The Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Lands and Survey, Mr. Christopher Briggs has described the on-going two months intensive computer training designed for surveyors and other staff in the survey department as a step in the right direction.
Mr. Briggs made the remark Monday during his facility visit to Survey Department in Port Harcourt.
He said that the training would enable the surveyors acquire the requisite skill that would enable them face their professional challenges particularly in the light of the Greater Port Harcourt City project, among others and therefore urged the recipients of the programme to take the training seriously to realise the set objectives.
The Permanent Secretary commended the efforts of the Acting Surveyor-General, Mr. Richard K. Madume for initiating the training programme for the department but cautioned that the training should be strictly based on what is needed for enhance service delivery.
He promised that the Ministry would not hesitate to positively reward hard-working staff.
Mr. Briggs used the occasion to warn staff who have been indulging in sharp practices that do not glorify the Ministry to dissociate themselves from such act as his administration would not condone it, saying that as civil servants they are supposed to show good example.
While being conducted round the offices by the Acting Surveyor-General, Mr. Briggs observed that some offices were unkempt and immediately ordered that the officers concerned should tidy up the offices.
In his reaction, the Managing Director of Roddfox Nigeria Limited, Mr. Fred Chidozie who also is one of the instructors in the computer training thanked the Permanent Secretary for finding time to visit the Survey Department and expressed confidence in their ability to impart to the trainees what is necessary for their optimal performance in the Ministry.