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Thursday, August 11, 2022

What I expect from new HoS –Akeredolu

By Adekola Afolabi

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Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has set agenda for the new Head of Service of the State, Pastor Kayode Olaniyi Ogundele, saying it is expected that the HoS will bring his wealth of experience to bear on service delivery.

Akeredolu while swearing in Ogundele as the 15th Head of Service of the State, explained that his appointment was based on his rich and inspiring record of service to which all honest and decent people attested to.

He congratulated him on being considered worthy to serve as the number one civil servant at this crucial moment in the history of the State, expressing hope that his elevation will justify the expectation of quality service and unalloyed loyalty to the State.

The Governor noted that Ogundele will be moving into an office which has assisted his administration to achieve a great measure of stability.

Akeredolu challenged him to maintain and surpass the record of his predecessors, adding that the understanding between the government and labour was maintained throughout their stints in office.

He thanked workers in the State for displaying maturity in resolving issues, stressing that the challenges faced by this government since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had been enormous.

“Our Administration set out with the solemn pledge not to owe workers. We met arrears of salaries spanning seven months. We have been able to offset six months.

“We paid salaries as and when due. Deserving members of staff were promoted. We have been encouraging the service to uphold the principles of equity and fair play.

In his remarks, the outgone Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemo, said the Public Service has moved to the next level by virtue of the remarkable feats chronicled under his administration.

“Our homegrown reform initiative driven by the office of the Head of Service continues to make appreciable progress on the value and virtue of Public Service to attain the policy programmes of this administration.” He said.

The new Head of Service, Pastor Ogundele, thanked the Governor for finding him worthy to lead the State Bureaucracy as the Head of Service.

He added that his appointment is a call to service that is pregnant with the expectation of extensions of frontiers of impactful and purposeful governance.

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