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Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to transparency in corporate governance, disclosing that his administration has consistently filled vacant positions through an “open competitive process”.
This was just as Dr Fayemi inaugurated four Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service with a charge to them to uphold the tenets and doctrine of anonymity and neutrality.
The newly inaugurated Permanent Secretaries are: Mr. Samson Tayo Olauyi; Engr. Olugbenga Omoniyi Odesanmi, Dr. Michael Ayodele Ibikunle, and Mrs. Titilayo Olariike Olayinka.
Charging them to see their appointment as a call to service and an opportunity to be part of positive history in Ekiti State, Fayemi, who identified the civil service as the engine room upon which the five pillars of his administration are hinged, commended the leadership of the civil service in the state for its doggedness as evident in the collective efforts against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
He said, “The public service is the engine room of government with clear cut roles upon which the five-cardinal agenda of this administration revolves, hence, the need to put in the necessary human machinery to drive the process.
“I have no doubt that your antecedents in the public service have paved ways for you to be worthy of this position. Of course, since you were not selected via “Bet Naija” or “Baba Ijebu” lottery, I have no doubt that your meritorious qualifications would serve you well in the office.
“In order to ensure competence and credible leadership for the civil service, this administration has consistently been filling all vacant positions through an open competitive process.”
Saying this process was to ensure that the best hands are appointed to promote the policies and programmes of government and enhance the performance of the service, the governor added, “As public servants, you are agents of the people and you are expected to play your part in the development of the state, you are expected to conform to the principles of the public service in the discharge of your duties, you should ensure discipline is professionally injected into the civil service.”
Fayemi stressed the need to examine new ways of responding to future challenges of the civil service in the “new normal,” while also announcing the restructuring of some Ministries, Department, and Agencies, MDAs, in the state.
He averred that the restructuring was to ensure “professionalism, inclusiveness, and dynamism in the civil service;” and to enhance efficiency in driving the developmental agenda anchored on the five pillars of his administration.
The governor also used the occasion to appreciate officers who recently retired from the civil service in line with the extant public service rules, wishing them best in their future endeavours.
The brief event was attended by the Speaker of House of Assembly, Rt Hon Funminiyi Afuye; Deputy Speaker, Hon Hakeem Jamiu; Head of Service, HoS, Mrs. Peju Babafemi; Chief of Staff, Hon Biodun Omoleye, members of the state House of Assembly and members of the State Executive Councils.