Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has sworn-in 11 new Permanent Secretaries in the state.
The ceremony, which was held at the Executive Chamber of the Agodi Governor’s Office, was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Adeyemo, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli, the Head of Service, Mrs. Hannah Ogunesan, the State APC chairman, Chief Akin Oke, other top government functionaries, religious leaders, friends, families and well-wishers of the new Permanent Secretaries.
The governor, while noting that the appointment of the new Permanent Secretaries to head the various Ministries,Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state is strictly political and not about how smart they were, urged them to use the position to improve the state and not for personal gains.
Ajimobi disclosed that a total of 34 Permanent Secretaries have been appointed since his administration began in 2011 because of its understanding of the importance of the role of the Civil Service in governance.
He said This administration has appointed 34 Permanent Secretaries altogether till date to fill the vacuum created by the retirement of their predecessors.Today, we are swearing-in another batch of 11 Permanent Secretaries to fill existing vacancies across our Ministries, Department and Agencies.
In asserting that the Civil Service is the engine room of any government, the governor quoted, Abhijit Naskar, an author and Neuroscientist, who said, ‘Take the Civil Service out of government and the country will collapse’
Ajimobi further said, Hence, our administration’s deliberate resolve to reform the Civil Service on assumption of office in 2011. We not only reformed, we introduced many incentives to boost their morale and for better service delivery, including free transportation, enhanced loan facilities, local and foreign training, etc.
To whom much is given much is expected. The enviable position of a Permanent Secretaries is the peak of any civil servant’s career and it comes with a huge responsibility and commitment to advance the course of the state. I therefore admonish you to be up and doing, to be more resourceful, productive, dedicated and join hands with the incoming administration to take our dear state to the next level, he advised.
Governor Ajimobi, while imploring the new Permanent Secretaries to continue to exhibit salient leadership qualities which earned them the appointment, said the appointment is another feat in the set of appointments and elevations he had made so far, not only to ensure better service delivery but also to reward hard work.
He further called on workers in the employ of the state government to be more hardworking, noting that hardwork never goes unnoticed.
I charge other civil servants to be inspired by the event of today by being hard-working. Hard work will never go unnoticed. What is important to us is that with your appointment, we want to urge you not to be loyal to Ajimobi but to the government of Oyo State irrespective of who is there to move the state forward. I want you in the spirit of your oath of office and oath of allegiance to take service above personal interest, Ajimobi added.
Source: Voice of Nigeria