Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has called on civil servants in the state to remain productive, resourceful and dedicated to the progress of the state.
The governor made the call on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of 11 new Permanent Secretaries at the state executive council chamber.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 11 newly sworn-in permanent secretaries include Alhaji Fatai Oladehinde, Adewole Jimoh, Abosede Abioye, Adejoke Eyitayo and Alfred Adedigba.
Others are Joel Ajagbe, Yinka Fatoki, Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Adebowale Balogun, Olayinka Olaleye and Hakim Audu.
Ajimobi, who has two more weeks to hand over to Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor, described them as dedicated set of individuals who were found worthy of the appointment.
He said: “The position of Permanent Secretary is the peak of any civil servant which comes with huge responsibilities.You are expected to continue exhibiting all the salient qualities that made you worthy of this position.
“You must all remain up and doing. I mean you should remain resourceful, productive and dedicated to the progress of the state.”
He said his administration had appointed 34 Permanent Secretaries to date, saying the newly sworn-in ones would fill vacant positions.
Ajimobi urged them to put public above their personal interest in the true spirit of their oath of office and allegiance.
The governor said his administration had raised the bar of good governance, adding that other civil servants should be inspired by the action and appointment.
He said: “When we came on board, we had a mission to reposition and reform the civil service. Today, we have been able to achieve tremendously and also introduce better welfare incentives.
“We have trained workers locally and internationally. We have given car and housing loans to workers at improved rate. We introduced free bus transport scheme for civil servants to mention a few.”