The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has restated the desire of his administration to run a transparent government through the deployment of technology to ensure efficiency and fast delivery of services.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the state Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Mr Akindele Adedapo Adetunji and Tutor-General, Alhaji Kareem Isiaka Adeshina in Akure, the governor said the Public Service would be restructured to be able to meet the cost effective and excellent service delivery targets which are paramount to the present administration.

Arakunrin Akeredolu however said  restructuring the Public Service would not translate to retrenchment but quick to add that the present government in the state will not tolerate any form of indolence and corruption from public servants.

Arakunrin Akeredolu who described the elevation of the two officers as well deserved, purely based on seniority and merit, assured that subsequent promotions will meet the standards.

“These two appointments made on the twin consideration of merit and seniority, constitute the first in the series of appointments to be made into the topmost echelon of the state Public Service since the assumption of office of this administration”

He charged the new appointees to continue to give their best to the system and provide qualitative leadership in their respective positions.

Earlier in his welcome address, the State Head of Service, Mr. Oluwatoyin Akinkuotu had noted that the immediate past administration took off with 42 Permanent Secretaries for the mainstream service, 9 Tutors-General for the Teaching Service and 3 Permanent Secretaries for Local Government Service.

“As at today, there are 17 Permanent Secretaries, 3 Tutors-General and 3 Permanent Secretaries for the Local Government Service remaining. No appointment has been made to the top echelon of the bureaucracy since year 2013. I thank Mr Governor for being proactive and sympathetic to this cause”

According to him, ” this scenario explains why there are acute shortages of substantive officers at the topmost level of service which has necessitated interim arrangement of putting qualified serving officers on acting capacities”.

Akinkuotu, however, assured the Governor that the bureaucracy would continue to be alive to its responsibilities as the driver of government policies and programmes.

The newly elevated bureaucrats while responding, thanked the governor for his kind gesture, saying “whatever we have done to merit the elevations, we will continue to do more and better”

The ceremony was attended by top government functionaries, parents and relations of the two new Permanent Secretaries.