Obaseki’s civil service reforms get commendation, as Bayelsa sends delegates to understudy model

By Isaac Olamikan

Edo State Government is basking in the joy of neighbouring states coming to learn the ropes of efficient service delivery from it. Efforts by Governor Godwin Obaseki-led state government to transform the state’s civil and public service and reposition it for efficient service delivery have received commendation from the Bayelsa State Government.

Officials of Bayelsa State who were in Benin City to understudy reforms in the state’s civil and public service said the government is recording progress in its vision of making Edo great again.

The delegation led by the Bayelsa State Attorney General, Hon Biriyai Dambo, was received by the Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa Esq.

They visited the Office of the Secretary to the Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq.; the Treasury House, where they had a robust session with Commissioner of Finance, Joseph Eboigbe and the Accountant General, Mr Julius Anelu; the Edo Data Centre and the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme (EdoHIS) Complex, among others.

Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa Esq
Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa Esq

Addressing the delegation, Okungbowa said the state has put in place mechanisms to ensure the transformation of the civil service, ensuring every worker is equipped with the right tools and skills to contribute to the growth and development of the state.

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Reassuring the government’s commitment to the welfare of workers in the state, the Head of Service said the “Government will sustain efforts to strengthen the productive sector and pursue more impactful policies across all sectors of the state to guarantee better livelihoods for the people.”

Okungbowa highlighted some reforms and programmes embarked on by the state government to ensure a productive service to include the Civil/Public Transformation and Enhancement Programme (EdoSTEP), which is a new initiative to improve efficiency in the state’s civil and public service; the e-governance system, which has helped the government to ensure effective delivery by introducing modern work ethics; the renovation and remodelling of work environment, and the increase in workers’ salaries and allowances.

Governor Godwin Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki

On his part, Hon. Dambo commended the government for prioritizing the welfare of workers in the state, hailing the Governor’s transformational strides in civil and public service.

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