By Wisdom Chukwu-Ohaegbule
Workers in the Rivers Civil Service have been groaning over the past eight years. They have been groaning over lack of promotions and retired ones did not see gratuity let alone pension. The massive buildings that house the state secretariat have been in the worst of shapes. Now, hope seems around the corner.
Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, affirmed that his administration will give priority attention to the welfare of Civil Servants in the state.
The governor gave the assurance during a visit to the Rivers State Secretariat Complex in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Governor Fubara, accompanied by the Head of Rivers State Civil Service, Dr George Nweke and Permanent Secretaries in the state arrived the state Secretariat Complex to the warm and enthusiastic welcome of visibly elated workers.
Addressing the workers, Sir Fubara said the visit is to make on-the-spot assessment of the state of the facilities at the Secretariat and to address the challenges with the intent of improving the productivity of workers.
The governor pointed out that the major challenges in the Secretariat include lack of functional utilities particularly the supply of water and security.
He noted that the state government had previously spent much money on water supply in the Secretariat, but there was no justification of the funds that were expended and called for investigation into how the funds were utilized.
The governor charged the Civil Servants to show commitment and dedication to their duties, as indolence and nonchalant attitudes will not be condoned.
Earlier, Governor Fubara held an inaugural meeting with the Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Port Harcourt with a charge to reorganize the state Civil Service for greater efficiency.
Briefing the press shortly after the meeting, the Head of Service, Dr George Nweke said the meeting provided an avenue for the Permanent Secretaries to intimate the governor on how to improve the civil service.
The Head of Service said the Permanent Secretaries assured the governor of their commitment to Strengthening the state workforce through the effective mobilisation of workers. They applauded the governor for his charge, renewed hope and consideration for the welfare of Civil Servants in the state.