Obaseki Swears-In 14 Perm Secs, Harps On Adherence To Reforms In Seamless Service Delivery

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has sworn-in 14 new Permanent Secretaries into the state’s public service, charging them to adhere to ongoing reforms in seamless service delivery.

Obaseki, who said this while swearing-in the new permanent secretaries
in Government House, Benin City, noted, “If I find out that you violate
any clause of the oath you took today, I would not hesitate to ensure
that the law takes its course; I mean it. I have spent the last few
weeks interviewing only those that passed the qualifying test to ensure
you have the right ethics, background and orientation to be the
permanent secretaries Edo State deserves.”

said the state government is introducing a new monitoring system to
ensure documents, files and mails do not stay in government offices
longer than 72 hours.

to him, “As governor, I respond to any mail or file that gets to my
desk within 48 hours. I am putting in place a checking system to track
how long documents that come for approval spend on the desk of any civil

a document stays beyond 72 hours on any desk, an automatic query will
be issued to that officer. We have to move the state forward. We are
here to serve our people and when you delay documents, you delay
decisions. If it is a no, say so and send the file out.”

said his administration is determined to correct the ills of the past,
noting, “We have committed enough resources to your work environment to
ensure optimal productivity. There should not be any excuse for

said the focus of his administration is to strengthen and reposition
institutions for sustainability, noting that it was the responsibility
of the new crop of permanent secretaries to change the system.

government is spending resources to build a public service training
academy, with aids and tools to assist those willing to work hard,” he

on behalf of the new permanent secretaries, Irowa Osamuyi thanked the
governor for the appointment, assuring that they will remain committed
to developing the state. “This is the first time in my over 25 years in
service as a civil servant that I have seen merit taking precedence over
other issues,” Osamuyi added.

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