My pursue for innovative governance in Zamfara remains unshakable, says Gov Matawalle


Zamfara state governor, Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has says one of the fundamental principles of his administration is to continuously repositioning the machinery of Government in tune with the ever-changing dynamics of the time.

The governor stated this at the opening ceremony of a retreat organized in Abuja for members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers and other relevant public office holders.

Governor Matawalle maintained that one of the critical steps in the repositioning drive is building the capacity of the Chief Executive Officers of our Ministries, Departments and Agencies, who are the policymakers saddled with the strategic mandate of providing purposeful leadership, guidance and direction to the staff of their organisations.

He noted that the retreat could not have been organised at a better time than now “when we are in dire need of highly skilled and well-trained organisational heads to champion the positive transformation we have embarked upon. 

“The recurring cases of inter and intra agency role conflicts, usurpation of responsibilities, and violation of the established administrative procedures in our Public Service, which greatly hamper the smooth running of the business of Government, obviously have serious consequences on effective service delivery and meeting the goals of governance.

As you are aware, Zamfara State, like other states in the northwest, is confronted with a serious security problem, which has exacerbated the multiple development challenges we face.

“I believe that opportunities like this retreat could be used to stimulate thought and offer workable solutions to issues affecting not only the public sector but also the overall development of our State.

In our ever-changing world, especially in a liberal democratic system like ours, governance necessitates that both policymakers and implementers are appropriately groomed and knowledgeable not only about the workings of the public sector but also about our modern world.

“It is only by so doing that we can craft appropriate policies that could address our contemporary challenges and that are in tune with the realities of our time. As we enter the midterm of our administration, the task ahead is that of multiplying our efforts of building a new Zamfara State.” The governor further explained.

He however urged the participants to use lessons from the retreat help in the entrenchment of harmony at workplaces, collaborative synergy, good governance, sound leadership, and proficient official communication in the state.

He also urged all and sundry to cooperate and put heads together to ensure the success of the event, considering its highly anticipated impact of reinvigorating the Zamfara State Public Service.

In his welcome address, the Zamfara state Secretary to the Government, Kabiru Balarabe described the retreat as timely and strategic, as it brings together all essential players in policy making to discuss and debate major issues relating to the state.

He also said the retreat is part of the governor’s firmly determined to build a new Zamfara State.

“As soon as we return home after the retreat, we are expected to continue the arduous but achievable mission of transforming Zamfara State in all facets of human life.” Balarabe assured.

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, in her a brief remarks applauded the Governor Matawalle for prioritized the welfare of civil servants in the state.

The retreat themed ‘Management Retreat on Governance and Leadership Reforms for Development in Zamfara State’ was
is organised by Ibadan Business School

The event is expected to witness presentations from selected resource persons, as well as special sessions to be led by experienced personalities of high repute


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