Governor of Plateau state, Barr Lalong, has posited that the state has lost time for qualitative service, which would have gotten it out of the woods. “We have lost resources on account of crass corruption in public space. Now is the time for honest and truthful service that will serve the cause of humanity,” Lalong said.
The governor told his newly appointed permanent secretaries and members of commissions, while inaugurating the commissions’ members and the newly sworn-in permanent secretaries on Monday at the Government House, Little Rayfield Jos.
He said, “Our country is not in short supply of people of experience, education and exposure for service; it is the right attitude of service premised on the right values, which this experiences and education have not served in the past that is a matter of concern to us as a country.”
Governor Lalong warned them to know that their personal integrity, if nurtured, will be deployed through the tool of their experience, training and education to serve the greater good of the society.
According to him, their personal integrity is, therefore, key to the running of a successful office, which will make them execute the duty of office in line with the policies, principles and procedures that have been set in place for good governance.
He said, as Preeminent Secretaries, Chairmen and Members of Commissions, the task against them is to administer public trust – which is the commonwealth of the citizens, the learned and the unlearned, the strong and the weak, educated and uneducated, the aged, the infant and even the unborn.
“This opportunity is not an opportunity for primitive accumulation of wealth; it is not a period for corrupt enrichment but a period of service,” he said, and warned them that, government would employ the carrot-and-stick approach in ensuring quality service delivery across all sectors. Where the carrot does not work, the stick would be deployed to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations.” he stated.
Lalong maintained that, “We will not only bark but bite;” and warned that those, who cannot serve meritoriously, should simply relinquish the office honourably.
Those inaugurated include, Civil Service Commission (Statutory Commis) with 5 members, which are: Chief Daguk G. Fompun as chairman; Mr Elisha Aku Amanchi as permanent member 1; Mr Toma S Dalok as member 2; Alh Abdullah Usaini as member 3, and Mr William Audu as permanent member 4, respectively.
Also, the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board has Mrs Sarah Ramadan as member 1; Alh.Yahuza Yusuf as member 2, and Mr Linus Waklek as secretary of the commission.
Others include the Judicial Service Commission (statutory), which has Mrs Irene Pientel, while the Local Government Service Commission has Robert Taple as the chairman; Mr Pam Danzos, Commissioner 1; Hon Sebastian Alkali, Commissioner 2.
Additional roles include: the Plateau State Disability Right Commission – with Mr James D Lalu as chairman; Mr Diengmuk Damasus Mwa as member; Mrs Kyennan Mizim as member; Mrs Patricia Pam as member, and Hajiya Hauwa Adamu Bazza as member.
While the new permanent secretaries are: Dr Ezekiel Pam, Mrs Martiana Joseph Azi, Dr Gabriel Mafulul, Mr Patrick Gamde and Mrs Hassana Ayiku.