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Obaseki Seeks To Employ Best Brains In Civil Service

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called on governments at different levels to employ the best brains in their civil and public service to rebuild the nation.
Obaseki made the call on Wednesday during the three-day BRACED Commission Strategy Retreat for Heads of Civil Service at the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy (JOOPSA) in Benin.
The Tide’s source reports that BRACED is an acronym for Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta – six South-South states of the federation.
Obaseki, the Chairman of the Commission, said Edo was currently employing its first-class graduates from different institutions in its civil and public service.
He added that the state had recently increased its workforce minimum wage to N70,000 to enhance better performance.
“Because we are hiring the best, we must pay them the way their counterparts are being paid in other organisations.
“So, if we must rebuild Nigeria, then the best brains must be attracted to work in the public and civil service.
“We cannot build our country and states if we do not build our institutions and infrastructure.
“So, it is so important that as we talk about building Nigeria, we must fix our bureaucracy that runs Nigeria at all levels”, Obaseki said.
He noted that the retreat would allow participants to brainstorm on ways to support one another in developing the civil and public service in the South-South region.
According to him, issues that are common to the service in the BRACED states will be discussed over the next three days, leveraging one another’s knowledge.
The Director-General, BRACED Commission, Amb. Joe Keshi, commended Obaseki for his foresight and commitment to building institutions as catalysts for development.
Keshi noted that the commission was established to achieve the brief of economic cooperation, integration, collective development, and harmonisation of state policies, ensuring the region’s global competitiveness.
According to him, the commission cannot achieve its objectives without knowledgeable, strong, confident, effective, and efficient civil service.
“As a result, the service must constantly reinvent or renovate itself to be able to respond to the emerging dynamics effectively and efficiently.
“One retreat is not enough but what is important is that as leaders of the service in your respective states, you leave here determined to initiate the changes”, he said.
The Guest Speaker and Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, said the traditional and orthodox approaches and metrics deployed in public service required recalibration.
Speaking on the topic, “Strategic Leadership in Civil/Public Service: Challenges, Opportunities and Future Prospects”, Olaopa said the civil service reflects the old model of administration.
He explained that public administration had had to contend with a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment that conditioned its performance, stagnating the civil service.
He said managing the public sector, therefore, demanded new, original and innovative out-of-the-box thinking and strategies to get results that would translate to real performance and productivity.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Edo State Head of Service, Dr Anthony Okungbowa, said the retreat was a gathering of brothers coming together to find solutions to the region’s civil service challenges.

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Okrika CTC Boss Empowers 1,000 People … Set To Pay Bursary 

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The Caretaker Committee (CTC) Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area, Hon Princess Ibiene Ogan, says her administration will continue to put the people of Okrika first in all her policies.
According to her, the essence of being appointed into office is to ensure that the people have access to the commonwealth of the LGA, in addition to working with all to promote peace and security.
Hon. Ogan stated this in Okrika during an empowerment programme targeted at 1,000 persons, including indigenes and those doing business in the area.
The CTC boss noted that the empowerment is to help cushion the challenging economic situation in the country, noting that it cuts across all the wards and every strata in the local government.
She disclosed that her committee was also looking in the direction of paying bursaries to Okrika indigenes in higher institutions.
While commending Governor Siminalayi Fubara for his efforts at carrying out various programmes and policies in Okrika, she declared their support and readiness to queue behind him at all times.
In his words of exhortation, the Anglican Bishop of Okrika Diocese, Rt. Rev. Enoch Atuboyedia, admonished the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the empowerment programme aimed at alleviating suffering amongst the people.
He particularly charged them not to squander the money on wasteful ventures that would not add meaning to their lives.
President of Wakirike Students Union, Benneth Wisdom, while praising the Caretaker Committee boss, assured her of the students’ support.
He expressed gratitude to the CTC boss for promising to look into bursary payment for students of Okrika origin.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Oba, was overjoyed, declaring that the CTC Chairman represents a new paradigm shift in the way and the people of the area were being carried along.
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Delta LG Polls: Oborevwori Urges PDP Candidates To Close Gaps

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Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the forthcoming local government Elections to close gaps and ensure total defeat of the opposition.
Oborevwori gave the charge, Wednesday, at the PDP mega rally held in Asaba to sensitise the party faithful and the people of the state ahead of tomorrow election.
He said PDP candidates must not rest on their oars, adding that last-minute campaigns had become necessary to ensure total victory for the party, Saturday.
He assured the people of a free, fair and credible election and cautioned against violence during and after the election.
The Governor, receiving defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties, said they were proactive in their decision because their parties would have lost in the election.
According to Oborevwori, the rally was organised to gather all the party faithful and leaders together after about one month of campaigning across the state.
“I believe in free and fair elections, but while we move from community to community, ward to ward and local government to another, no other party is campaigning.
“But to all the chairmanship candidates and the councillors, as you leave here today, organise roadshows and ask the people to come out with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to vote.
“Don’t assume they will write any result, because any result that is not genuine, whether for chairman or councillor, will not be accepted”, the Governor said.
He thanked the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the APC in Udu Local Government for defecting to the PDP.
“This is good for democracy, if you assess your opponent and you know that you cannot beat him or her, don’t contest; support your opponent in the true spirit of democracy.
“We are doing well in the construction of roads, bridges and flyovers across the state.
“So, the people of Delta are aware that we mean well as a government and as we go to polls on Saturday, there should be no form of violence, no fighting, just go there and cast your vote” he said.
Appreciating former Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for joining campaigns at the ward and local government in his area, Oborevwori pledged more sustainable developments in line with his MORE Agenda.
In his remarks, the state Deputy Governor, Sir Monday Onyeme, expressed confidence that the PDP would win all the seats across the 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
According to him, Delta is a PDP state, and the party has been working all through to woo voters across the state.
“We’ve worked hard, we shall win in all the LGAs and the wards, but I urge the candidates to reach out to all voters with their voter cards to vote for PDP.
“Since 1999, it has been PDP all the way; we are the winning team. We have built roads, empowered our people, established schools, and our state has been running very well”, the Deputy Governor said.
In their separate remarks, Okowa and the Speaker of Delta House of Assembly, Dennis Guwor among others, hailed the party for ensuring grassroots campaigns good to earn them 100 per cent victory.
Meanwhile, Delta PDP Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso, while receiving APC defectors from Warri South-West, Udu, Bomadi, and Burutu LGAs among others, said the rally was a celebration of victory for PDP.
“We do not have any rival; it is PDP all the way.
“In the past few weeks, we have taken campaigns to all the nooks and crannies of the 25 LGAs of the state.
“We have not seen other parties campaigning”, he said.

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Police Dismiss Corporal Over Dereliction Of Duty

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The Nigeria Police has dismissed Corporal Buba Adamu who refused to report at his new station in Kaduna where he was transferred to from Cross River State Command for nine years.
The corporal was said to have promoted himself to the rank of Superintendent and operated illegal activities in Cross River State command.
The spokesperson of the command, SP Irene Ugbo, made this disclosure at a press briefing in Calabar, yesterday.
She said that Adamu had operated as a “mobile police officer” without any supervision or reporting to a specific police command since 2015 when the transfer was made.
The dismissed corporal was alleged to have been receiving his salary in spite of not reporting at his new station.
Adamu’s lid was blown open by some concerned members of the Nassarawa community, a Hausa/Fulani settlement in Calabar municipality that had reportedly suffered from his illegal activities.
The community raised the alarm when they learnt that the police command was under pressure to release Adamu following his arrest.
Ugbo said, “As of today, Corporal Adamu is no longer a policeman, because he has been relieved of his duties.
“Every item, property belonging to the Nigeria Police in his possession, including uniforms, identification card and others have been retrieved.
“The matter has now been charged to court. It is left for the Judiciary. The court will take it up from where we stopped , as we have done the needful.”

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