Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state on Friday rewarded the states best performing civil servant with a brand new Kia car just as he rolled out several incentives for workers’ welfare.
Speaking during the grand finale of this year’s Civil Service Week, Fayose assured that he would continue to accord top priority to their welfare.
The excited workers felt at home with the governor as they poured out their minds on various challenges they faced at work.
Each of them also received little cash gifts and a bag of rice as part of the Governor’s stomach infrastructure scheme.
In a statement yesterday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, he quoted the governor as also saying that the state government would next year embark on the fencing of the State Secretariat, along new Iyin Road, Ado-Ekiti, just as furniture in some offices would be replaced or refurbished.
The governor said the sum of N100 million would be spent on the fence and furniture projects.
While appreciating the contributions of the civil service to the successes recorded by his administration, Fayose urged the workers to continue to improve on their performance.
“I appreciate and commend the state’s civil servants for your contributions and understanding. I am proud of you and to be a leader of the state today. I won’t take my return to office for granted and I promise to give the people the best,” he stated.
The governor also said he would be part of the committee that would look into all the issues raised by the workers during the interactive sessions he held with them.
He urged all Ekiti people to have the mind of leaving Ekiti State better than they met it.
In his address, the Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, commended the governor for giving top priority to workers’ needs despite the lean resources at the disposal of the government.
He said the nearly 49,000 workers in the state would always support the administration to deliver on its promises to the people.
Faseluka urged workers not to relent in partnering with the present administration in delivering selfless service to the people of Ekiti State.
Mrs Bamisile Lucy, who picked the yes ballot, emerged the winner of the Kia Rio car among three shortlisted candidates in the senior cadre.
Alhaji Adeoye Akeem, who emerged the runner up went home with N250,000, while Miss Adeyemi Olayinka emerged the winner of the best civil servant in the junior category. She was given N500,000.
All the shortlisted candidates were given letters of commendation personally signed by the governor.
As part of his commitment to developing human capacity, the governor also launched the Fountain Bureaucrat, journal of the Public Service of Ekiti State with a sum of Two million Naira.
Fayose while launching the journal stated that its contents represent the facts and figures of events which had happened since the creation of the State in 1996.
The governor lauded the Head of Service, Dr Olugbenga Faseluka who doubles as the publisher of the journal for coordinating the activities of the service.
He said the Head of Service had demonstrated within two years of his appointment that it was possible to transform the public service of the State for the benefit of all citizens.
“Good works speak for themselves so we are not begging people to support good works. This journal is a good job. It represents facts and figures of events in our State. Without records, we are only fooling ourselves. This is perfect and it befits our image. I appreciate the men and women who have put this together”, the Governor said.