Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, has sworn-in four permanent secretaries, with a charge to uphold the tenets and doctrine of anonymity and neutrality in civil service.
The new permanent secretaries are Mr. Samson Tayo Olauyi, Mr. Olugbenga Odesanmi, Dr Michael Ibikunle and Mrs. Titilayo Olayinka.
The governor, at the ceremony charged the new Perm Secs. to see their appointment as a call to service and an opportunity to be part of positive history in the state.
He identified the civil service as the engine room, upon which the five pillars of his administration is hinged.
Fayemi commended the leadership of the state civil service for their doggedness made evident in their collective efforts against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor restated his commitment to transparency in corporate governance, pointing out that his administration has consistently filled vacant position through an “open competitive process”.
His words: “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 proces.
“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 office.
“In order to ensure competence and credible leadership for the civil service, this administration has consistently been filling all vacant position through an open competitive process.’’
According to the Gov., the process is to ensure that the best hands are appointed to promote the policies and programmes of government and enhance the performance of the service.
“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 and you should ensure that discipline is professionally injected into the civil service,” he added.
Fayemi stressed the need to examine new ways of responding to future challenges of the civil service in the “new normal”.
Speaking further, he also also announced the restructuring of some Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.
This, he said, was to ensure “professionalism, inclusiveness and dynamism in the civil service’’ and to enhance efficiency in driving the developmental agenda.
He 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 event was attended by the Speaker of House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye and members of the State Executive Councils.