The Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has chidedthe tenure policy introduced by the federal government and copied by the previous administration in Katsina State describing it with negative consequence that helped in crippling the civil service in the state.
Alhaji Aminu Masari was speaking when he received the Head of civil service of Katsina state, Alhaji Usman Idris Tune who led permanent secretaries to pay him a sallah homage at government house, Katsina.
The Governor also said the tenure policy was abolished in Katsina state as it made government service to be delayed, saying what could be done in hours takes weeks to be done with qualified workers sent off by the system.
He assured that professionalism would also continue to receive government attention for effective service delivery so that not all government jobs would be given to consultants or contractors.
Alhaji Aminu Masari said at the federal level, the tenure policy introduced was to check stagnation and in the process, even if it was done with good intention, some permanent secretaries took advantage and the casualties were more from the northern part of Nigeria.
He remarked that most of the civil servants at the federal level were those from States and local governments absorbed into the federal civil service to balance and bridge the gap between north and south.
He said they were the first casualties to be booted out from the federal civil service by the tenure policy. The effect of the tenure policy at the state level, he said was that it created a huge gap and almost eliminated middle and Senior level manpower in the state.
Right now, he said in the ministries, one could hardly found one or two civil servants that could effectively write a good memo.
Governor Masari noted that the civil service was supposed to guide the political leadership, adding that the political leadership was to design policies and programmes for the civil service to implement.
Earlier, the head of civil service, Alhaji Usman Idris Tune told the Governor that they were at government house to pay sallah homage to him.
Alhaji Usman Tune assured that the permanent secretaries would continue to put in their best for the success of government policies and programmes in the state.
He expressed gratitude to the governor for giving the civil service a level playing ground for optimal production. He assured that the loyalty of the permanent secretaries would continue to be guaranteed to the present administration in the state.