Edith CHUKU/Gift EREBAH, PH
The Rivers State government has assured civil servants in the state of more promotions, urging them to be steadfast, loyal and committed to supporting the administration.
The governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, stated this on Tuesday, at the Main Bowl of the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, during the state civil service week/awards ceremony 2023.
This year’s event with the theme, “digitalization of work process in the public service, gateway to efficient resources utilization and national development” featured a visit to Children Home, Borokiri, Port Harcourt and Home of the elderly, Harbour Road.
Other activities to celebrate the 2023 civil service week included a thanksgiving service at St. Jude’s Military Church, Birabi Street, a press conference by the head of service, cultural displays, presentation of awards, lectures, interactive session, among others.
In his speech, Fubara, who was ably represented by his deputy, Prof. Ngozi Ordu said, “I felicitate with you on this auspicious occasion today, which marks a very important milestone in lives and career of every civil servant. The theme has been recited over and over again, which is digitalization of work processes in the public service and gateway to efficient resources utilization and national development.
“This theme is apt and indeed gives direction towards the next higher phase of the Rivers State Civil Service. The government of Rivers State will continue to recognize the consensus contribution and sacrifices of civil servants in the state.
“This emphasizes our unflinching disposition to support the civil service which is the machinery through which the government implement its policies and programmes.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the unprecedented support that you gave us, the governor and his deputy before, during and after the elections. We do not take your support for granted, we will always give attention to matters concerning civil servants because my deputy and I, are a part of you and we know where the shoe pinches.”
The governor assured that, “promotion is ongoing, so if you have missed two or three it was taken into consideration.”
He further encouraged civil servants to, “be steadfast, loyal, and committed to supporting the administration, continuity and consolidation, our father Ezenwo Wike had laid the foundation.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the head of civil service, Dr. George C. Nwaeke explained that, “the civil service week is celebrated annually in Nigeria, in compliance with the 1999 Tangler Declaration by African Ministers for Public Service, which is set aside for celebration of African Public Service Day (APSD) to recognize the values and values of the Service to the country.
“The civil service week offers a platform for civil servants to come together as one, to deliberate on fundamental issues bothering on the progress of the Public Service, with a view to seeking viable ways to continually improve the conduct of Government business.”
Nwaeke continued that, “generally, the civil service plays a major role in government. It is the Civil Service that interprets and executes government policies. The strength and indeed the success of any government is metered by the quality and dedication of its Civil Service. Otto Von Bismark, a German Politician and Diplomat(1867-1871) captured the important role of the Civil Servants in these words, “With bad laws and good civil servants, it’s still possible to govern. But with bad civil servants even the best laws can’t help. “This underlines the inestimable role expected of each and every civil servant. We must therefore understand that the Civil service is a noble calling that requires selfless and a genuine desire to make positive impact in the society. The Civil Service is not just a job just a job, it is a commitment to serve the people with dedication and integrity. We must put the needs of the society above our personal needs.
The head of service emphasized that, “It is therefore very important that Civil Servants take every aspect of their jobs seriously. We must understand that our inactively or inefficiency in any form will disservice to the general populace. On the other hand, we can improve the quality of life of our people by approaching our jobs with more commitment.”
He thanked the governor for approving the celebration of the 2023 Civil Service in the State. Even as he, “urged all civil servants and indeed the good people of Rivers State who have come out to celebrate with us, to please listen with rapt attention as I believe we will all enrich our knowledge.
“On behalf of all Civil Servants in Rivers State in Rivers State, I wish to sincerely thank the Civil-Servant Friendly Governor, His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, GSSRS, for his magnanimity towards providing an enabling environment for workers in the State.
“Today, electricity and water supply within the respective in Blocks have greatly improved. The lifts are now functional, which makes movement within offices stress-free. Also, promotion letters have been released to deserving Civil Servants, and more letters are being expected in no distant time as the Promotion Exercise is ongoing process.
“The provision of Free Mass Transit Buses for Civil Servants is indeed, a welcome development and a deliberate measure by this present administration to mitigate the biting effect of the removal of fuel subsidy. It is a laudable move to remove the transport burden faced daily by civil servants.”
Nwaeke further assured that, “On our part as Civil Servants, let us therefore use this occasion of our celebration to rededicate ourselves to the provision of quality service. Let us make a firm resolve to reciprocate His Excellency’s great kindness by rediscovering our respective offices, and discharge them with utmost dedication.”