Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that appointment, promotion and career advancement will be based on merit, as favouritism would no longer be entertained in the State Civil Service.
Prince Abiodun stated this at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, while addressing workers who trooped out to appreciate him for paying the new minimum wage, noting that his administration would continue to adhere to equity and fairness.
Governor Abiodun described the State workforce as the best in service delivery in the country, adding that it had produced world class civil servants who had made headway in different parts of the world.
” No nation or State can achieve any meaningful development without workers who are well motivated to perform optimally. We will continue to constantly and regularly pay our workers salary and other benefits to enable them discharge their duties efficiently.
“I know that there have been breach of trust in the past, between the government and the workers. On our part, we will continue to build trust with you, as civil servants are the essence of this administration. I can assure that we will continue to engage you”, he noted.
The Governor expressed gratitude to God for the low number of death recorded in Ogun and the nation as the result of the Coronavirus, regretting however, that it had adversely affected the economy and financial fortune of the State.
He appreciated the people for restraining from violent acts during the EndSARS protest, noting that Ogun remains the only State in south west that did not witnessed destruction of public and private properties.
While calling for patience, understanding and renewed vigour in service delivery, Prince Abiodun assured workers that other demands and entitlements would be met as the finances of the State improves.
Speaking earlier, the Head of Service, Alhaja Selimot Ottun, maintained that government has a well thought-out welfare programmes for workers, saying the State workforce is poised to improve the Internally Generated Revenue through efficient services to the people.
Representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), lauded goverment team at the negotiation table for showing uncommon commitment that led to the arrival of the new minimum wage.
Speaking on behalf of the Civil Servants, the Senior Admin Officer, Ministry Of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Osidipe Oluwemimo, described the State goverrnor as a man of his word, assuring of loyalty to the government and improved services to the people.