Candidates must write exams, era of acting Perm Secs over – Uzodimma.
Approves Farmers’ Village in Ngor-Okpala.
Imo State governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma has made it abundantly clear that the era of having Acting Permanent Secretaries in the state was over adding that, “it’s either you are a Permanent Secretary or a Director”. Again, the governor has decried the poor output from the so called Permanent Secretaries in Imo State, stressing that most of them lack experience, intellect and capacity to man the various Ministries or establishments committed to their charge.
The Governor stated this at a meeting with Correspondents and select Media Executives over the weekend.
“Show me any Permanent Secretary that can write a good memo or proposal that could attract development to the State without such memo being questioned, queried and probably thrown away by the Authorities in Abuja”.
Accordingly therefore, Gov. Uzodimma has stated that sooner than later, the state would have new Permanent Secretaries appointed to administer some Ministries and Agencies that hitherto had none.
Uzodimma said the would-be Permanent Secretaries must write exams and face high profile examiners for oral and written tests before being appointed to ensure efficiency and productivity in service.
“There are people who ordinarily shouldn’t be appointed permanent secretaries. Our civil service is among the most inefficient, and this is attributable to lack of training among workers. For about two decades, there was no official workshop for Imo workers until a few months ago when I organized one for them. I am a light Traveler and I like smart and intelligent people but the people we have as senior civil servants here are archaic and non productive, so in few weeks to come, exams and screening will be conducted for Directors and others qualified for Permanent Secretary positions. I am not going to appoint on the basis of the fact that he or she is from my mother’s village or he is from Oru East or Ikeduru or Benue state but on the basis of competence, capacity and the person’s ability to pass the written and oral exams convincingly and impressively”.
Sen. Uzodimma told his guests that his administration has done Imo proud in just one year and still counting, revealing that a number of roads in the State under construction have been fully completed and ready for commissioning.
Among the key achievements of his administration is the acquisition of about 200 hectares of land in Ngor-Okpala which would have residential houses and will soon be given to young farmers with the help of Farmers Association to ensure food abundance in the state.
The governor said his policy direction in the Agriculture is such that would guarantee more than enough food for Imolites and for export too. He assured that while the Ngor-Okpala Farmers’ village would take on cucumber, tomatoes, cassava, pepper, onions, carrot, vegetables, etc and would leverage on Sam Mbakwe Airport to transport their produce to buyers outside and within Nigeria, Okigwe mega farm initiative would go into livestock farming, goats, pigs, cows poultry, snails, rabbits, and production of milk and other dairy products.
In Okigwe, Uzodimma said, adequate measures were being put in place to ensure massive production of Agricultural goods and commodities alongside feed-mills.
He said the Owerri-Okigwe road now under construction will soon be completed to give farmers in Okigwe zone ease of transportation.
Uzodimma said already ADAPALM Nig Ltd in Ohaji had been remodeled and repositioned to produce good numbers of metric tons of fresh palm oil sold in many parts of Nigeria.
He noted that his administration had concluded partnership arrangement with Central Bank of Nigeria and some financial institutions to cause a mega turn-around in ADAPALM such that the company will be a reference point in Africa and world at large. He said old Millers in the oil company would soon be replaced by his administration.
Gov. Uzodimma however pleaded with Ndimo to lend their support and prayers to his government, assuring that he will make Imo great by trying something different unlike some of his predecessors.