By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, on Thursday swore in three permanent secretaries and members of the state’s Civil Service Commission, declaring that the time to reform the service is now
.Governor Makinde, who also charged the newly appointed permanent secretaries and commission members to serve the state diligently in their new capacities, also stated that the jobs of the officials are well cut out for them in view of the enormous glaring need for reforms.
While performing the swearing-in of Mrs. Felicia Foluke Oyediran, Mrs. Adenike Modupe Olufadewa and Mrs. Foluke Olufemi Moradeyo as permanent secretaries, the governor said that his administration has shown gender sensitivity and respect for merit with their appointments.
The separate swearing-in ceremonies were held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, with adherence to COVID-19 protocols on social distancing and wearing of face masks.
Governor Makinde at the two events, charged the permanent secretaries and the Oyo State Civil Service Commission to see their new appointments as a call to service, noting that service to the state should be of paramount importance.
While addressing the five-man Oyo State Civil Service Commission including Alhaji Kamordeen Aderibigbe (chairman); Alhaji Kolapo Isiak Adewale; Mr. Olutoyin Adedeji Akanmu; Chief Solomon Ogunjimi and Pastor Taiwo Oluwagbemiro, Governor Makinde said he was confident the members of the commission were up to the task.
The governor, who maintained that the tasks ahead of the government, which the newly inaugurated commission must key into include civil service reform, training and retraining of the workforce as well as exploring e-governance, among others.