The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has urged local government employees to adhere to public service rules in the performance of their duties.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo stated this when the Chairman and Commissioners of the State Local Government Service Commission paid him a courtesy call in his office in Government House Yenagoa.
The Deputy Governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, charged the Commission not to hesitate in carrying out disciplinary actions against erring workers to ensure discipline in the public service.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo who promised to work closely with the Commission, noted that no organization or government can achieve effectiveness and efficiency in an atmosphere of brazen indiscipline.
While highlighting some unethical conducts often exhibited by workers, he said he has always turned down staff who undermine due process by running directly to his office with all manner of complaints.
He said “ Your staff that are breaching protocol by writing directly to me, I have always referred them back to you because there must be discipline in the system.
“And I expect you to query them for breaching protocol. You see, I query people here and when I do so, they think I’m being too hard.
“No, I’m not hard. But the truth is that, Nigeria is a society where people need to be disciplined for us to make progress in this country.”
Senator Ewhrudjakpo thanked them for their kind words of encouragement and assured that the current administration under the leadership of Senator Douye Diri would improve on the fortunes of the state.
“We have a duty. It is my style and nature to ensure that if I cannot improve your lot, I will leave you where you are instead of taking you back from where you were.
“For me, it is sacrilegious, criminal, unholy, immoral and murderous for you to do things that will make people regress instead of progressing. And so we will put all our energy to move Bayelsa forward.”
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Hon Uroh Kiani commended the Deputy Governor for providing a new leadership direction for the Commission, especially in the area of local government financial reforms.
Giving his scorecard, the Acting Chairman disclosed that the current management of the Commission had succeeded in resolving some of the problems that trailed the last verification exercise.
According to Hon Kiani, the Commission has reinstated some council employees who were inadvertently downgraded or disengaged from service, adding that plans were underway to conduct staff promotion and conversion exercise later this year.
He however highlighted problems confronting the Commission to include disregard for administrative procedures by some staff in addressing complaints and office accommodation challenges facing the Rural Development Areas.
Commissioners who accompanied the Chairman on the visit were Chief Okrinya George-Eto, Dr (Mrs) Mary John, Mr Josiah Freedom Osain and Hon. Austin Igbagara.
Others include Hon Amakiri Etebu, the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission, Comrade Gowon Toruyouye and three representatives of the state chapter of National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE.