Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande and 36 other prominent citizens in the state on Thursday bagged the National Productivity and State Merit Awards for their meticulous services and outstanding performances.
Akande, who was a former Governor of the state was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Adebisi Obawale, bagged the most outstanding politician award for his immense support and valuable services for the growth of the state.
WESTERNPOST gathered that the awardees were honoured by the Office of the Head of Service in Osun for their contributions to state affairs which had really transformed the state.
The event was attended by Civil Servants, Politicians, Security Personnel, Religious Leaders, Chief Judge of Osun, Traditional Rulers, Stakeholders in both Public-Private sectors among others.
The Guest Lecturer , Dr Adedokun Sikiru, Obafemi Awolowo, University (OAU), Department of Economics, spoke on the topic ” Tax Culture and Development” and he commended the efforts of the state government to reforming the tax system with a view to generating more tax revenue which is noteworthy and commendable.
Sikiru further said that a tax reformed can only be carried out successfully when taking into account the “taxpayer culture” and also given capacities of the tax authorities.
He noted that for a tax regime to be successful, it must be compatible with its tax culture and also systems.
Other awardees included the Deputy Governor , Mrs Titilaoye Tomori, Speaker ,House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salam, Chief Judge of Osun, Mrs Adepele Ojo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, among other prominent citizens.
In his welcome address, Head of Service, Dr Festus Olowogboyega, said it takes excellence to recognised persons of excellence and he praised Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, as an actor of excellence in the public duties.
Olowogboyega said that all the awardees were selected based on their outstanding performance and cut across all sectors of the economy in the state.
He thanked them for honouring and accepting the awards which he urged to other participants to emulate.
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, who spoke on a title : Productivity for prosperity, urged citizens to engaged in productive activities in order to satisfied their needs and the future desires.
Aregbesola said there was the need to developed a template to measure productivity in order to be successful in any endeavors.
According to him, productivity in the private sector is not difficult to measure as compared to the public sector.
“In the private sector profit and loss is the balance for their productivity but in the public sector it is difficult to measure because of its challenges,” he said.
The Governor further commended the awardees for their selfless and meticulous services and he urged the public to learn from the examples of the beneficiaries.
He enjoined civil servants to work hard to achieve the expected results and to be remembered for their sacrifice to the success of the state.
Aregbesola, however, said his administration had reflected on the success of the beneficiaries and had duely recognised some distinguished individuals who bagged the national productivity and state merit awards.
Among the beneficiaries is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and some security chiefs in the state.