Obaseki swears in CJ, commissioners, tasks them to be result-oriented

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Wednesday sworn in a new Chief Judge for the state in the person of Justice Joe Acha and 11 commissioners and two Special Advisers as members of the State Executive Council.

The governor, while performing the swearing-in ceremony charged the commissioners, whose nominations were ratified by the state House of Assembly, to serve the citizenry in their respective portfolios and deliver on the expectations of the people.

Obaseki equally told Justice Acha, who took the oath of office as the eighth substantive Chief Judge of Edo State, to dwell on the need for collaboration among the three arms of government to engender good governance.

Governor Obaseki, who assigned portfolios to the new commissioners and Special Advisers, asked them to uphold accountability, adding that an organisational performance scorecard had been developed for each ministry in order to maintain a high-performance culture.

“The scorecard will be deployed in tracking key performance targets and deliverables of each ministry and reports will be demanded on a quarterly basis. A formal assessment of performance targets and results achieved by each ministry shall be conducted. These shall form the basis of further review and linkages to other key human resource processes.

“Timely response to the needs and requests from our people must become rooted in our DNA. We must demonstrate and demand ‘value for money, a commercial mindset not previously associated with the Public Service,” Obaseki said.

He urged the new members of the State Executive Council to embrace the six pillars of the Making Edo Great Again (MEGA) agenda and ensure it formed the rallying platform that “shall generate an irreversible momentum that will industrialize, transform and build the capacity required to take advantage of the state natural endowments”.

The governor, however, lamented the dwindling revenue base which according to him was caused mainly by a drop in Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), adding that the COVID-19 pandemic remained a major threat to the health and wellbeing of the Edo people

The governor thereafter assigned the commissioners their portfolios such as Joseph Eboigbe, Commissioner for Finance; Obehi Akoria, Health; Otse Momoh-Omorogbe, Budget and planning; Joan Osa Oviawe, Education; Isoken Omo, Physical planning and urban development.

Others are Moses Agbukor, Water resources; Ethan Uzamere, Mining, Gas and Oil; Maria Edeko, Social development and gender; Monday Osaigbovo, Local Government; Andrew Emwanta, Communication and orientation, while Oluwole Iyamu is Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

The two Special Advisers Crusoe Osagie was appointed as Special Adviser, Media Projects and Sarah Esangbedo Ajose-Adeogun, appointed as Special Adviser, Strategy, Policy, Projects and Performance Management.

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