Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has charged the new Head of Service in the State, Mrs Veronica Onyeke, to do her best to rekindle the zeal and commitment of servants to work.
He spoke at the swearing-in of Mrs Onyeke at the Old Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi today.
“As the new Head of Service is coming in when civil servants’ morale is low, we expect her to evolve policies that will rekindle the spirit of hardwork and greater commitment to duty,” he stated.
“Mrs. Onyeke is taking over the mantle of leadership with many years of experience in several Ministries, Departments and Agencies and in sensitive positions including Director of Administration in Government House, she is in a good position to head the Service well at this critical time.”
Governor Ortom expressed the hope that she will create the perfect synergy between her office and that of other Permanent Secretaries as well as with Directors, Commissioners and other key functionaries of this Administration for peace, harmony and better performance in service delivery.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the new Head of Service is a square peg in a square hole and would provide the right quality of leadership to turn the Benue Civil Service around. In addition, we settled for her in our belief that as a mother, she would pool our human capital together for the attainment of all our lofty goals for the State,” he stated.
Governor Ortom congratulated the former Head of Service, Engr. George Edeh, for bowing out bowed out gracefully from the Service after 35 years of what he described as unblemished service and wished him a fulfilled life in retirement.
Mrs Onyeke, the first female to be Head of Service in the 42 year old state was born on 30th November, 1959.
She attended St. Mary’s Primary School Otukpo, 1967 to 1973, St. Anns Secondary School, Otukpo, 1973 to 1977, School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo, 1979 to 1981, Amadu Bello University, Zaria, 1982 to 1985 as well as the Benue State University, Makurdi, 1998 to 2000. She holds a Masters degree in public administration after obtaining Bachelors in Political Science.
She started work as Administrative Officer with the Benue Civil Service in 1987 and has risen through the ranks.
Mrs. Onyeke is married with children.