Ogun State Government has upheld the appointments of Permanent Secretaries and regularised the recruitment of recently employed Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) candidates into the State Civil Service, done in the twilight of the immediate past administration.

Speaking at the swearing-in of nine newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, at Obas’ Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun disclosed that government decided to uphold the appointments and recruitments which were fraught with non-adherence to the principles and laid-down traditions of the public service.

Governor Abiodun said in line with his administration’s commitment to equity, fairness, justice and inclusiveness, government would not engage in any action or policy that might be viewed as vindictive, calling on all to continue to put in their best for effective service delivery to the people of the State.

“It is important to make public that we received with great recommendations, the report of the Review Committee on the Appointments and Recruitments made by the immediate past administration between February and May, 2019. Let me state that we appreciate the recommendations of the Review Committee, comprising of eminent retired Public Servants, that the appointments and recruitments were fraught with non-adherence to the principles and laid-down traditions of the public service.

“In the same vein, I hereby direct the Civil Service Commission and the Office of the Head of Service to come up with modalities for the regularisation of those newly employed between the same period covered by the House of Assembly resolutions with a view to normalising their appointments”, the Governor ordered.

He urged the new Permanent Secretaries to see their elevation as a call to greater service, enjoining them to make probity their watchword and be prudent in the management of both human and material resources in their care.

Prince Abiodun called on the Accounting Officers to interface with the public service and the general public, to come up with more initiatives that would lead to the successful implementation of government’s ‘Building Our Future Together’ agenda.

While calling on workers to be diligent in the discharge of their duties, Abiodun said the new Permanent Secretaries were chosen based on their competent, experience, hard work, honesty and dedication to responsibilities, saying the promotion was part of government’s commitment in making the people have a sense of belonging, irrespective of age, gender or status.

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