As part of our mandate to foster Regional development in Southwest Nigeria, DAWN Commission, with the support of DFID’s Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) facilitated the 10th edition of the meeting of the Heads of Service in the Region on Tuesday, 30th April 2019. The meeting, hosted by the Government of the State of Osun, had in attendance the Heads of Service of the State of Osun, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade; Ondo State, Mr. Toyin Akinkuotu; and Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi. The Heads of Service in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States were duly represented. Also in attendance were senior civil service officials across the Southwest States.
The meeting was declared open by His Excellency, the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Benedict Olugboyega Alabi in the company of the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Oluwole Oyebanji and the Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola.
In his opening remark, he charged the participants to be abreast of new developments in the process of service delivery and emphasized on the need for civil service to embrace reforms for improved productivity. He also admonished them to remain committed to restoring the past glory of the Public Service in the Region. He expressed his confidence in the ability of the public service to meet rising customer expectations.
The Head of Service of the State of Osun, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade, in his welcome address highlighted the reforms in the public service being undertaken by the State of Osun and appreciated the State government for its continued support.
The Director General of DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye, in his goodwill message saluted the Heads of Service for their active participation in meetings organised by the Commission. He assured the Officials that DAWN Commission remains devoted to good public service delivery and as such, it will always be put on the front burner.
Also, the Reform Manager of DFID/PERL Southwest Office, Mrs. Chika Uwadi, appreciated the Heads of Service and civil service officials for their cooperation. She assured them of DFID/PERL’s commitment and support towards quality public service delivery in the Region.
The meeting went into a technical session immediately after the opening ceremony and issues around capacity development for the civil service, Ease-of-Doing Business in the Region, Women in Governance, Public Service Transformation and the proposed Heads of Service Football Festival were discussed in detail.
At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that all the socio-cultural issues militating against effective and efficient capacity development for the public service be addressed in the interest of the civil service and States’ limited resources, while expressing their disposition to the creation of centres of excellence for public service training within the Region as being promoted by DAWN Commission.
The forum also suggested means of promoting Ease-of-Doing Business in the Region, particularly in processing title documents which is considered to be the most important indicator in the World Bank ranking. The forum also expressed support for the Commission and DFID/PERL’s work on active participation of women in public governance in the Region.
Committees were set up with the mandate to organise the Western Nigeria Heads of Service Football Festival, charging DAWN Commission and Western Nigeria Football Federation(WNFF) to collaborate on sports in the Region.