Kaduna State Governor,Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Monday vowed inject vibrant youth into the state civil service system.
Governor el-Rufai made the vowed while launching the state public service revitalization and renewal programme to restore the professional pride and upgrade skills levels to match the best public services in the world.
Speaking at the launch of the programme which attended by stakeholders in Kaduna, el-Rufai,said his administration was elected on a platform of change that recognises the central role of the public service in delivering public goods and in promoting good governance.
The governor maintained that,it is now time to implement Kaduna
manifesto commitment to reform the public service, restore it to the
high standards of its founding “and to enable it to live up to the
substantive meaning of the phrase, ‘public service”
El-Rufai noted that the reform programme also offers a much-needed window to inject the vibrancy of youth into the public service.
“Due to the embargo on civil service recruitment that was imposed in 2008, and other factors, there are not enough young persons in the service. Government will deliberately recruit and inject young and motivated personnel to make the public service better,” he said.
The governor added, “having more young, well-educated persons in public service ranks will also result in the public service more
closely reflecting the demographic of the state it is serving.”
“Therefore, we have for weeks now opened a job portal on the state
government website and ran jingles inviting young people to upload their CVs there. Government will recruit from that database, and will as much as is possible encourage our private sector partners to source personnel from that portal.
“We say clearly to the young people of Kaduna State, this is your
chance to enter public service. Seize it and make a worthwhile career from truly serving the public.
“One of the key goals of the reform programme is to deliver a public
service that has a preference for merit, upholds high standards of
ethics and performance and is prompt and vigorous in enforcing
discipline. The system must recognize and reward honorable, committee and hardworking public servants, and punish the indolent,” el-Rufai said.
Earlier, Kaduna state chairman Nigerian Labour Congress,NLC, Comrade Adamu Ango,commended the governor for the initiative saying civil servants would continue to their best for effective service delivery.