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RSG To Decongest Over-Staffed Ministries

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The Rivers State Government has stated its resolve to redeploy civil servants in over-staffed ministries to under-staffed ones to ensure productivity.

Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi who gave the hint at a one-day stakeholders workshop on assessment of key public institutions organised by UNDP in Port Harcourt, yesterday said the move has become necessary following the non-challant attitude of civil servants in the state.

The governor, who was  represented by his Deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru said government do not have plans to retrench any civil servant, but is determined to encourage efficiency.

“The only thing we want to do is to ensure that if for instance, only 2000 staff are needed in ministry of education, and the ministry has up to 3000 workers, what it means is that the remaining 1000 staff will be shifted to other ministries that are less than 2000 to enhance efficiency and productivity, he said.

He stated that government’s plan is geared towards ensuring that every civil servant is engaged in their place of work to ensure productivity.

He frowned at a situation where civil servants are seen roaming the secretariat without carrying out their official duties, but at the end of the month such category of persons will be the first to collect their salaries.

‘Nobody wants to sack any civil servant, but what the government need is productivity”, he stressed. Reassuring the state workforce, the governor said, ‘Civil service remains the engine room of the government , stressing that your fears are unnecessary.

Prof Olusegun Matanmi, lead Consultant at the workshop stated that no government is likely to sack civil servants when there is unemployment problem in the country.

He said unemployment rates from 1997 to 2007 in Niger Delta states have confirmed the seriousness of the problem in the respective states.

“Unemployment rates had generally hovered from single –digit to double digit rates in the entire region.

“Although Rivers State, with an employment rate of 12.1 per cent in 2007, from  and unusual high 66.4 per cent in 2006, is not an exception”, he said.

He noted that the policy essence of such data on unemployment is in its usuage for development planning and social empowerment, through heavy investments in human capital development and entrepreneurial training for catalytic change and upturn of the economic base of the state”, he said.

Earlier, the special Adviser to the governor on International Donor Agencies, Barrister Bestman Nnwoka said the meeting was convened to ensure sustainability of government projects by establishing a formidable network to monitor the activities of such projects.

Sogbeba Dokubo

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ITF Rates EEDC High On Human Resources Dev

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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has adjudged the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) “Best in Human Resource Development for 2020.”
Presenting the award of EEDC headquarters in Enugu, the Area Manager, ITF Enugu, Mrs Uzoamaka Yahaya, said the award was in recognition of EEDC’s efforts in the area of human capital development.
Yahaya said that the company did tremendously well in staff capacity building within the South-Eastern part of the company.
“The EEDC, which is a South-East franchise power firm, clinched the coveted award for the first time by meeting and exceeding all the necessary training requirements and financial obligations,” she said.
Responding after receiving the award, the Head Human Resources, EEDC, Mrs Nkiru Chukwuma, appreciated ITF for acknowledging all that the company had been doing in empowering its personnel.
Chukwuma also reiterated EEDC’s continued commitment to the training and retraining of staff, bearing in mind that they remained its critical asset.

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Body Tasks S’East On Climate Change

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A United Nations (UN) affiliated Climate Organisation, Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement, has urged people of the South East geopolitical zone to key into climate protection movements and practical messages to stem the tide of climate change.
The group made the call during its South-East “Climate Strike and Green Walk”, which was sub-themed; “Clean-up Enugu” held last Saturday in major roads and streets in Enugu metropolis.
The members of POP, who evacuated refuse on the roads, carried placards with the following inscriptions: “There is No Planet B”, “Climate Justice Now,” “Recycle Don’t Waste” among others.
The Country representative of POP, Mr Samuel Okorie, said that the essence of the walk and sanitation was to educate the residents of South-East that “climate change is real” and to imbibe good climate habits.
According to him, “we are raising the consciousness of people in the South-East on climate issues, which is already affecting them through numerous erosion sites, extinction of some native crops and excessive heat.”
Okorie also called on Nigerians to jettison a practice that injures the climate and environment.
“Nigerians must stop indiscriminate felling of tress, bush burning, dumping of refuse on drains/waterways, dumping of industrial chemicals on water-ways and streams and building on waterways.”
The country representative challenged residents of the South-East on taking practical actions to support good climate and environmental practices.
Continuing, he further said, “We just need one person to take just one positive action to protect our environment and such deed we add to efforts to revise the current climate change.”
Speaking, Executive Director, Town Crier Initiative Africa, Mr Ogene Ogbodo, said that it was time for Nigerians to rise and reverse all negative habits that had brought climate change development to the country.

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Magashi, Aregbesola, Others Meet Over Insecurity In S’East

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Defence Minister, Retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi, his Interior Ministry counterpart, H.E. Raul Adesoji Aregbesola and Service Chiefs, over the weekend held a closed-door meeting on security challenges with all the Governors of the South East geo-political zone and other leaders of the political, religious and traditional institutions in the zone, at the Government House, Enugu.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, in his welcome address, described the Town Hall meeting as timely and apt, expressing optimism that the outcome of the meeting will engender the watershed to the security challenges in the South East zone.
The Governor who stressed the need for all government structures to uphold the security and welfare of the people as the primary purpose of government (enshrined in the 1999 Constitution), said that the consultation with the Service Chiefs and critical stakeholders of the South East zone, on the current security challenges, “underscores the centrality of this security responsibility in our consideration”. 
He, therefore thanked President Muhammadu Buhari over what he described as “desirable and laudable development”.

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