The Government of the State of Niger has reiterated its commitment to reposition the civil service to provide effective and efficient services to the people.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello pledged in flagging the distribution of civil service operational guidelines for local governments in the state at the Safara Motel Annex, Kontagora.
Governor Sani Bello, represented by the Secretary of the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, explained that the repositioning of the civil service at both the state and local government levels would support the goal of efficient service delivery, transparency and openness.
The governor instructed officials at all levels to continue to work hard to achieve meaningful results in implementing government programs and policies aimed at improving citizens’ quality of life.
Governor Sani Bello noted that every local government in the state is viable, hence the need for grassroots officials to exploit the potential in their area, stressing that the operational guidelines, if used correctly, will increase productivity and capacity.
He praised the Local Government Service Commission for distributing the operational guidelines to grassroots officials, saying that “the operational guidelines came at the right time in this era of reform”.
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In her comments, the head of the service, the state of Niger, Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar reaffirmed the commitment of the state government to transform the entire civil service in the state by providing an environment for effective service delivery, training and retraining of the staff, thereby enhancing professionalism, responsibility and transparency.
However, the HOS expressed optimism that the operational guidelines for civil servants in the third tier of government would undoubtedly update the knowledge, attitude and practice of the staff at the base.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Service Commission, Nuhu Garba Ngaski, stated that the Local Government Service Commission is stepping up its efforts to restructure the Local Government Civil Service for optimal performance.
According to the Permanent Secretary, “these efforts required creative strategies aimed at building the capacity and improving the preparedness of local government personnel.”
Meanwhile, the culmination of the occasion were messages of goodwill from the Sarkin Sudan, Kontagora, Alhaji Muhmadu Barau Muazu, the Emir of Kagara, Mallam Ahmad Garba Gunna, (Attahiru III) Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development and Essentials, Alhaji Kabiru Abbas, Chairman ALGON, Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Lalalo and the dissemination of the operational guidelines to some local government councils.