Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday prescribed a code of conduct for commissioners and special advisers including his abhorrence for disloyalty and incompetence.
He made the prescription while swearing them in at the IBB Square in Makurdi.
“Any appointee found to be disloyal, lacking capacity, and performing below expectation will be relieved of the appointment,” he stated.
“No one in the public service under my administration should dare to convert funds meant for the execution of projects for the people’s welfare into personal gain.”
Governor Ortom stated that he would wield the big stick against anyone who violates the code.
He reminded them that their appointments followed elaborate consultations with various stakeholders particularly the party caucuses at various levels in the State, noting that it was based on government belief that they have the capacity to discharge their duties with distinction.
According to him while he may have failed to meet the expectations of some people on account of human frailty, the criteria of even spread, fairness, equity and justice was met in the sharing of key government positions.
“You must also, shun acts of flamboyance, be frugal and sensitive to public perception and commit public funds only to the advancement of public good”, the governor advised.
He explained that the desire to cut costs informed his decision to run a slim administration by reducing the hitherto number of ministries from 17 to 13 and commissioners from 28 to 18.
The Governor announced that portfolios would be assigned to the new appointees after a three-day retreat to be held at the Benue Peoples House that would commence today.
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