Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday said his government will go after and punish civil servants who get involved in selling of lands belonging to the state government.
This was as he said his government has sent a bill to the State Assembly seeking for a viable punishment for the civil servants and violators who acquired the government lands.
El-Rufai ,who was represented by his Deputy, Arc Barnabas Bala Bantex, stated this while declaring open a two-day workshop for spokespersons to governors in Northern Nigeria, organized by the United States U.S Embassy in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ in Kaduna yesterday.
He ‎called on the government spokespersons to liaise with the media in disseminating information to the public.
According to him, “We are going after civil servants that made it possible for some persons to go to football field, a land between the principal’s house and teachers’ quarters to build house.
“As a matter of fact we have just sent a bill to the State Assembly for viable punishment not only for those who violate but for those civil servants who made it possible for the people.
“Where government officials have dubiously given titles, we are committed to pay compensations.
“We are committed to transparency and we are committed to provision of the constitution, particularly as it regards to the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policies, particularly the participation of the people in government,” he said.
Earlier, the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle charged the government spokespersons on the need to make timely information accessible to the public as part of efforts to promote democracy and accountability in governance.
‎He stressed that an effective government press operation is critical in communicating clear and timely information to the public about government policies and actions, especially related to President Muhammadu Buhari’s priorities of counterterrorism, anti-corruption and economic development.
“The training, funded by the US Department of State, came in response to the office of the Presidency’s request of my government to help spokespersons at both the federal and state levels to refine and learn new techniques on effective press office operations. A particular emphasis will be placed on countering radical narratives and helping to create a strong network of spokespersons throughout the government of Nigeria.”
The Ambassador posited further that the work of the spokespersons carries a tremendous amount of responsibility and will help shape public knowledge and perceptions of government through the media. Saying “your ability to do this job effectively in a fast-paced, technology-driven world requires frequently updating your skills,” he said.

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