The Executive Governor of Delta State has re-emphasized the important role of Civil Servants as key drivers of the image and structure of government’s operations.
His Excellency, Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa made this statement during the opening ceremony of the 41st meeting of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) on Thursday, 7th November, 2019 in Asaba, Delta State.
Governor Okowa stated that Civil Servants as key drivers of the image and structure of government’s operations are in the value chain of the Civil Service to run a participatory governance process, which should enhance service delivery through professionalism and the building of a harmonious working relationship.
The Deputy Governor, Dcn. (Barr.) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro who represented the Governor reminded delegates that as bureaucrats, they are Chief Accounting Officers in their respective offices. They therefore have a great role to play in the implementation of government’s decisions and policy focus.
The Governor advised delegates to conform strictly to the requirements of the Civil Service in the discharge of their responsibilities, be non-partisan and ensure that discipline is professionally injected into the service without political bias.
Governor Okowa also enjoined the Council to come up with fresh ideas that will help in building a virile public service capable of sustaining the democratic experience and yearnings of Nigerians.
Chairman of Council and Ag Head of Civil Service of the Federation, (Ag. HCSF) Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan in her keynote address explained that ‘the meeting of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) is a veritable platform to exchange ideas and views on the state of the Civil Service with a view to proffer options and directions for improvement in our processes, procedures and systems of operations’.
According to her, the Council is uniquely placed to advise the Federal and State Governments on matters pertaining to staff establishments, grading, salary structures, conditions and schemes of service and general welfare of civil servants.
Dr. Yemi-Esan observed that the pool of experiences, skills and competences available in the civil service will undoubtedly be required to assist in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes to overcome problems arising from the drop in the economic fortunes and other social challenges currently besetting the country.
The Ag HCSF therefore advised delegates to ensure that decisions and recommendations of the Council on matters of importance to Civil Servants are made with the sole objective of ensuring high performance and enhanced productivity.
Dr. Yemi-Esan expressed optimism that with the wide and rich experience and knowledge of the civil service structures and processes the service will evolve a workforce that would be result oriented, focused and efficient. These according to her are necessary attributes to attain the goals articulated in the change agenda of the present administration and move the civil service of Nigeria to the next level.