Abdulfatai Abdulsalami, Sokoto
Declining strength of qualified and experienced staff, the resulting loss of institutional memories and the subsequent erosion of public service norms and values both at state level and nationwide are the reasons why the Sokoto state government is determined to set up a Public Service Institute.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state outlined these rationales on Tuesday when he received a report on the establishment of the Institute at Government House, Sokoto.
“We are all aware of the situation of civil service at the state level and nationwide. It is fast losing staff, norms and values,” the Governor said.
According to the Governor, globally the recipe for policy formulation and implementation as well as successful development, is the existence of a working bureaucracy, without which states cannot be properly run.
“This is why it is important to initiate an institute such as this so that those coming into the public service in the state will receive training and be imbued with values to run an efficient, effective and virile public service,” the Governor said.
Commending the committee for doing a good job, Tambuwal said the report will be studied with a view to establishing the Institute.
Presenting the report, the committee’s chairman, Prof. Aminu Ibrahim said the decision to come up with the idea of the Institute is “timely, well thought out and strategic.
He explained that taking into consideration the terms of reference of the committee, sub-committees were constituted, sites visited and detailed bill of quantities made.
Prof. Ibrahim also explained that literature on similar institutions were reviewed and the instruments for legal backings for the establishment of the institutes were outlined.