…urges them to key into ongoing reforms
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has sworn-in 14 new Permanent Secretaries into the state’s public service, charging them to adhere to ongoing reforms in seamless service delivery.
During the swearing-in ceremony of the new permanent secretaries in Government House, Benin City, Obaseki said: “If I find out that you violated any clause of the oath you took today, I would not hesitate to ensure that the law takes its full course; I mean it.”
“I have spent the last few weeks interviewing only those that passed the qualifying test to ensure you have the right ethics, background, and orientation to be the permanent secretaries Edo State deserves,” he added
He said the state government is introducing a new monitoring system to ensure documents, files, and mails do not stay in government offices longer than 72 hours.
In his words: “As governor, I respond to any mail or file that gets to my desk within 48 hours. I am putting in place a checking system to track how long documents that come for approval spend on the desk of any civil servant.
“If a document stays beyond 72 hours on any desk, an automatic query will be issued to that officer. We have to move the state forward. We are here to serve our people and when you delay documents, you delay decisions. If it is a no, say so and send the file out.”
The governor said his administration is determined to correct the ills of the past, stressing that: “We have committed enough resources to our work environment to ensure optimal productivity. There should not be any excuse for non-performance.”
He said the focus of his administration is to strengthen and reposition institutions for sustainability, noting that it was the responsibility of the new crop of permanent secretaries to change the system.
“The government is spending resources to build a public service training academy, with aids and tools to assist those willing to work hard,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of the new permanent secretaries, Irowa Osamuyi thanked the governor for the appointment, assuring that they will remain committed to developing the state.
“This is the first time in my over 25 years in service as a civil servant that I have seen merit taking precedence over other issues.”
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