As the Head of Service in Ogun State, Engr Lanre Bisiriyu takes a bow from the State Civil Service next week, Governor Dapo Abiodun has promise to expeditiously inaugurate a new one “to continue on the right path of leadership for the State public service.” He also said he would put in place a committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage and substantial increase in the wages of the state workers. “As the Head of Service takes a bow next week, we understand that there should be no vacuum in leadership and so very soon, we will appoint a new Head of Service that will continue on the right part of leadership in the State public service”, the Governor said. Gov Abiodun made these declarations at a public lecture to mark this year’s Public Service Day celebration held at Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on Thursday.
Abiodun who lauded the State public servants noted that in taking the State to a higher pedestal, the welfare of workers would continue to receive prompt attention as they are “worthy partners” in his overall development agenda for the State. “Government will soon set up a committee of stakeholders to work out the modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage for the State public service. In the course of building our State, I pledge the commitment of our administration to continue to see to your welfare”, he said. He attributed the achievements recorded in the last six months to the dedication and commitment of the public servants. He added that the workforce has a proud legacy of professionalism build around the legacies of renowned bureaucrats’ likes of the late Simeon Adebo, A.K Degun and others who made the State proud in their days. The Governor stated that it was imperative for any government that desires to record substantial achievements not to down-play the valuable roles of public servants, as they were the real catalysts for positive and rapid transformation of any society. “As political office holders, we are aware that we cannot go far without the support and participation of our enabled workforce in the Civil Service and the entire public service. I wish to equivocally reiterate our desire to build and develop our public service better than what we met on ground”, he said. While appreciating the continued harmonious working relationship between our administration and the entire workforce of our dear State. While appreciating the industrial harmony that currently exist in the State, Gov Abiodun said he would not take the workers for granted. Prince Abiodun who described the theme of this year’s celebration ” Collective Will, Collective Development”, as apt, pointed out that the private sector was an integral part of his agenda to develop the State, adding that the Public Private Sector Partnership initiative, was to improve the economy of the State. The Governor enjoined public servants to ensure that the public private sector Partnership relationship was mutually beneficial, as government was determined to implement people oriented and friendly policies and programmes that would translate to wellness, well-being and welfare of the people. Delivering a lecture titled, “Expectations of Private Sector from the Public Service on the Public Private Partnership”, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Mr. Joseph Makoju, observed that for a country to develop, it must tackle its infrastructural deficit, adding that one of the ways of going about it was through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Makoju who listed some models of PPP to include management contract, concession and hybrid, said management contracts involve government still taking some financial burden, while the private sector manage the project and receive a fee on result, in concession, government takes its hands of and allow the private sector to fund and manage the project for an agreed period, while the hybrid combines the two models. He said PPP has been successfully used by many countries, including Nigeria, to solve infrastructural challenges, noting that if adopted by the State, it would allow challenges in other sectors, especially public policies in the State, while the private sector handles critical sectors that are capital intensive.