From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Government has vowed to continue overhauling of civil service in order to make it more efficient and responsive to the demands of current challenges.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong stated this during the swearing in of some members of Statutory Boards and Commissions at the New Government House Rayfield Jos, recently.
Among those sworn in are the chairman and members of the state Civil Service Commission, Disability Rights Commission, Plateau Independent Electoral Commission and State House of Assembly Service Commission among others.
He said, the State Civil Service remains the engine room of governance which must be constantly upgraded to perform effectively, adding that, this has led to current audit to remove ghost workers and those who have tampered with their records to remain in office perpetually.
According to him, as experienced technocrats, the state will be relying on them to deploy the best of their skills, techniques, and experiences to track down ghost workers, and other fraudulent staff who have over the years tampered with their records to perpetually remain in service.
“This is the only way we can save cost and open up doors for the younger ones to be engaged in service and bring in fresh ideas about governance,” he noted.
He admonished the members of the Disability Rights Commission to be up and doing, assuring that he would continue to fight for the rights of people living with disability and ensure their welfare is given priority.
Speaking on the revenue generation, he said the target is to raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State to over N3 billion monthly, and charged the Chairman of the PSIRS to drive the process and ensure that the new revenue vision comes to pass.
The governor also harped on the issue of transparency and accountability by charging the Auditor General of the State; the Director General of Procurement; and the Member of the State House of Assembly Commission; to be up and doing particularly as they were coming into office when the state has already commenced implementing Full Autonomy for the Legislature and Judiciary.
He said, there is greater need for transparency, accountability and due diligence across the three arms to ensure that resources are used judiciously and for the benefit of the people.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, Mr. Luka Fwangyil promised to do their best and serve the state with diligence and honesty.
He promised that they would work in tandem with the mandate of the governor to cleanse the civil service and make it more credible.