees would have a maximum of 120 days to get their entitlements.

He further urged Head of departments to have weekly meetings with staff to know their staff strength and their weaknesses, as it should be improved on.

The Governor added that affordable homes would be made available, just as the State Micro Finance Bank was revived to encourage small businesses for workers, especially for agricultural purposes and huticultre

“I encourage you all to have farms, but farming around  office premises must stop by November”, he said.

The governor called for  the rehabilitation and furnishing of the state civil service secretariat by the Ministry of Works as he said facilities especially restoration of light, water and other amenties were gradually fixed.

He however thanked all Head of Departments for working and attaining the position they were, saying “more is expected of you”.

In his reaction, Barr Sam Ode, the Deputy  Governor of the State, stressed the need for training and retraining of staff for optimal service delivery, while would commence soon.

“Gone are the days when civil service was grounded, office locked up, non pyament of salaries, work days were reduced to two days as the workers had three days for farming.

Earlier, the Head of State Civil Service, Mr. Moses Ogbogbo Ode thanked the governor and his executive members for finding time to have a first hand meeting with the staff.

He pledged the civil service support to the growth and enhancement of the state.

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