Politicians to blame for rot in civil service – Bauchi’s Gov Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has declared that politicians are to blame for the rot in the civil service across the country today.

The governor made the declaration while receiving the report on civil service reform in the state, submitting that politicians have politicised the processes of appointment and promotion in the civil service.

According to Governor Mohammed, “Bad governance, mismanagement of process and procedures, distortion of services records have characterized the civil service in recent years.

“The politicians, including me, are guilty of the rot that is in the civil service today because of political influence and favoritism in the appointment and deployment of officers from the local government areas and other sectors.”

The governor said though he acknowledged the fact that there had to be geographical spread in top appointments in the civil service, however, such should not be done at the detriment of effective and efficient service which was the bedrock of the civil service.

Mohammed lamented that civil servants now play politics in the open at the detriment of their service, declaring that they should not play politics like politicians but rather concentrate on their job.

“I have asked them in the state civil service not to play politics with me but they should concentrate on the job they are employed to do. We want to separate politics from civil service,” the governor said.

Mohammed then assured members of the committee on civil service reform in the state that his administration would carefully study the report submitted and implement its recommendations best suited for the state civil service.

He informed them that his administration wanted the best civil service for the state, adding that, “our aim is to have a robust civil service that can be the pride of others.”

Speaking earlier before submitting the report, chairman of the committee, Alhaji Gambo Magaji, informed that the committee’s report was in three volumes, containing all its findings in the course of its assignment, which he said lasted for two months.

While declaring that the state civil service needed to be reformed in line with global best practices, Magaji said the recommendations contained in the report were based on current reality.