Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has said that mediocrity has no place in his administration, as merit has become the yardstick for promotion of civil servants in the state.
While addressing workers during May Day celebration yesterday in Yola, Adamawa capital, the governor said promotion test was introduced under his government to encourage intellectuals in the system to help the administration achieve good government.
He said the fastest way to destroy government was to elevate mediocrity above merit, noting that no system could survive under such unfriendly working environment.
According to the governor, Workers’ Day simply understates the significance of the labour, sweat and resilience workers have demonstrated since the inception of his administration.
He said, “Since our return as a substantive government in 2019, we have ensured that the civil service had been assured a pride of place, as the centre piece of our 11-point agenda.
“Apart from the reforms in recruitment, training and promotion of junior and senior cadre personnel, this government has introduced far-reaching reforms in the civil service that effectively dispelled favouritism.”
To reverse the sad story of the civil service and restore its dignity, the Fintiri administration reportedly introduced promotion examination for civil servants from GL8 upward.
Fintiri noted that it was part of his government’s irreversible commitment to improve workers’ condition of service that he approved a minimum wage of N32,000 – above the Federal Government’s peg.
Worried by the persistent crises in the North East, the United States Embassy in Abuja is collaborating with Global Peace Development (GPD) to prevent conflict and extremism in Adamawa State.
To achieve this, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) registered about 220 Local Peace Architects. Executive Director of GPD, Ebruike Esike, told journalists yesterday that the core objective of the organisation was to engage local communities in the raising of red flags against violent conflicts.
He said: “Today, we are inaugurating Local Peace Architects in Yola North Local Council of Adamawa. The core objective of the inauguration and training is to teach them how to collate early warning information and prevent conflicts from getting violent.
“Also, we have strengthened their capacity and established Community Action and Response Teams in the 21 wards of Yola North.”
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