by crossriverwatch admin
The Cross River State Government has presented 5000 lap tops to civil servants in its bid to achieve the government’s paperless civil service policy as well as improve capacity on service delivery.
Governor Liyel Imoke, handed out the lap tops during the Re-launch of Computer Acquisition Program for Civil Servants as part of activities marking the 2014 May Day celebration, at the Abraham Odia, stadium, University of Calabar, Calabar. The governor noted that the concept is intended to digitalize the state civil service.
Dressed in the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) uniform, Imoke was named Nigeria’s Most Labor Friendly Governor. The governor noted that the idea of digitalizing the civil service was mooted a long time ago with the aim of enhancing service delivery in the state and urged civil servants to key into the program.
According to Imoke, “The computer acquisition program has been re-launched with in-built mechanisms to address the teething issues (such as inadequate power supply, poor after-sale care, lack of replacement parts and training, etc) associated with its previous incarnation.
“They have been some significant enhancements in the service. Promotion in the service is more closely linked to merit than ever before. It is increasingly prevalent that professionalism, excellence and qualifications are stronger platforms for promotion and aid our endeavors to enhance worker welfare and project the dignity of labor.
“Similarly, the regular payment of pensions and gratuity to our retired and retiring public officers are a manifestation of our intent to honor our promises and commitments to workers in the state.”
On the civil servants housing scheme, Imoke stated that, “The House to House Mass Housing Scheme is being introduced to provide another 4000 units of houses to civil servants and we are improving our support to civil servants, through the provision of soft loans, for the refurbishment and acquisition of vehicles.”
He assured that the issues which remain unresolved like the yearly salary increase, the review of the Consolidated Health Weigh-in-Allowance for Salary Structure (CONHESS), Consolidated RATAWU and arrears of promotion in JUSUN will be resolved before the end of the present administration.
The governor further disclosed that his government has released N40 million for the revitalization of the Government Printing Press while effort is being made to explore partnership with the private sector to enhance revenue generation streams and ensure sustainability.
Imoke averred that the theme of the celebration, “Building Enduring Peace and Unity; Panacea for Sustainable National Development” was apt and represented the importance of what is enjoyed in Cross River State.”
The state chairman of NLC, Comrade John Ushie, said the day gave workers the opportunity to access the level of government/employers’ willingness to collaborate, to ensure a sustainable working conditions for the people which is the spirit behind the celebration.
Ushie noted that on the strength of the theme for the celebration, there was need to call on the different tiers and arms of government to exhibit some resolve and purposefulness to ensure zero tolerance for corruption in every ramification of national life.
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