In an attempt to harness the full potentials and enhance efficiency in service delivery of Niger State, government has created three new ministries and directed the immediate recruitment of 250 graduates into the state civil service.
The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello who announced this in a statewide radio and television broadcast to mark this year's Democracy Day and the 2nd anniversary of his administration in Minna, the state capital also approved the appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries for efficiency and vibrancy of the state civil service.
The new Ministries are; Ministry of Forestry and Animal Resources, Ministry of Solid Minerials Development and Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This brings the number of ministries in the state to 18 from 15.
The governor said the decision to create the new Ministries was informed by the desire to further enhance the full potentials of the state and in fulfillment of the restoration agenda policy of his administration.
According to the governor, in order "to further harness our full potentials in the state, government had decided to create additional three ministries namely; Ministry of Forestry and Animal Resources, Ministry of Solid Minerials Development and Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
"I have also directed the State Civil Service Commission to immediately recruit and inject 250 graduates from the 25 local government areas into the state civil service. In addition, I have also approved the appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries based on merit and with immediate effect," the governor disclosed.
Governor Sani Bello observed that the state public service has been intensely exposed to damaging partisanship and external influences that have compromosed its integrity and created negative perceptions which make relations with political leaderhip and public school image difficult to manage.
To this end, the governor announced an overhaul in the top brass of the state civil service by directing 16 Permanent Secretaries to proceed on immediate retirement leave while 8 serving Permanent Secretaries are retained and two others who have been in acting capacity had their appointments confirmed.
Gov. Sani Bello said the on-going exercise and changes in the civil service was designed to allow for emergency of a new crop of leadership and to reinvigorate the service and entrench equity and fairness.