Even as the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has sworn in four new permanent secretaries in the state civil service, he has vowed to sanction civil servants that have become opposition parties within government.
The state governor, who performed the swearing in ceremony at government house, Makurdi, also warned against the politicization of government actions.
According to him, the position of permanent secretary is one that should be earned with discipline and professionalism and as such those working at cross purposes with government would be sanctioned.
He further argued that civil servants that would be appointed to such positions to work with government must be seen to possess the requisite qualifications and capabilities.
While Suswam maintained that government would not accept the situation where civil servants become opposition parties within government, he argued that as civil servants “government is your party and you must work with government.”
The state governor explained that those that were appointed were to replace permanent secretaries that have retired or exceeded the 60 years mark for retirement.
He also said that since their work is sensitive; only quality bureaucrats with good records of service would be allowed to serve in such capacity.
While he argued that the civil service is the engine room of government, the governor insisted that those that work at cross purposes with government would not be allowed sensitive positions.
Suswam was optimistic that the approach taken by Head of Service (HoS) to reposition the civil service would restore the glory of the Benue State civil service.
Source: All Africa