By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
As part of the effort to revitalise the state civil service, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, Wednesday, flagged off a two-day workshop for 150 directors drawn from ministries and parastatals in the state.
The two-day workshop with the theme: The role of civil servants in sustainable growth and development of Nasarawa State, is holding at the Late Aliyu Akwe Doma Banquet Hall, in collaboration with GMASS Consulting and Solutions.
According to the Governor, the training is expected to reinvigorate the civil service for improved service delivery, in line with the policy thrust of his administration to launch Nasarawa on the part of progress and socioeconomic development.
While noting that the civil service is the fulcrum in the formation and implementation of government policies and programmes, Engineer Sule emphasized that the training session will afford an opportunity to study emerging challenges associated with current trends of doing government business.
The Governor used the opportunity of the event to harp on the need for political appointees and permanent secretaries to imbibe the spirit of togetherness by making sure directors are giving the chance to perform their responsibilities.
“I am happy the Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries are also here. The Directors cannot perform if the Commissioners and the Perm Secs continue to take away the responsibilities of the Directors.
“I want to urge my colleagues, the Commissioners to allow the Perm Secs to do their jobs and the perm secs to allow the Directors to do their jobs,” the Governor stated.
Engineer Sule warned that the purpose of the training, as well as the efforts of the directors, will not achieve the desired results if at the end of the training business continues as usual.
Speaking on the planned appointment of new permanent secretaries, the Governor further warned that only performance will be the benchmark for the appointment of a director as permanent secretary.
The Governor charged participants at the training to participate actively in order to tap from the resource persons wealth of experience.
In a welcome remarks, the Head of Civil Service, Abari Nicholas Aboki, commended the Governor for keeping with his campaign promise to revive, reposition and sustain the development of the state civil service through capacity building.
Earlier, Convener of the workshop, Professor Mohammed Isa Kida, said given the significance of directors in achieving government aims, it has become imperative to engage them strategically.
Prof. Kida disclosed that the workshop which will brainstorm on topical issues concerning the roles of the director, will see 9 papers being presented by seasoned academics and administrators.