Chairman, Anambra State Local Government Service Commission, Awka, Vin Ifeanyi Ezeaka has reaffirmed the commission’s determination to reposition Anambra State local government system for efficiency and improved productivity.
Disclosing this in his office at Awka, during an interactive meeting with the Heads of Local Government Administration from the 21 local government areas in the state, the commission boss, who stated that the main purpose of the interactive meeting was to discuss extensively, the various challenges in different local governments, promised that the board will reorganise and sanitise the local government system for positive attitudinal change of the work force and optimal performances.
Ezeaka, who also warned that the days of idleness, lateness to work, absenteeism, and other related vices are gone, called on the Heads of Local Government Administration to live up to expectation, always follow the due process and lead by example as the accounting officers and administrative managers, who control the staff of the local government.
Emphasising on the need to always stick to due process, the chairman urged them to be more dedicated to their duties, be transparent and report possible causes of conflicts in their various local governments accordingly without being biased.
He further maintained that the commission is always ready to protect any council staff from unnecessary intimidation and revealed that the board will soon do massive transfer of all the HLGA’s in the 21 local governments, return pay rolling system back to the local government workers, organize reputable training workshop for the staff and transfer all cashiers that have stayed up to three years in a particular local government to another place.
The chairman equally noted that all Heads of Local Government Administration must reside in their local governments of posting, called for their maximum cooperation for the board to achieve its set objectives.
In their separate speeches, the Heads of Local Government, Nnewi North LGA, Mr. Anthony Chidokwe and Idemmili North Local Government, Mrs. Rita Obuekwe, listed some major challenges in the various LG’s which according to them include the council chairmen’s inability to follow due process, lack of adherence to application of the scheme of service, regulations, circulars, insecurity, inadequate pay rolling system, among others, which they said are causes of conflicts that may lead to the collapse of the local government system if not properly controlled.
The HLGA’s also emphasised on the need for government to grant financial autonomy to the local government, recruitment of junior staff, transfer of over stayed staff, review of the HLGA’s remuneration and payment of pension and gratuity of workers as and when due, which will help motivate the staff and bring back job satisfaction in the system.
Contributing, the Member I, Anambra State Local Governemnt Service Commission,. Azubuike Okoye, Member Il, Uchenna Okafor and Member Ill, Prof. Mrs. Ngozi Ekwirim, urged the HLGA’s to always reciprocate the kind gesture of the government by maintaining good cordial relationships with the council chairmen and civil servants in their various local governments.
The board members also highlighted the dangers of conflicts in any administration and advised them to work harmoniously as technocrats, adding that the normal practice of assigning duties according to the scheme of service must be practiced to avoid conflicts among the workers as this promote sanity and move the system forward.
In a vote of thanks, the Head of Local Administration, Idemili North L.G.A, Mrs. Rita Obuekwe, commended the board members for their vision and laudable programmes geared towards improving the workers welfare and performances. She assured total co-operation of the Heads of the Local Government Administration to the board, adding that all hands must be on deck to achieve the commission’s transformation agenda designed to return the lost glory of the local government system.