By Ademola Babalola
The Chairman, Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Remi Ayodele, has assured of the present administration’s avowed commitment, under Governor Seyi Makinde, to embark on series of training and retraining of its personnel.
He said doing so would boost their level of productivity.
“By the special grace of God, staff training and retraining both locally and internationally which had been placed on hold for over four years will now be resuscitated, and it will definitely address the felt needs of each Cadre, with the ultimate objective of improving on service delivery at the grassroots, ” he said.
The Commission boss gave this assurance at the Conference Room of the Commission, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, on Friday while holding a maiden meeting of the new Board with the Heads/acting Heads of Local Government Administration in all the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs in the State
The Commission boss also used the medium to give kudos to the State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for his magnanimity in approving for immediate release to the Commission of the fund meant for training and overhead costs.
“It is unfortunate that the fund had been diverted by the immediate past administration for years, thus depriving the workers of their deserved training, and Local Government Service Commission staff of their running cost. I really congratulate the Commission staff for being able to weather the storm, ” Hon. Ayodele stated.
While imploring the principal officers on the imperative of being up and doing in their respective offices in order to serve as good examples to their subordinates, the Commission Chairman advised them on the need to key into Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration’s four-point agenda, bordering on Economy, Education, Health and Security.
“Within the week, Governor Seyi Makinde distributed 100 patrol vehicles, equipped with communication gadgets that could cover the border areas of the state, to various security agencies in order to boost the level of security in every nook and cranny of the State, and he expects you to give him the required support at the grassroots too, ” the Commission boss reiterated.
Hon. Ayodele however appreciated the top council officials for holding sway at the grassroots without allowing any lacuna despite the absence of political office holders.
” We so much appreciate your efforts towards ensuring a smooth running of administration at the grassroots, and our prayer for you is that God will crown your efforts with success.,”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Mr Akin Funmilayo had appreciated the council officials for being up and doing in their respective council areas despite the prevailing situation. He however assured them that the Commission would be resuscitating personnel training by allowing the HLGAs to blaze the trail.
Others who contributed on the occasion were Mr Segun Ajekiigbe, HLGA Ibarapa East LG; Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, HLGA Atiba LG, and Chairman Oyo NLC; Deacon Adewale, HLGA Iwajowa LG; Alhaji Kunle Kazeem, HLGA Saki West LG ; Mr Bimbo Ladepo, acting HLGA Ifeloju LCDA ; Mrs Romoke Opabunmi, acting HLGA Aare Latosa LCDA ; and Mrs Oyefunke Oladiran, HLGA Oorelope LG.
In his vote of thanks, the HLGA Ibadan North LG, Pastor Olumuyiwa Olaoye, appreciated the new members of the Board under the able leadership of Hon Remi Ayodele, with the prayers that their tenure would bring a positive turnaround to the local government service.
Other Board members who graced the occasion were Hon Oyeshina Oyedeji, Hon John Adisa-Oke, Hon Nike Arewa and other top management of the Commission.