By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTAâ€” GOVERNOR Olugbenga Daniel of Ogun State said yesterday that the role and orientation of public service in the nationâ€™s governance process should be subjected to constitutional review rather than making them just bystanders.
Daniel who spoke in Abeokuta at the swearing-in of 10 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries said the civil service still remained the backbone of any government and must be given due recognition.
He said, â€œGiven the fact that the Public Service is the back bone of any Government, it must therefore be given greater recognition and role in governmental process rather than just being neutral and bystander chronicling change after change as fruitful and obedient servantsâ€.
He noted that his administration had added value to the civil service since assumption of office in 2003 and contending that the tradition of integrity, diligence, industry and excellence which were the hallmark of the service would continue to be enhanced.
â€œWe did not only inherit a civil service that has enviable antecedent, but we have added great value to what we inherited.
Prior to May 2003, no one could ever imagine that our internally generated revenue would hit a mark of N1billion in a month, no one would have given thought to the State Civil Service Engineers constructing dual-carriage road, no one could have given a thought that the best Public Servant in Nigeria for 2008 would emerge from Ogun State in the person of our beloved Head of Service, Chief Dipo Odulate and no one would have imagined that a primary school teacher in the State would emerge the best in Africa and would be invited by the Queen of England,â€ he added.
He admonished the new permanent secretaries to see their elevation as a call to higher service and also strive to bring innovation in the new assignments saying â€œour administration is fully committed to the welfare of Public Servants and I do sincerely hope that our joint desire to go into partnership for the development of our State through fulfillment of the â€œAgenda for a Secured Futureâ€œwill continue to enjoy your boost.
â€œAs you assume office as the Accounting Officer of your Agency, at a time of financial constraints, you should not only ensure prudent management of financial resources, but more importantly, you should come up with means of contributing meaningfully to the internally generated revenue of the State.â€™â€™