By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari has extolled President Muhammadu Buhari’s style of leadership, saying the president would be remembered for leaving a legacy of leadership by example and excellence.
Gambari made the declaration when he inaugurated the 54-seat State House Multi-Purpose Training Centre, equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment, and renovated ward and three new ambulances at the State House Clinic, on Thursday in Abuja.
The new ward is housing the Medical Out-Patient Department (MOPD), Dialysis unit, HIV/AIDS unit, among others, at the State House Clinic.
The Chief of Staff reiterated that Buhari was determined to leave Nigeria better than he met it.
He, therefore, urged public office holders to emulate the president in the provision of infrastructure and enhancing the capacity of the civil service to provide quality service delivery.
“If everybody does their best to improve on what they find, by the time President Buhari leaves office at the end of his administration, he will leave facilities much better than he found it,” he said.
While commending the significant improvements at the State House Clinic, Gambari noted that the renovated ward would improve the quality of health service delivery to staff members and other beneficiaries of the medical centre.
He also applauded Buhari for enhancing the capacity of State House staff and all the agencies of government to deliver services to the best of their abilities.
At the Multi-Purpose Training Centre, Gambari affirmed that the Buhari-administration was committed to promoting excellence in public service, driven by ICT development.
He added that directors in the Federal civil service aspiring for the position of Permanent Secretary must necessarily pass ICT proficiency test.
“You cannot become a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria anymore, unless you have a solid ICT background.
“The State House is supposed to be an epitome of excellence and that’s why whether it’s the Press Centre or the ongoing Presidential VIP Wing of State House Clinic, this new Centre is an addition to the standard of excellence expected at the Villa,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, said that the training centre would enhance the ability and capacity of staff as well as other users in the public sector to provide quality service delivery.
He recalled that the State House ICT Training Centre was inaugurated last year, stressing that the management had recognised the fact that ICT was the driver of development and positive workforce.
The permanent secretary announced that Galaxy Backbone, in collaboration with the State House, had concluded arrangements for a training session on ICT with all federal permanent secretaries at the newly inaugurated 54-seat auditorium.
At the State House Clinic, Umar told the Chief of Staff that the medical centre had some of the best hands in various fields, adding that some of the medical staff could compete favorably with their peers across the world.
He commended the medical staff for their dedication and cooperation and said that the management would soon upgrade the ICT-driven system for the supply of drugs, consumables and everything needed to run the clinic more effectively.