By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State Government on Tuesday charged protocol officers to be good ambassadors of the state by being diligent in their duties at all times.
Chief of Staff Government House Asaba, Olorogun David Edevbie, gave the charge at a one-day capacity training for protocol staff (political appointees and civil servants) organised by the Office of the Executive Assistant (Protocol) to the Governor of Delta State held at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
Edevbie who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol, Sir Eddy Ogidi-Gbegbaje, noted that protocol officers were frontline officers of the state and were expected to possess certain qualities that will enable them represent the state’s interest at all times.
He said that protocol officers are critical to the conduct of every government business because of the important role they play and as such, government must ensure that they possess the standard qualities required to be good protocol officers.
A former State Director of Protocol, Dr Festus Okubor, in his lecture titled “Distinguishing between the duties of the political class and civil servants”, said the bedrock of good governance is quality relationship between the permanent government and the political leaders.
He added that such a relationship can only thrive when the political class does not meddle with systemic succession plans.
A retired Permanent Secretary, Sir Emmanuel Okafor in his lecture titled “The Role of Protocol in the discharge of government business” urged protocol officers to always observe a code of correct conduct and ethiquettes in carrying out their duties.