Ajimobi clears the air, explains the rational behind his curiosity about the verification of career Officers in the State .
Governor Abiola Ajimobi
of Oyo State has urged the State Public Servants to be hard-working, committed and diligent in order to build a public service that is creative, innovative and globally competitive.
He stressed that the ongoing verification of the workforce was not to witch-hunt but enhance quality of service.
Ajimobi who spoke at a capacity development seminar for senior government officials in the state civil service, held at state Secretariat, Ibadan today Tuesday,July 4,2017.
According to the Governor, the success and progress of story of Oyo State would not be completed without giving due recognition to the contributions of the state public service, adding that while administrations come and go, the public service remained constant, diligently implementing government policies with far reaching effects on the general well-being of the people.
Describing the civil service as central in effecting good governance, Ajimobi noted that the imperativeness of regular evaluation and overhaul for efficient service delivery, at all times.
“The civil service as the engine room drives public service delivery. Hence, there is the need to regularly evaluate, calibrate, and overhaul to put the engine in optimum state for effective performance.”
“We are also doing verification of certificates which is for quality control. Some tendered certificates that are not genuine. We are not afraid to get rid of such persons.” “And, we are doing manpower audit so as to match the person with the job and vice versa.”
“We are doing this verification to ascertain the workforce, eliminate ghost workers and others. We are doing restructuring to enhance the quality of our people in the engine room so that the vehicle can perform effectively,” he said.
He further charged workers to put their heart to their work and especially update their skills through trainings.
On his administration’s commitment to staff trainings, Ajimobi said the state government, between 2011 and 2014, had sent more than 16,000 civil servants on trainings.
“In the course of the last six years, this administration has observed that there is a considerably huge gap between the expected capacity of our human capital and what is actually on ground.”
“Some of us will come in with good qualification but how often do we service that basic qualification that brought us in? How often do we learn the modern trends? After a while, if you don’t learn, update yourself you rust away.”
“This administration values human capital development, capacity building. Between 2011 and 2014, more than 16,000 civil servants, including teaching staff, benefited from various training programmes both locally and internationally. Our lack of adequate fund like before is what is hindering us in doing more,” Ajimobi.
He pointed out that as the engine room of the state government, the public service had a critical role to play in achieving the future that all desired, stressing that they must continue to demonstrate great sense of commitment by keying into the vision of his administration to create opportunities and make Oyo State work for all.
Earlier, state Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade said the training was to address poor attitude and low ethical value in the civil service.
This, Eniade said, tilted towards engendering a civil and public service that provided quality service delivery, at all times.
Ajimobi , therefore, urged public servants to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the State Government to continue to develop themselves in order to remain relevant in the Oyo of the future, adding that the world is constantly evolving hence they must be prepared to change.