Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Thursday, October 19, presented new SUV cars to 30 Permanent Secretaries in the state, noting that the welfare of workers remains a top priority for his administration.
Akeredolu also advised the civil servants in the state to uphold the professional principles and ethics of the civil service.
The vehicles were presented to the senior civil servants at the 2023 Public Service Week grand finale held at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure, the state capital.
Represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Oladunni Odu, the governor said, ”In our resolve towards qualitative, improved and accessible healthcare system for public servants, this administration launched the Orange Health Care Insurance Scheme to create a sustainable funding mechanism that lowers financial barrier to healthcare of public servants.
“I am happy that with the understanding of the labor unions, the public servants have keyed into the laudable scheme. Another area we are boldly tackling is the issue of pension and gratuity. We know that the most enduring way out of the pension/gratuity burden is the Contributory Pension Scheme into which workers are now being enrolled.
“It is hoped that this relationship will continue to wax stronger. Some workers, by their diligence, resilience and industry did us proud at their duty posts by their display of commitment to excellent service. We look forward to more of your gallant deeds. The impact of public servants on the economic growth at both national and subnational levels cannot be underestimated. Your welfare therefore will remain our primary concern.”
In his remarks, the state Head of Service, Mr Kayode Ogundele, affirmed the annual celebration was necessary as he stressed that the public service must at all times be refreshed to appreciate its roles as the machinery for implementing government policies and how to stay safe and protected in the political environment.
“I cannot but mention that the present administration has placed the welfare of workers in the front burner as the workers continue to enjoy regular promotion as and when due with financial benefits.