By way of taking the newly appointed Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and other heads of government agencies into the rudiment of governance in the state for effective and efficient service delivery in the state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared open a 3-Day Retreat for them at Hotel Seventeen, Kaduna, Wednesday.
The Retreat, themed "Council Affairs Directorate's Innovations: Ensuring Synergy for Sound and Effective Council Decisions and Implementation" was organised by the Council Affairs Directorate of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government in collaboration with with DFID-PERL.
Issues of meritocracy, pragmatism and honesty, as advanced by the governor, through strategic, strong and understanding among all the ministries, departments and agencies for effective and efficient service delivery system dominated the Governor's remarks at the event.
"We want make sure that all stakeholders operate within one umbrella for the progress of the state. We are ensuring that all hands are on deck for attaining the set objectives. As we are bringing forth key policy formulation process, we are at the same time coming up with modalities to achieve our desired goals," he stated.
On free and compulsory primary and secondary education policy, which has since started to be implemented, he said all stakeholders need to work harder to lay solid foundation for the the sustainability of the policy.
"Very soon we are going to receive statistics, the figures of out-of-school children. While trying hard to achieve the desired objectives, we need stronger institutions. I am therefore directing all our MDAs to stand firm for this policy implementation to be historic, successful and down-to-earth."
Satisfied by the state civil service, after introducing new formula in the appointment of Permanent Secretaries, the Governor said, "based on the introduction of new criteria for appointing Permanent Secretaries, the service, I can say, is so far so good. They understand and imbibe the reality that business is not as usual while doing their best at work.
To achieve an effective introduction of e-Governance, the state is establishing ICT Centre among others, the Governor noted.
He hoped the retreat will have far reaching impacts in the development of the state, noting that "I am sure you will come across new things that are designed to purposefully make a headway for the overall development of the state."
"As we always say, tax is paid by those who have the means so that the poor among us can have an improved life. We are not creating a situation or a condition where all categories of people will be taxed. It is solely for those who have the means to pay," he clarifies.
He therefore hinted that a policy, with a more human face that complies with global best practice is in the pipeline.
In his submission the Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, while over-viewing Governor's Inauguration Pronouncement during the May 29, 2019 inauguration of the administration, commended the feats that were achieved under the Governor and his humble self within the period under review.
He touched on areas of education, (free and compulsory primary and secondary school education), agriculture, health care delivery system, RUGA settlement implementation, environment, water supply among others.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, in his welcome address called on all the participants to work together to come up with a road map for the development of the state.
"I urge you to kindly go and understand and also memorize the objectives this administration sets to achieve as we are all occupying positions of trust: trust by the Almighty Allah and that of His Excellency, the Governor," he advised.
Also in attendance at the Retreat were the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Abdul'Aziz Garba Gafasa, State Chairman of All Progressives Party (APC), Abdullahi Abbas, Director General of Ganduje Campaign Council, Nasiru Aliko Koki, other State Executives of the party and party elders, heads of the state tertiary institutions, heads of state agencies, representatives of development partners, among others.