Dr Malami Aliyu-‘Yandoto, the Chairman, Zamfara State Local Government Service Commission on Tuesday says efforts are on to computerise the operation of the commission.
Mr Aliyu-‘Yandoto disclosed this while declaring open a four-day training workshop for Local Government Secretaries, Directors of Administration and Directors of Finance in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop with the theme: “Effective Interpersonal Relationship among Public and Political Office Holders in Local Government Administration” is organised by the commission.
The chairman said that the training was very crucial for effective office administration, saying that it would reduce avoidable blunders.
“It is my intention before I leave this commission to make it a computerised commission with staff members with computer knowledge. I want the staff to have adequate knowledge of what they do,” he said.
Mr Aliyu-‘Yandoto said that the era when Zamfara was behind its peers was over, saying the state had cued in to become more relevant in the scheme of things.
He said that the state government had successfully traced the path to peace across the state, adding that nobody believed it could happen.
“I can assure you that we have achieved over 70 per cent of the expectations of those that elected Gov. Bello Matawalle into office. If you could recall during our campaign, we always hammered on peace, peace, peace.
“Little did we know that God almighty had made His own perfect arrangement for bringing peace to our state, we are indeed grateful to God.
“When we came on board, we had a perfect plan toward attaining peace in Zamfara but God in His wisdom, Matawalle called us to a meeting that he is going to test a formula of negotiation and dialogue.
“Matawalle insisted that there is no war in the whole world that ended with war, it either starts with negotiation and ended-up with war or starts with war and ended-up with negotiation,” he said.
He said in this case, God had seen the suffering of the people of Zamfara, adding that the governor opted for negotiation which had now culminated into peace all over the state.
According to him, everybody is now free to move to all parts of Zamfara without fear of being attacked and this workshop is part of the achievements of the present administration.
The Chairman advised all the participants to exhibit the spirit of loyalty, which he said was key to the success of any civil service.
“There is nothing that drives success in public service or civil service than loyalty, I advise all of us to be loyal to Matwalle and to be loyal to his government.
“If you are not ready to be loyal, you can excuse yourself. So, if you are grateful to God , then you have to be loyal to the leadership that brought you here,” Mr Aliyu-‘Yandoto said.
The Secretary, Zamfara State Local Government Service Commission, Bala Umar-Chafe said the essence of the workshop was to ensure smooth working relationships between civil servants and political office holders in the state.
He stressed the need for workers at various levels to be conscious of the level of relationships in the commission for effective service delivery in all the local government areas of the state.
Mr Chafe-Umar encouraged the participants to be active and fully participate in the workshop to improve their knowledge and skills.
Presenting a paper, Dr Abduljalil Danbaba of Kaduna State University, KASU, dwelled more on the Nigerian Public Service.
Mr Danbaba, who spoke on “Inter-personal Relationship among Public Servants and Political Office Holders in Local Government Administration”, encouraged the participants to always keep the secrets of their various offices.
He reminded them about the oath and promises taken before being employed into civil service, adding that there was every need for civil servants to work as a team to achieve organisational set goals and objectives.
The don lamented the huge cost of governance in Nigeria’s democratic system, advising that government’s interest should be directed toward addressing insecurity, infrastructure, poverty, joblessness and educational backwardness.
Mr Danbaba observed that as a society, Nigeria needed improved education to become a developed nation, adding that Nigerians were expecting efficient education system, improved healthcare and efficient local government system among others.