Stop Making Provocative Statements – Jonathan Tells Politicians

June 11 23:01 2014 Print This Article

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday enjoined politicians to desist from making provocative utterances that are capable of causing division in the country.

Jonathan spoke while swearing in his Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufa’i Alkali.

The President also swore in a Commissioner with the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mr. Simon Etim; as well as three permanent secretaries -Mr. Nanpon Danjuma, Mr. Binta Bello and Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye.

Addressing Professor Alkali who took over from outspoken Alhaji Ahmed Gulak who had been relieved of his appointment last month, President Jonathan liken Alkali’s  position  to that of a Group Managing Director on political issues who should not treat his appointment with levity.

The President urged the new commissioner to join the Federal Civil Service Commission to imbibe the culture that people who are qualified for employment should get it irrespective of who they know.

“No matter how highly placed you are as the President, the Vice President, members of the National Assembly, we were voted by all Nigerians. So we all owe all Nigerians our service and of course, we must make sure that whatever is available in this country goes to everybody irrespective who he knows.

“That is the key and that is the message and the key component of our transformation agenda,” he said.

Jonathan, while addressing the new permanent secretaries, regretted that discipline was lacking in the civil service because issuance of queries had been jettisoned.

He said there could be no quality control in a system where people are not queried for wrongdoings.

Jonathan said, “What people complain about these days is lowering of academic standards that lowers the quality of the service.

“I believe if you have the courage to discipline people under you whose conduct does not reflect what is expected of a good public officer, it will not be so.

“One of the key problems we have in the service is that unlike in those days when people were given queries, these days the impunity is so high that nobody queries anybody.

“A system that you don’t have queries that means that there is no quality control. If any factory producing any good and if there is no quality control, definitely the product will lack the desired quality.

“So as permanent secretaries, you must have the courage to query your directors, deputy and assistant directors if you think they have done things that deserve to be queried. If you need to refer to the Federal Civil Service Commission guidelines, you should do so because without discipline as a nation we cannot go anywhere.”

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