From Odeh Ogaji, Jalingo
The need to strengthen civil servants’ ethical standards in Taraba State has been emphasised.
The Perrmanent Secretary, Government House Administration, Mr Chindo Audu, gave this charge recently when he chaired the maiden occasion of Administrative Officers and Secretaries Forum of Taraba State meeting, held at General Sani Abacha Secretariat, Jalingo.
Audu who was represented by Ibrahim Yaboro emphasised the need for civil servants to stay focused on ethical standards for utmost productivity in the civil service. He described administrative officers and secretaries as core engine room of government and organisations.
The PS charged them not to abuse the office entrusted to them by government and civil servants, but adhere to the ideal rules and standards, which according to him, disciplines and motivates them as a hallmark without bias.
In her remark, the Head of Service, Mrs Susan Nathan, also charged the participants to pay rapt attention to the permanent secretary as they will benefit from his wealth of experience. She urged them to deal with people with utmost care, as they are saddled with the responsibility of managing people.
Presenting their paper; the Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Establishment, Mr Willam Magaji and Alhaji Isa Hassan expressed happiness with the forum for coming out with lofty ideas.
In the paper titled; “The Role of Admin. and Secretaries in Building Civil Servants in the 21st Century,” the presenters discribed administrative officers and secretaries as people with well to do knowledge of administrative policies and implementation and above all, great managers of men and resources.
According to the paper, they are the ware house of trust where government’s top secrets are kept and managed. It also called on the organisers to take a full week to enable them gain from past and present administrators.
The Chairman of the Forum, Mr John Miginyawa, listed objectives of the forum to include; fostering of unity among members, training, re-training of personnel as career civil servants for challenges ahead and other areas to advance assistance to members financially among other benefits.