The Governor of Benue State, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, has promised that retired civil servants receive their entitled benefits within four months of their retirement.
Governor Alia made this commitment during a meeting with the heads of ministries, departments, and agencies in Makurdi on Wednesday. He stated, “Henceforth, retired civil servants will receive their entitlements within a maximum of 120 days. This is our promise to them.”
He urged government officials to uphold discipline, hard work, and diligence, emphasizing the importance of accountability, transparency, confidentiality, and teamwork. He pointed out that maintaining a strong work ethic is essential and that leaders should set an example.
The Governor expressed his desire for a significant shift in the work culture to achieve optimal results, as this is what the people of Benue State expect. He stressed the importance of fostering a culture of accountability and confidentiality.
Governor Alia said, “Accountability must be ingrained in your work ethic. We need to reinstate the confidentiality that was once a hallmark of our service. I am here to serve you and the state, just as you have accepted your roles in various capacities. I call for a consistent work approach to ensure timely salary payments.”
He emphasized the need to revitalize, rejuvenate, and reform the civil service while changing the prevailing narratives. The administration, he noted, will not tolerate laziness or absenteeism.
Mr. Alia also directed civil servants to maintain a professional appearance as a sign of respect for their positions. He urged them to restore the dignity, respect, and value associated with the civil service.
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