By Peter Duru
MAKURDIâ€”The adherence to strict budgetary discipline has been identified as key to the entrenchment of order and sanity in the system and the disbursement of government funds and resources, especially in the face of the current global financial crisis.
This assertion was made by Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State while declaring open a training workshop themed: â€œThe need and essence of timely budget formulation and implementation, funds disbursement, resource management and security, organised for Directors and Deputy Directors in the state Civil Service in Makurdi.
According to the Benue State Governor no meaningful development can be achieved at any level of government when recourse is not made to budgetary provisions in the implementation of government policies and programmes.
Suswam argued that since senior civil servants play a critical role in the implementation of budgetary provisions and governmental objectives and programmes the import of instilling prudence and transparency in the stateâ€™s service remains paramount to his administration.
The Governor identified capacity building in that direction in the state civil service as essential to the realization of the aspiration of the present administration of bequeathing lasting legacies in the state.
Represented by his Deputy Chief Steven Lawani, the Governor noted that civil servants have continually been the driving force of governments at all levels hence solicited the support of workers in the state in order to enable the government achieve its set targets.
According to him, â€œOurs is a government that is desirous of serving all Benue people well no matter their status and we cannot achieve our full dream without your cooperation and support which as you all know is very crucialâ€, he said.
Suswam further reiterated the commitment of his administration to carry workers in the state along assuring that their welfare would always be given top priority attention by his administration.