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Niger govt., FG to collaborate on capacity building, housing for workers

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By Hammed Salawu,Minna

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has said that his administration is  committed  to partnering with Federal Government through the Head of Service of the Federation to improve capacity, provide affordable housing and other welfare needs of civil servants in the state.

Governor Sani Bello stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Head of  Service of the Federation (HOSF), Mrs. Winifred  Oyo-Ita in Abuja.

The Governor disclosed that the  purpose of his visit was to explore areas of mutual interest in the effort at repositioning the State Civil Service for improved service delivery.

“We have very hardworking civil servants. But over time there has been gap in capacity building. Hence, the purpose of this visit is to explore areas where Niger State Civil Service will partner with the Federal civil Service on capacity building of workers for effective service delivery to the people.”

Governor Sani Bello said sustaining the change mantra at all tiers of government in the country required a public service that is not incline to material acquisition , but one that is built on uprightness, honesty and high sense of integrity in service delivery to the people.

“As we work to deliver service to the people, we require a civil service  that is upright, honest, effective, efficient,  innovative, futuristic, dedicated and in-tune with global best practices in public service. This is only achievable through constant training and retraining of civil servants. ”

Governor Sani Bello who expressed his willingness to key-into Public Service Reforms undertaken by Federal  Civil Service noted that despite paucity of funds and inheriting  a civil service with capacity- gap;  reforms and welfare of civil servants have been a top priority of his administration.

“We inherited a civil service with capacity gap. This has created some challenges at state and local government levels. We are already partnering with Public Service Institute. We are committed to consolidating on all areas of mutual interests for  benefits of state. We are also determined to  key-into Federal Integrated Housing Scheme  (FISH) ,  Efficient, Productive, incorruptible and Citizen-centred  (EPIC) civil service. and . ”

In her remarks, the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita commended Governor Sani Bello’s developmental strides in the state and assured him of her  office determination to partner with the state for a more effective service delivery.

She said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is focused on building a civil service that is more efficient, productive, result-oriented, financially accountable and corruption resistant.

 

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