Public Servants in Ondo State have been charged to show more commitment to service delivery in the new year 2024
The state Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele gave the charge at the 2024 edition of the annual first working day prayer meeting with the state governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa held at Governor’s office, Alagbaka in Akure, the state capital.
According to the Head of Service, the workers have had a good deal with the present administration in the recent time which include timely promotion with financial benefits, offsetting of inherited salary arrears, payment of retirees benefits as well as adequate capturing in the state’s palliative arrangements to assuage the effect of last year removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.
He noted that workers could only reciprocate the good gesture of government by putting in their best and strive for excellent service delivery in the new year and achieve set goals.
While noting that the year is an election year in the state, Ogundele called on civil servants to abstain from partisan politic but adhere strictly to the ethics of the service which limited them to exercising their franchise by casting their votes during the election.
His words, ‘it is indeed noteworthy that 2023 was an eventful year in the annals of the State Public Service as the present Administration prioritized the welfare of workers. Regular promotion with financial benefit was approved for public servants as and when due.’
‘You may wish to note that amid the hardship occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal in 2023, the State Government opted for equitable distribution of palliatives to people from all social strata, and workers were provided with palliative buses which conveyed them from designated points to and fro their offices.’
‘Also to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal, the State Government has started the payment of N35,000 wage award to workers from the month of November 2023.’
‘ It is on record that, at the grand finale of 2023 Public Service Week, Mr Governor presented new SUV cars to 30 Permanent Secretaries in the State. All these good gestures were testaments to the unwavering commitment of the present Administration to the welfare of workers.’
‘It is important to note here that 2024 is an election year during which people of Ondo State will go to the poll. It behoves public servants to avoid being tainted by ensuring they remain apolitical. Ensure that you collect your voters cards and exercise your franchise on Election Day and let it stop at that please,’ Ogundele added.
Addressing the gathering, the state governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedetiwa applauded the testimonies of workers on the welfare packages of the administrations, saying efforts would be made to sustain the tempo.
The governor also lauded harmonious relationship that existed between the organised labour and government, urging labour leaders to continue in that spirit.
He said his government will not relent in giving priority attention to the well-being of its workforce within the available resources of the state.
His words, ‘my dear workers, I am pleased to hear your good testimonies on payment of salaries, prompt promotion, regular elevation, payment of inherited salary arrears, training and retraining, provision of working tools and enabling environment for the service to thrive, among others.’
‘ This Administration will continue to implement palliative measures to ease burdens of the vulnerable in the State. On this note, I wish to thank the public servants in the State for their cooperation, and I particularly appreciate the organised Labour Unions for their understanding in ensuring industrial harmony in the state.
The event featured prayers for the country, Nigeria, Ondo State, the governor and the public service.
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