POLITICAL appointees and other top government officials in Anambra State yesterday began a two- day retreat at the famous Anambra International Convention Center in Awka with the Minister of Works and Housing and two- term governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola as the resource person, ANAMBRA PEOPLE reports.
The participants include the state governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo and his deputy, Dr Onyekachi Ibezim, as well as the Secretary to the State Government, the Head Service, Commissioners, Special Advisers, permanent secretaries and heads of statutory bodies.
Soludo said the retreat was to bring the political office holders and others up to the speed required of them in serving the state and to get them to internalise the core vision of his administration, in order to function effectively.
According to Fashola, “Anambra state is an A-list state which is well respected in the committee of states in Nigeria because of the caliber of people the state has given the country”. He advised public servants to endeavor to key into the vision of the government in order to achieve set goals. He urged the appointees to be committed and put hands together in driving the vision of Soludo’s administration and charged them to desist from pursuing personal interest which can derail the purpose of governance”.
Commending Fashola for accepting to give Anambra government officials the rudiments of governance, Soludo said: “I am most grateful to our resource person, His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, for availing us his wealth of experience as a former Governor of Lagos State, who led mind-blowing public sector reforms in the centre of excellence.
“For me, it is important that every member of the team internalises the vision, and sees the task of providing a liveable and prosperous homeland for Ndị Anambra, as a collective responsibility”.