Chief of Staff to the Benue State Governor, Mr.Terwase Orbunde, has urged staff of Benue People’s House not to see subsequent transfers and adjustments as victimisation by the Ortom administration.
Addressing the staff at the old Banquet Hall in Makurdi, Mr.Orbunde stressed the need for them to understand that a new government was in place and would introduce new ways of doing things and that transfers were inevitable but not aimed at victimization.
He emphasized the need for those that would remain in their current positions to always follow due process in the performance of their duties for smooth running of the administration.
Mr Orbunde stated that the coming on board of the Ortom administration was through divine intervention pointing out that as such there was bound to be heavy spiritual and moral presence around them and urged that they should not be surprised but rather accept and key into the new development.
The Chief of Staff who assured of efforts to improve the working condition of the staff in the various departments despite the lean resources at the moment stated that the meeting was to enable him familiarise with them.
He acknowledged what he described as their steadfastness in sustaining activities at the seat of power until the present administration came on board and solicited support and cooperation.
Also speaking, permanent secretary, administration, Mr.Eugene Ivase, charged the staff to be prepared to serve meritoriously wherever they were deployed for the success of the administration and assured of total loyalty and cooperation for effective implementation its policies.
On his part, Permanent Secretary, special duties, Mr Ityosange Akaagerger, promised that staff under him would key into the mission and vision of the Ortom administration and commended the Chief of staff for convening the meeting to interact with staff.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Mr.Tahav Agerzua, who stated that Governor Ortom received divine inspiration to aspire for the office assured that God who elevated him in the face of the current challenges would also enable him to perform creditably.
He urged the staff to play their role well in order to keep a date with history.
In separate comments, director of protocol, Mr. Richard Nongo, and chief administrative officer, Mr. Nyitse, and others who spoke on behalf of staff listed challenges including lack of functional vehicles, decent office accommodation as well as furniture and expressed hope that the Chief of Staff would convey their plight to the Governor.
After the meeting, Mr Orbunde, in company of the other officials, inspected some departments.
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