A clarion call has been made by the Amalgamated Union of Public Service and Recreational Agencies to the Rivers State Government to revitalize public agencies.
The call was made by the Secretary General of the union, Comrade James Kobah while speaking at the Silverbird’s communication viewpoint, a phone-in programme at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
Comrade Kobah stressed the need for government to provide institutional framework that would give public agencies some level of independence noting that the way and manner they are being operated currently cannot sustain growth.
In tandem with the vision of the Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaech to inject efficiency in public-owned institutions Comrade Kobah stated that aside funding, the agencies needed improved manpower, and equipment to operate.
The labour leader decried a situation where public agencies are not allowed to conduct their statutory functions due to frequent intervention and hijack of responsibilities by politicians.
He argued that most of the public agencies are established to provide technical support and expertise in areas where the civil service is lacking. Comrade Kobah added that if public corperations are properly utilized, it would save cost for government.
With the transparency and accountability introduced by the Governor Amaechi led administration, Kobah argued that it would be difficult to sustain it if the agencies are not empowered to play their statutory functions.
Comrade Kobah disagreed with the view that the public service is over-staffed, “I think the policy of checking the pay slip does not have problem. A lot of the government owned agencies do not even have adequate manpower.”
According to him, the endemic problem in the public service can only be solved through a gradual process of reforms, by granting them ample independence to operate.
Commenting on the performance of the Governor so far, the AUPSRA scribe observed that the Rivers State Chief Executive has done much to transform the state.
Adding “people might not appreciate it now especially in the area of infrastructure but in the future when the projects are concluded they will.”
Kobah further declared, “I would think that the government has done well in the area of trust particularly I think the Governor has demystified governance.