Civil servants in plateau state have been urged to see the need for to change their attitudes towards work, especially now that government is trying very hard to ensure prompt payment of salaries; and they should, in like manner, reciprocate that gesture of government by being more dedicated to work.
Speaking to Conscience Triumph in a chat by the Plateau State Head of Service, Mr Izang Azi, on Thursday in Jos, he said, “I want to see a situation where the quality of service delivery by civil servants is to be improved.”
He also maintained that “I want to also see a situation where the confidence that the general public will have for civil servants is to be there; not the kind of perception the general public has.”
He commended Governor Simon Lalong for being a listening governor, which has given a priority to issues of workers and has also given consideration on things that were lacking before.
He said, “We have been emphasizing – workers to come to work early; I mean punctuality to work, and not to close late,” adding that, “what we want is their loyalty to this government, and to be more productive and more committed to their work.”
Mr Azi spoke on his relationship with civil servants, saying that it has been very cordial and fruitful, especially with the Labour Union in the state.
“We’ve been trying to ensure that, if there is any issue or any problem, we meet and discuss and dialogue; through that, we have been able to resolve most of the issues that have been dragging for years.”
The Head of Civil Service explained further that, “We sit with them, explain things to them and situations on ground, which they also sometimes understand with us; but at the end of the day we have been able to understand ourselves and the relationship has been very cordial.”
On recruitment of new workers, he said due processes will be followed by advertising the positions through the Civil Service Commission, to enable interested persons apply on the positions they want.
According to him, “There are lots of vacancies that need to be filled up; we are waiting for the go-ahead from the government to enable us advertise these positions.
Mr Azi further explained that, 4,144 civil servants were promoted, including their secondary school teachers, and the exercise is for every civil servant, who is due for promotion.
He said “The promotions were done up to 2015, and we are planning to start another one now, which is for those who are due for 2016,” adding that, “this would be when we get the logistics any moment from now, to start the promotion exams.”
On the Housing Estate, Azi said, it’s still at the preliminary stage, and to which an MOU was signed through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development for the construction of 14,000 housing units for civil servants in plateau state.
He said, recently Governor Simon Lalong also signed an MOU with the Local Government employees, with the Medical and Health Workers Union as well as NULGE for the construction 4,250 housing units for its members, which work will soon commence.
The Head of Civil Service also pointed out that “Civil servants that provide the services should also be up-to-date in their knowledge and skills; that is one of the priority areas we have for civil servants in the state, which is by training them and, those, who intend to go for the In-Service training; and so many of them are on training right now.
“Some ministries and agencies are training their own workers through workshops and seminars; this is to ensure that we have a conducive working environment,” he said.