BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN— GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has inaugurated the newly-reconstituted State Civil Service Commission, charging the members to reposition the service to meet present day challenges of effective and efficient service delivery.
He said the choice of Princess Ekiuwa Inneh as chairman of the commission was due to her numerous contributions and achievements during her stewardship as Head of Service.
He stressed the need for the civil service to be reformed in a manner that bureaucracy could be properly managed to ensure efficient and effective system.
He also described the civil service as an indispensable organ of government.
Governor Oshiomhole reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to injecting new blood into the civil service by employing qualified and competent people from the geo-political zones of the state, disclosing that funds had been set aside in the 2014 budget for training and re-training of civil servants to acquaint them with modern administrative techniques.
He said: “What is needed for the promotion of civil servants, who are due, is not the time spent in one level or at the point of entry but competence, skills, ability and other productive factors.
“I, therefore, charge you to carefully look into these issues to ensure the promotion of qualified and efficient civil servants.”
Responding on behalf of the members, chairman of the commission thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them and promised that they would discharge their duties with all sense of responsibility.
Other members of the Commission are Chief Lugard Aimiuwu, Mr. Tony Oshinebo, Mr. Matthew Ogendegbe and Mr. Jim George Akhimien.