Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday swore-in Mrs. Folasade Adesoye as the 20th Head of Service of the State, with a charge on her to hit the ground running and work assiduously to bring out the best in all the civil servants in the State for the overall benefit of the people.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, Ambode said concerted efforts had been made to place the State civil service on a sound footing for proactive, innovative, selfless and technology-driven delivery, and that the onus is on the appointee to use her office to galvanise civil servants to build on the gains already recorded.
He said: “We have laid the foundation for the new public service that is well positioned to rise up to the demands of present-day public service delivery; a public service that is proactive, innovative, selfless and technology-driven. Although a lot of progress has been made in building on the reforms, it is still a work in progress and there is more to be done in areas of 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, said 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 with the good work.
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