BY DAYO JOHNSON, AKURE
ONDO State Commissioner for Transport, Nicholas Tofowomo, has denied ever disparaging the state civil service.
Tofowomo, who allegedly had a misunderstanding with a Director in the Ministry of Works last week, said he had a good working relationship with the workers in the state civil service and had high level of respect for them.
The commissioner had reportedly slapped a Director in the Ministry of Works when they had altercation and that he subsequently berated civil servants in the state.
But Tofowomo pointedly denied the allegation while the Director issued a statement to dismiss the allegation that he was slapped by the commissioner.
Addressing journalists in Akure following the allegation that he lambasted the state civil service, he said since he assumed office as a commissioner in the state, he had held civil servants in Ondo in high esteem as they had contributed to the achievements of his ministry.
The commissioner therefore disassociated himself from a report which quoted him as castigating the civil servants in the state.
He said he had no cause to abuse the state civil service as it had been established that he did not slap the said Director.
According to him: “I read a report in a national daily which reported me to have castigated the state civil service, why should I do that?\
“ I have been having a good working relationship with the state civil service since and together we have been working for the development of the state”.