Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke, has used his first formal function of 2014 to declare that the “CRS public service has capable public servants”.
While swearing-in 14 new permanent secretaries for the state civil service at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office, yesterday, Imoke maintained that as permanent secretaries retire, capable public servants in the state had to fill the vacuum created and that “upon the shoulders of those selected will rest the implementation of government’s programmes as the last lap of the administration is taken”.
The governor emphasised his commitment to building for CR, “solid institutions with the classic experience of governance” to reinforce commitment and consolidate on programmes and initiatives. Imoke was clear on the need for the new permanent secretaries to “take action against those in government who fail to meet standards”, stressing too that those who work hard must be rewarded on merit to highlight the importance his administration places on hardwork and reward.
Responding on behalf of the new permanent secretaries, John Odock, promised His Excellency that they will all live up to expectations to show their commitment to the ideals vigourously pursued by the Imoke administration while also thanking the governor for appointing them to serve as permanent secretaries in the state.
The new permanent secretaries, 10 men and four women, had earlier taken their oath of office to the admiration of family and friends.
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