Gov. Ayade demands efficient service delivery from Civil servants

…opens training workshop for LG workers

Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, 4th from left, represented his boss, Prof. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State to flag-off the workshop in Calabar

Gov. Ayade demands efficient service delivery from Civil servants

…opens training workshop for LG workers

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Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has demanded efficient service delivery from workers of the State civil service beginning from all the 18 local government councils in the state.

The Governor made known his directive during the flagging off a 4-Day Training Workshop on the theme, “Capacity Building for Effective Service Delivery,” for staff of the Unified Local Government Service in the State organized by the Local government Service Commission.

Represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, the Governor maintained that there must be a pragmatic and deliberate detour away from the well-known notion that the Unified Local Government system in Nigeria pays so little attention to capacity building, training, and retraining of its staff in the Country.

Professor Esu stated that the state under the very watch of Gov. Ayade and his team have been taking a proactive and radical step to leadership in all facets of governance which is why the governor did not hesitate to support the workshop to ensure the capacity building of key Local Government personnel.

He commended the State Local Government Service Commission LGSC for the vision to come up with the workshop which is pertinent at this time when an expected large exit of personnel from the Unified Local Government system of the State will come within the next one year, occasioned by mass normal retirement based on 60 years of age and 35 years of service.

He assured that effort is intensified to ensure that the training programme covers appointed Council Officers and the transcend down the line to other categories of staff, explaining that the State government is aware that staff training and development has a singular objective of building the capacity and capability of participants for effective and efficient service delivery.

He urged the participants to take the training seriously to enable them to transmit the same knowledge acquired to others in their various Local government Councils in the State.

In his address at the workshop, the Head of Service of Cross River State, Mr. Timothy Akwaji Ogbang explained that the LGSC has a key responsibility in driving the architecture of bureaucracy of the local government level with discipline and training of staff.

Akwaji noted that the State civil service is on the verge of revitalization as he is determined to rejig the system for more functional and effective service.

A Cross-section of participants at the Workshop

The Head of Service asserted that Cross River runs a Unified service with a Head of Service to both State and Local government, charged civil servants to endeavor to take the service to the envisioned height to deliver based on effectiveness and efficiency by doing what is right all the time without fear or favor.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the LGSC Mr. Peter Adigeb disclosed that the Commission embarked on organizing the workshop with the theme, “Capacity Building for Effective Service Delivery for staff of the Councils with the aim for the Principal Officers to be well equipped with modern skills and knowledge of how to run the administration of the third tier of government in the 21st-century world.

He warned that staff who do not turn up for the training workshop would be made to face disciplinary measures, adding that the training was to sharpen the knowledge of the staff for efficient and smooth operation at the Councils level.

The workshop which featured presentations of papers on “Strict Compliance with Assets Declaration and Code of Conduct, Procurement, Planning, and Contract Management” came to an end today, Thursday, February 17, 2022, with other presentations on Budgeting and Budgetary Control, Human Capital Management, and also training on Pre-retirement Investment opportunities.

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