The Enugu State government has lauded the dedication and work ethics exhibited by civil servants across the state, emphasizing their commitment to Governor Peter Mbah’s core principles of discipline, responsiveness, accountability, traceability, transparency, and optimal performance in public service.
During an inspection tour of various ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) on Monday, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Chidiere Onyia, expressed satisfaction with the high level of compliance and attendance, noting a significant return to normalcy following the cancellation of the sit-at-home order.
In line with the state’s strategic objectives, which include elevating the state’s economic status from $4.4 billion to $30 billion and eradicating poverty within the next four to eight years, the government urged employees to contribute to higher productivity. Prof. Onyia, reaffirming the governor’s commitment to state transformation, highlighted ongoing reforms in the civil service, aimed at creating a conducive work environment and addressing the needs of civil servants.
Acknowledging the positive impact of collaboration with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Prof. Onyia mentioned the full restoration of electricity at the secretariat complex. He emphasized the importance of efficient service delivery and increased productivity, urging public and civil servants to justify their remuneration.
During the inspection, the SSG visited various local government areas, the State Secretariat Complex, Ministry of Justice, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), and the Post Primary School Management Board (PPSMB). He reported over 90% compliance in terms of attendance but stressed the need to shift the focus from mere attendance to productivity. The Governor’s Delivery Unit, in collaboration with the Labour and Productivity Ministry, is working on a framework to measure and enhance productivity in daily public service activities.
Prof. Onyia assured the public and investors of the state’s heightened security measures, citing the establishment of the Distress Response Squad (DRS), security cameras, and strengthened local policing. He warned against tardiness and absenteeism, stating that habitual offenders would face sanctions in accordance with civil service rules, emphasizing the government’s intolerance for actions that could jeopardize its policies.