RSG vows to sanitize, improve Civil Service

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Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Chief Barr. Oris Onyiri welcoming the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo to the State Civil Service 2016 Thanksgiving/Dedication Service at the State Secretariat Complex Port Harcourt.
 
By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reassured Civil Servants in the State that the present administration would continue to accord top priority to welfare of its workers.
In a statement made available, signed by the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Paul Damgbor, Chief Wike gave the assurance, on Thursday while speaking at the Rivers State Civil Service 2016 New Year Thanksgiving and Dedication Service held at the State Secretariat premises in Port Harcourt.
The Governor who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said his administration recognizes Civil Service as the engine room of Government and promised to inject positive changes that would sanitise the system in line with the Policy direction of the New Rivers Vision.
Chief Wike noted that his administration would continue to pay minimum wages and pensions to Workers, and Pensioners, as well as Gratuities as incentives to staff to boost performance.
He stated that under the “New Rivers Vision”; Government expects workers to be more dedicated, maintain zero tolerance to corruption, shun lateness, absenteeism and other vices associated with civil Service delivery stressing that the hallmarks of promotions and appointments should be on merit.
“I want to see an Excellent Civil Service, where the workers would do their work well and stay away from partisan politics as career Civil Servants.” He stated.
Chairman of the Occasion, Chief Oris Onyiri who is also the Chairman , State Civil Service Commission ,said the theme of the Thanksgiving/Dedication Service ,”Integrity in Service” is apt, particularly as the present Government is bringing back integrity into public Service in the State.
Chief Onyiri urged the Workers to do away with identifiable negative tendencies that have bedeviled the Civil Service such as Age falsification and assured that Seminars and Workshops would be organized for retiring workers to equip them before retirement.
In his Sermon, the International Director of Greater Evangelism World Crusade, Pastor Isaac Olori, advised Christians to imbibe the attitude of thanksgiving, stressing that the greatest credentials that God requires of man is integrity and urged the Workers to be trust worthy in their duty which he said is a service to God.
Earlier, the Head of Service (HOS) Mr. Rufus Godwins said the State Government is committed to enthroning a virile and productive Civil Service and has paid salaries of workers up to date.
The Head of Service who explained the sacking of 14 Permanent Secretaries recently, said it was part of the process of sanitizing the Civil Service, as most of them had over stayed in the Service.
The event featured prayers for the Federal and State Governments, the National and State Assemblies, Judiciary, Local Government and Civil Service as well as choir ministration.

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