Information officers in the Delta State Civil Service have been called upon to deliver values for government in terms of relaying its policies, programmes and achievements to the general public with its corresponding feedback mechanism to enable government to be abreast with the needs and expectations of the governed.
Delta State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko mni., gave this charge while playing host to the forum of Information Officers who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Mr. Bayoko said that; ‘information delivery is very important and remains a key ingredient of good governance as no meaningful development will flourish in an atmosphere devoid of needed information on government activities.’
The Head of Office stated that plans have reached advanced stage for the conveying of a stakeholders meeting where the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies would discuss issues and harmonise working relationships among the various cadres, to achieve efficiency and optimum performance in the Civil Service.
He said that government would continue to train and retrain the general workforce to ensure greater productivity adding that officers could do well to train themselves in Information and Communication Technology through the use of often neglected gadgets, like cell phones, that are within their reach.
Mr. Bayoko expressed satisfaction with the performance of Information Officers in the State Civil Service and urged them to continue to be diligent and exhibit high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
Earlier in an address, the leader of the delegation and the Director of Information, Mr. Paul Osahor, had explained that the purpose of the visit was to felicitate with the Head of Service on his appointment as the number one Civil Servant in the state.
He expressed his belief that Mr. Bayoko would achieve tremendous success in his new position given his track record of diligence, commitment and perseverance which has guided him to excel in his previous places of work.
The Director of Information appealed to the Head of Service to explore the possibilities of involving Information Officers in the procurement processes in the Ministry, stressing that the Ministry would do well when experts are allowed to make input in the procurement of professional equipment to enhance information delivery.
While pledging the unalloyed loyalty and support of the Information Officers to the new Head of Service, Mr. Osahor expressed the need to sharpen the skills and deepen the knowledge of Information Officers through training and retraining, especially in the areas of information gathering and dissemination.
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, ASABA, DELTA STATE