The Oasis Reporters
February 13, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The immediate past Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs in Plateau state, Dr. Alh. Ndayabo Garga, has been recognised as an ambassador of grassroots development in the state.
The staff of the ministry, through the management staff, led by the Permanent secretary, James Yilna’an, made this position known during the official handing over of the affairs of the ministry to the next senior officer in the ministry.
The handing over session was based on the directives given by the state governor, Simon Bako Lalong when he dissolved the State Executive Council last week, 8th February 2018, and ordered the commissioners to hand ministry affairs over to their respective Permanent Secretaries with immediate effect.
Even though the ministry seems to be the last to adhere to the directive, the commissioner, Dr. Garga, said it was not an act of disrespect, but due to ill health which took him out of the state even before the dissolution was announced.
He called on the staff of the ministry to shelve all forms of differences, irrespective of political or religious affiliations and support the government to deliver to the people, the dividends of democracy and to a large extend, the Plateau project.
He said, for him, he had no grouse with anybody while serving the state as the commissioner and called on the staff to reach out to him any time they require his advise to move the ministry and the state forward.
He commended them for their wonderful contributions that gave him the success story that he is proud of, and urged them to extend such relationship to the Permanent Secretary, and any one that will succeed him.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary and the director of administration in the ministry expressed regret, that the reason which led to the dissolution of the cabinet would create a vacuum difficult to be filled with the commissioner’s departure.
According to them, during his tenure, the ministry recorded tremendous transformation and prompt attention to staff welfare as well as other administrative policies that has significantly affected their careers positively.
They called on the governor to reconsider him worthy to be reapportioned to service in the ministry, or any ministry to add value to the affairs of the state.
They equally urged the outgoing commissioner to remain resolute with the good work he is known with and that he should bear in mind that he remains the ambassador of the ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs of the state.