By JIDAUNA DARING
Staff of the Ministry of Finance Plateau State have been strongly reminded of the need to be more committed and dedicated to work while discharging their duties as professionals in the ministry.
Newly appointed Commissioner of Finance, Hon. (Mrs.) Regina Soemlat gave the reminder while taking over the affairs of the ministry from the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Sani Yahaya, at the Conference Hall of the Ministry, J.D Gomwalk State Secretariat Jos, last Tuesday.
Mrs. Soemlat thanked God for giving her the opportunity to come back to the ministry and appreciated Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State for still finding her worthy to serve in his cabinet.
She commended the Permanent Secretary and his team for the success recorded and appealed to the entire staff of the ministry to be their brother’s keeper, saying that back-biting and gossiping kills an organization, hence the need for them to always seek for proper explanation from their directors at all times.
She noted that respect should also be a key word to all staff of the ministry as professionals, saying that Governor Lalong wants to bring back the real discipline of the civil services into play, adding that any one who wants to play with respect and discipline would henceforth not be spared.
The commissioner challenged the staff to always follow the proper channel of communication rather than by-passing the persons concerned to the next person who has no concern with the issue that needs to be handled.
Mrs. Soemlat told the staff that the Governor Lalong has said that it would be no longer business as usual, urging those that were always in the spirit of coming late to work to stop henceforth, saying that they would from time to time pay a surprise visit to each directorates of the ministry.
She said that the staff should not blame them on whatever action that would be taken, especially after the visit because they would not tolerate any form of laxity from anybody, and stressed the need for the staff to always ensure proper documentation of all financial transaction of the ministry.
She advised the staff to always justify their salary by working hard, adding that the ministry would soon introduce a rewarding system, particularly for the hard working staff and also emphasized on the need for decent dressing among the staff as professionals.
She then sought for the cooperation of the staff of the ministry, in order to move it and the entire state forward as the engine room of the state, financially.
Speaking shortly before the handing over, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Sani Yahaya expressed joy over the posting of Dr. Mrs Regina Soemlat to the ministry considering her wealth of experience as a former staff of the ministry.
Alhaji Yahaya appreciated the Accountant General of the state, Mr. Cyril Tsenyil, Management and the entire staff of the ministry for according him maximum support and cooperation when he was overseeing the affairs of the ministry.
He said that the challenges encountered were enormous, but they were able to surmount them through the staff’ cooperation and unflinching support, counsel, advice, encouragement and team work, adding that they were able to record some remarkable achievements within the past 5 months that she left at the expiration of her first appointment as commissioner during Lalong’s first tenure.
He urged the staff to sustain the spirit of hard work for the development and growth of the state, adding that the handing over also provided the Commissioner with the over view of the ministry which included the ministry’s structure, function, achievement, challenge, recommendation and the way forward, and also assured her of the staff continued support.
Our correspondent reports that there were goodwill messages from directors of the ministry, Chairman Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), Mr. Dashe Arlat while the vote of thanks was given by the state Accountant General, Mr. Cyril Tsenyil.