From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State government has advised its workforce to display high sense of devotion, dedication and commitment to service to enable government actualise its people-oriented programmes for the general interest of the citizenry.
Governor Udom Emmanuel proffered the advice during the swearing-in of the new Head of Service (HOS), Mrs. Ekereobong Akpan at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Uyo.
He urged the head of service to ensure a complete turnaround in the operations of the civil service, especially to check falsification of records and redundancy in the service.
The governor said Mrs. Akpan’s appointment was icing on the cake of her distinguished career, adding that her appointment came at a time the state was being repositioned for performance in line with global best practices.
Emmanuel stated that the new job was challenging as she would be misquoted and misrepresented in the course of discharging her duties and advised her to inject new life and core values into the service.
He congratulated the out-gone Head of Service, Mrs. Cecilia Udoessien, on her successful career and commended her dedication and commitment to the service of the state.
Governor Emmanuel used the occasion to debunk the rumour making the rounds that some newly recruited workers in the state had been denied salaries, stating that the recruitment exercise was marred by irregularities and some fake letters of appointment were issued to unsuspecting applicants.
He said a committee has been set up to review the last recruitment exercise and that those legitimacy recruited into the service would get their benefits as soon as the committee concludes its assignment.
Briefing Government House correspondents soon after her inauguration, Mrs. Akpan said that she was committed to restoring core values where excellence and dedication to duty would be the watch-word.
She urged civil servants across the state to key into the new vision of hard work and transparency and assured that committed workers would be rewarded.
Until her appointment, Mrs. Akpan, an astute administrator, public relations practitioner and a consultant trainer, was the Permanent Secretary Hospital Management Board in the state civil service.
Akpan’s work profile in Akwa Ibom State civil service is traced to 1981 when she secured employment as lecturer two and rose to the position of a principal in the state civil service training centre in 2004.
Her appointment as Permanent Secretary came in 2004 and she was deployed to the Department of Establishments.
A second class upper division graduate of sociology from the University of Lagos and a Fellow in Institute of Corporate Administration, Mrs. Akpan has attended seminars and workshops locally and internationally and has to her credit several meritorious and excellence awards.
From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo