Category: Office Of The Head Of Service

We ‘ll Not Sacrifice Merit, Orderliness for Political Exigency -Makinde

…pledges continuous recognition of civil servants’ contributions to State’s devt

…says merit award will boost morale of Civil/Public Servants

Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, said that his administration will never sacrifice merit and orderliness for political exigencies in the State.

The Governor, who was speaking at the State’s 2020 Productivity and Merit Award ceremony held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, stated that his administration will continue to recognize the contributions of Civil/Public Servants to the development of Oyo State.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as saying that anyone who has worked hard deserved his rewards.

He said: “Looking round this hall today and seeing those that have just taken their productivity and merit awards, as I was handing over their plaque and token to them, I saw the bright smiles on their faces. And this reminds me of how people who have worked deserve to be rewarded.”

According to him, the annual merit award programme is one of the many ways that his administration is using to boost the morale of civil and public servants to enable them to become high performers.

“Yes, we all know the reputation that the civil servants have in the country. Some people even say that all lazy people come to the Civil/Public Service because they don’t have to do any work. But here in Oyo State, we are surely changing that narrative,” the Governor added.

Governor Makinde revealed that when he came into office, he saw some anomalies, which he said should not be allowed to continue.

“When I came in, the HOS and most people at the top positions in Government are not aware of this story, but I asked for the list of cabinet members from around 2015 till when we came in and I found that there were anomalies and I asked myself if this could have been done by the civil servants or politicians.

“What I discovered was that there was a Head of Service with no record in the cabinet office that she was HOS because she was appointed as a level 10 officer to head the entire workforce. And I said to myself; is this something done by civil servants or politicians and I concluded that it was done by the political leadership at that time.

“And I said to myself that never again must we sacrifice merit and orderliness for political exigency. And those that did it should be listening to me because our people are going to shine their eyes and they would never give them that opportunity to mess the State up again.”

He also stated his belief that people are always ready to put in their best when they have the right to incentives, adding that since his Government was providing the right incentives, workers should freely put in their best.

“When we came in, this administration paid the salary of workers in May 2019. It would have been paid in the first week of June 2019 and we said we would pick a date to always pay the workers’ salary and they said no, because they thought we could not sustain it. Well, this is over two years and I can tell you that the system we have set up does not need me to trigger the payment of salary on the 25th of every month.

“Well, we are in August and, in another two or three weeks, we will enter the ‘ember’ months. I can tell you that, in December, you will still get your 13th month salary. By the grace of God, this is how it will continue until we complete our tenure in office.

“We changed the buses for the workers and opened the staff clinic in the secretariat. We have taken these actions to show how much we care about your well-being,” he said.

He also disclosed that the recent staff verification exercise was not meant to witch-hunt workers but rather meant to clear the reputation of the workforce and make their service more efficient.

While speaking at the event, the Head of Service, Mrs. Ololade Agboola, described Governor Makinde as a Governor who is passionate about workers’ welfare, adding that he has a fantastic and harmonious relationship with civil servants and pensioners in the State.

She said: “Without a doubt, the concept of celebrating public officials was obviously informed by the conviction of the Government that such officials have enriched the policy formulation/development of service, quality of public service delivery and overall governance in the State.

“You will all recall that the Merit Award Programme used to be celebrated with the Inter-Faith Prayer Programme, as no specific date was set aside for the recognition of Public Officials. His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, however, made a vow during the 2019 Merit Award Programme that it would be celebrated on a different and special day set aside specifically to honour the Civil/Public Servants.

“We had the first edition last year where over 40 extraordinary Civil/Public Servants who distinguished themselves in the year 2019 were recognized, celebrated and given both cash and prize awards. Today being the 2nd edition of the award programme, sixty-two (62) excellent workers have been carefully chosen by the Committee set up for the screening exercise.”

The Head of Service admonished all awardees to remain good ambassadors of the State’s Civil/Public Service, saying that the awards should motivate them to prepare for greater and tougher challenges in their career.

She equally enjoined Civil and Public Servants to reciprocate the kind gesture of Governor Makinde by putting in their best in the service of the State.

“However, I wish to admonish you also to put in your best to distinguish yourselves. All hands must be on deck to assist the Government in blocking loopholes in revenue collection and effective service delivery,” she said.

 

Signed

Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde

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Gov. Seyi Makinde Swore In A New Set Of Permanent Secretaries To The Civil Service Of Oyo State.

This morning, Gov. Seyi Makinde swore in a New Set of Permanent Secretaries to The Civil Service of Oyo State. (more…)

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Oyo State Tax Stakeholders “Poverty To Prosperity” Summit

Gov. Seyi Makinde was present at the Oyo State Tax Stakeholders Summit jointly organized by the Ministry of Finance and Oyo State Internal Revenue Service, yesterday.

The Governor during his keynote address talked about the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) Roadmap which will facilitate Economic Prosperity in Oyo State.

He also made it known that one of the key plan of the current administration is to increase the Internally Generated Revenue without an increase in tax rate.

He added that the Government is working on faster platforms which will ease the payment of tax and issuance of tax receipt in the State.

He charged the good people of Oyo State to be open to new ideas and creative ways which the Government can use for the expansion of Oyo State IGR.

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My Administration is Committed to Enhancing Independence of Judiciary—Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Monday, that his administration remains committed to the actualisation of the Independence of the Judiciary.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, at the opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year, stated that his administration would provide conducive atmosphere for the effective performance of the Judiciary in the state.

The Islamic Special Service for the opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year was held at the Central Mosque, Oja’ba, Ibadan, while the Christian Special Service for the same purpose, was led by the Secretary  to the State Government,  Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun and held at the St. James Cathedral, Oke-Bola, Ibadan.

During his speech, Governor Makinde urged the judiciary to shun bias and delay in the discharge of their duties on dispensation of Justice, noting that Justice delayed is Justice denied.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, quoted the Governor as saying that his administration would back the Judiciary in the State to work effectively by providing everything it needed to perform optimally.

He said: “We are not going to allow the Judiciary to be coming cap in hands and be begging for their rights. Every effort will be made to make the dispensation of Justice easier in this regime.”

He also enjoined the Muslim Clerics to continue to pray for the Judiciary on the discharge of their duties, noting that prayer was needed to ensure effective dispensation of Justice.

Governor Makinde hinted that his administration would continue to interact with all other arms of Government in a very peaceful manner.

In their separate remarks, the Deputy Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (Ibadan Branch), Mr.Ibrahim Lawal and the chairman, Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, urged the Executive arm of Government to allow the independence of the Judiciary and provide necessary financial support for them always.

“We urge the Executive arm of Government not to pay lip service to the independence of the Judiciary.

“We reiterate our demand for the establishment of Shari’a Court in the Judiciary would be asked to give their stewardship on the day of Judgement.”

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka; Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola; Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Fausat Sanni; Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Rahman Abdul-Raheem and the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Senator Kola Balogun, were also in attendance at the event.

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Budget Evaluation: Oyo Sets January to December Benchmark

Oyo State Government has disclosed it would henceforth set January to December cycle benchmark for budget planning and implementation in order to give enough room for easy evaluation by the Government and the people.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun made this assertion in her keynote address at a One-Day Sensitization Workshop on the year 2020 budget in Ibadan recently.

Adeosun, who emphasized the need to promote strategic planning with the budgeting system stated that the workshop was essential at the present time to educate and sensitize key officers in charge of the budget on the need to focus on transparency in the budget process which she said would ensure realization of the four pillar development agenda of the Seyi Makinde’s led administration.

Adeosun described the Government budget as the financial mirror of Government policies which derived from strategic planning, enunciated to achieve developmental goals for the citizenry, calling on the officers to see themselves as businessmen who should be all out to make profit on behalf of every citizen of the State.

“The budget is an economic and financial management instrument for allocating resources in order to achieve developmental objectives in an inclusive and sustainable manner and Government primarily exists to provide livelihood for the populace, Government is thus duty bound to provide quality services and public goods in the principle of equity and inclusiveness.

“To achieve this, there is a need to promote strategic planning and introduce best practice into our budgeting system and to make this happen, we have to set a benchmark for easier evaluation of the budget and January to December will be the target,” Adeosun stated.

Adeosun further noted that the Seyi Makinde’s led Government decision to create an independent ministry of budget and Economic planning was driven by the need to have a budgeting system that would be open and highly inclusive, an idea she claimed the previous administrations lacked.

“This administration is entrenching the principle of Budget Realism going forward in 2020. Our failure to perform well in budget execution has long been hinged on the weak link between policies, plans and budget. Hence the decision of this administration to create a Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning. “she said.

Also speaking at the event, the State’s Head of Service, Alhaja Ololade Agboola pointed out that the era of what she termed humongous and extravagant budget was over as the proposed 2020 budget would not only focus on the four cardinal principles and policies of the present administration which were education, health, security and economy but would also ensure its efficiency and effectiveness in other to deliver the dividends of democracy to the entire citizens of the State.

The Honorable Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Barr. Adeniyi Farinto also reiterated at the workshop that the Government would begin January to December budget cycle, starting with the year 2020 budget.

He explained that this will ensure easier evaluation and monitoring of budget by the populace, noting that when a budget runs into the other year, it makes it very difficult to track, monitor and evaluate Government’s performance.

He therefore assured all that on the 31st day of December, 2019, the year 2020 budget would have been presented, screened and passed by the State House of Assembly and also assented to by the Governor.

The State House of Assembly had on Tuesday 3rd of September, reduced the 2019 budget of #282 billion passed into law by the immediate past administration to #182 billion as the incumbent administration described the earlier figure as unrealistic.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Oyo’s Wage Bill Increased by N1bn after 2019 Poll-Gov Makinde

…increases car, housing loans for workers. …..’why I am concerned about workers welfare’

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, revealed that the wage bill of workers in the State increased by N1 billion, shortly after the Governorship Election of March 9, 2019.

The Governor, who made the disclosure during an interactive session with workers in the employ of the State Government, held at the State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the development shot up the wage bill to about N5.2 billion from March 10.

A statement from the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also confirmed the increment of car and housing loans to workers as approved by the Governor.

According to the statement, Governor Makinde increased the car loan to Civil Servants from N500,000 to N750,000 and the housing loan from N2 million to N3 million in order to assist the Civil Servants in the State.

The Head of Service, Mrs. Amidat Agboola, had in her speech at the session, disclosed that the Governor had approved a monthly grant of N20 million for car loan for the State workers; N15 million as car loan for Teaching Service Commission staffers and N20 million for housing loan to ensure that more civil servants benefit from the schemes.

“Between March 10 when we were declared the winner of the election and May 29 when we eventually got into office, the salary bill of Oyo State increased by N1billion but we paid it and some questions are being asked. We promised oneness and, for us, that is the path we are going to continue to tread on,” Governor Makinde said.

He, however, maintained that despite the N1 billion increase, his Government had been paying the wage bill.

The Governor further declared that the Government would embark on a verification of workers in the State to ensure that the payroll is not suspicious.

Governor Makinde stated that his administration remained committed to the welfare of workers in the State because as a son of former civil servants, he was fully aware that workers need the support and assistance of the State Government to do good things.

He also called for the cooperation and involvement of workers to carry out the verification within the shortest period of time in order to free up some funds that can make the Government execute some of the things workers were asking for such as training and retraining.

He said: “The not-so-good news, which will be good in the end is that, we have to carry out a verification exercise. This is not to witch-hunt anybody but to convince ourselves that we don’t have fraud in our payroll system. If we are able to save money through that exercise, we can also utilise growth to take care of the welfare of the workers and use the rest for the generality of the people of Oyo State.

“So, I want to solicit for your cooperation, involvement and support to carry this out within the shortest period of time. This exercise will free us some money that can make us do some of the things you are asking for; by training, both local and foreign. So, I am assuming I will have your support concerning the issue of the payroll.”

He added: “The federal allocation is a little short of N5billion naira but the salary is N5.1 to N5.2billion naira for the state workers in Oyo State. For the local government teachers and others, it is about N3billion naira. On a monthly basis, we have to look for N8billion naira to make payment for the salaries.

“The good news is, one, the Federal Allocation into the local government is around N5b as well and they are paying N3b for the teachers, workers, traditional rulers and it all comes to about N3.2b or thereabout. So, the good news is that the local government, at this point, is able to cover their wage bill.

“Also, the good news since when we came in is, we have not embarked on any serious capital project at the local level because there is still turn-in to sort out that level of governance. With the extra N2b we get on a monthly basis, we must have accumulated N8billion naira sitting in the Local Government account.

“The internally generated revenue IGR is about N2billion naira. We do take from the IGR to augment salaries. Of course, we have to do things for the generality of the people of Oyo State. We have to carry all the capital projects. We also have to do things that will expand our economy to make our IGR go on,” Governor Makinde said.

He, therefore, urged the civil servants to be open to challenges and to move in the same direction with his Government, saying that “though we have made little progress, we are not satisfied. For us, those are marginal but if we all can work together we can really make giant progress. The political office holders cannot do it alone. If we have your support, we can together to achieve the desired result.”

He also warned those seeking to divide the people of the State along religious lines, saying: “Governance for us is beyond politics or religion. Nobody under my watch will be discriminated against because of political leaning or religion. So, those who want to divide us with political or religion sentiment should find another work to do.”

Welcoming the workers to the venue, the Secretary to the State Governments (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, thanked the workers for their cooperation with the administration so far, adding, however, that they should do more.

Earlier in her speech, the Head of Service told an ecstatic crowd of workers that Governor Makinde increased the car loan to civil servants from N500,000 to N750,000 and the housing loan from N2 million to N3 million in order to assist the civil servants in the State.

She charged the workers to be more committed to their duties and shun any activity that could tarnish the image of the service and their families in general.

“This is the time for us to be rededicated to our duties. Truancy, lateness to work, disloyalty to the Government, embezzlement, hobnobbing and other improper conducts would not be condoned and anyone found culpable of such acts should be ready to face the wrath of the law,” Agboola said.

Also speaking, the Oyo State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Bayo Titilola-Sodo, commended Governor Makinde for showing commitment to workers’ welfare since assuming office.

Titilola-Sodo, who made reference to the prompt payment of salaries and pensions on or before 25th of every month, however, called on the Governor to consider the filling of vacancies in ministries and agencies, fulfill his campaign promises on training and retraining and resolve pending matters on transfers and conversion of workers in the State.

Governor Makinde had, while responding to demands from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman, Mr. Bayo Titilola-Sodo and civil servants in the State, said that his Government would remain open to workers in the State, noting that a dedicated phone line would be given to workers to interact with him 24/7.

 

Signed:

Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

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Makinde Jerks Up Car and Housing Loan for Civil Servants in Oyo State

Says workers should be committed to their duties

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has reaffirmed the commitment of his administration’s welfare to the Civil servants in the State by increasing the Car and Housing loan schemes from Five Hundred Thousand Naira to Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira and the housing loan from Two Million Naira to Three Million Naira in order to assist the Civil servants in the State.

The Governor made the disclosure through the Head of Service of the State, Mrs. Amidat Agboola at the interactive session with Civil and Public Servants in commemoration of One Hundred Days Celebration held at Governor’s Office Car Park Ibadan.

“Governor Seyi Makinde has approved that Car loan scheme and housing loan Scheme be reviewed upward. To this end, the maximum amount for Car loan is now Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (#750,000.00) from five hundred thousand Naira (N500,00.00) while the housing loan has also increased from Two Million Naira(#2000,000.00)  to Three Million Naira(#3000,000.00).”

HOS stated that the Governor was also approved monthly grant #20,000,000.00 for car loan form mainstream, #15,000,000.00 as Car loan for TESCOM Staff and #20,000,000.00 for Housing Loan to ensure that more Civil Servants are benefited from the Schemes.

Mrs. Agboola therefore charged all the Civil and Public Servants to be more committed to their duties and shun any activity that can tarnish the image of the Service and their families in general.

She urged them to rededicate themselves to the duties and desist from truancy, lateness to work, embezzlement, hobnobbing and other improper conducts that could jeopardize their carriers.

“This is the time for us to  be rededicated to our duties, truancy, lateness to work, disloyalty to the Government, embezzlement, hobnobbing and other improper conducts would not be condoned and anyone found culpable of such act should be ready to face the wrath of the law”.

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