Commissioner Calls For Merit In Recruitment Into Imo Civil Service


Imo State Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mazi Uche Ohia has commended the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, for appointing Barrister Raymond Ucheoma as the Head of Service (HoS).

Ohia who described Ucheoma as resourceful and competent, said “the governor has a knack for fishing out competent hands wherever they are.

He added the governor must have been persuaded by the competence and resourcefulness of Ucheoma to elevate him to the position of Head of Service”.

Ohia gave the commendation in his office while receiving the Head of Service who paid an inspection visit to the ministry recently.

Emphasizing the importance of the Civil Service in the development and well-being of society, the commissioner noted, “the Service is responsible for the implementation of policies that affect people and all their activities, and it should remain the citadel of excellence reserved for the best of the best just like the academia”.

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Ohia recommended recruitment on the basis of merit in order to halt the falling standard in the service, and continuous training and retraining to enable the workers cope with developments in administration.

He prayed that the reforms being introduced by the Head of Service should bring lasting legacies that would reinvigorate the service, and assured him of the cooperation of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts during his tenure.

Earlier, the Head of Service, Barr Raymond Ucheoma, said he was on a working visit to the Ministry to ascertain the state of the infrastructure and the work environment.

According to him, he is to also familiarize with the manpower, remind the workers of their mandate in the administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma, and to charge the civil servants to play their part in the achievement of the 3R mantra of the administration.

Ucheoma added that the essence of the visit was to rouse the service to be vibrant, functional, efficient and effective as envisaged by the state governor in the manifesto that brought him to power.

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He emphasized that he was in the ministry “to exchange ideas with the workers, learn, and find out whether the culture of recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the philosophy of hard work are exemplified in the ministry”.

The HoS said issues of conducive work environment, dedication on the part of workers and motivation of the workforce were of prime importance to the government.

He charged top management staff of the ministry to mentor and groom their subordinates through delegation of duties, and stated that certain classified documents must be processed within the ministry.

He further charged the management of the Ministry to report all needs for maintenance such as leaking roofs to appropriate MDAs and to forward the needs for furniture and equipment to his office.


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