The Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, under the able and dynamic leadership of Dr. Aderemi Ayodele, has received yet another national award, conferred on it by the Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation (CESVO), led by its Chief Executive Officer, Prince Salih Musa Yakubu.
The conferment of award, tagged “Integrity Icon Of Nigeria” was carried out in the office of the Commission Chairman, at the State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, on Monday.
In his acceptance speech, the Commission boss, Hon Aderemi Ayodele appreciated the body conferring the award, observing that the Commission had earlier received an award from the National Productivity Centre, a body under the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, a pointer to the fact that the State commission is a force to be reckoned with in the aspect of effective and efficient service delivery at the grassroots in the Country.
“I really need to appreciate your doggedness at this very critical period in the annals of our dear country Nigeria, by travelling round the Country with the horror of kidnapping and insurgency, basically to clear the Augean stable, is a great risk. Besides, by speaking the truth to power is a big sacrifice on the part of your body, taking cognizance of the fact that you are non state actors,” Hon. Ayodele said.
Speaking further on some of the efforts of the State Government towards curbing corrupt practices, especially among the political office holders and career officers in the State, Hon. Ayodele observed that Oyo set the pace in establishing a State anti corruption agency known as OYACA. He also mentioned series of human capacity buildings bordering on anti corruption practices which the Commission had carried out for its workers.
He however rounded off his speech by lauding the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who made the work of the Commission very easy by giving it a conducive atmosphere to operate on, through the regular payment of salaries, approval of promotion and conversion for staff, as well as the construction of the Commission’s ultra modern office complex/training school, almost ready for commissioning.
Earlier in his mission statement, the CEO of the Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation, Prince Salih Musa Yakubu, was unequivocal in the body’s stance against corruption despite the risk involved. He noted that Nigeria has become retarded because of few cabals bent on ruling by force, thereby holding the entire Country by the jugular.
“The constitution states clearly that the Local Government should be autonomous, but reverse is the case in most part of Nigeria. Some Local Government Service Commissions cannot perform creditably well in Nigeria just because they are being starved of fund, and the story was the same in Oyo State prior to the inception of Governor Seyi Makinde. I therefore congratulate you for having such a God-fearing leader in the State,” the CEO opined.
Presentation of muffler, medal and certificates followed thereafter.
The occasion had in attendance the acting HLGA, Mr Adedayo Solaja; the Director of Finance and Supplies, Mrs. Funmilayo Oyeranmi; the Director of Budget, Planning, Research and Statistics, Alh. Ganiyu Wasiu and Mr. Adeola Oduola, Director of Education and Social Services of the Commission.
E – signed