Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has said that only performance will be the benchmark for the appointment of directors as Permanent Secretaries of various ministries in the state.
Speaking during the flag-off of a two-day workshop for directors in the state, Governor Sule said that the era of lobbying for appointment as permanent-secretary is over.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the two-day workshop was themed: ‘The Role of Civil Servants in Sustainable Growth and Development of Nasarawa State’, is expected to reinvigorate the civil service for improved service delivery.
According to the governor, the training session would afford an opportunity to study emerging challenges associated with current trends of doing government business.
The governor harped on the need for political appointees and permanent secretaries to imbibe the spirit of togetherness, saying that such practice could only be achieved by making sure directors are given the chance to perform their responsibilities.
He said: “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 Permanent Secretaries to do their jobs and the Perm Secs to allow the Directors to do their jobs.
“Only performance will be the benchmark for the appointment of a director as permanent secretary”.
He charged participants at the training to participate actively in order to tap from the resource persons’ wealth of experience.
In his 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.
Speaking earlier, one of the resources persons, Prof. Mohammed Isa-Kida, said given the significance of directors in achieving government aims, it has become imperative to engage them strategically.
Mr Kida disclosed that the workshop which would brainstorm on topical issues concerning the roles of the director, would see 9 papers being presented by seasoned academics and administrators.