Bayelsa State Government has again been commended for its commitment to the welfare of its workers in the state civil service The Trumpet gathered.
The State Administrative Officers Forum gave the commendation on Tuesday when it paid a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, at his office in Government House, Yenagoa.
Speaking on behalf of the Forum, the Chairman, Dr Stanley Sokari, appreciated Governor Douye Diri-led’s administration for prioritizing workers’ welfare on its scale of preference.
Dr Sokari noted that the administration had demonstrated an uncommon will and friendly disposition towards workers by ensuring prompt payment of their salaries, implementation of yearly increments and promotion of professionalism in the service.
He said, “We wish to use this opportunity to appreciate the Prosperity administration under the leadership of our Governor, Senator Douye Diri, ably assisted by your humble self, for its friendly disposition towards civil servants in the state.
“It is on record that Bayelsa State is one of the very few states in the country where annual increments are implemented and where salaries are paid before the end of every month.”
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He, however, called on the State Government to take urgent steps to address the impending knowledge gap in the service through capacity building and sponsorship of administrative officers into relevant professional bodies.
He appealed to the government to consider members of the Forum while making appointments into high-level political positions that border on administration in the service.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, called for the institutionalization of annual awards for civil servants in the state, to motivate them for higher commitment, professionalism and productivity.