Usman Bala, the head of service for Kano State, has provided an explanation of the motivations behind the recent implementation of competency testing for state employees.
He said that the standard will be used to promote officers not just based on their performance and capacity to meet the demands of their new grade’s official responsibilities, but also on the basis of their satisfactory years of service.
This is stated in a statement by Musa Garba, Director of Public Enlightenment for the Civil Service Commission.
Garba claims that the HoS provided the clarification as Dr. Umar Minjibir, the state CSC’s chairman, led the commission’s management team on a formal visit.
Garba claims that the HoS clarified the matter when Dr. Umar Minjibir, the state CSC’s chairman, accompanied the management staff on a courtesy visit to the HoS on Tuesday.
“The competency examination is aimed at serving as a yardstick of promoting officers not only on the basis of satisfactory years of service but also on performance and ability to deliver the exigencies of official responsibilities on that particular grade,” the Head of Service was quoted as saying by Garba.
Bala added that initiatives are being taken to promote and advance the use of information and communication technology in the regular operations of government agencies.
In order to fill the void left by the departing officers, he emphasized the necessity of reviewing the succession plans in the military.
The CSC chairman has previously reaffirmed the commission’s willingness to collaborate with the government and non-governmental organizations to enhance the state’s civil service.
He clarified that cooperation between the commission and the office of the HoS would guarantee a strong and active civil service that would be admired throughout the nation.
He praised the HoS for reviewing and realigning the service’s instruments in line with the accepted international standard.
The CSC chairman urged the HoS to take action to sanitize and protect the Audu Bako Secretariat from all trespassing and the carrying out of unauthorized activities that continued to disrupt the working environment.
Then he pleaded with the HoS to step in and assess the orientation program for new hires as well as the training and retraining of government officials to improve their capabilities.
Additionally, Minjibir stated that all pending instances of promotion and transfer of service had been resolved and that notices to that effect would be sent out shortly.