As the construction of Block C in the Edo State Secretariat Complex by the Godwin Obaseki-led administration nears completion, civil servants in the state have heaved a sigh of relief at the prospect of working in a spacious and decent environment.
Those interviewed applauded efforts of the governor to reposition the civil service for optimum performance.
The construction of Block C in the Secretariat Complex commenced over 40 years ago by the late Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia-led administration, and was abandoned by successive administrations.
On assumption of duty, Governor Obaseki assigned a team of engineers to carry out an integrity test on the building. The team’s report showed that the block was in good condition and thereafter, the governor embarked on its completion
Mr. Ibrahim Momoh, a civil servant in the state, said that he has long considered the Block C building as a project which can no longer be put to use.
“I cannot believe what I am seeing. This building was abandoned for years and was home to reptiles for decades. I am very impressed with the completion of the building and again, the governor has shown how prudent he is as a manager, with the state’s resources,” Mr Momoh said.
Momoh added, “I believe that the completion of the Block C and the renovation of the other blocks within the complex will provide better working environment for civil and public servants.”
Another civil servant, Mr Joseph Osahon, described the completion of Block C as a step in the right direction, noting, “The governor has shown us that he has our welfare at heart. On completion, the building which is fitted with air conditioners and work tools, will enhance productivity of the state’s workforce.”
For Abraham Osayi, “what the state government is doing on the buildings within the secretariat complex, is a departure from the old order.”
She added: “We are seeing value for money and workers who will use the new offices will be spurred by the decent work environment to do more for the state government.
“The governor has also saved a lot of cost by completing the building as it would have cost more to embark on a new block of offices. We all must commend Governor Obaseki for his culture of getting the best from every naira he invests in any project.”
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