Southwest Heads of Service Summit


Governor Fayemi Charges Southwest Heads of Service to Key into the Developmental Agenda of the Region

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has charged the Heads of Civil Service in the Southwest States to key into the developmental Agenda for the Region. The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Otunba Adebisi Egbeyemi, in the company of the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Abiodun Oyebanji and the Chief of Staff, Hon. Biodun Omoleye, made this statement while speaking at the Western Nigeria Heads of Service Summit hosted by the Ekiti State Head of Service on Tuesday 19th November, 2019 at Lady Jibowu Hall, Government House, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Governor, in his speech stated that the Region is in need of rejuvenation, revitalization and recovery of its lost glory and this should begin with evolving an iconic Civil Service that would be a reference point across the nation.

Governor Fayemi noted that the summit was a good initiative by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN Commission with the aim of creating a forum for the Southwest Heads of Service to deliberate on developmental issues that have regional resonance.

He charged the Heads of Service to take advantage of the forum to work out viable modalities to strengthen the Civil Service for improved proficiency and effectiveness.

In his welcome address, the Ekiti State Head of Service, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi expresses profound gratitude to the Governor for his unwavering support for the development of the Civil Service and the pursuance of Regional Integration. The Head of Service affirmed that the Governor had thrown his weight behind varieties of innovations that is gradually transforming the State’s Civil Service into a highly professional and competent, accountable and workforce.

In his goodwill message, the Director- General, DAWN Commission, Mrs. Seye Oyeleye, who was represented by Mr. Abiodun Oladipo, expressed continued commitment of the Commission to its mandate of achieving Regional Integration for the Southwest. He congratulated Ekiti State for the successful hosting of the meeting and wished all a fruitful deliberation.

The Reform Manager for Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, DFID/PERL, Mr. Rasheed Adebesin affirmed that the programme is committed to providing technical support for developmental issues across the Southwest States and this has prompted the sustained partnership with DAWN Commission.

The Southwest Heads of Service Meeting was facilitated by DAWN Commission in conjunction with the Ekiti State Government and the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN Commission.

The Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Obas, HRM Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi who was also in attendance, charged Civil Servants to be more conscious of their responsibilities particularly in the area of confidentiality and protection of government documents.

The Summit afforded the Heads of Service the opportunity to brainstorm on different topics bordering on governance reforms while sharing experiences/learnings that can enhance public service performance and delivery of quality service to the people of the Region.”

Among the key resolutions at the meeting was the need for States to always conduct post-capacity building impact-assessment for trained personnel to measure effectiveness of trainings. The forum also resolved that the recruitment processes into the Civil Service should be more merit-based to ensure an enduring Civil Service and foster effective and efficient service delivery across the Region.

The Heads of Service were then charged to jointly take advantage of the forum to jointly take advantage of the forum to carry out advocacy engagements with the political class on salient issues that can help improve the Public Service.

The Southwest Heads of Service Meeting was facilitated by DAWN Commission in conjunction with the Ekiti State Government with support from DFID.

Highlights of the meeting was a tour of notable sights within the State.

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