Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that civil servants in the State have no reason to be sycophantic and unprofessional in the discharge of their duties before attaining the peak of their careers.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday at the swearing in ceremony for 17 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, the governor stated that the era of cronyism, opportunism, partisanship and lottery which characterized the appointment of Permanent Secretaries under the immediate past administration was over.
Dr Fayemi said he was aware that the Civil Service Transformation Strategy lost steam in the last four years as it was jettisoned in favour of cronyism and opportunism.
“As is customary with our civil service transformation strategy which started in my first term in office, we consider the position of Permanent Secretaries as one of the most critical success factors of any administration. Consequently, we ensured that was adopted in appointing these Permanent Secretaries. Every officer that has attained the rank of Director in the Civil Service and above was given the opportunity to sit for the qualifying examination. Those who scored above the cut-off point of 70% are the ones being sworn in today”, he said.
While disclosing the plan of his administration to ensure optimal performance of the service, Fayemi said the government will beam its extra searchlight on the training needs of the service and accelerate the establishment of the State Institute of Public Service Administration.
He added that one of the new Permanent Secretaries will be in charge of capacity development and training of the officers in the service.
Governor Fayemi told the new permanent secretaries to drive the restoration agenda of his government as it relates to their MDAs and to make the working environment conducive for civil servants with whom they are to work.
He reiterated the zero tolerance of his administration to graft; saying their appointment is a call to serve Ekiti people and be a part of positive history.
Speaking on behalf of other new appointees, Mr Ganiyu Titilope thanked the governor for being “sincere, fair and God-fearing” with the selection process which he described as rigorous.
Ganiyu promised that the new Permanent Secretaries will not disappoint government; adding that they would do their best in helping government deliver on its promises to the people.
UAE Further Extends Travel Ban Against Nigeria, S’Africa
Emirates Airline has extended the suspension of its flights from Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to at least August 7.
Suspension of flights from South Africa to UAE will also remain in place until the same date.
Recall that the initial suspension of flights was scheduled to end on July 31.
“Affected flight bookings have been cancelled,” the airline said in a statement on its website.
Emirates said its decision was in line with the UAE government’s directives restricting entry of travellers originating from the two countries.
Those who have travelled through South Africa and Nigeria in the last 14 days will not also be allowed on any Emirates flights heading to Dubai.
“Only one daily passenger flight to Johannesburg will operate as EK763; however, outbound passenger services on EK764 remain suspended.
“Customers who have been to or connected through South Africa or Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai,” the airline said.
The airline also extended the suspension of inbound passenger flights from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to the UAE until at least August 7, 2021.
Remembrance: Bose Olubo Writes Mentor Alade Aromire
Today, I remember u as always
Continue to Rest
…by Bose Olubo Adegeye
It was the normal waiting in the popular Klink Studio in Surulere, where Mr. Kinsley Ogoro pays host to many successful artistes today.
He was loving, patient and love his equipment
I was a regular backup singer/jingle and voice over studio rat ever ready to contribute to the script, I was still at yaba Tech studying Computer
Mama, the food seller next door is ever ready to serve us with bread and beans, okele with assorted meat.
On that faithful day, I met Prince Alade Aromire and Prince Jide Kosoko through Mr Wale Adewuyi and my friend Yomi Omidiran who later poducer my first album, My Root, not forgeting Mickey Dread (Presy), I wwas in his band, singing
I was very happy and quickly attended to them while they book for a film sound track.
That’s the beginning of my journey into the movie world
Prince Alade Aromire met with a lot insult from my family who believed he influence my diversion from computer science to full entertainment; music and movie at the time computer was highly lucrative with very few experts.
I remember doing some modelling but my height will never allow me to move further, as they only call me when they need ‘fine face’.
A senior colleque, Mr. Paul Obazele was actually my first oga who taught me rudiments of acting and modelling, but my mother should never even know as I was looking for admission, so I can only sneak in to surulere while looking for job.
Since the day i met Prince Alade Aromire, he became my father, brother, teacher and boss as it took him almost 5 years to convince my displinarian mother who later gave me her blessing as I launched my first film, Omo Oko in 1995.
I got to Jide Soleye hospital that day as you took your last breath, I could not say goodbye
Today, I remember u as always.
U are special
U were a genius
U love me like a daughter.
U taught me
Thank u Booda Muyi
Keep resting in the lord
Constitution Review A Waste of Time —Bode George
FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has advised the Federal Government to expedite action on devolution of powers to the states instead of wasting time on the ongoing constitution amendment.
George spoke on a Radio programme “Ijoba Alagbada”, a Yoruba political platform aired on Diamond FM 88.7, monitored in Ilorin, on Sunday. He also used the occasion to comment about threats of secession by some groups.
He said, “People are agitating for freedom because the present 1999 Nigeria Constitution cannot allow the various minority tribes to thrive in the country.
“It was as a result of fear of the minority tribes that the military government led by Yakubu Gowon, created states. But now, every section of the country is educated and they want to have a say in the affairs of the country, so there is the need to review how they are being governed.”
Speaking on the clamour for the setting up of another constitution review committee just like the Goodluck Jonathan administration did in 2014, George said, “I thank God that I participated in the Confab which is the first time that diverse people of the country would sit under the Chairmanship of Justice Idris Kutugi, now late who is very patient and wise.
“The three-volume report was submitted to the government and it contains everything needed for the restructuring of the country. We don’t need to look elsewhere other than to implement the report.
“The report was submitted to President Jonathan which he handed over to the present regime of President Buhari. There is no need for another constitution review committee.
“It is a waste of time and resources, let us bring out the report of the 2014 Confab and start its implementation.”
He appealed to separatist agitators such as the Indigenous People of Biafra to lay down their arms and embrace peace. He equally appealed to those seeking for the creation of Oduduwa Republic in the South West to sheathe their swords.
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