By Tony Nyong
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has charged participants at the ongoing Fourth National Council on Establishment to work on existing civil service policies to make them relevant to the needs of modern society.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Patrick Ekpotu, gave the charge at a cocktail party organised in honour of participants of the council meeting.
According to him, whatever policies formulated for the good of the civil service in Nigeria will eventually translate into positive development for the other areas of the nationâ€™s life.
He said though politicians call the shots, the machinery for interpretation and implementation reside in the civil service.
He said although the civil service in Nigeria had undergone various levels of improvement, there was need for greater innovation in the service.
Akpabio urged the council to think of more stringent measures to curb indiscipline and other unethical behaviours among civil servants, while at the same time putting in place modalities for rewarding excellence.
Akpabio noted that while necessary and adequate punishment of defaulters would serve as deterrence to others, reward for excellence would serve as motivation and moral booster, notingÂ that the meeting could be a launching pad for a new beginning for the civil service in Nigeria, and expressed the belief that civil servants could lead the initiative to uproot corruption in the country.
He underscored the importance of civil servants and the civil service in providing positive direction for the nation, saying â€œpoliticians come and go, while the civil servants stay on.â€
The governor said the civil service in Akwa Ibom State was already undergoing many positive reforms largely because of the innovativeness of the Head of the stateâ€™s civil service, Mrs. Grace Anwana.
The efforts of the head of the civil service, he said, had made Akwa Ibom State civil service outstanding.
In his remarks, the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Steve Oronsaye, who wasÂ Â represented by the Permanent Secretary in his office, Mr. Pius J. Major, said there was unmistakable evidence of efforts of Governor Akpabioâ€™s administrationÂ to provide solid infrastructure for the development of the state.