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Mimiko tasks political appointees

By Dayo Johnson
AGAINST the backdrop of grumblings by some political appointees in Ondo State that their expectations are not met in the various portfolios given to them, the governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko yesterday asked those not satisfied to resign forthwith.

Dr Mimiko said this at a 4-day retreat organised by the state government for political appointees and top government functionaries in the state held at the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in Ondo town.

He pointed out that the call became imperative because many others are waiting in the wings for the same position some of them are grumbling about.

Mimiko categorically asked political office holders who were not happy with the posts given to them to resign and allow others to come on board.

Many of the appointees had expected to be made commissioners but ended up being named as either chairmen or members of boards and parastaltals, while others that had expected to be Chairmen were either appointed members of boards or senior special assistants.

Dr Mimiko said, “If anybody feels dissatisfied with the post you are occupying, please step out so that we can bring in people that will fit in and contribute to the development of the state.

“At my inauguration, I pledged to the people of the state that I will work for them and that the decisions to be made will be in the best interest of the majority of the people of the state, we cannot afford to fail them”.

He, however, expressed his confidence in the ability of the people already chosen to work with him in his efforts at giving governance a new face and further improve the lot of the people.

“However with all sense of humility and modesty, I know that everybody so appointed are in the same boat and we are all ready to work together to serve the people of the state”, the governor said.

Dr Mimiko also warned the civil servants in the state to sit tight and be ready to join hands with the political office holders to implement the 12-point agenda of government.

According to him, “We have promised not to retrench any worker and we still stand on that promise but we will not hesitate to dismiss workers who are not ready to go along with the new trend in governance in the state.

“We will not hesitate to dismiss workers that resist deployment to the areas where they will be useful and where they will maximally utilize their human resources for the growth of the state”.

Also speaking at the retreat, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, said the retreat was put together after identifying some flaws in governance in recent years.

Dr Adelola said that it has been observed that wrong attitude run deeply in government.

According to him “government across levels were in serious performance problem. Political office holders are not concerned about performance but they are only concerned about personal aggrandizement.

The SSG therefore stated that the retreat “will however try to invent a radically different way of doing government business”.


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