Gov. Mbah lauds civil servants professionalism, pledges better welfare

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Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu State has expressed satisfaction with the enhanced performance of civil servants in the past 200 days of his administration of the state.

Mbah made the commendation on Friday, in Enugu, during the grand finale of the 2023 Enugu State Civil Servants Week.

The governor reassured workers in the state of continuous better welfare package under his administration.

He said emphasis had now shifted from work attendance to productivity in order to achieve a sustainable economy, make the state an investment hub and actualize the proposed $30 billion gross domestic product.

Mbah lauded the workers for their professionalism and for keying into the vision of the administration by their cooperation and team spirit.

The governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia.

He noted that the achievements the administration had recorded over the past 200 days were enabled by their resilient spirit, partnership with the authority and commitment to deliver.

“The governor wants me to remind you that without your level of professionalism, it will be very difficult to achieve what we have set out to do.

“On this note, he asked me to remind you that the professionalism he has seen in his first 200 days in office should continue to be reflected in the next four years,” he said.

The theme of the Civil Service Week, “Innovating the Future Public Service: New Government Model for a New Era to Reach the SDGs,” the governor said his administration was intentional in meeting the demands and needs of workers.

This, he said, included enabling a conducive working environment, incentives, training and increment of salaries and emoluments, stressing that such gestures were to ensure optimal productivity that would take the state to the next level of development.

“One of the demands that had been an issue for years was that there was no power supply at the secretariat, and that they would like to have a conducive working environment to be able to do their work as professionals.

“I am happy that the Head of Service has announced that there is now power restored at the secretariat building.

“The second thing that we talked about was the issue of providing security and ensuring that the lives of Enugu citizens are sacrosanct in our push to grow the economy.

“I am happy to announce that since His Excellency came into office and abolished the sit-at-home order, there has been no insecurity incident in Enugu till today, 200 days in office,” he said.

He added that, “the third thing is the improvement in the welfare of workers. I am here to announce that His Excellency has approved the promotion of workers that are due, and the process has begun.

“In addition to that, a couple of days back, he approved the N25,000 and N10,000 wage bill increase for state and local government workers respectively, one of the states that has made that effort in Nigeria,” he added.

The event featured march-past and cultural displays by the civil servants.

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