Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Friday ordered the immediate release of year 2021/2022 promotion exercise alongside the approval for the payment of March and April 2023 leave bonuses.
Abiodun made this known during the year 2023 Public Service Day Celebration, with the theme ‘Building Trust Through Service Delivery : The Pivotal Role of the Public Service’, held at the Obas Complex, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta..
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, added that his Administration considers civil servants important partners in progress saying their wellbeing and welfare is therefore sacrosanct .
Abiodun commended the harmonious working relationship that has continue to exist between the govt and the entire workforce in the state noting that this his administration doesn’t take for granted saying together we will ensure its enviable position in Nigeria as a whole.
Governor therefore charged public servant to be dedicated and commited to the discharge of their duties saying the public service remains one of the Avenues where integrity as well as good legacy is earned through adequate service delivery.
Also Speaking, the Vice Chairman Association of Retired Head of service and Permanent Secretaries, Mr Demola Badejo, said Ogun state civil service has been on the forefront, hence the need for public servants to continue to uphold the tenets and rules guiding it operations, most importantly being the engine room of government.
He also implored the state government to continue to provide the necessary tools and welfare packages for public servants in other to enable them perform optimally.
Speaking on the theme; Building trust through service delivery: the pivotal role of the public service, the guest lecturer who was a former Oyo State head of service, Chief Tajudeen Aremu, enjoined the public servants to try and build trust in order to win the heart of thier bosses and the public, adding that Ethics, accountability, and Service delivery are other key concepts towards building trust through service delivery.
He said anonymity, impartiality/neutrality, objectivity and confidentiality are civil service ethics which will earn public servants more prestige and respect from their bosses, politicians and the publics if put into consideration, while urging public servants to learn how to dress modestly, be guided by the public service rules as well as treat all matters as and when due.
The practical steps to build trust through service delivery, according to the guest lecturer are; ‘studying government policy paper with a view to designing the successful implementation, periodical briefing of the HOS by agencies of government and working to a point of indispensability through total quality service, impacting on subordinate officers for service and integrity, being accurate with figures and data and maintaining integrity of the civil service and personal integrity of officers’.
Chairman Trade Union Congress (TUC) Comrade Hakeem Lasisi, said civil servants must be grateful to Almighty God for given them the grace to witness this year’s celebration, expressing optimism that the governor would address the current situation many public servants are facing as a result of the pronouncement of fuel subsidy.
Ogun State Head of Service, Mr Kola Peter Fagbohun, said the annual public service day celebration was meant to celebrate the values and virtues of public service to society, noting that this year’s theme was carefully selected to further enable the public servants to comprehend their essence in their continued service delivery to government and members of the public.
While thanking the Governor, whom he described as worker friendly and purpose driven, for his support and for approving this year’s celebration, he also congratulated the Governor on his assumption of office for the second term.