In a bid to reinforce discipline in to the Civil Service, the Plateau State Government has stopped the payment of salaries of some civil servants who are absentees from their work places in the 17 LGAs of the State.
The Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission, Mr Henry Langkwap stated this on Thursday 22nd September,2016 at the closing ceremony of a 4 day workshop training on Media Convergence and Citizen Journalism for the 17 Local Government Information Officers, Assistants and Camera men, held at the Women Development Centre in Jos the Plateau State.
He said this move is to curtail the lawlessness exhibited by some civil servants whom sit at the comfort of their homes and expect salary at the end of the month adding that the Commission would continue in that manner until the civil service is purge of this disgraceful practice at the grassroots level.
“Defaulters are often served with queries after that the Commission investigates and of any substantial reason is found, one would be cleared” he said.
Mr Langkwap also said salaries of local government staff is up to date except for July and August charging Caretaker Committee Chairmen to explore untapped revenue areas in their localities which may serve as a determinant in having a much better monthly allocation in the State.
The Permanent Secretary further assert that with the global trend of digitalization, the Commission has to embark on training and retraining of staff capacity under his watch, first it was health personnel and the just concluded Staff of the Information Units in the 17 LGAs who are image makers of the third arm of government in the Country urging beneficiaries of the training to put the knowledge acquired into effective use as the era of analogue information dissemination is over. He also assured of the Commission’s readiness to provide them with modern gadgets like Laptops, iPads inline with their communiqué within the limited resources at their disposal.
The Chairman, Plateau State Local Government Information Officers Forum, Mr. Zakari Gwantu express satisfaction and call on government to give attention to some of their immediate needs especially the upgrading of local government Information Unit status to a full fledge Department as provided in the scheme of Service and approved by the National Council on Information, provision of office laptops, iPad for officers use and the creation of each LGC websites, Social Media accounts among others.
Head of resource persons, Mr. Paul Jatau of SHD Base Global Investment Ltd, disclosed that the training is an eye opener to the 53 trainees saying government must begin to see the need to key Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) into the power of Social Media and the internet in order to be part of the global village.
The 53 Information Officers receive training on topical areas of Communication such as ‘Generating news stories for online publications in a Contemporary LG Information Unit’, ‘Online Media Publication and the law of Defamation’ and ‘Utilizing Social Media Platforms to Enhance the Capacity of Information Officers in Plateau State Local Government Council’.