Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma has berated the leadership of the state Civil Service, describing it as incompetent.
He also expressed indignation at the mounting rot in the civil service of the state, maintaining it requires rejiging to make it productive.
Gov. Uzodimma spoke at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Head of Service, Raymond Obioma Ucheoma at Government House, Owerri.
Gov. Uzodimma said it was to clean the Augean stable that he had to appoint Ucheoma, a lawyer as Head of Service and charged him to hit the ground running.
He said; “It has become very necessary to recover and revive the Civil Service of Imo State and that informed the need for the appointment of a new Head of Service.
“Take up the responsibility and make the Civil Service a viable and productive one by looking at the anomalies inherent in the service and effect the necessary corrections.
“You must work hard to deliver on the mandate given to you so that you could be judged by the result that you produce.
“Everything in life is likened to a computer which is anchored on input and output. The interest of our people should be the output.”
“The civil servants should be the state’s own role model in terms of appearance, dress code, behaviour and conduct.”
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Governor Uzodimma emphasized competence and performance and the need to rewrite the wrongs in the Civil Service, noting that in the corporate world, every establishment works hard to earn what they eat.
The governor also swore-in Chief Enyinnaya Onuegbu as Chief Political Adviser/Head of Political Bureau.
According to the governor, the appointment of Onuegbu was “to add value to the political content” of his administration and to ensure that what his government does “will translate to what the people expect politically.”
Responding, Onuegbu, who is also a lawyer thanked the governor for appointing him into such a higher position that brings him closer to the Chief Executive of the state.
He pledged to remain a loyal servant of the governor and to deliver on his mandate, assuring not to let down the government and people of Imo State.
In his remarks, Ucheoma also thanked the governor for bringing him on board as the Head of Service of Imo State, saying by the appointment he has been empowered to speak on “observable lapses in the Civil Service of Imo State,” and work towards correcting them.