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Adopt private sector mentality – Bayelsa Govt. charges newly-recruited civil servants



The Bayelsa Government has  charged 1,000 graduates it recently enlisted in its workforce to show the kind of commitment found in the private sector.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr  Daniel Iworiso-Markson, gave the charge while addressing the new workers during their orientation in Yenagoa.

He called on the new employees to see the state civil service as their own company and put in their best to move the state forward.

Iworiso-Markson described civil service as the main vehicle for the implementation of government programmes and policies.

The official said that without a functional civil service, government at every level would find it difficult to operate, as civil service drove  the process for the actualisation of the day-to-day plan of government.

He said  that because of the important role of the civil service in governance, the government  embarked on  reforms that led to recruitment of fresh graduates to reposition it for efficiency and greater productivity.

He enjoined the new workers to uphold the ethical standards and strict values that the civil service was known for.

The commissioner said that the new employees were fortunate to have been selected among many  applicants, and urged them to distinguish themselves in the discharge of their duties.

Iworiso-Markson said that with diligence and hard work,  they would  rise to the pinnacle of their careers.

“You are the next generation of civil servants that will make the difference. Don’t take the civil service for granted. It is up to you to make a difference in your lives.

“Be disciplined and excellent; make up your minds to be outstanding. Life is about the decisions you make; make the right decisions.

“I congratulate you for successfully scaling all hurdles to be gainfully employed.

“As a government, we have done the best that we can to make the civil service more efficient and result-oriented.

“Most of you are aware of the reforms we embarked on, it was all in the interest of the state, and today, you are beneficiaries,” he said.

He urged them to be punctual, dress officially and smartly to work, be dedicated to their jobs, have  team spirit, make the right decisions, and develop self confidence in the discharge of their duties.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the orientation included lectures on leadership organised by the state Civil Service Commission and the Office of the state Head of Service.

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