Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has explained that Wednesday’s dissolution of the State Executive Council was a step aimed at reinvigorating his cabinet to make it more result-oriented.
The Governor gave the explanation during the swearing-in of eight new Permanent Secretaries in Ado Ekiti on Thursday; saying that the gesture was to re-energise and reposition the cabinet to meet the yearnings of the people, contrary to insinuations that something was wrong with the Government.
Dr. Fayemi likened the dissolution to the strategic approach of a coach in a football match, who at half-time can chose to reorganize the team, bring in some substitutes to replace those who appear to be tired and change the positions of some players for better result.
“There are some players who are strikers and can score goals. But there are also strikers who cannot score goals. Some score brilliant goals but lack the stamina to stay till the end of the match.
“There are also those who are put in the wrong positions so all these must be reviewed for us to have a government that is connected to the people”, he said.
While stating that the appointment of the new Permanent Secretaries were based on hard work and merit determined by the various examinations and interviews that they and their colleagues who didn’t make it were subjected to, the Governor urged them to maintain an open-door policy and shun favouritism while discharging their duties.
Fayemi added that gone were the days of god-fatherism in the Ekiti State civil service even as he asserted that the “primacy of meritocracy has come to stay in the public service”.
He urged the new Permanent Secretaries to brace up for the enormous responsibility of implementing Government policies and programmes.
Governor Fayemi however assured that his administration would continue to provide appropriate conditions under which the public service can serve the larger interest of the society.
The Permanent Secretaries include popular broadcaster, Mr Kola Ajumobi, Dr Joseph Adeyemo, Mr. Bamidele Agbede, Dr Olufolakemi Olomojobi, Mr Olusesan Alabi, Engr Abegunde Ebenezer, Mr Owoseeni Adeyemi, and Mrs Olufunke Falodun.
In his remarks, Mr Kola Ajumobi commended the state government for giving priority to merit in the appointment of Permanent Secretaries; saying that this would encourage upcoming workers to make hard work their watchword.
Last modified: January 10, 2013