The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has inaugurated a 15-man steering committee to reform and reposition the civil and public service for optimal service delivery.
Amosun, after the inauguration at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta, charged the Committee to be alive to their responsibilities and see to the successful transformation of the service, saying the success of any government depended largely on the quality of its workforce.
The Governor, while highlighting the importance of the civil service to the state’s development, said, “we want to review the way we work in the service and embrace world best practices to bring back the glory of the Western region”, assuring of his administration’s political will to implement the reform.
The Governor used the medium to reiterate his government’s commitment at leaving a system driven environment in all the sectors of the State economy, where institutions are developed, rather than individuals.
Highlighting the points of reference for the committee, the Governor assured that there would be changes and new ways of doing things adding that in no time, the state would begin to enjoy the benefits.
He added that his government is collaborating and partnering with the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) team to strengthen the civil service for efficient service
In his remarks, the Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, appreciated the Governor for the passion his administration has committed to the welfare of workers through the inauguration of various committees, aimed at strengthening the service.
Sobande added that the State was strengthening the service to be self-sustaining, especially in the areas of training and capacity building, so that Ogun State civil servants could compete favourably with others in any part of the world.
The Reform Manager, South West Department For International Development (DFID), Mr Ifeanyi Peters Ugwuoke and the Staff Analyst from the DAWN Commission, Mr Abiodun Oladipo, commended the State for setting the pace for other states to emulate.
Members of the Committee include, the Head of Service, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, DFID, DAWN Commission and GIZ representatives, while Mr Jola Oyeneye is the Director General of the Reforms Commission.