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State House scribe assures workers of enhanced capacity to key into FG’s change agenda


Abuja – The Permanent Secretary of the State House, Malam Jalal Arabi, on Thursday assured workers of training that would enhance their capacity to implement the change agenda of the Buhari administration.

He gave the assurance while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after he was sworn-in by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

According to him, lack of proper planning is the bane of the service as training should be built around what is available.


“Most of these things are built on what is available.

“What had been dragging us backward is lack of planning and of course when you plan to have a formidable and viable system people must learn, people must have the know-how, the expertise and you can’t just pick that on the street, you have to be trained.

“In the past, perhaps it was relegated or probably sidelined, but I believe with what had happened, with the experiences garnered as to how things didn’t work out well, for lack of expertise, for lack of proper manpower, I am sure we will try to get it right this time around.

“It is not going to be easy but you will always start from something.’’


Arabi admitted that his task is not going to be easy because of the previous happenings in the civil service.

According to him, part of the lessons he has learnt to make sure that he builds on what will be the best for Nigeria.

Arabi said that President Muhammadu Buhari had imparted his words of wisdom to his colleagues, adding that their task was a heavy burden that could be carried out successfully with prayers and God’s guidance.

The permanent secretary said it also required the commitment of the appointees to be able to justify the confidence reposed in them.

“Of course, we expect some understanding from those we are going to superintend over.

“If things have changed, if things are to be done according to the rules, certainly, we should all jump into that wagon to make sure that we get it right the way it is.

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“Actually, it is even simple: you have the rules, rules are set, go by the rules and you are home and dry.

“We will do our best by the grace of God.’’(NAN)

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