By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Civil servants in Benue State have decried the wide disparity in the emoluments of Permanent Secretaries and other cadres of workers in the stateâ€™s service, describing it as a serious disincentive to productivity and quality management in the service.
The civil servants further regretted that the widening gap in the remuneration of Directors and Permanent Secretaries was adversely affecting the inculcation of team spirit among workers of government establishments, advising that the gap be bridged in the interest of harmony.
The civil servants, who rose from a three-day retreat for Directors and Permanent Secretaries in the Benue State Civil Service, organised by Al-Timage Consults Ltd., under the auspices of the Benue State government, noted: â€œWhere there is no team spirit between the leadership and their subordinates in service, productivity and excellent administration is discouraged.â€
The three-day discourse with the theme: â€œNeed and essence of timely budgeting process: The impact of the global economic meltdown and the way out” drew participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Benue State.
According to the recommendation of the participants at the retreat, issues of merits must be emphasized in the appointment, promotion and remuneration of staff in the service to enhance productivity and team spirit.
They urged the state government to, as matter of urgency, step up efforts at preparing officers for retirement and promptly pay the entitlements of retired workers as they disengage from services.
Lamenting the dwindling resources at the disposal of government, the civil servants implored the Governor Gabriel Suswam administration to step up its internally generated revenue drive with a view to diversifying the stateâ€™s economy through the encouragement of mechanized agriculture given the arable land the state is endowed with.
They noted that the reality of the time had compelled governments across the globe to diversify revenue sources to boost growth and development, advising that the Benue State government tow the same line by vigorously investing in agriculture from where the state government could earn a fortune.
The civil servants also challenged the state legislature, stressing: â€œ As representatives of the people, they must endeavour to take the appropriation and implementation process seriously so as to impact more positively on the lives of the people.â€