How the civil war disrupted our civil service system —Obaseki

How the civil war disrupted our civil service system —Obaseki

 •Charges Edo civil servants to embrace e-Government policy

By Simon Ebegbulem

GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State yesterday lamented that the outbreak of the civil war disrupted the well-organized civil service system put in place by the British, charging civil servants in the state to key into the Integrated Financial Information System which will guarantee Electronic governance in all Ministries in the state.

Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki

Obaseki who com-mended his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, whom he described as a courageous lion, for being the first governor to introduce the use of technology called the “Oracle software in the payment system in the civil service,” said his administration had provided one thousand computers and will provide internet facilities in all the offices so that every government dealings will be online.

He spoke while addressing permanent secretaries and directors in the state civil service yesterday.

According to him: “What we are doing is to automate the process, we inherited the British administration system which was used to govern the entire world. It was that system that helped us built the economic, social and political foundation of this country. Nigeria worked because the civil service worked. The civil service worked because they are processes and system that made it worked.

“What happened is that we had a civil war and most of those processes were disrupted. So when we say things are not working today it is because the processes that we inherited in terms of how we manage the bureaucracy was disrupted. And it has been a challenge trying to bring back those processes.

“It is important to know that the money we are spending is tax payers money and we are only privileged to manage it so we must be prudent about it. As a government we want to make the job of the servants easy that is why we want to run e-Government. We must look for money next week and rebuild Training Centre, where they will be mandatory training and voluntary training for civil servants.


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