Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has sworn-in the reappointed Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu, seven newly appointed permanent secretaries, as well as two members of the Nasarawa State Judiciary Service Commission.
Administering the oath of office to the appointees, at a colourful ceremony at the Government House, on Tuesday, Engineer Sule charged them to quickly to settle down to their new assignments while also enjoined them to be innovative and make valuable contributions to enable the government achieve its development objectives.
Speaking on why he reappointed Barrister Ubandoma as SSG, the Governor said the office of the SSG is the nucleus of government which requires the occcupant to be a person with outstanding record of performance, commitment, dedication, hard work, loyalty, proven integrity and exemplary antecedence.
“Let me state that, for all intent and purposes, these were the considerations that informed our decision to reappointing Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu as the SSG for the second time.
“We did it in order to provide the link and to serve as a bridge for continuity in policy implementation and programmes execution, having been part of the administration from the beginning.
“Let me also state without any ambiguity that Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu while occupying this very important office during our first tenure, has proven his administrative acumen in the discharge of his duty and as a result oriented personality in the governance of Nasarawa State,” he stated.
On the newly appointed permanent secretaries, whose appointments became necessary following vacancies created by retirement, Engineer Sule said it was also part of the resolve of his administration to invigorate the civil service for enhanced performance and higher productivity.
He explained that, considering the strategic position which the civil service occupy, his administration exercised due diligence in the appointment of the new permanent secretaries taking into cognizance hard work, experience, commitment, competence, sacrifice and above all, loyalty of these appointees.
“I trust that you will justify the confidence government reposed in everyone of you. I need to emphasize that, as accounting officers it behooves on you to acquaint yourselves with the financial regulations and public procurement act. You must endeavor to ensure budgetary discipline and prudence in the management of public resources,” the Governor tasked the new permanent secretaries.
While urging them eschew corruption in all its ramifications in line with the posture of his administration, Engineer Sule maintained that this is the only way that scarce government resources will be judiciously utilized and channeled towards provisions of basic infrastructure for the benefit of the people.
“Let me therefore congratulate you on your well deserved elevation. There is no doubt that your appointments come at a right time considering the fact that this administration has renewed its covenant to massively transform our dear state for growth and prosperity.
“I believe that with your antecedence and pedigree, you will add more energy in the implementation of government policies and programmes for socio-economic development of our state,” he added.
Similarly, Engineer Sule explained that the swearing-in of some of the members of the state judicial service commission, was meant to fill vacancies created in the commission in line with the constitutional provision, geared towards strengthening the judiciary in carrying out its statutory responsibilities.
“As you are aware the judicial service commission is a statutorily body responsible for the appointment, training, promotion, and discipline, including welfare of the personnel of the judiciary for effective service delivery,” he stated.
In a vote of thanks on behalf of the appointees, Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu thanked Engineer Sule for finding them worthy of appointment into the various positions.
Barrister Ubandoma assured the Governor of their maximum support and cooperation towards making the administration succeed in its responsibility.
“As appointees of this government, we shall continue to give you the maximum support desired and to continue to bring our wealth of experience in the governance of the state, taking into account your principles of transparency, accountability and prudent management of government resources,” the SSG added.
The event was witnessed by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, top government functionaries, traditional rulers, friends and relations of the appointees.