Abiodun promises speedy inauguration of new HoS, minimum wage committee

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Abdulqudus Ogundapo

Ogun State Goveronor, Dapo Abiodun has promised to expeditiously inaugurate a new Head of Service as the incubent Hos in the state, Engr Lanre Bisiriyu takes a bow from the State Civil Service next week.

The governor also announced that his administration would set up a committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage and substantial increase in the wages of the State workers.

According to the governor , as the Head of service takes a bow next week, we understand that there should be no vacuum in leadership and so very soon, we will appoint a new Head of Service that will continue on the right part of leadership in the state public service .

Abiodun made these declarations at a public lecture to mark this year’s Public Service Day celebration held at Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on Thursday.

The governor who lauded the State public servants noted that in taking the state to a higher pedestal, the welfare of workers would continue to receive prompt attention as they are “worthy partners” in his overall development agenda for the State.

He said ” government will soon set up a committee of stakeholders to work out the modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage for the State public service.

” In the course of building our State, I pledge the commitment of our administration to continue to see to your welfare.”

He attributed the achievements recorded in the last six months to the dedication and commitment of the public servants.

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He added that the workforce has a proud legacy of professionalism build around the legacies of renowned bureaucrats’ likes of the late Simeon Adebo, A.K Degun and others who made the state proud in their days.

The governor stated that it was imperative for any government that desires to record substantial achievements not to down-play the valuable roles of public servants, as they were the real catalysts for positive and rapid transformation of any society.

“As political office holders, we are aware that we cannot go far without the support and participation of our enabled workforce in the Civil Service and the entire public service.

“I wish to equivocally reiterate our desire to build and develop our public service better than what we met on ground. “

While appreciating the continued harmonious working relationship between our administration and the entire workforce of our dear State, Abiodun said he would not take the workers for granted.

Abiodun who described the theme of this year’s celebration ” Collective Will, Collective Development”, as apt, pointed out that the private sector was an integral part of his agenda to develop the State.

He added that the Public Private Sector Partnership initiative, was to improve the economy of the State.

The Governor enjoined public servants to ensure that the public private sector Partnership relationship was mutually beneficial, saying, government was determined to implement people-oriented and friendly policies and programmes that would translate to wellness, well-being and welfare of the people.

The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Mr. Joseph Makoju, in a lecture titled, “Expectations of Private Sector from the Public Service on the Public Private Partnership, urged the government to tackle its infrastructural deficit.

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He added that one of the ways of going about it, was through Public Private Partnership .

Makoju who listed some models of PPP to include management contract, concession and hybrid, said management contracts involve government still taking some financial burden.

He said PPP has been successfully used by many countries, including Nigeria, to solve infrastructural challenges.

He noted that if adopted by the State, it would allow challenges in other sectors, especially public policies in the State, while the private sector handles critical sectors that are capital intensive.


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