By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has sworn Alhaja Selimot Olapeju Ottun as the 19th Head of Service in Ogun State Public Service.
Alhaja Ottun who replaced TPL Amope Ajibola who bowed out of service two weeks ago, became the fifth female Head of Service in the State.
Also sworn -in were Engr Olugbenga Dairo as Commissioner of Transportation Arch Abiodun Fari-Arole as Special Adviser/M.D of OPIC and Dr Lateef Tayo Lawal as Special Adviser.
Speaking at swearing -in ceremony at governor office Okemosan Prince Dapo Abiodun charged Alhaja Ottun to discharge her duties effectively to resuscitate the ailing economy as a result of the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy of which Nigeria, nay Ogun State, is not immune.
Abiodun said also that the Public Service will have to exhibit the positive attitude that will engender a symbiotic Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the good of Ogun State and the People.
“The kind of leadership that you provide as Head of Service will go a long way towards the successful realization of that goal. I pray that God will help you. You have been chosen out of many others who are equally qualified, experienced, and possess the prerequisite skills to lead the Ogun State Public Service. You should therefore see this call to duty as a challenge. I will urge you as the new Head of Service to act conscientiously and dutifully to preserve the legacy and success of the proud pioneers and forebears of the Public Service in Ogun State and Nigeria”
Prince Abiodun also charged the new Head of Service to improve and surpass the brilliant performance of the past Heads of Service in Ogun State.
“At this juncture, let me reiterate our Administration’s unwavering commitment to the development of all sectors of our State’s economy. In this direction, we will continue to provide an enabling environment for our people, within and outside the Public Service, with genuine intentions directed at providing a more prosperous life for all the people of Ogun State.
“Let me observe that in the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” Agenda, our Administration has made it a matter of policy to reposition all areas and sectors of Ogun State’s economy, for the continued development of our dear State. As the core engine room of Government, our Administration will continue to re-engineer the Ogun State Public Service and motivate our Public/Civil Servants to ensure continuous and smooth operations of the Government.
“As part of our deliberate strategy in this direction, in the last one year, we have opened more rooms for our career public/civil servants to get to the peak of their careers. Similarly, we have also put in place other welfare programmes and projects to continue in motivating our public servants. For example, we are delivering on our promise to provide affordable housing by creating the A.A.K. Degun Workers Estate Phase II at Laderin, Abeokuta; and, the on-going prince Court Workers Estate at Kemta/Idi-aba, Abeokuta”.Abiodun stressed.
The Governor also used the occasion to reassure all the great workers of Ogun State that his administration will is not reneges on its promises. but will fulfill all the promises made, and honour all agreements with our workers.
He said ” as we continue to ensure the provision of adequate and effective working tools for our Public Service, we shall also see to the fact that the working environment is friendly enough to guarantee the optimal productivity from our Public Service”.
He therefore congratulated the new Head of Service, and the new Executive Council members most especially, for this attainment. Equally, I congratulate the entire Public Service of Ogun State for reaching another milestone in its enviable history as a trail-blazer in the comity of Public Service in Nigeria.
“At this point, it is with a sense of duty that I inaugurate Alhaja Selimot Olapeju Ottun as the new Head of Service of Ogun State; Engr. Olugbenga Dairo as Commissioner for Transportation; Arch. Abiodun Fari-Arole as Special Adviser/M.D. of OPIC; and, Dr. Lateef Tayo Lawal as Special Adviser I wish you all fulfillment in your tasks ahead”.