Matawalle Trims Down Zamfara Perm Secs From 47 To 26

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Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Dr. Bello Mohammed (Matawalle)

By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has approved the reduction of Permanent Secretaries in the state from 47 to 26 to enhance efficiency in the civil service.
Matawalle in a state wide broadcast said the decision to reduce the high number of Permanent Secretaries was targeted to restructure the civil service to make it more responsive to the public desire for greater efficiency and in line with the principles of best practice. 
The governor said on assumption of office as the Governor of Zamfara State, he realised that there is the need to restructure the civil service to make it more responsive to the public desire for greater efficiency and in line with the principles of best practice. 
“Civil service across the globe is designed to serve as a machinery of the government, through which public expectations are met. It is crucial to the realisation of the central objective of governance, which is meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people”, he said. 
Matawalle said all assessments have shown that Zamfara state has a far greater number of permanent secretaries than any of the states in the Northwest. 
He said with 47 permanent secretaries, the system has become saturated and overburdened which made the Restructuring Committee to invite all the existing permanent secretaries and six others whose appointments were reversed by the past administration and subjected them to a written test and interview in order to assess their competence.
“Based on the outcome of the assessment, only 26 qualified for retention as permanent secretaries”, he said.
Matawalle said the State Government appreciates the strategy adopted by the Committee in conducting this important exercise.

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