The State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu has charged Permanent Secretaries in the State to put in order their various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as administrative heads in readiness for the soon-to-be appointed political heads.
Prof. Esu gave the charge during a meeting with Permanent Secretaries, held Thursday, at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s Office, Calabar.
The Deputy Governor said the essence of the meeting was to remind the technocrats that they have become in-charge, look at their MDAs and reposition them such, while they await in-coming politically-appointed heads.
The State number two citizen, who reiterated on Permanent Secretaries’ responsibility to oversee the day-to-day running of their various MDAs, also urged them to maintain discipline and ensure that lateness, loitering, truancy, etc, are kept in check.
The Deputy Governor also notified them that he will begin unscheduled visits to MDAs from next week to see how they are variously faring.
He asked the Permanent Secretaries to collate a list of all staff who will be retiring in the next one year and forward to his office for further necessary action.
MDAs with newly-recruited staff that have not been pay-rolled were asked to submit a list of such workers to help the government process their payments.
List of redundant staff were also asked to be submitted by MDAs, with the Deputy Governor emphasizing that such staff are not to be retrenched, but sent to other MDAs with dearth of workers.
Prof. Esu also used the opportunity to commended Heads of Local Government Administration (HOLGAs) in the State for maintaining their secretariats, enforcing discipline, conserved funds that yielded to the drilling over 140 boreholes across various communities/villages, with a minimum of seven boreholes per Local Government Area in the State.
He informed that the Local Government Administrators also embarked on construction of minor roads, provision of solar-powered street lights and traffic lights in some semi-urban areas.