Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday presented 32 new Suzuki Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to 22 Permanent Secretaries in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other beneficiaries of the cars were the judicial officers with six cars as well as the Bauchi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) which received four of the vehicles.
Speaking during the presentation, the governor said that the vehicles were meant to assist the beneficiaries in the discharge of their official responsibilities and also to serve as a catalyst for improved productivity for the benefits of the citizens of the state.
Mohammed, who lauded the judiciary for effective service delivery, also applauded the organised labour for its cordial relationship with the state government as well as making sure that neither the government nor the labour force was shortchanged.
He added that the civil service had come to a level where the state government was including it in whatever it was doing.
“A strong civil service is required for the implementation of the policies and programmes of government for the social economic development of the state.
“It is for this reason that government used merit in the appointment of permanent secretaries.
“This initiative has brought about remarkable improvement in the service delivery in the state,” he said.
Mohammed urged the permanent secretaries to continue to do their best in the discharge of their responsibilities by being upright and dedicated to duties.
“So far, I want to confess that I have seen improved productivity in the service because of the calibre of the permanent secretaries we have,” Mohammed said.
In his vote of thanks, Alhaji Yahuza Haruna, the state Head of Civil Service, appreciated the state governor for the ‘kind gesture’ and bringing the much-needed intervention into the civil service.
He assured that the civil service would put in its best to help the administration achieve more in the state.
He however, reminded all the beneficiaries of the vehicles that to whom much is given, much is expected. (NAN)