By Abolaji Adebayo
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has swore-in the 20th Head of Service, Folasade Adesoye, just as he tasked the over 100, 000 civil servants in the state to be efficient and proactive in the discharge of her duty.
Ambode said concerted efforts have been made to place the workers on a sound footing for proactive, innovative, selfless and technology-driven service delivery.
The governor, while swearing-in the newly appointed HoS at a ceremony held at the Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, added that the responsibility to ensure that the workers often exhibit these qualities rest on the appointee to use her office to galvanize civil servants to build on the gains already recorded.
At the ceremony on Tuesday, he argued that his administration working with her predecessor laid the foundation for the new public service that is well positioned to rise up to the demands of present-day public service delivery.
Ambode stated that though a lot of progresses have been recorded in building on the reforms, it is still a work in progress and there is need to intensify on quality service delivery to the public.
“The success of your tenure will be assessed not by the efforts you are able to put in but the tangible outcome in terms of improvements in the outlook and deliverables of the entire workforce. You are inheriting a public service that has, to a large extent, keyed into the vision and uncompromising principles of good governance of this administration. As one who is fully aware of our vision and policies, some of which you have helped to translate and implement, I expect that you will hit the ground running and make your mark.”
Ambode, who expressed confidence in the ability of the appointee to add value to the public service and governance in general, noted the appointment was another confirmation of the dynamic quality of both the service and civil servants in the State, as the minimum standard now acceptable is selfless service to the State and the people.
He said it had now become a tradition to continually appoint experienced, dedicated and tested professionals to key positions in government, adding that Adesoye’s appointment was in recognition and reward for competence, commitment, perseverance and hard work, and charged her to keep up the good works.
Responding, Adesoye pledged total commitment to the duties and responsibilities of the new office, assuring that she would do everything within her capacity to justify the confidence reposed in her.
She said public servants in the State were already encouraged, motivated and energized by the demonstrated commitment of Governor Ambode to high quality public service delivery, prioritization of staff welfare, practical example of inclusive governance model, unprecedented state-wide infrastructural renewal and the strategic restructuring and realignment of the public service to ensure that it is fit and equipped to meet the challenges of the future, and pledged that efforts would be made to build on the successes achieved.