Taraba Government on Monday commenced the training of senior civil servants in line with Gov. Agbu Kefas’ move to introduce an electronic governance system in the state.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a 5-Day Professional Development Workshop for Secretaries of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in Jalingo, Kefas said the training was one of the components of the ongoing strategic roadmap to repositioning the civil service.
According to him, at the end of the training, participants would be suitably prepared to adapt to the modern and emerging trends of bureaucracy and administration through the seminal papers that the workshops seasoned resource persons would present, which would cover a wide range of topics.
“My goal is to transform and institutionalize a Civil Service in which everyone is adaptive and compliant in the areas of computer literacy in a bid to entrench an e-governance platform that will boost efficiency, eliminate bureaucratic red tape, and enhance transparency.
Represented by the state Head of Service, Ms Suzy Nathan, the governor noted that the workshop promised to bring the secretaries up to date in line with his vision for the service.
“I can guarantee you that regular training seminars like this one will be extended to other cadres in the Civil Service as well.
“In my inaugural speech, I clearly stated that my administration will restore the integrity of the Civil Service which has been bastardized through favoritism and political considerations. We will give the Civil Service a better orientation to restore its professionalism.
“I am committed to this and in going this, we will be fair and firm as we act only in pursuance of public interest and Public Service Rule”. Therefore, as this administration stabilizes and puts its development plan into action, I ask for the steadfast support, loyalty, and collaboration of the whole Civil Service in implementing our strategies and goals.
“I will continue to place a high priority on your welfare because a happy workforce will be committed, diligent, and forward-thinking, ” he said.
Earlier, Prof. Francis Nchuchuwe of the Lagos State University, the lead consultant to the training, said the essence of the training was to equip Secretaries of ministries and agencies to become more effective.
He explained that the government was determined to ensure that the workforce was effective in implementing the policies of the government