GSM puts Smiles on The Faces of LG Staff, As Oyo LGSC Churns Out Promotion Letters; Set to Commence Conversion Interview

In line with the directive of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde, that promotion letters be churned out to  successful staff who sat for the recently conducted promotion interview for all the workers across the various cadres in the Local Government Service, the State Local Government Service Commission has been dispatching letters to the various LGs /LCDAs across the State, in the last couple of months.

Similarly, the State Local Government Service Commission is equally set to commence both written test and oral interview from next Monday for Local Government unified staff who were successful in the conversion examinations conducted for them not too long ago.

Commenting on the release of promotion letters to the successful staff in the Local Government Service, the Commission boss, Hon. Aderemi Ayodele, showered encomiums on the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, for his magnanimity in approving the conduct of promotion exercise at this austere time, with the promotion letters  being dispatched without any delay.

“You would agree with me that most of the States in Nigeria are battling with how to pay salaries and pensions of workers and retirees, respectively. But in our State, GSM is not just paying salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities as and when due, he has taken a step  further by issuing a directive  that the arrears of promotion spanning 2017 to 2020 be cleared. The implication of this is that there will be an increase in wage bill which His Excellency is not oblivious of. Rather than use that as an excuse not to approve the conduct of promotion exercise, he still went ahead to direct all MDAs to ensure the release of letters with effect from August, 2021. This is unprecedented not only in Oyo State but the nation at large, “Hon. Ayodele stated.

The Commission boss further assured that since  virtually all the 7,934 LG staff had been given their promotion letters, the 1, 848 staff seeking conversion from sub professional to professional cadres would follow suit, with their  interview starting from Monday, 25th of October, 2021.

“The unified staff seeking conversion are 1,848 in number. They have sat for the conversion examination, but because of the urgency attached to the promotion interview, we had to postpone that of conversion. By the special grace of God, the affected staff will commence their interview next week, signaling the next stage of our assignment at the Commission, “Hon. Aderemi Ayodele assured.

In their various responses across all the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs in the Pacesetter State, the beneficiaries of this kind gesture applauded the Governor for being so humane, compassionate and God-fearing in his approach, notwithstanding the harsh economic situation being experienced across the Country. They however promised to reciprocate the good gesture by being more dedicated to duty, more productive and punctual, as well as ensure that they contributed their own quotas to the progress and development of the Pacesetter State.

 

E-signed

Adeola Oduola,

Director of Education and Social Services,

Oyo State LGSC.

 

 

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Makinde Has Paid #13.6 Billion In 27 Months – S. A. Labour.

“It befuddles me when I hear some  people, who have deliberately refused to acknowledge the good works of our dear Governor, say that regular payment of monthly salaries of active civil/public servants, as well as pensions and gratuities of retirees is no big deal; in fact, to the detractors of the present administration in the Pacesetter State, ‘it’s not an achievement at all’. I now ask them what parameters do they use to measure achievements? If a Government could spend a whole eight years in power, yet could not pay up to just a billion naira within the eight years to retirees for their take-home, would you refer to that as  an achievement or failure? ”

This poser was released by the special adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Labour Matters, a former labour leader and retired permanent secretary in the State Civil Service, Comrade Sikirullahi Bayo Titilola-Sodo, at the flag off ceremony of the distribution of the 7th tranche of gratuity cheques of one billion naira only, to retired primary school teachers and Local Government staff, numbering about 436.

Speaking further on the occasion, Comrade Sodo said, “Since the inception of GSM administration, His Excellency had paid as gratuity #8. 29 billion at the Local Government level, and #5.4 billion at the State level, totalling #13.69 billion thus far. The interesting aspect of it is that solid infrastructure are still being put in place, without compromising quality and standard. Kindly check the Adamasingba sports complex being renovated with international standard touch, and which will by God’s grace be commissioned this very week; the Moniya-Iseyin road, which is only comparable to Ilesa/Akure highway in terms of standard and quality; Oyo/Iseyin road, which although belongs to the Federal Government, yet is being rehabilitated for the use of our people; recruitment of 5,000 teachers into our public schools, 500 nurses into our clinics, as well as doctors recruited and placed on GL 13; sole ownership of LAUTECH, to mention just a few. All these achievements are  visible even to the blind, but if some detractors have deliberately decided not to see them, then something is wrong somewhere with such people. ”

In their various goodwill messages, the Chairman of Ibadan North West Local Government and representative of ALGON at the event, Hon. Rahaman Adepoju; and  Nigeria Union of Pensioners State assistant secretary, Comrade Banji Koleoso, both counseled the retirees on the imperative of making a judicious use of the money, avoid scammers, do their homework very well prior to venturing into any business at this time, and finally prayed for them that they would not spend the money on sickness or devourer.

In his keynote address, the Pension Board Chairman, Prince Bayo Adeyemi, appreciated the Almighty God for using Governor Seyi Makinde to put smiles on the faces of the lucky Pensioners who had laboured meritoriously for the service of Oyo State.

“It is indeed awesome, as the lives of our senior citizens will receive a boost occasioned by the magnanimous release of over one billion naira as the 7th tranche, by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde, the people’s governor, as this giant stride will greatly improve their lives positively towards having a better retirement life,” Hon. Adeyemi stated.

While rejoicing with the living beneficiaries, Prince Adeyemi also used the medium to commiserate with the families of those who are late, reminding them of the need to make a judicious use of the resources.

“For those with business plan, I urge you to be passionate about it, but for those without one, you are encouraged to employ the services of experts on how best to invest your money. It is our prayers that the Lord will prolong your lives in good health such that the Government will serve you more than you have served the Government, “Prince Adeyemi prayed.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Pension Board secretary Dr. Ayodele Busari, gave God the glory for granting the beneficiaries the grace to witness the auspicious occasion, after serving their State with all their vigour. Dr. Busari also enjoined the beneficiaries to eat well, rest well, reminding them that rest is always sweet after labour, and to always check their health status regularly, praying for them that they would not spend their retirement period in ailment, nor become a source of problem or devourer to their children. She also admonished them on the need to be wary of scammers, assuring them of adequate attention anytime they needed explanation, rather than falling prey to conmen.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Richard Olayiwola appreciated God for counting them worthy to receive their entitlements in their lifetime, praying for Governor Seyi Makinde to continue to soar higher and higher in and outside office.

The 7-day exercise which was flagged off on Monday at the main lobby of Water Corporation Building, Secretariat, Ibadan, had in attendance the Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Mr. Akin Funmilayo; the director of pension, office of the auditor general for Local Government, Mr. Salami; executive members of the State NUP, pension board management staff and other eminent personalities.

 

E signed

Adeola Oduola,

Director of Education and Social Services,

Oyo State LGSC.

 

 

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Imbibe a New Culture of High Performance and Productivity- Council officials charged.

The Chairman of Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Dr. Aderemi Ayodele, has enjoined senior council officials in particular and other council workers in general, to shun any  practice of indolence, absenteeism, ineptitude and laizze faire disposition to work, especially during this  dispensation of Governor Seyi Makinde administration, considering the various capacity building workshops and workers welfare programmes which have been put in place by our humane and God–fearing Governor, basically for the enhancement of workers job efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.

Hon. Aderemi Ayodele handed down this charge while flagging off a two-day capacity building workshop organized by the State Local Government Service Commission, in conjunction with the National Productivity Centre, for directors of agriculture and natural resources;  budget, planning, research and statistics; education and social services ; environmental and health services;  as well as works, land and transport, held at Ibadan Business School, behind the State Secretariat, Bodija, Ibadan, on Monday.

In his keynote address on the occasion, the Commission’s boss affirmed that, “The corrupt practice which is endemic in the Local Government service of today is systemic, hence the service needs a total reformation. In the light of this, I’m delighted to inform you that in view of our observation of this decadence, the Commission has embarked upon sensitization, reorientation and attitudinal change of our personnel in the Local Government service, through the gracious  approval received from His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, by embarking on seminars and workshops that will bring about the desired positive change in our staff, ” Hon. Ayodele stated.

While enjoining the council officials on the imperative of imbibing exemplary leadership qualities, transparency, productivity and accountability, Hon. Aderemi Ayodele further tutored them on the need to build a productivity mindset and become change agents at their respective council areas.

In his goodwill message, the director general of National Productivity Centre, Dr. Kashim Akor advised the council directors on the need to change the narrative, because “once we get the issue of labour right, all other factors will be gotten right. There’s the need to have in your consciousness the need for growth, always improve on what you do,  build a culture of improvement, and at the end of the whole programme, be a change agent, with this mantra ‘I can always improve’, ” Dr. Akor counselled.

In his own goodwill message, the Commission’s full time commissioner ii, Alh. Hakeem Oke, appreciated Governor Seyi Makinde, for charting a new trajectory for the Commission. He then charged the councils to key in to the four-point agenda of the State Government, with the ultimate objective of bringing the desired transformation at the grassroots.

Earlier in his welcome address, the project consultant, Chief Yomi Charles, said that productivity in the civil/public service is sine qua non to improved service delivery and economic growth of any society. He then encouraged the council officials to change their character so that the negative mentality the populace had about them could be changed. He further gave kudos to the Pacesetter State for being at the fore front of capacity building for its workers.

The two-day day workshop had as resource persons Colonel Joseph B. Ajanaku (retd.); Engr. Adejo David, acting head, productivity measurement and index department; and Dr. Anyam Godwin, technical assistant to the DG, national productivity centre.

The opening ceremony of the capacity building had in attendance the Zonal director of NPC, Mrs. Kehinde Adeyemi; the Commission’s director of administration and general services, Mr Dayo Solaja; director of budget, planning, research and statistics, Alh. Ganiyu Wasiu and other important dignitaries.

 

E-signed

Adeola Oduola,

Director of Education and Social Services,

LGSC.

 

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Reciprocate GSM’s Good Gesture-LG Workers Charged

“Since the inception of Governor Seyi Makinde-led  administration in 2019, it has been joy unspeakable for the people of Oyo State in general, and civil/public servants, as well as retirees in particular. None of these groups collect salaries or pensions later than the 25th of every month, except it will be earlier. To whom much is then given, much will equally be expected. It is against this backdrop that I want to state it for the umpteenth time that the only way to appreciate and encourage our humane Governor to do more is by reciprocating his kind gesture. ”

This admonition was handed down by the Chairman, Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Aderemi Ayodele, to the heads /acting heads of Local Government administration in all the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs in the Pacesetter State, at a meeting held with them  at the Water Corporation conference room, Secretariat, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday.

The Commission boss  admitted that the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas might have their unique challenges, notwithstanding the HLGAs who are the administrative heads of their respective council areas should be able to think outside the box by proffering solutions to such problems. “One of the hallmarks of a good leader who’s worth his/her salt is the ability to tackle issues frontally. This trait I can see in my permanent secretary, who is so versatile that he cannot be rubbished in the scheme of things in the State service and any State assignment, yet he was once one of you. The challenges that came the way of the Commission were not allowed to become stumbling blocks, rather, he turned them into stepping stones, and eventually, they were surmounted. This is a trait all of you must imbibe. Problems are not just meant to be solved, but to equally bring the best out of us, “Mr. Ayodele counselled.

Speaking further, the Commission boss underscored the need for the HLGAs to be up and doing, set good examples for their subordinates to follow and avoid unnecessary altercation between them and their political heads.  “If  there’s any infraction under any guise at the Local Government level, you will be held responsible. You should not hide under any internally generated revenue accruing to the council  to engage in any form of profligacy or fraudulent practice. It is tantamount to financial infraction, which will attract sanction from the Commission.” Hon. Aderemi Ayodele said.

Also speaking on the occasion, the full time Commissioner 1 of the Commission, Alh. Oyesina Oyedeji enjoined them to key  into the four – point agenda of the State Government and replicate same at the council level. He cited the example of Governor Seyi Makinde who goes about inspecting projects unannounced, day and night, so as to ascertain the quality and speed of projects being executed. He reminded them that they had been invited so as to warn them ahead, and to make them realize that the fact that their places of abode could likely be far from their council areas should not be an excuse for lateness or truancy.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Commission’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Akin Funmilayo, told the HLGAs that the essence of the meeting was to sensitize them on the need to be up and doing, report any infraction observed so as not to be culpable, reminding them that absenteeism from work at the Local Government level is a great indictment on them all. Besides, for those whose staff print personal receipts, thereby shortchanging and depriving the council of its deserved revenues,  promising  that those found culpable would be sanctioned appropriately. “You all know that our Governor is up in arms about corruption, the more reason he does everything humanly possible to make workers comfortable to a very large extent. What else do you want?”, Mr. Funmilayo queried.

He however promised them that the guidelines for operations at the Local Council Development Areas would soon be released to them, thereby making them to wake up to their official responsibilities. . “Let me admonish you at this juncture that you need to buckle up because henceforth, members of the Commission will be paying unscheduled visits to your council areas, and report will be submitted for necessary punitive measures to be meted out to erring and recalcitrant officers, to serve as deterrent to others.” Mr. Funmilayo warned.

In their respective contributions, the HLGA of Ibadan North LG and Ibadan South West LG, Mr. Olumuyiwa Olaoye and Alh. Waheed Raji appreciated the Commission for the family meeting, which they said was very timely. While promising to turn a new leaf by taking necessary action in their various council areas, they solicited the assistance of the Commission in  giving council officials fair hearing whenever their political heads come to report, for the sake justice, fairness and equity. They also expressed the optimism that the issue of inadequate funding affecting the third tier of Government would soon be looked into.

In his vote of thanks, the Commission’s director of administration and general services, Mr. Adedayo Solaja, appreciated the council administrative  heads  for their positive response to the Commission’s invitation, and assured them of the Commission’s  assistance and support whenever the need arises.

The special meeting meant to sensiitize the council officials  on the need to adequately engage their staff, make them responsive and responsible to the public, as well as replicate the four-point agenda of Governor Seyi Makinde administration at the grassroots, so as to facilitate rapid socio-economic development in the State, had in attendance Mrs Nike Arewa (member), Mr. John Adisa-Oke (member), Alh. Ganiyu Wasiu (Director of Budget, Planning, Research and Statistics), Alh. Jelili Alade (Deputy Director of Administration) and other management staff of the Commission.

 

E Signed

Adeola Oduola,

DESS, LGSC.

 

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Oyo Govt Trains 351 Councillors, 33 LG Clerks on Good Governance at the Grassroots

The Government of Oyo State, on Wednesday, Kick-started a training programme for 351 councillors and 33 clerks of Local Government Legislative Councils.

The training, which centred on good governance at the Local Government levels and effective replication of the Four Point Service Agenda of the ‘Seyi Makinde administration, was flagged off at the World Lilies Event Centre, Apata, Ibadan, by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Legislative Matters, Hon. Samuel Adejumo.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Adejumo as telling the councillors that the training was initiated to update them on the relevant laws and reforms of the Federal and State Governments, as well as their application of the Four Point Service Agenda of the Makinde administration at the grassroots.

He admonished them to truly represent the interest of their various communities and key into four pillars of this administration.

He said: “The training is meant to groom you on oversight functions and the laws they are supposed to make at the local council so that they can represent the people well.

“It is also aimed at giving them proper orientation on how to deliver dividends of democracy to the people. It is the first of its kind in the history of Oyo State and the entire nation. So, I want to believe that it is a legacy.

“It is possible for us to organise this training because we have a Governor who understands what he is doing. He has put a round peg in a round hole and I give him kudos for giving kind approval for this workshop.

“The message of His Excellency to the newly elected councillors and clerk of the house is that they should avoid crisis at the local level and replicate the things that have been done in the State in the past two years.

“The chairmen should allow the legislature to perform their oversight functions so that there will be no misunderstanding between the two arms of Government.”

He expressed the hope that at the end of the training, participants would have been further equipped with adequate knowledge to discharge their duties effectively at their various councils.

Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Segun Ajekiigbe, maintained that the Ministry has put together a 3-day training to address a serious lacuna observed in the series of researches conducted on Local Government administration in Nigeria, which, he said, bothered on identified wide gaps between the Local Government chairmen and councillors.

He said that this has been seen as a major encumbrance to development at the grassroots.

He charged the legislative arm in the Local Government system to work in cahoots with their executive chairmen to bring a paradigm shift that would engender a workable strategic development plan that is integrated, inclusive, informed, informative, innovative and implementation-oriented in consonance with Governor Makinde’s mantra of education, health, security and economic expansion.

He said: “Ladies and gentlemen, permit me to remind you that you rose to your new position through a platform, that is, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), hence, the need for you to remain committed and loyal to the party and the leadership of the party in the State because to whom much is given, much is expected.

“At this juncture, I wish to especially appreciate our Governor, Engr. ‘Seyi Makinde, (FNSE), for his commitment and support in organising this training.

“It is my hope that many more of this would take place in the life of this administration because without knowledge, action is useless and knowledge without action is also futile.

While delivering the first paper at the event titled – ‘Local Government Structure and Significance of elected of Councillors in Grassroots Development’, Dr. Stephen Lafenwa, a lecturer from Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, stated that Local Governments must be creative in assisting the members of their communities to align with the four pillars of Governor Seyi Makinde and ensure they promote grassroots development.

“It is very important we engage them because a number of them are new in the system and they have not familiarised themselves with the structure that we currently have in place.

“Since 1991, Nigeria has extended the presidential system of Government to the Local Government system and the way we have been running it when we transitioned to democratic system in 1999 has not portrayed that we have already entrenched that in our law.

“So, that is why we have to train the newly-elected Local Government councillors concerning the structure they are going to be working with and what it is all about. How they can perform their roles within the council areas, party and communities.

“By this, we are also trying to motivate them to be creative and innovative because the Governor of the State is doing a very good job when it comes to the four pillars of his administration – Health, Education, Security and Economic expansion. They have to be motivated to key into those areas.

“They must also be creative in assisting the members of their communities to align with these pillars and make sure they promote grassroots development at their own level.”

Another lecturer at the workshop, Hon. Musah Abdu-Wasii, Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, who spoke on the paper titled: “Understanding the act of Law Making at the Local Government Level,” said that his paper is basically on the act of lawmaking at the Local Government level. He said that the paper was an expose on the power of the Local Government councils and the lawmakers at that level.

“We tried to make it known that from the Oyo State Local Government Establishment Law, they are the body vested with the power over the spending, appropriation and oversight at the LG level.

“We also made them understand that they are the most important organ of Government as far as the LG is concerned. This is because they represent the people from different wards and the actions and inactions of the LG chairman depends on the lawmakers. If there is any failure, it is simply attributable to the lawmakers.”

He urged the councillors to take a keen interest in identifying the needs of their constituents.

The training had in attendance, three hundred and fifty-one (351) councillors and thirty-three (33) Clerks of the legislative councils of the 33 LGs in the State.

Signed

Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde

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“Your Integrity And Competence Will Determine Your Height In The Service”  –  LGSC BOSS

Senior Council officials in Oyo State Local Government Service have been  admonished on the imperative of displaying a high level of integrity, loyalty and competence at their various duty posts.

This admonition was handed down by the State Local Government Service Commission Chairman, Hon. Aderemi Ayodele, while flagging off a two-day capacity building programme sponsored by the State Local Government Service Commission, anchored by Value Plus Creation and Data Technology Managers, and organized for heads of local government administration, directors of administration and general services, directors of finance and internal auditors in all the 33 LGAs in the state, held at Ibadan Business School, behind the State Secretariat, with the objective of stamping out corruption from our society at large and the local government system in particular.

In his brief remarks on the occasion, the Commission boss underscored the importance of being content with whatever they possessed because “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes one rich without adding any sorrow to it,” he advised the participants. Using himself as an example, he intimated them with his principle of contentment yet an Apostle of quality jobs while still in office as a council boss, reiterating that despite serving in various capacities, he refused to amass wealth for himself.

“Invariably, by the time we were leaving office as council Chairmen  during our time, I was practically the poorest, nevertheless, I was not moved because I strongly believed in the blessings of God.

As career officers, Hon Ayodele warned them on the need to be very careful about their activities while in office because the day of reckoning could come anytime. He then reminded them of the just inaugurated Oyo State Anti Corruption Agency (OYACA), by His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, sounding a note of warning to them that OYACA  was ever ready to make anybody and any MDA or Local Government a scape goat. “His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde is loving and kind no doubt about that, but when it comes to corruption under any guise, he would not condone it at all,” Hon. Ayodele said.

“When we were to commence the construction of the Commission’s new office complex, His Excellency drummed it into our ears that due process must be followed. He made us realize that quality is one of his watchwords, and this principle has been stuck to in every aspect of our day to day administration. Moreover, corruption may be rife in our society, any organization, or even at the local government level when due process is not followed, when things are done haphazardly and when conscience of our people is deliberately silenced. Thus, Governor Makinde has sent out a warning signal to us that business as usual would no longer be tolerated, ” the Commission’s boss warned.

Earlier in his goodwill message, the Provost of Anti Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN),  the training school of ICPC, Professor Tunde Babawale commended the Oyo State Government under Governor Seyi Makinde for his determination to tackle corruption frontally, as well as his magnanimity in approving capacity building for his workers at the third tier of government, reminding the participants that “Everybody is a victim of corruption, invariably the venom must be stamped out of our society. Assuming Nigeria had not set up various anti-graft bodies to fight this monster, you can imagine the situation our country would have been in by now,”

Professor Babawale then enjoined the participants comprising heads of local government administration, directors of administration and general services, directors of finance and supplies and internal auditors in the Local Government Service to cooperate with the federal government by creating awareness at the grassroots level on the need to stamp out corruption.

In the various lectures delivered at the workshop titled “Corruption Types, Risks and Consequences”, and “Corruption Red Flags in the Workplace”, delivered by Hajiya Rasheedat Okoduwa; “Overview of National Integrity Laws with Special Focus on Oyo State Anti Corruption Law”, delivered by Barrister Oluwabunmi Olugasa, Special Assistant (Legal) to the ICPC Chairman ; and “Integrity Imperative in Local Government Administration”, delivered by Professor Sola Akinrinade, all the resource persons agreed that “corruption is a canker worm which has eaten deep into the fabrics of our society, and if Nigeria fails to deal with corruption, it may end up exterminating  the country. Controlling the incidence of corruption in the workplace is “do-able” if we have the courage and integrity to implement administrative procedures diligently without fear or favour. ”

In his vote of thanks, the head of local government administration, Ibadan South West local government and Chairman Conference of HLGAs in Oyo State, Alh. Bayo Raji appreciated the state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for lifting embargo on the capacity building of unified staff in the Local Government Service, observing that it had improved to a very large extent the level of efficiency and effectiveness of local government staff in the state. He equally gave a thumb up for the Commission for ensuring that its training cuts across all the different cadres in the service.

The two-day Anti Corruption Workshop themed “Art and Practice of System Integrity and Value Governance as a Panacea to Curbing Corruption” which commenced on Thursday, ended on Friday with other various lectures titled “Addressing Workplace Corruption with Behavioral Insight Lens”, “Administrative Measures for Controlling Workplace Corruption” – among others, and delivered by erudite scholars like Col. J. B. Ajanaku (retd), Dr. Franklin and others, while the event was rounded off with presentations of certificates of attendance to participants.

 

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Adeola Oduola,

Director of Education & Social Services,

LGSC.

 

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“Don’t Be Too Stereotyped, Break A New Ground” – Commission Boss Enjoins Directors

The Chairman of Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Hon Remi Ayodele, has admonished directors in the Local Government Service, especially Directors of Education and Social Services on the imperative of being proactive, visionary and prudent in the management of scarce resources, especially during this economic recession, compounded with the prevailing Corona Virus pandemic.

The Commission boss handed down this admonition while addressing the Conference of Directors of Education and Social Services during their monthly meeting held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Secretariat, Ibadan, on Monday.

“You should be able to think outside the box at this particular period of scarcity of virtually every thing in our dear country. As you are not unaware, money from the federation accounts to States and Local Governments is dwindling rapidly. Does it then mean that laudable programmes/projects with direct positive impact on the people at the grassroots should stop? Not at all. In that wise, we all need to put on our thinking caps, in order to weather the storm. This is what our dear Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde is doing in Oyo State which his detractors could not fathom. When some States are paying salaries and pensions in percentages, Oyo State is neither paying in percentages nor owing at all, yet standard infrastructure  being put in place in every nook and cranny are never compromised,” Hon Ayodele stated.

Speaking further on the occasion, the Commission boss charged the Conference members on the importance of giving good advice to their council bosses through detailed research into and  regular inspection of projects getting decrepit thus in need of resuscitation in the interest of the immediate community. “Officers in your department should be educating and enlightening the public on the policy thrust and blueprint of the Government of the day, as well as giving feedback to the Government on the yearnings and aspirations of the people at the third tier of Government.”

Hon. Aderemi Ayodele who cited his personal experience when he travelled overseas as a council boss, said his ability to pull strings from foreign countries helped him a great deal in constructing a 20-bed capacity health center at Ori Eru, renovation of Oniyanrin health center, sinking of boreholes in the council area–to mention but a few–at no cost to Ibadan North West Local Government, during his tenure.

Speaking on the need to exhibit competence on duty, Hon. Ayodele showered encomium on a former Director of Education and Social Services now promoted to the post of Head of Local Government Administration, Mrs Romoke Opabunmi for being a very versatile, dedicated, conscientious and prudent officer, whom he enjoyed a tremendous work relationship with. “I want you to emulate her as one of your senior colleagues, for being a very hardworking, and visionary officer. This character trait of hers  endeared me to your Cadre, and I can assure you that I will always champion the course of and protect your cadre,” he reassured. The Commission boss then advised the career officers on the need to up their games, know their onions and display loyalty to the Government of the day, reminding them that the choice of heads of Local Government administration by the Commission is premised on a lot of criteria bordering on: Cadre, geographical location, seniority, gender of the affected officers, among others. He however assured them that they all had the tendency to get to the peak of their career, provided that they could prove their mettle.

Mr. Remi Ayodele however rounded off his remarks with a deep appreciation for  Mrs. Folasade Ola, a retired director of Education and Social Services, Ogbomoso North Local Government who was being celebrated by the Conference at the meeting, for contributing her own quota to the progress of the service as well as the development of Oyo State in her own little way, praying for her that she would spend the rest of her life in joy, peace and sound health. He later presented to Mrs. Folasade Ola the gifts purchased for her  by the Conference.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Conference president and director of Education and Social Services of Kajola local Government, Mr. Samson Ojo had appreciated the Commission boss for his usual fatherly advice to the staff in the Local Government Service, his unwavering integrity and consideration of senior colleagues in the Cadre for HLGA position. He further lauded Hon. Aderemi Ayodele and other members of the Board for the just concluded promotion exercise which was a huge success. He however prayed for more of God’s wisdom and strength upon Hon. Ayodele, members of the Board, the Permanent Secretary and management team of the Commission.

Responding to the special sendforth programme organized in her honour by the Conference, Mrs. Folasade Ola who just retired as the director of Education and Social Services, Ogbomoso North Local Government, expressed her joy and surprise at the wonderful gifts packaged for her by the Conference, as well as the Commission’s  boss who despite his tight schedule found time to grace the occasion, praying unto God to continue keeping watch over Hon. Ayodele and her colleagues who are still in the service.

In her vote of thanks, the director of Education and Social Services Itesiwaju Local Government, Alhaja Yemi Gbadamosi also used the medium to laud her colleagues for defying their tight schedule to grace the occasion, while equally appreciating the Commission for churning out relevant trainings and capacity buildings for the various cadres in the Local Government Service.

Highlights of the two-in-one programme included serious deliberations on how to move the service forward, how to bequeath a worthy legacy to the upcoming officers, in-house training for the subordinates, their exposure to the nitty gritty of the job, giving them a sense of belonging, developing a positive attitude to work, knowing full well that your gift will definitely pave way for you – among other issues; while the event came to an end with the presentation of gifts to the celebrant by the Commission boss, as well as a special prayer session for Oyo State Government under Engr Seyi Makinde.

The auspicious event was graced by directors and acting directors of Education and Social Services from Oke Ogun, Oyo, Ogbomoso, Ibarapa and Ibadan zones of the Pacesetter State.

 

E-signed

Adeola Oduola

DESS, LGSC.

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Seyi Makinde Has The Capacity  To Tackle Insecurity In Oyo State – LGSC Boss.

The man at the helm of affairs at Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Aderemi Ayodele has reiterated that the spate of insecurity being witnessed in the State currently would soon become a thing of the past, as the Pacesetter Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has put all machineries in motion to nip it in the bud.

The Commission boss stated this while addressing the political functionaries and staff of the Commission, during the new year special prayer session held at the Conference Room of the agency on Tuesday.

“There’s no doubt that there is a wave of insecurity all over the nation at this point in time, but I need to give a specific attention to the one in our constituency, which is Oyo State. I therefore want to assure you that all the flashpoints in the State in general and Ibadan in particular are already identified; and as we are not unaware, a local issue like this will definitely require a local antidote. In a nutshell, a special solution aimed at tackling this menace has been designed by our Governor, and very soon all areas will be cool and calm, “Hon. Ayodele said.

Honourable Aderemi Ayodele further stated that Engr. Seyi Makinde is not the type that engages in frivolity or propaganda, rather, he believes in actions that will yield positive results; and when  positive results stare you in the face, how can you controvert it? “he queried.

“It is equally worthy of note that the series of achievements being recorded by the Engr. Seyi Makinde – led administration is giving his detractors sleepless nights, and once the tangible achievements can not be demurred, they will definitely resort to other forms of blackmail. Ipso facto, there won’t be any room for the opposition come 2023, “Hon. Ayodele declared.

While appreciating God for His faithfulness, love and kindness to Nigeria, Oyo State and the Commission, Hon. Remi Ayodele observed that his agency did not lose any member of staff in the immediate past year. He then lauded the Board members, management team and staff for their unalloyed loyalty towards moving the State to a higher pedestal, and particularly improving on the Service at the Local Government level.

While rounding off his new year charge, Hon Ayodele prayed that the new year would usher in good things to the staff, culminating in celebrations  among them, and that when the new office complex of the Commission is completed and inaugurated  by His Excellency this year, none of them would be missing as a result of death. He then prayed for divine wisdom, strength and guidance for His Excellency and his cabinet members, as well as peace, progress and prosperity for the Pacesetter State, so that it would continue to maintain its pride of place in the country.

Highlights of the event included praise and worship in both Islamic and Christian ways, special prayers for the State, the Commission and Local Government staff in general led by Pastor Bankole Johnson and Alfa Muideen Lawal (Konibaje of Oyo State), while encomiums were also showered on Engr. Seyi Makinde – led administration by some of the workers who spoke on the occasion; Taiwo Jimoh, Isola Okanlawon, Ife Oluwa Arewa and the NULGE acting Chairman, Bankole Johnson.

In his vote of thanks, the Commission’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Akin Funmilayo, equally appreciated the good Lord for His mercy and kindness to the State and the people at the helm of affairs. He further lauded Engr. Makinde for approving the resuscitation of human capacity building for the personnel in the Local Government Service, thereby appealing to the staff of the Commission and Local Government personnel in general to reciprocate the kind gesture of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who has been so good to the workers in the State, by making life very meaningful and comfortable to them.

“We have never had it so good like this in the Pacesetter State, and particularly in the Local Government Service, especially in terms of elevation of our people to the peak of their career; and to whom much is given much is equally expected. Invariably, you need to be more dedicated, committed and diligent in carrying out your official assignments this year. Make it a point of duty to contribute your own quota to the development and progress of both the service and our dear State, “Mr. Funmilayo solicited.

The  new year special prayer which is an annual event organized by the Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, to mark the beginning of a new working year, had in attendance the Board members, management team, branch NULGE Exco and other members of staff of the Commission.

 

Signed.

Adeola Oduola (Mr.),

Director of Education and Social Services, Oyo State Local Government Service Commission,

Secretariat, Ibadan.

 

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