The immediate past Ondo State Head of Service, Bar. Oluwatoyin Akinkuotu on Wednesday, expressed his gratitude to the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for breaking the jinx of premature termination of the careers of top notch bureaucrats in the State.
Akinkuotu, diclosed this at a ceremony held in Akure, the State Capital to celebrate his retirement and his 60th birthday.
The former Head of Service said he will remain grateful to Akeredolu for giving him the opportunity to complete his years in the Public Service at the attained time.
According to him “You all know that I became the Head of Service in 2013 and I was appointed by the former Governor Olusegun Mimiko. It is already becoming a norm in the system that when a new governor comes in, the Head of Service will have to go.
“So, in Feburary 2017, when Akeredolu was sworn-in, I have already packed my loads only waiting for the new governor to make the pronouncement.
“Sometimes, I would even heard some of these civil servants gossiping on the corridor of the Governor’s office saying I am going tomorrow, going next week.
“I must thank the Governor for breaking this jinx of premature termination of HOS careers and for not politicising the civil service.
“Akeredolu showed me love. Despite the pressure from his political pundits to send me away, he never yield to that pressure. He believes that political change of government should not affect the careers of the civil servants”.
The former Head of Service, however described Akeredolu as a man who has genuine love for the development of the state, committed to the welfare of the civil servants and someone who cherished the ideas of the bureaucrats.
Akeredolu, represented by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, said Akinkuotu wealth of experience assisted his administration to kick off smoothly at a time the state was owing workers.
The Governor, who said he was proud to have work with Akinkuotu, said the the former Head of Service will greatly be missed for his dedication to work.
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