In a decisive move to address widespread concerns over the abuse of Public Service Rules, the Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, has taken swift action against non-compliance with due process, irregular employment practices, and indiscriminate appointments within the State and Local Governments. The governor issued a series of directives aimed at restoring transparency and accountability in the civil service.
With immediate effect, all appointments made into the State Civil Service from October 1, 2022, to the present date have been suspended pending a thorough review to ensure adherence to due process. This measure aims to rectify any irregularities that may have occurred during the previous administration.
Furthermore, the governor has ordered all retired individuals who are still occupying government offices or positions due to extensions or contract appointments to immediately hand over any government property in their possession and vacate their offices without delay. This move is intended to streamline the civil service and ensure that only qualified individuals occupy relevant positions.
Civil servants who are eligible for retirement but have yet to submit their retirement letters or notices have been instructed to do so promptly and proceed with their retirement process without any further delay. This directive seeks to maintain a streamlined workforce and ensure efficient succession planning within the civil service.
Additionally, all civil servants and individuals appointed as Permanent Secretaries from January 2023 to date are required to revert to their previous positions immediately. This decision aims to address any concerns regarding recent appointments and restore stability within the civil service.
Governor Mutfwang has emphasized that these measures are just the beginning of a comprehensive plan to strengthen and build a result-oriented Civil Service in Plateau State. Further steps will be taken in due course to promote transparency, accountability, and efficiency within the public service.
Gyang Bere, the Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA) to the Plateau State Governor, released the press statement on behalf of the governor. The directive represents a bold move by the governor to address systemic issues within the civil service and restore public confidence in the administration’s commitment to good governance.