The Enugu State government has rounded off a five-day workshop
organised to imbue staff of the Government House, Enugu, with the
necessary skills to enable them to discharge their duties effectively.

The training was held just as the state government reiterated its
commitment to the continuous provision of quality healthcare to the
people and upgrade of health facilities across the state.

Speaking during the workshop, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State
represented by his chief of staff, Dr. Festus Uzor, stated that the
training was informed by the need to correct incipient lapses observed
among workers in the Government House whom, he said, were gradually
deviating from the core values of the public service.

Governor Ugwuanyi lamented that the procedures designed to ensure
proper record-keeping, sound information management, data-gathering,
analyses and transparency are being neglected by officers with such
responsibilities hence the need for the in-house training.

"This workshop/training is designed to give the workers the necessary
training so as to make them able to perform better in their jobs. As
you all know, a well trained public servant is an invaluable asset to
the state as this will no doubt add value to good governance enjoyed
by the good people of Enugu State," he said, adding that at the end of
the programme, participants would have imbibed these skills as well as
proper code of ethics in public service.

Reiterating the importance of the workshop, the permanent secretary
and chief administrative officer of the Government House, Barr. Emma
Ugwu, explained that it would help staff develop the right attitude
towards government property, and enhance their knowledge of budget
preparation, especially now that the state is adopting best
international public sector practices.

Participants commended Governor Ugwuanyi for the kind gesture extended
to the Government House staff, promising that there will henceforth be
visible improvements in discharging their responsibilities.

The deputy governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, while
speaking at the biennial lecture organised by the South-East chapter
of the Association of Lady Pharmacists held in Enugu, noted that a lot
of milestones have been recorded by the Governor Ugwuanyi
administration in the health sector.

"Many hospitals have been upgraded and provided with the necessary
facilities. In the rural areas, health centres with the necessary
personnel are being established to ensure that the people have access
to healthcare services," she said, commending the Lady Pharmacists for
organizing the forum which "offers women in the profession an
opportunity to interact and proffer answer to challenges in the health