By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
IN view of the pivotal role of the third tier of government to the development and well being of the grassroots populace, the Permanent Secretary, Sokoto state Local Government Service Commission (LGSC), Alhaji Ahmadu Rufa’i has tasked local government staff in the state to brace up, rededicate themselves and be alive to their constitutional responsibilities.
Rufa’i who made the urge weekend at a one day sensitization workshop for Directors, Deputy Directors and other LG personnel reminded them of the need to be punctual and committed to the service for the development of local governments.
According to the Permanent Secretary” punctuality is the sole of business. In addition , commitment ad dedication are instrumental to achieving results in service”, he reminded the participants.
However, Rufa’i represented by the Director Training in the Comission, Alhaji Aminu Rijiya said the workshop was strategic towards building and boosting the morale of LG staff ahead of the third tier of government autonomy.
He explained that the workshop will further promote effective and efficient service delivery which were not up to expectation or quite lacking to some extent, adding ” this is the base and main focus of the current government in the state towards driving and actualising a sustained and responsive LG service .”
Accordingly, he pointed that with the vibrant policies and measures initiated, the lost glory of LG service would be restored and redeemed to a steadfastly accomplish the yearnings and aspirations of the rural populace in the state.
He disclosed that the commission is sponsoring local government staff at college of Agriculture wurno, sokoto works School, Umar Ali shinkafi polytechnic among other tertiary institutions in the country.
In his remarks, Sole Administrator of Sokoto North Local government , Hon. Aminu Ibrahim ‘No Delay’ Sokoto described the workshop as vital instrument, hence the need for training and retraining of local government staff.
He hailed the state NULGE for initiating a series of training and workshops for it’s members aimed at rejigging local government services in the state.
State NULGE Chairman , Comrade Abubakar Shehu Dange said the workshop was designed to reorient local government staff for efficiency and productivity, adding ” our union will encourage and mobilise members to be punctual and committed to service delivery. I will also seize this opportunity to commend the state government for paying the N30,000 minimum wage and approving housing loan scheme for our members.”
However, two papers on LG administration with focus on financial autonomy for socio- economic development at the grassroot and rejigging the operation of state/local government joint account for effective service delivery as well revenue generation strategy by Dr. Sanusi Ahmad and Muhammad Lawal Musa of Department of Public Administration, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto respectively.