Don’t gag subordinates, Okowa charges new perm secs

The Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Tuesday charged permanent secretaries in the state not to gag subordinates and hinder free flow of ideas that will ensure proper coordination and growth of the civil service.


Okowa gave the charge while swearing in 12 new permanent secretaries and auditor-general, local government, at Government House, Asaba.
He stated that the best public officer was the one who received advice from his subordinates and put them to good use.


Governor Okowa warned permanent secretaries against bullying their directors and other lower grade workers and urged them to allow ideas from them to flow for the good governance of the state.
The governor, the best permanent secretary, commissioner and governor is the one who has his ears opened to receive advice, because there are lots of lessons to be learnt from everybody. So, don’t look down on people.


He told them that they “have been appointed in accordance with the powers vested in me by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Permanent secretaries play a vital role in the running of the civil service. A lot of them have exited from service in the last few months and most times, the spaces are filled from the local government areas where they exited from.


“People have also been elevated to permanent secretaries based on their capacity and competences.”
Okowa congratulated the new permanent secretaries, saying “you are very much aware that there is a lot of work for you to do in these trying times”.
He added that the permanent secretaries were selected because they had satisfied the required competence, seniority and needed geographical spread.


“Now that you have been appointed, it is important that you bring your wealth of experiences to bear in the various ministries you will be posted to.”

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