President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned newly sworn in Permanent Secretaries to flee corruption as 16 of the 18 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries took oath at the Presidential Villa. Speaking after administering oath of office, the President warned that his administration will not tolerate excesses, indifference, incompetence, and corrupt practices.
The President minded them that the responsibilities bestowed on them were so enormous that the success or otherwise of the government would largely depend on their competence, ability and capacity to discharge their duties most effectively and efficiently.
“I must, however, sound a note of warning. It is within public domain that ministers as chief executives of their ministries as well as other government officials involved in policy formulation and implementation often complain of the intolerable levels of incompetence, indifference or even suspected sabotage by some of the top echelon of the Civil Service.
The President, while reminding the permanent secretaries that they are the chief advisers to their respective ministers, added that they are also responsible for safeguarding public funds and ensuring the propriety of expenditures under their control. “Even where Permanent Secretaries, in some instances, are exempted from these accusations, they are still responsible and liable for failing to provide the required leadership, control and direction” “This Administration will not condone any excesses, indifference, incompetence, and corrupt practices in any form.
Permanent Secretaries are therefore advised to note these words of caution and disseminate them to all civil servants accordingly.” He also reminded them of their responsibilities for coordinating their respective bureaucracies as well as ensuring effective implementation of all approved Government programmes and policies.