The Akwa Ibom State Head of Service, Elder Effiong Essien has assured civil servants in the state of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s commitment to their welfare.
Elder Essien said this on Wednesday, August 7, during a familiarization visit to the state Ministry of Information, as part of his tour of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The service Head pointed out that the Governor, in demonstrating his commitment to the cause of the public service, has ensured that merit, parity and professionalism is upheld through the appointment of Permanent Secretaries, as well as in the prompt payment of salaries and pensions to workers and pensioners.
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He noted that the state Governor has in the face of scarce resources, procured official vehicles for Permanent Secretaries, adding that 10 Permanent Secretaries have benefitted from the scheme so far, while provision is being made to accommodate those yet to receive the official cars.
According to Elder Essien, Governor Emmanuel is also completing plans to provide affordable housing units to the workers as part of his welfare packages, while training of the workforce within and outside the country is being anticipated.
Elder Essien expressed appreciation to staff of the Information Ministry for their dedicated service in prompt dissemination of information both online and through the traditional media, which he said has aided the propagation of the achievements of the government, and urged them to re-double their efforts as they contribute towards the actualization of the second term agenda of Governor Emmanuel.
In his response, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Mr. Inyang Jameson, commended the Head of Civil Service for embarking on the visit to interact with staff for a first-hand information on their challenges.
He expressed optimism that the exercise will not only give the staff a sense of belonging but hope also, that the administration of Elder Effiong Essien will bring positive turn arounds for them.
He listed the challenges of the Ministry to include: lack of utility vehicles, dearth in office equipment and facilities, as well as the need to train Information Officers and others in the Ministry.
At the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Water Resources; Chairman, Civil Service Monitoring Committee, Elder Nse Edem and other members of the monitoring team.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of a memento to the Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Inyang Jameson.