Rivers Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, on Thursday ordered for probe into the spending of the funds budgeted for provision of water supply and maintenance of utilities at the State Secretariat.
Fubara gave the order during a surprise visit to the State Secretariat complex, in Port Harcourt, where he affirmed that his administration will give priority attention to the welfare of civil servants in the state.
Governor Fubara, accompanied by the Head of Rivers State Civil Service, Dr George Nweke and Permanent Secretaries in the state arrived the state Secretariat Complex to the warm and enthusiastic welcome of visibly elated workers.
Addressing the workers, Sir Fubara said the visit was to make on-the-spot assessment of the state of the facilities at the Secretariat and to address the challenges with the intent of improving the productivity of workers.
The governor pointed out that the major challenges in the Secretariat include lack of functional utilities, particularly supply of water and security.
He noted that the state government had previously spent much money on water supply in the Secretariat, but there has not been an improvement commensurate with the funds that were expended
Fubara who was former Permanent Secretary and also Accountant-General of State vowed that funds so far spent on water supply and utilities must be accounted for.
The Governor charged the Civil Servants to show commitment and dedication to their duties, as indolence and nonchalant attitudes will not be condoned.
Fubara had earlier held inaugural meeting with the Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Port Harcourt with a charge on them to reorganize the state Civil Service for greater efficiency.
Briefing the press shortly after the meeting, the Head of Service, Dr George Nweke said the meeting provided an avenue for the Permanent Secretaries to intimate the governor on how to improve the civil service.
The Head of Service said the Permanent Secretaries assured the governor of their commitment to Strengthening the state workforce through the effective mobilisation of workers.
They applauded the governor for his charge, renewed hope and consideration for the welfare of civil servants in the state.
The Rivers State secretariat was built by the Alfred Diette Spiff led Government in the year 1975 and it is the tallest building in the South South of of buildings, Point Block has 17 floors while Podium Block has 10 floors with other adjoining buildings.