GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has vowed to crack down on corrupt civil servants in the state, disclosing that his administration was investigating how a memo of N280 million was brought to him for approval while the project for which the memo was raised, was eventually executed with N30 million.
He lamented that “With that amount of haemorrhage no system can survive,” and assured that for his administration to experience economic growth and fulfil the promises made to Edo people, the civil service will be institutionalised.
The governor made the disclosure, yesterday, during the swearing-in of 12 new Permanent Secretaries.
Obaseki said that his administration has zero tolerance for corruption and disclosed that the new permanent secretaries (seven males and five females) were selected strictly on merit.
According to him, “You were all selected based on the result of the examination you wrote which was conducted by the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, ASCON. I personally went through the marked scripts and selected the best results. I interviewed all those selected and from the interview I found you worthy of this appointment.
“You were appointed based on merit, none of you lobbied for this position. Nobody influenced your appointments, so you owe it to your God, yourselves and the Edo people as well and be ready to serve the state. We expect you to be absolutely loyal, dedicated and abide by the oath you took.”