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LASG Trains Perm Secs, Seeks Better Results

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The Lagos State Government yesterday trained its Body of Permanent Secretaries on competence to enhance their jobs.
Speaking during the three-day ‘On-boarding and Executive Development Retreat’ for Permanent Secretaries held in Victoria Island, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged them to perform their duties diligently.
Sanwo-Olu called on the Permanent Secretaries to work collaboratively, in line with the government’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, for the benefit of the citizens.
He urged them to be committed and to understand that they were in the public service to serve the citizens, hence, the need for better results.
The governor told the Permanent Secretaries to engage with, as well as treat their subordinate well, and turn the public service to an enviable one.
“Being Permanent Secretary is an enviable position that comes with a lot of responsibilities, because it also has a lot of expectations from the leadership and the people.
“We are all in public service, what is driving us as government is that we have promised our citizens. We are in the service to serve the citizenship.
“The citizens are more charged, they are more engaging, they are more daring, there are more questions they are asking of us.
“The citizens are not asking for things that are too difficult, they just want us to listen to them more, they just want us to address them on the services for  which they are paying, they just want us to do it quicker, faster and better.
“Let us in each of our ministries attend to the demands of the citizens. See yourself as part of that bigger team, ensuring you can deliver a Greater Lagos that we promised our citizens,” he said.
The governor enjoined the Permanent Secretaries to create effective and efficient working environment, so that they could deliver their responsibilities optimally.
In his address, the Head of Service (HoS), Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said that the retreat was a deviation from previous induction programmes held for newly appointed Permanent Secretaries.
He said that it would serve to close the competency gaps observed during the selection process.
Muri-Okunola said that the retreat would equip onboarding appointees with the skills and competencies needed to succeed in the Office of the Permanent Secretary.
He said that it would provide an avenue for existing Permanent Secretaries to evaluate their current performances in their various MDAs with a view to bringing about improvement.
The Head of Service said it would also serve as a refresher programme for existing Permanent Secretaries in some areas.
“In general, this retreat is an intervention programme meant to expose the 21st Century Public Sector Executive Manager to new realities in managing and administering the modern Public Sector workplace and the new normal for effective service delivery, which is the essence of governance,” the HoS said.

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SDP Wants Death Penalty For Election Riggers

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has advocated for death penalty against election riggers ahead of 2023 general elections.
This was as the party kicked against zoning of the Delta State Governorship ticket to the Central Senatorial District, saying in a state like Delta with its political maturity and as home to eggheads, competence must trump zoning.
Chairman of the party in the state, Amb. Oke Idawene, who is also the Chairman, Forum of SDP State Chairmen, stated this in an interview with The Tide source.
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for its decision to deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, in the September 11 state Assembly bye-election in Isoko South 1, Delta state, saying the technology helped to reduce incidents of multiple voting.
Idawene said the device was able to guarantee the credibility of voters’ accreditation by preventing incidents of multiple voting or the use of stolen Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to vote while the use of the incident form was eliminated.
On rigging, he said the problem is not with INEC but other stakeholders.
He said: “The problem we have right now is not INEC. It is the people. Somebody tried to snatch a ballot box in Isoko South and he was gunned down. I don’t like bloodshed, but that is the way to go. Ahead of 2023, the punishment for such electoral malfeasance should be death by hanging. Anybody rigging elections is an enemy of the people and must be so treated.
“With the BVAS, the votes were not adulterated. There was no rigging in that election. For the first time in Nigeria, I went for an election where until the morning of the elections, the collation officers were not known and the voting pattern was clear. “To this end, I think we should give INEC all the support for electronic voting, electronic collation and transmission of results. It is only then we can get genuine leadership and see Nigeria tilting towards progressive tendencies. I want to call on the National Assembly to support this BVAS and other technologies used by INEC.”

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Nwanosike Signs Four By-Laws

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The Executive Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike has signed four bills into by-laws.
While signing the bills at the Ikwerre Council Chamber, Isiokpo, which were passed by members of the Ikwerre Legislative Assembly, Nwanosike described them as very significant to Ikwerre people.
According to him, “Just hundred days in office plus, we are here today signing into law four bylaws. It is a feat that is worth commending”.
“I want to thank the leadership of the 9th Assembly to continue flying the flag of legislative activities in Ikwerre Local Government. 
“So, I want to assure them that the executive arm will continue to collaborate with them to make sure activities of government at the third tier level is done to provide dividends of democracy for the people of Ikwerre Local Government.
The Ikwerre chairman stated that the defaulters of the by-laws would be punished accordingly. 
“As a government we will do everything within our power to make that the laws are properly executed”, he added.
He commended members of the Legislative Assembly for doing their best to serve the people of the Ikwerre LGA.
In his speech, the Leader of the lkwerre Legislative Assembly, Hon. Nwobuisi Chikwe-Tasie, said that the by-laws would be monitored and defaulters made to face the law.
The bills signed into by-laws were the Internal Control and Regulation of Sanitation Activities in Ikwerre Local Government Area as well as the Recovery of Possession and Protection of Premises and Other Matters Connected Therewith in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Others were the Regulation and Control of Sawing of Premature Trees for Timber in Ikwerre Local Government Area and the Regulation and Control Operation of Motorcycles/Tricycles in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

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Author Urges Political Leaders To Empower Youths

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A  budding author, Iyke Ekwueme Amirize, has identified youth empowerment as the key to transform society.
Mr. Amirize in a chat with The Tide shortly after the launch of his book,” Political Milestones in Rivers State” recently, said youths should also be schooled in leadership.
According to him, when youths are fully empowered, it creates equity and peace, as those who are not positively engaged are liable to be used in carrying out violent acts.
On the tutelage of young people in leadership, the author submitted that exemplary life is very important as young people copy what they see around them.
Commenting on the book, Amirize said the publication seeks to mirror the development of Rivers State since its creation in 1967.
“ The book is all about the milestones in the state. It covers the traditional, educational and judiciary and legislature, including the electoral processes”, he stated.
He said that Rivers State was working towards massive infrastructure development, but had not gotten to a full developed state.
He urged government to give attention to security of lives and property, as a way of spreading the dividends of democracy, adding that “the youths also need scholarships and employments”.

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