Imo recruits 2,000 civil servants, harps on productivity, others
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has charged the newly engaged 2,000 civil servants in the state to work towards repositioning the state civil service to greatness.
He urged them to driven by productivity, digitisation, efficiency and effectiveness and cautioned that he would not tolerate idleness, truancy, gossip and sharp practices, vices he said his administration inherited from past governments.
Okorocha stated this at the induction of the new graduate employees, held at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri, the state capital.
To ensure that the new civil servants appear neatly and smartly dressed, he announced a wardrobe allowance of N10, 000 each and directed that their salaries be paid up to August depending on when they assumed duty.
He explained that he had to injecting fresh blood into the system to make the civil service system more functional and result-oriented, and take it from analogue civil service to a digital one.
In line with his administration’s job creation drive, he noted that about 1,000 of the new recruits would be deployed to the 27 local councils of the state, while the others will be posted to the state’s civil service to strengthen its work force.
His words: “I am excited over the joy I see on your faces for the little thing the government has done for you. I am very happy to note that you are happy that your government has remembered you. This will become a new page in your life.
“This is the beginning of a new story in your life. You remain now the only pivot upon which the engine of any given government must rotate. Politicians come and go, governors come and go, but the civil servants remain.”
Okorocha restated the state civil service was rustic and analog and out of tune with the modern world, adding that the newly recruited employees would rejuvenate the state civil service and bring in new ideas, vision and also make it compliant with technology.
The governor, who regretted that the state work force was not up to 5 per cent, said the 2,000 new entrants who are computer literate, urged the new employees to make a difference in the service.
He lamented that on assumption of office in 2011, he met a civil service with outdated ways of doing things, stressing that he would ensure that the state is rid of old the ways of working.
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