As part of the moves by his administration to reposition the State Public Service for optimum Performance and excellent service delivery, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has unveiled a new Public Service Reform Initiative for the Public Service in the state.
The Governor described the reform as a reminder to do things as they ought to be done and a wake-up call with a value rebirth to deal with the fault-lines of the current practices in the service.
Governor Akeredolu addressed the Public servants and other stakeholders at the Unveiling of the Public Service Reform and the 2019 Ondo State Public Service Day Lecture, with the theme ‘ICT and Innovative Governance: Panacea For Youth Unemployment and Migration’, held at the International Culture and Events Center (DOME).
Arakunrin Akeredolu noted that with the launch of the new Public Service Reform, tagged: ‘The Ondo Service Improvement Programme’ (ODSIP), Public Servants in the state are expected to demostrate the motto of the reform, which is “To Give My Best”.
He said: ”I look forward to a dedicated, resourceful, professional and reengineered bureaucracy in the State. Please give your best as promised. You have my full support for this reform as your patron.
“As you embark on this reform, I urge you to give priority attention to good work ethics, probity, revenue generation, and assets maintenance. Do not, in any way, allow yourselves to be used to sabotage government’s development efforts.”
The Governor said that the Public Service has played a central role in governance to the extent that one cannot imagine a flow of governance in its absence.
“I even wonder at times if public servants understand the enormity of the obligations and responsibilities placed on them in governance–service delivery matrix.
“I say this because public servants seem to know and demonstrate, a great deal, less. Without flattering, let me say that, notwithstanding your anonymous status, your influence in governance is great.” The Governor added.
At the event, the Governor was decorated as the Patron of the state Public Service. The Head of Service, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye said the decoration of the Governor as the Patron of the Public Service in the state was in recognition of the commitment and the love the Governor has shown the Public servants
Speaking on the theme of the event, Governor Akeredolu who said his administration does not take ICT for granted, disclosed that there are three functional Tech Hubs in the state.