MR Reginald Bayoko, Delta Head of Service (HoS), says the State Government will maintain the culture of disciplining erring workers internally without recourse to the press.
Bayoko said this on Thursday when the executives and members of the Asaba Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) visited him in Asaba.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, on Monday, suspended the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Perez Omoun; Permanent Secretary, Mr Ben Agamah, and two other principal officers.
He said the suspension was for an alleged misappropriation of funds allotted for agricultural programme in the state.
Bayoko said that the leadership of the State Civil Service would continue to carry out disciplinary actions on civil servants who get involved in sharp practices to ensure sanity.
He said that what happened to workers at the ministry of agriculture was not the first to be handled by the state government.
He said the civil service leadership would not condone any form of indiscipline from the state workforce.
Bayoko said, “Such situation has always been there, the difference in this case is that it was placed on the media before it got to the Civil Service leadership.
“We have dealt with such instances on several occasions and those involved faced disciplinary action”.
While backing the decision of the governor, the HoS said the civil service has become accustomed to handling such issues behind closed doors without prejudice or favour.
On petrol subsidy removal, Bayoko said that the state government would continue to seek ways of cushioning the effects on civil servants in the state.
According to him, the state government under the leadership of Gov. Oborevwori has been in the lead in addressing issues of workers welfare by prompt payment of salaries, outstanding arrears and prompt promotion of workers.
Congratulating the newly elected chapel executives, he charged journalists to be articulated in balancing their reports before going to the press.
He appealed to journalists to trade on the part of developmental journalism even when reporting other issues, adding that journalists remain a dependable partner in harnessing the agenda of Gov. Oborevwori’s administration.
He urged journalists to uphold the core values of truth and fairness in the course of reporting.
Mr Ifeanyi Olannye, Chairman, Asaba Correspondents Chapel, lauded the Head of Service for his partnership with the state workforce.
Olannye said this had ensured a seamless transition from the immediate past government of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa to that of the incumbent, Gov. Oborevwori.
He also commended the leadership of the civil service for ensuring peace in the labour union in the state, adding that the sustained peace with workers union had ensured stability in the state civil service.
Olannye lauded the state government for prompt intervention to ameliorate the effects of subsidy on workers through diverse means including approval of flexible working days for workers at all levels.(NAN)
-February 1, 2024 @ 14:05 GMT|Tags: Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori Mr Ben Agamah Mr Ifeanyi Olannye Mr Perez Omoun Mr Reginald Bayoko