Staff of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism have been called upon to be committed to their responsibilities as civil servants.
The call was made by the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Honourable Dogo Shammah when he had a meeting with staff of the ministry today (Thursday, January 16).
The meeting which was the first since his appointment as commissioner some months ago, was also attended by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Culture, Mrs Josephine Mark Ter, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism Dr. Janet Angbazo as well as other management staff of the ministry.
In his remarks, Honourable Dogo Shammah said, “Since we came on board we have not been able to meet in a setting like this. For me it is deliberate. I wanted to take my time to know what is actually happening and our movements before we address each other.
“My posting here, I consider it to be a homecoming. I want us to be partners. We are here as heads but you are the implementors of government policies and programmes. Without you we will not succeed. Without you we will not be able to make any impact.
“I want to count on you people to give us the maximum support as you gave in the past so that we will be able to move this ministry forward.”
He said the meeting was in line with the initiative of the Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule-led worker-friendly government, which is putting the welfare of the staff as a priority. This according to him, will enhance productivity in the civil service.
Time was given for comments from staff during which some concerns were expressed as well as commendation for the Honourable Commissioner and his team for their leadership style.
The commissioner on his part, promised to look into the concerns raised with a view to making the environment more conducive for work.
Giving a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary. Dr. Janet Angbazo appreciated the Commissioner for bringing up the idea of the parley.
Dr. Angbazo also appreciated the State Government for the prominence given to culture and tourism in her Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS).
She then urged the members of staff to justify the importance the government has attached to the ministry by being committed to their responsibilities and ensure they are always punctual to work.
The Permanent Secretary also disclosed that the management of the ministry had concluded plans to reward hardworking and committed staff with awards, telling the staff to do well to earn them.