February 4, 2023

2023 polls: Governor Lalong warns civil servants against disloyalty

Governor Simon Lalong

JOS NIGERIA – 01 MARCH 2022: Nigeria’s Governor of Plateau State – Simon Lalong says his administration will sanction civil servants disloyal to Government ahead of the country’s general elections in 2023.

“We will not spare those who run contrary to the rules,” Lalong said on Tuesday while inaugurating a newly appointed President of the Customary Court of Appeal as well as Permanent Secretaries in Jos.

“Let me remind civil servants of the need to be loyal to Government and avoid all acts that are inimical to the smooth running of the affairs of the State,” he noted.

“We are in a political period,” he stressed, “You should endeavour to conduct yourselves within the norms of the service and avoid being used by politicians to disrupt the smooth running of government business,” said the Governor.

“The civil service rules are very clear on responsibilities, privileges and expectations from all civil servants,” Lalong added, pledging to prioritize the well-being of civil servants which he said he had done since becoming Governor in 2015.

According to him, his administration has received local and international applause for its “prudence, transparency and all-inclusive approach to governance” since it joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

The Open Government Partnership was launched on September 20, 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers to make their governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens, The Guardian reports.

Government in Plateau State will sustain its earned reputation through technology, motivated and well trained manpower, said Lalong.

“I have directed the Head of Service to work towards ensuring that all civil servants are fully trained in the use of ICT tools for all Government business,” he said.

“You may wish to recall that at the swearing-in of the present Head of Civil Service and 14 Permanent Secretaries on the 29th March, 2021, I directed that henceforth, appointments to the position of Permanent Secretary shall be based on professional aptitude tests and examinations that are ICT-based.

“Having followed through with this directive in the process of your appointments, we shall ensure that the new approach cascades down to other levels as we leverage on governance through e-platforms which improve efficiency, productivity and value,” Lalong added.