The Delta State Civil Service Commission has been challenged to address the rot in the state civil service by inculcating the right values and patriotism in civil servants.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave the charge today while swearing-in the Chairman and members of the Commission at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Asaba.
Those sworn-in are Chief Nkem Okwuofu, Chairman and Mrs. Roseline Amioku, Comrade Olumami Oyibo, Dr. Lawrence Pemu and Mr. Mike Oputa, who will serve as members of the Commission.
Governor Okowa emphasized that inefficiency, eye service, nepotism, indolence, godfatherism, waste and absenteeism had plagued the civil service hence the need to stamp out the negative tendencies to stimulate operational efficiency and productivity.
While congratulating members of the Commission on their appointment, the Governor said the new Board was an admixture of old and new members, selected after a screening process, adding that they were persons of integrity and experience in public service.
He said his administration had, in the last four years, taken steps to reposition the service to truly serve as a vehicle for the implementation of government policies and programmes.
According to him, resource optimisation, prudent management, judicious allocation of resources, good governance based on strict adherence to due process, continuous appraisal of structures and processes, professional work ethics, development of leadership skills across all strata of the service and zero tolerance for corruption should be the way forward in taking the service to the desired destination.
Governor Okowa added that the new civil service regulation 2019 which was unveiled three months ago, was part of his administration’s commitment to entrenching effective, merit driven and integrity based public service responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
While saying that the new multi billion naira state secretariat complex in Asaba which would soon be completied would bring the MDAs closer for greater efficiency, the Governor advised the Chairman and members of the Commission to work as a team for the realisation of set goals.
Responding on behalf of other members, the Chairman of the Commission, Chief Nkem Okwuofu, pledged redoubled effort aimed at strengthening the service in line with the state government’s policy directive, adding that no effort would be spared in total re-engineering and repositioning of the service to meet global standard.
The ceremony had in attendance, wife of the Governor, Dame Edith Okowa; the state Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori; his deputy, Honourable Ochor Christopher Ochor; the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshall Umukoro; the President, Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Stella Ogene and the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, among other top government functionaries.