By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Wednesday disclosed that he would deal more with civil servants than political appointees during his second term in his quest to ensure efficient and effective service delivery for the people.
He said this on Wednesday at the government House Lokoja, when he met with permanent secretaries and heads of
Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
According to him, civil servants would be the cornerstone and fulcrum upon which his second term in office would run.
“I am opened to advise from all of you.The second term can’t be self serving. It is going to more of service delivery to the people. That is why I am involving
those that are hungry for service to get involved. Don’t be surprised to see your child be your boss as long as he is
hungry for service.”
“This second tenure is going to be that of service delivery. and for us to get to the desired destination, we have to start now. I urge you all to be transparent”, he said.
He charged the civil servants not to show political appointees the ways to circumvent the system but to rather checkmate them at all time.
“Whoever I will appoint as your head today or tomorrow should be told of what the law permits. Don’t teach them to circumvent the system. I am going to be dealing directly with the civil servants; It’s going to be a periodic interaction.”
He however, charged them to always verify every directive from him before comply adding “Kogi belongs to all of us. We
all have equal stakes in it.”
Governor Bello pointed out that nobody, no group, nor tribe is better placed than other; all have equal stake.
The governor therefore directed that details of the number of accounts being operated by
the MDAs with whichever financial institution and the signatories to the accounts must be submitted henceforth.