By Tognaan Dada Bawa in Jos
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has vowed to continue to get rid of civil servants who have questionable records or are found to have tampered with their records.
This is even as 532 staff with questionable records have so far been removed from the State payroll after an investigation using the Bank Verification Number ( BVN) system.
Governor Lalong who disclosed this during a policy retreat for Permanent Secretaries held at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS Kuru on Tuesday said the exercise will continue as those found culpable will face disciplinary proceedings.
Lalong told the permanent Secretaries that the State is today facing continuous decline in revenues from FAAC which makes it very necessary to generate more revenue internally to meet the yearnings of the people. This he said necessitated priority spending on areas that will yield revenues in all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA) as well as the blocking of leakages in the system.
He also reminded the Permanent Secretaries that Government business in Plateau State is now driven by ICT and as such, they must not only be proficient, but also mentor all civil servants in utilizing ICT for carrying out their day-to-day schedules.
Head of civil Service Plateau State, Engineer
Sunday Chong Hyat said the Policy Retreat became necessary because of the appointment of fourteen new Permanent Secretaries and the fact that the last exercise was held in Twenty fifteen.
He said as accounting officers of various MDAs, the Permanent Secretaries have been equipped with relevant knowledge to enforce discipline and good conduct in line with extant rules and regulations of the civil service.
Lead consultant, Ezekiel Gomos and the Head of Component, Policy and Strategy GIZ/SEDIN Akin Omoware said the retreat provided a very strategic opportunity for Government to build the capacity of the top echelon of its workforce who will drive the reforms in the State and lead in programme implementation and project execution.
They advocated for more of such trainings to build workers capacity and enable the Government deliver on its mandate to the people.