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Welfare Of Workers, Pensioners Germane To My Administration, Says Makinde

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By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan 
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said that the welfare of state workers, pensioners remain a prority in his administration.
He  assured that the state government will continue to judiciously utilize the resources of the state for the good of its people.
The governor, stated this  through the Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola, while speaking at the year 2021 Public Service Forum, with the topic: “The Millennial Public Service: Springboard from Poverty to Prosperity”, held at the Theophilous Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde said the transformation of any society or system depends on the effectiveness and efficiency of its civil/public service.
He maintained that despite the economic situation in the country, his government has been paying salaries and pensions on or before the 25th of every month.
According to him, regular payment of salaries, allowances and pensions have not stopped various projects embarked upon by his administration.
“Despite the economic situation in the country, we have always paid salaries and pensions on or before the 25th of every month. Let me reiterate that payment of salaries to workers is not a privilege but a right, for every worker deserves to be paid after rendering services.
“I am glad to inform you that regular payment of salaries, allowance and pensions have not stopped various projects that we have embarked on.
“Recently, we inaugurated the construction of the Iseyin campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology with the release of a sum of illion N500m as a take-off grant.
“We have also approved the construction of 76.7kilometres Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso road for a sum N43.1billion. This we believe will aid the movement of staff and students between the two campuses of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
“This administration since inception has made education a priority as the sector has taken the highest share of the budget for the third consecutive year. This Sector was allocated the sum of N54.1b, amounting to 18.37 per cent of the year 2022 budget,” Makinde said.
He explained that the allocation of 21 per cent of the year 2021 budget has yielded result, moving Oyo State from 26th position to 11th position in examinations conducted by the  West African Examination Council (WAEC) .
Earlier, the Head of Service, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, Mr. David Olatunde, said that the Public Service Forum wss organized to contribute to the development of institutional, human and technological capacities of public sector Institutions and Civil/Public Servants, to efficiently deliver public goods and services to the entire citizenry.
She explained that the best practice in the Civil/Public Service today is tending towards professionalism where all Officers are expected to improve themselves through acquisition of relevant additional academic and professional qualifications, as well as being abreast of and acquainting themselves with contemporary issues.
In her lecture, retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Deaconess, Joan Ayo, who was the guest speaker, explained that no nation develops beyond the capacity of its public service.
She maintained that the core values of Public Service include: political neutrality. meritocracy, integrity, impartiality, patriotism, professionalism, discipline, accountability, transparency and anonymity, adding that by imbibing those values, the state’s civil service would be able to lift the state from poverty to prosperity.
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