Governor Alex Otti Swears-in  First 24 Permanent Secretaries Into Abia State Civil Service

...Embrace Digitalization In Civil Service Operations

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The first set of Permanent Secretaries in Abia State civil service under the leadership of Goverñor Alex Otti OFR has been sworn-in with a charge for them to be firm and live above board as they discharge their duties in the new Abia.

Speaking  at the Government House , Umuahia, after the Oath of Office and Allegiance were administered on the 24 Permanent Secretaries by the Director-in-charge, Ministry of Justice, Barr. Emenike Okoro, the Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR charged the new Permanent Secretaries to strive to improve themselves in knowledge so as to  add value to the system.

His words:

“In the new Abia which we are progressively building ,we are more interested in what you can bring to the table. Competence and character for us would always take precedence over place of origin or the religion you profess”

He further admonished,”you have not been chosen because you are perfect. You must therefore strive to constantly improve yourself, learn, relearn and unlearn”. He added that they should be prepared to do things differently, emphasising that

“We expect to see more digitalization of civil service operations and I encourage you to work with all critical stakeholders in this regard”.

The Governor disclosed that the Commissioner for Science and Technology and his Digital Economy counterpart as well as his own office would drive the process of digitalization of the civil service. .

According to the Governor, his target is that “in the next 24 months, we shall fully migrate to digital platforms for processing and storing official data , retrieving and transferring them securely from place to place as may be needed. According to him,when the new system becomes fully operational, “individuals and businesses would no longer need to travel to Umuahia or even any Local Government headquarters to submit files, process payments or make a complaint from the comfort of their home from any part of the world or at any time of the day”

The State chief executive said the selection of the 24 Permanent Secretaries were thoroughly done,

“I can recall that at the beginning, there were over 320 applicants that went through the process but 24 emerged successful”,he said.

He explained that in selecting the new Permanent Secretaries, “the only thing that matters to us is professionalism, a robust understanding of the place of civil service in driving government policies and programmes successfully”

The Governor further said, “we may not have selected perfect individuals, but I am confident the choices we have made aligned strongly with vision of the new civil service we want to build in the State” .He warned them not to engage in any unwholesome activity or corruption and urged them to guide and support Commissioners to succeed in their duties. The Governor congratulated the Permanent Secretaries and expressed hope that they would live up to their oath of office and allegiance.

Responding on behalf of the new Permanent Secretaries, Mrs. Ngozi Queen Obioma thanked Governor Alex Otti for appointing them as his fist set of Permanent Secretaries.

She assured that they would work in line with the civil service reform agenda of the present administration and promised to justify the  confidence reposed in them.

The newly sworn-in Permanent Secretaries in the State, include,

Lady Joy Maduka

Ngozi Queen Obioma

Paul Ogwubunka

Uche Ukpabia Ukeje

Okezie Godwin Chukwudike

Justine Oluchi Ebo

Ogechukwu I.Maduka

Izuchukwu Onwughara

Obi-Chianakwalam Elechi  Agatha

Ifenyinwa B. Uma-Kalu

Ogechi Becky Oguama

Ijeoma Clara Dim

Nwanyieze O.Otum

Ugonma Mercy Jimonu

Benson Ojeikere

Uchechukwu Kalu

Ikechukwu Chidozie Oriuwa

Ijeoma Adanma Aguwa

Florence Chidinma Nwogu

Magdalene Kalu Onwu

Ezinne Judith Ngwakwe

Cyril Chibuike Nwaigwe

Ugochukwu Elefue Kingston and

Onwuegbu Christopher Nlewedim.