By John Kayode
Chairman, Ondo State Local Government Service Commission (LGSC), Femi Idris has charged accounting officers in the commission to adhere to due process policy in the discharge of their duties and tasks at all times .
He said modern administration is predicated on the concept of due process at all levels, adding that it could be during policy formulation or award of contracts and procurements.
Idris stated this, during his keynote address at a one -day sensitisation advocacy meeting with the theme: “Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Local Government Service” for heads of local government administration and departmental heads in the commission held in Akure, the state capital.
He said the invitation of the State’s Head of Service, Kayode Ogundele and Director General of the Ondo State Bureau of Public procurement , Mr Tolu Fadahunsi would sharpen their skills in the area of efficient and effective service delivery at the local government level.
The former Owo Local Government Chairman promised that the commission will strive at all times to mobilize resources towards the impartation of right skills and values in all workers.
He added that the commission will not allow the system to be run on whims and caprices of some key actors in the system, adding that due process is doable and must be at the center of all government business at the local government level.
He said: “As a commission, we shall be daring and firm in our desire to enthrone a just and merit driven system.
“We are equally going to be desirous of sustaining this type of interface as a veritable platform for your education, information and to obtain feedback from you on the implementation of policies and programmes of the government.
Ondo State head of service , Mr Kayode Ogundele, while delivering his lecture on the Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Public Service, charged the workers to adopt good work ethics, saying nothing good will be achieved without such.
He decried the attitude of the citizenry expecting what they could personally benefit from individual public holders rather than holding them accountable for their actions and inactions while in such offices.
The Head of Service, who described indiscipline, unethical practices and failure to follow extant rules as some of the challenges hindering effective implementation of government goals across the three tiers of government, called for attitudinal change by those driving the system in a bid to achieve the desired results.
While describing the local governments as the closest to the people, Ogundele called on relevant stakeholders at the council level to champion the ongoing public service reform in the state to get better results for the people.
Earlier in her welcome address, Permanent Secretary of the commission, Mrs Adenike Ogunsola said the meeting came at a crucial period of repositioning the system for effective service delivery ,which she said can not be ignored.
She said the meeting would afford members, the opportunity to rub minds and compare notes on topical issues.
She urged the participants to transfer the knowledge garnered at the meeting to their subordinates, saying it will also be guide in the discharge of their duties.