Thursday, 28 May 2015

Umanah applauds Gov Akpabio on lift of band on employment

Umanah applauds Gov Akpabio on lift of band on employment

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah has applauded the State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio for lifting band on employment into the State Civil Service. 

The Commissioner was speaking recently during a one - day orientation seminar organized for newly recruited Information Officers at Entry Point Hotel, Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Uyo. 

Mr. Aniekan Umanah said, the lift of band on employment, culminated into the recruitment of over seventy new Information Officers for Ministry of Information and Communications as well as other cadre of Officers including Administrative Officers, Executive Officers and Teachers, among others.
He said with the employment, new blood has been injected into the Civil Service to energize the State service and fill the gaps left open with continuous retirement of old civil servants and commended the State Government on the lift of band on employment.

Umanah stated that, as green horns in the Service, the newly recruited Information Officers needed to the orientation exercise to guide them on their expectations as Government image managers, the task he said required skills and commitment.

The Information Commissioner who declared open the one – day orientation seminar, urged the newly recruits to take the exercise seriously to equip themselves with the rudiments of their profession to enable them serve as worthy ambassadors of Government wherever they will be posted to in future.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Oliver Udoukpo, congratulated the newly recruited officers on their success at the Civil Service interviews which made gave rise to their appointments and expressed the hope that, the newly recruited officers will benefit maximally from the exercise for the interest of their career and the Service in general.

Mr. Udoukpo said, the seminar was very apt and timely, coming at the verge of an in-coming new government, with great expectations from Information Officers who will be expected to effectively handle the affairs of Government vis –a –vis reportage and publicity of Government policies, programmes and activities.

He expressed gratitude to the Commissioner for approving the Seminar and the Resource Persons for their tireless efforts in lining up well researched papers for presentation adding that, which such topics, the newly recruited officers will be put on sound footing for effective discharge of their duties.
Papers presented at the occasion included; Managing Government Information by the Director of Information, Pastor Michael Etuk, Public Speaking by the Director of Public Relations, Mr. Sunday Antai and Work Ethics and Record Management by the Director of Administration, Mr. Monday Sam. Others included; Financial Regulations in Government by Mr. Okon Akpan of the Office of Accountant General, The Workings of Civil Service through Circulars and Public Service Rule by Barrister Samuel Udofia  and The Role of ICT and Social media in Information Management in the 21st century by Mr. Anietie James.
Highlight of the event was the administration of Oath of Secrecy and Oath of Allegiance on the newly recruited officers.

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