Prof. Margaret Kobia officially handed over her position as chairperson of the Public Service Commission on Wednesday to her deputy, Amb. Peter Ole Nkuraiyia.
Amb. Nkuraiya will hold the position in an acting capacity until a substantive appointment is made.
The handover ceremony was held at the Commission House boardroom and witnessed by commissioners, the Chief Executive Officer who is also the Commission Secretary, Dr. Alice Otwala, Deputy Commission secretaries Mr Simon Rotich and Ms Jane Chege and Directors.
In her remarks, Prof Kobia who is now the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs expressed her appreciation to the commissioners and staff for their support during her tenure as chairperson over the last five years.
She urged the Commission staff to always strive to understand their customers and their needs so as to deliver quality services to them.
“How well you understand your customer and their needs will determine how far you can go in delivering on your mandate and achieving customer satisfaction,” she said.
Noting that the Commission is strategically positioned to contribute to the attainment of the President’s Big Four Agenda, Prof Kobia called for adoption of a collaborative framework and networking with stakeholders, including County governments to ensure they are properly aligned to achieve the desired goals.
She challenged the commission to inject new approaches to work by promoting innovation and creativity in the public service emphasizing that efficiency and effectiveness must be the hallmark of the public service.
Prof Kobia stressed that the Public Service Commission is an integral part of the government that also plays an oversight role.
“In your oversight role, you also must be part of the effort to provide solutions to the challenges we face as a country,” said Prof Kobia.
Amb. Nkuraiyia expressed confidence that the appointment of Prof Kobia to the cabinet signals a new chapter of enhanced collaboration between the executive arm of government and the commission.
“As commissioners, we are delighted in your new appointment and having been our chairperson, we can count on your support to deliver on the huge mandate that the constitution has bestowed on the commission,” said Amb. Nkuraiya.