RSG Plans Modern Civil Service

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The Rivers State Civil Service has reiterated its willingness to partner with key actors in human development and capacity building for a virile Civil Service capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
The Rivers State Head of Service (HOS), Mrs Esther Anucha, who stated this Monday, at the opening ceremony of the 2009 Civil Service Week celebration in Port Harcourt, noted that partnerships are necessary for the building and sustenance of a modern Civil Service.
Mrs Anucha stated that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service adding that the state’s Civil Service would employ all available means to improve upon its service delivery for the sustainable development of the state.
In her words, “the Civil Service is the major institutional framework used by government to implement its policies and programmmes. The public/private patenrship (PPP) initiative of the Rivers State governor has improved upon the areas of modern and befitting transportation system, health care delivery, housing and educational development.
The civil service is also open to and willing to collaborate with key actors especially in human capital development and capacity building of our civil servants, to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
The HOS revealed that so far, the Rivers State Civil Service has been engaged in continous training, awareness of changing domestic needs and the responsiveness to global challenges and opportunities in order to maintain competence and effectivness among civil servants.
While explaining that the objective of the celebration is to highlight the contributions made by the civil service in the developmental process of the continent and to recognise the work public servants perform, Mrs Anucha maintained that partnership with resource bodies would provide a modern, efficient and effective civil service which she said” “is critical to the success and performance of government.”
She lauded the Governor Amaechi’s led administration which had placed the welfare of the state’s Civil Servants on the front burner by allocating the 1st, 2nd and 3rd phases of the Marine Base quarters totaling 109 units to civil servants on owner-occupier basis, payment of 15% consolidated salary, allocation of 40-60 seater capacity welfare buses, approval of functional vehicles for directors and MDA’s, the on-going ICT training among others.
The HOS assured the government that Civil Servants in the state would reciprocate its good gestures by remaining committed to facing the challenges of change in the state for increased, efficient and effective service delivery.
Giving his closing remark, the chairman of the occasion, Chief (Dr.) E.S. Etete-Owho 11, noted that the year’s celebration has gone a step further by acknowledging not only civil servants that are serving but those that have served.
He charged civil servants to think of their contributions to the state adding that their efforts would be remembered.
“The awards and certificates giving to you are meant to encourage you to improve on your performances” for subsequent rewards”, he stated.
Highlights of the events include presentation of papers by resource persons, and awards to selfless and creditable civil servants for their diligence, integrity and efficiency in the performance of their duties to the state.