Manpower audit team upbeat about Radda’s civil service reform in Katsina

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. . .Acting heads of MDAs to face screening July 10

As the Directors of Administration and Supplies (DAS) now interim heads in all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of Katsina State brace up for an epoch – making screening process, the saddled with the civil service manpower audit and verification exercise is intensifying arrangements for the process.

The chairman of the committee, Alhaji Rabiu Abdu-Rumah, who dropped this hint in an interactive session with the directors in Katsina on Thursday, said the present manpower audit and verification exercise differs from the previous exercises carried out by successive administrations from 1999 to date.

Abdu-Rumah said the issue of public service reform is part of the campaign promises of the state governor, Dr. Dikko Umar Radda, to eliminate politicisation of the civil service of the state.

In a statement by Hassan Muhammad Tukur, spokesman of the team, Abdu-Rumah assured that the committee was not set up to witch hunt any civil servant but to correct the anomalies within the service.

The chairman, who spelt out the terms of reference of the committee, stressed the need for directors to accord the team maximum cooperation to achieve its mandate.

He said June salary has been given to the committee as baseline for the audit and verification of civil servants in the state.

He revealed that the state governor frowned at situations where a grade level 12 officers would be appointed as heads agencies of government with civil servants on grade level 16 as unit heads.

Such situations, according to the chairman, demotivated civil servants thereby bringing productivity to its lowest level.

Abdu-Rumah also emphasized the issue of credentials of civil servants, saying a civil servant with Bachelor in Education Degree has no business being employed in other ministries than that of education and vice versa.

He added: “In compliance with the circular issued by the State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning,  henceforth domiciliation of an employee salary is to be based on his current place of posting.”

He later directed that bio-data forms be distributed to the director, adding that the screening process will commence on Monday, July 10, 2023, in the conference hall of the state secretariat complex.

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