Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has urged civil servants in the state to join hands with his administration to promote good governance and effective service delivery.
Amaechi spoke during the swearing-in-ceremony of the State new head of service, Barrister Samuel T. Long-John at Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Governor Amaechi while congratulating the new head of service on his appointment, also commended the efforts and achievements of the former head of service, Mrs. Esther Anucha.
Amaechi also assured of his administration’s commitment to make the civil service an effective and efficient body to ensure stability in the current political dispensation.
“I have made the decision to stabilize the civil service. Right from the time I took over power in 2007, I thought of putting in place an efficient and effective civil service to ensure stability. We have chosen Barrister Samuel Long-John as the most senior civil servant, this is not the time to play politics, and we have taken the best decision so far”. Amaechi said.
Governor Amaechi also charged the new head of service to improve on the good works of his predecessor and set up useful structures that would enhance standard in line with the vision of his administration.
“As the new head of service, you need to continue the overhaul of the civil service, by ensuring that it is Pro-ICT, you have the duty to make them understand that every civil servant should be ICT compliant”, Amaechi said.
The State Chief Executive also expressed the commitment of his administration to enforce the distribution of computers to every Ministry, Government Departments and Agencies to ensure full compliance by all civil servants in the state for effective service delivery.
On his part, the new head of service, Barrister Samuel Long-John said, he would put in his best to ensure that the vision of Governor Amaechi is achieved.
“We all know that the civil service is the engine room of government, and we will do everything possible to sustain it to serve the current administration better than expected”, he said.