By Grace Chinonso
The Benue State Head of Service, Dr. Moses Agbogbo Ode, has expressed th state government’s determination to correct the abnormalities in the State Civil Service to pave the way for effective service delivery.
Dr. Agbogbo Ode stated this when he appeared before the State House of Assembly standing committee on Rules and Business recently at the Assembly Complex.
According to a press statement signed and made available to The Voice by the Information Officer, Office of the Head of Service, Dooshima Abuul, the Head of Service promised not to disappoint the confidence reposed in him by the people of the state in his quest to reposition the state Civil Service.
He expressed government’s readiness to correct all the abnormalities in the state civil service to restore the lost glory of the service, stating that, the present administration came on board and met a lot of abnormalities and has been working tirelessly to make things right in the interest of Benue people.
The Head of Service clarified the Assembly Members on some of the issues raised concerning staff promotions, seniority in service, omission of names of staff of information and orientation on the payment voucher and the issue of elongation of teachers’ years and retirement age and their welfare brought before the Assembly.
The Head of Service pointed out that the Civil Service is career progressive and if there are objective complaints, procedures are followed as regards officers that are affected, stating that due process must be followed for the matter to be addressed.
He reiterated that the present administration is not relenting in its desire to see drastic change in the system by correcting the abnormalities of the past administrations for citizens of the state to reap from the dividends of democracy.
He further said the service is guided by rules and the operation of the Service is contained in the Benue State Public Service rules.
Dr. Agbogbo Ode emphasized that laws made at the Federal Level as regards NUT will be domesticated at the State Level at the time it was accented to by the governor before the affected teachers will enjoy the benefits, promising to address all the issues raised for the overall development of the state.
According to the statement, the committee comprises: Hon. Saater Tiseer, who is the majority leader as Chairman; Rt. Hon. Audu Michael, Minority leader as member; Hon. Damkor Mathew as member. Others include Hon. Manger Manger, member; Hon. Ayila Solomon member; Hon. Ekong Cyril, Deputy Minority Chief Whip; Hon. Emberga Alfred, Deputy Majority Chief Whip and Onah Blessed Minority Deputy Whip respectively.