By Muhammad Hadi
Planning officers of the Niger State Planning Commission has been implored to always forget themslves while planning; as doing so certainly results into good planning.
The outgoing Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Alh. Babatifin Mustapha made the declaration during the handing over ceremony to the newly appointed permanent secretary, Mal. Usman Musa Dalau, at the commission’s conference hall, Monday.
He said “Plan without yourselves and reduce greed, be upright, believing that it is only God that gives and that nobody can take away from you, your destiny and always wait for your time which will surely come.”
Babatifin affirmed that planning officers are not known for gossips and petition writing as they are always busy with their schedules. He also called for enhanced capacity building and professionalization.
The outgoing Permanent Secretary whose retirement takes effect August 4, 2017, admonished staff of the commission to always accept postings/transfers “ allow them to come naturally; do not abort them, receive them in good faith as nobody knows his destiny, …”
Alh. Babatifin was appointed permanent secretary in 2007 and has served at same capacity at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Board of Internal Revenue, Investment, Commerce and Co-operatives, Local Government Service Commission, Human Resources Department of the Office of the Head of Service, as well as the Public Service Office of OHOS.
He has now been appointed Director General, Due Process office, Government House, with effect from August 4, 2017, after spending 35years in the service of Niger State government.
In his remark, the incoming Permanent Secretary, Mal. Usman Musa Dalau, described the out going permanent secretary as his mentor and a dynamic leader, and also appealed to the commission’s staff to extend the needed co-operation to enable him discharge his responsibilities.
Mal. Dalau thanks the commissioner for the support and understanding extended to staff of the commission and called for prayers from all.
Before his appointment as permanent secretary, Mal. Dalau was the Director, Budget at the commission where he now ascends as the chief accounting officer.
Planning officers, admin officers as well as statisticians and other well wishers witnessed the handing over ceremony; good will messages were also delivered.