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Gov to appointees: What will determine your stay in office

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Gov to appointees: What will determine your stay in office

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, on Thursday told his commissioners and special advisers to justify their presence in the government through excellent discharge of  duties in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Oyebanji stated this at the opening session of a three-day retreat for commissioners, special advisers, permanent secretaries, general managers and executive secretaries held at the Adetiloye Hall, Trade Fair Complex in Ado-Ekiti.

He said their continued stay in office would be guaranteed by demonstrated creative ability,  ingenuity, innovative capability and impressive performance.

The governor charged them to see their appointment as a call to service and not an avenue for self-aggrandizement.

He stressed the need for political appointees and accounting officers to work together to realise aspiration of taking Ekiti to the next level of prosperity.

Oyebanji charged them to be proactive, innovative and creative in the business of government in order to achieve the desired results of ensuring growth and development of the state.

The governor said the retreat, with the theme, “Shared prosperity: From Promise to Reality” , was very timely and apt at the moment when government was working towards actualising the state’s developmental plan.

He called on all heads of MDAs to buy into the development agenda of the administration through the realisation of its six pillars.

Oyebanji said that the new commissioners  would also be expected to commit themselves to performance bond as a way of ensuring their continued membership of the executive council.

He charged them to hit the ground running as soon as the retreat was over and not engage in frivolous celebration or seeking media bliss.

Instead, he urged them to demonstrate sense of decency, moderation and high sense of responsibility.

The governor expressed his appreciation to the first set of executive council members for the solid foundation they had laid in the last nine months.

He said that their perseverance, support and understanding had helped to stabilise the government and established a pathway for the new ones to ensure continuity of good governance.

 “Let me add that after this retreat, you will be requested as you settle down to submit your work plan and to commit yourselves to a performance bond.

“Your ability on the job, creative ingenuity, innovative capability and impressive result will be the major determinant of your continued membership of the state executive council.

”You will always be called upon to submit yourself from time to time for performance evaluation.

“I therefore urge you to hit the ground running, unleash your creative energy and approach every task with every sense of urgency.

 “As you all know, we campaigned on a six-point agenda which has now crystallised to the six pillars of our administration, for us to have clear ideas of our development objectives, strategies, performance and performance evaluation.

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“Let me throw this challenge to you as we go ahead in this journey, what can you do to make this administration outstanding? What gaps can you fill to make a difference and what fresh ideas can you bring to the table for the realization of our collective goals?

”This will make us have collective ideas on our vision and objectives, create ideas and strategies and generate the necessary capabilities to realize them.”

In his opening remarks, the Lead Facilitator, Dr Otive Igbuzo, highlighted the objectives and expectations to include effective implementation of government policies and programmes, while all MDAs would be expected to develop a work plan towards achieving the six pillars of the administration.

Also present at the retreat were the Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye; Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye; Secretary to the State Government, Dr Habibat Adubiaro; Head of Service, Barr. Bamidele Agbede and other top government officials.

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