NewsNigeriaPoliticsGov Oyebanji vows to reward excellence in civil service

Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji has vowed that civil servants in the state under his government would be rewarded for exceptional performance.

Oyebanji stated this yesterday, while swearing in a former Permanent Secretary in the Ekiti State Civil Service, Mr James Folorunso as Director General/ Special Adviser Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), reiterated his determination to reward officers who distinguished themselves in the area of service delivery and impeccable integrity.

The Governor urged civil servants in the state to brace up by distinguishing themselves in their various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) assuring that their diligence wouldn’t go unrewarded.

Oyebanji, who spoke after the traditional oath taking session, said Folorunso got the appointment on merit, having demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity in the various positions he held before he retired as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance last year.

He said he was convinced the new appointee would bring to bear his wealth of professional experience in the different position he held in the civil service on achieving the desired result in BPP as well as overall development of the state.

The Governor stressed that the Bureau of Public Procurement is the heartbeat of any government, hence the need to find an appropriate person for the assignment.

“While congratulating you, I need to stress one thing, you earned this appointment because you’re a man of honour, a man of character and a child of God. Since we met during Governor Niyi Adebayo, I’ve not had any cause to doubt you, you speak true to power, in love and you don’t pretend.

“Civil servants that do well will be compensated, this is a lesson to others that when you do your work diligently, God has a way of rewarding you. You didn’t lobby me for this, I didn’t discuss it with you but I believe you’re the best for the job. I just commend other people in the service, that whatever assignment we’re given, let us be diligent because God is watching and people are also watching and there is going to be a reward for diligence.

He added, “This position became vacant last year, but I couldn’t come to terms with the best way to fill it, because the bureau of public procurement is the heart of any government because it deals with contracting, it deals with price intelligence, they review prices, they do a lot. So, the success or failure of any government when it comes to capital projects depends on the quality of the leadership in that office. And when your name came up, everyone applauded it as the right choice.

Responding after the swearing in, Mr. Folorunso expressed appreciation to Oyebanji for finding him worthy of the opportunity and promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him.

Folorunso, who retired from active service barely seven months ago, assured the Governor that he would work hard to deliver quality service and add value to governance in the state.

In attendance at the event were: the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Habibat Adubiaro; Commissioner for Information, Rt. Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun; Head of Service,  Engr. Sunday Komolafe and other top government officials.

Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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