Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has declared the interest of his administration to work with the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to enhance and improve productivity in the state’s civil service.
The Governor made this known, while declaring open, the 45th National Council on Establishments (NCE) meeting hosted by the state government held at Command Guest House, Bauchi and applauded members of the council for working tirelessly and discussing on the best way of moving the Federal and State Civil Services forward.
Governor Bala Mohammed said the Civil Service as the organ responsible for implementing government policies and programmes, has been receiving the attention it deserves by his administration since coming on board in 2019 and has made concerted efforts towards motivating and improving the standard of living of civil servants for greater productivity and result orientated service.
He mentioned some of the efforts made to include implementation of the N30,000:00 National Minimum Wage and consequential adjustment, prompt payment of salaries and pensions, renovation of Abubakar Umar State Secretariat Complex and the 20 Local Government Areas Secretariats and Distribution of Vehicles to the last batch of newly appointed Permanent Secretaries.
The Governor said in an effort to address shortage of man power in the state’s civil service, his administration has given approval for the employment of new workers across the critical sectors of the State Civil Service as well as the establishment of a skill acquisition centre for the training of youths and women in technology and innovation to enable them to acquire the much-needed manpower to make them self-reliant.
Governor Bala Mohammed therefore used the medium to thank all Bauchi State Civil Servants for their support to his administration and urged them to strengthen their relationship with the Government for a sustained and effective service delivery through intensified professionalism, attitudinal change and dedication to duty.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, on her part, said the meeting of the council is coming at a time when there is high demand for more responsible civil service, hence the need for stakeholder-collaboration to enhance efficiency in the public sector.
She said the revised Public Service Rules unveiled brought in new innovations into the Service which includes extension of maternity leave from 16weeks to 112 days, introduction of 14 days paternity leave, increase in disengagement allowance to 25 percent and the introduction of the tenure policy for Permanent Secretaries and Directors to check stagnation and ensure career advancement of officers.
Dr. Folashade said as part of commitment to attitudinal change, her office has embarked on a robust Change Management movement geared towards making the Civil Service attain the new ‘AMPLE’ culture, of an Accountable, Meritocratic, Professional,
Loyal and Efficient Service.