By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Civil Servants have been charged to imbibe the sense of humility and dedication in the discharge of their duties, which were sterling qualities that would distinguish them in the service of the State.
The Ogun State Head of Service, Engineer Olanrewaju Bisiriyu stated this during a send-off organised for the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed in Abeokuta.
Engr. Bisiriyu who described the retired Permanent Secretary, ‘’as a man of integrity and impeccable character”, said those virtues had helped him to contribute immensely to the development of the Service, stressing that his rich experience would be greatly be missed.
He commended Alhaji Sefiu for his enviable approach to work, as well as his good relationship with colleagues and subordinates, charging him not to relent in service to humanity, even in retirement.
In his response, the retired Permanent Secretary appreciated the government for giving him the opportunity to serve, admonishing Civil Servants to be upright and dedicated to duty, as well as avoid acts that could put the service in disrepute.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Olu-ola Aikulola, said the retiree was a leader with a listening ear, always willing to lend a helping hand to members of staff, adding that his religious inclination played major roles in his relationship with people within and outside the service.
Directors in the Ministry also took turns to speak about the significance and impactful role played by the retired Perm Sec., emphasizing the harmony he established amongst members of staff and wished him a fulfilling and worthwhile retirement.
He was born on September 28, 1961, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed, began his career on October 3, 1984 as a class Teacher and Head of Department of Art and Social Sciences at then Ijeja High School. He joined the Ogun State Civil Service in January 1993, as Inspectorate Officer at the Inspectorate Department of Ministry of Education, Science and technology and rose to the post of Permanent Secretary in 2016.
He retired officially from the Service on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, after 35 years of meritorious service to the State.