Oyo State Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal (left); Governor Seyi Makinde; Head of Service, Alolade Agboola; Guest Lecturer, Prof. Fatai Aremu and Prof. Tunji Olaopa, during the Oyo State 2021 Productivity and Merit Award ceremony held at the Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan… yesterday.
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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said that his administration would continue to modernise the civil service in the state by providing the tools required to run an efficient system.
Makinde gave the assurance at the 2021 productivity and merit award ceremony held at the Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan while appreciating civil servants for their support and commitment to the service, and by extension, the state.
The governor, who stated that his administration would continue to give priority to the welfare of the workers to ensure optimum service delivery in the state, said that the selection of awardees for the 2021 productivity awards was based on merit.
He said that under his leadership, the government would continue to insist on equity and merit as the guiding principles propelling his administration.
The governor warned the people to be wary of individuals, who out of their desperation to take over power, forget that no matter what happens, the state would outlast everyone that feeds the public with falsehood and fake news.
“When I look at people feeding false news into our environment because they are looking for power, I feel bad. Must they wish our state bad luck because they want to govern the people? If all the bad wishes come to pass, when they get to power, they will be grappling with the problems instead of continuing and improving on the legacy that has been built,” he said.
Earlier, the Head of Service, Mrs. Amidat Agboola, acknowledged that Makinde was passionate about workers’ welfare, thus making him have a fantastic and harmonious relationship with civil servants and pensioners.
She said since the inception of the administration, no worker had been retrenched or laid off since 2019, adding that no governor has ever been magnanimous to the civil/public servants like Governor Makinde in the history of Oyo State.
She, therefore, admonished the awardees to remain good ambassadors of the state’s civil/public service, expressing optimism that the awards would motivate them to prepare for greater and tougher challenges in their respective careers.
Agboola also enjoined civil and public servants to reciprocate the kind gesture of the Makinde-led administration by putting in their best in the service of the state.