Speech Delivered By His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Committee on the Restructuring of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the State Public Service, Lafia: Thursday, 27th June, 2019

1. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State;

2. The Right Hon. Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly;

3. The Hon. Chief Judge of Nasarawa State

6. The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC);

7. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;

8. The Head of the Civil Service;

9. Special Advisers;

10. Permanent Secretaries;

11. Senior Special Assistants;

12. Chairmen and Chief Executives of Commissions, Boards and Parastatals;

13. Executive Chairmen of Local Government Councils and Overseers of
Development Areas;

14. My dear Members of the Committee;

15. Gentlemen of the Press;

16. Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with deep sense of fulfillment that I welcome you to the inauguration of the Committee on the Restructuring of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the Nasarawa State Public Service. This is in furtherance to our determination to carry a holistic review and reform of the public service for effective
performance and service delivery.

2. You would recall that during my inaugural address on May, 29th this year, I appraised the challenges of the Civil Service and expressed the resolve of this Administration to take proactive and deliberate measures to reinvigorate and accord the institution high priority attention to serve as vehicle for the formulation and implementation of the policies and programmes of the Administration for socio-economic development of our dear State.

3. To achieve this objective, therefore, Government viewed the current structure of Government machinery to be unwieldy, duplicative and to say the least not cost effective. Accordingly, Government decided to device a means of reducing the cost of governance, increase efficiency and maximize manpower utilization.

4. It is for this reason that few days ago, I approved the constitution of this High-Powered Committee on the Restructuring of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the State Public Service towards achieving our objective in this regard. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Committee is to be guided by the following terms of reference:
i. To determine the current number of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as Government Owned Companies in Nasarawa State and advise Government appropriately;

ii. To identify and streamline areas of conflicts in the functions or roles of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies and Advise Government accordingly;

iii. To define appropriate functions of the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as determine their structures and organograms;

iv. To examine the enabling Law of the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB), 2008 and advise Government on the need to unbundle the Board or otherwise;

v. To examine the Administrative Guidelines of the Nasarawa State Executive Council and review the document in line with the present situation; and

vi. To highlight any other issue(s) related to the aforementioned terms and make appropriate recommendation(s) to Government.

The Committee is to submit Report to Government within four (4) weeks of this inauguration.

5. Let me state that members of the Committee were selected based on records of their proven experience, commitment, dedication, hard work, professionalism and patriotism. It is our expectation that you will bring your wealth of experience to bear on this critical but historic call to duty. You must, individually and collectively live above board and justify Government confidence repose in you. You must carry out your assignment diligently and objectively devoid of any sentiment or
consideration.

6. Before concluding this address, let me state that the Ministerial Briefing by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the State is quite revealing. Therefore, this Administration is committed to reinvigorate the State Public Service and will accordingly give priority attention to the welfare of its employees. In this regard, appropriate measures will be put in place to reward competent and hard
working officers who excel in the performance of their duties. Similarly, appropriate sanction shall be meted on erring staff who violated public service rules and regulations.

7. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, this Administration is also committed to training and retraining of the workforce. In this regard, officers of Government will be exposed to rigorous courses, seminars and workshops in order to sharpen their knowledge and experience for enhanced performance and productivity. In addition, public servants will be made to be ICT compliant in the performance of their duties.
The Head of Civil Service has been directed to collaborate with relevant organs of Government and workout ways of actualizing these objectives. Let me also add that, we are determined to bridge the identified existing gaps of personnel in all cadres in the State Public Service.

8. Perhaps, I should also state that this Administration is determined to improve the revenue base of the State in order to effectively finance its policies and programmes for the development of the State.
In this regard, the potentials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to generate revenue shall be improved and strengthen.

9. Furthermore, in order to ensure maximum utilization, all accrued revenues to the State Government are to be domiciled into the Treasury Single Account (TSA). In this regard, appropriate steps are being taking to ensure compliance with this policy decision by all MDAs as from August, 2019.


10. Finally, let me congratulate members of the Committee on your well-deserved appointment to serve the State in this capacity. I wish you success on your assignment.

11. On this note, it is my pleasure to inaugurate the Committee on the Restructuring of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the State Public Service.

12. Thank you and God bless.