By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reforming the civil service, noting that the construction of a wing of the Secretariat’s offices and institution of training programmes would strengthen service delivery.
Obaseki said this when he received the 2016 Annual Report from the Civil Service Commission led by its Chairperson, Princess Ekiuwa Inneh, on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
He said the state recognises the tremendous contribution of human resources in development, noting that the reforms being undertaken will increase productivity and set the state on the path of progress.
“As a government, human resource is our greatest asset. That is the key focus of our government. It is the human resources and their capacity that creates everything else needed to drive development. We will not retrench any worker, but rather create an enabling environment for them to thrive and be more productive,” he said.
Noting that the construction work at the State Secretariat was part of efforts to make the work environment conducive, he said, “If you want to get the best out of your workforce, one must create the enabling environment for them to thrive and effectively deliver on their responsibilities.”
Chairperson, Edo State Civil Service Commission, Princess Inneh, said the 2016 Annual Report is an overview of the state of the Civil Service in the state.
“The report shows the staff strength, existing vacancies, spread of the cadre, gender as well as local government distribution of workers,” she said, adding that a total of five Annual Reports have been submitted this year covering 2012 to 2016.