Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Monday sworn in Mrs Olapeju
Babafemi as the new Head of Service of the State civil service, with a
charge to use the position to bring out the best in the State’s Public
The Governor stated that the role of the Head of Service is to provide
leadership for the civil servants who are the major drivers of
government’s policies and programmes; adding that the success of such
policies and programmes depend largely on the functionality of the
civil service.
Dr Fayemi who stressed that his administration considered the choice
of the Head of Service as one of the most critical success factors of
any administration, said the government institutionalized a
process-driven structure to ensure that only the best gets to the
leadership of the State public service.
He expressed optimism that the new Head of Service would succeed
having been well familiar with the terrain as an Acting Head of
Service. The Governor urged the new HOS to her to align with the state
government policies and programmes as boldly enunciated in the
5-pillar agenda of the administration.
“Though the terrain is not strange to you, having been in this
position in acting capacity. Now that you have risen to the zenith of
your career with your appointment as the substantive Head of Service,
it is my belief that you will continue the good work you started when
you acted as the Head of Service, and also build on the success of
your predecessor. All eyes are on you now to provide leadership and
direction to the civil servants.”
“You were chosen out of many other qualified Permanent Secretaries to
steer the ship of Ekiti State Civil Service administration. This
strategic position should be used to bring out the best in our public
service. You are inheriting a very active public service that has
keyed into the vision of this administration. I expect you to hit the
ground running and make your impact felt. The restoration agenda is a
task that must be done. You are expected to sustain the transformation
agenda especially as it relates to the civil service”, he said.
The governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to
transparency in corporate governance and emphasized that the
administration would not tolerate any act that is in breach of the
accord that his government signed with Ekiti people.
While acknowledging the efforts of the immediate past Head of Service,
Mr Deji Ajayi in reforming the service, Fayemi stated that much still
remained to be done to enhance quality service delivery; adding that
Babafemi should see her appointment as a call to serve and to be “a
part of positive history”.
“I want to use this occasion to openly acknowledge and appreciate the
excellent and meritorious service of the outgone Head of Service, Mr
Ayodeji Ajayi. He made an appreciable progress in reforming the public
service. There is still much to be done to enhance quality service
delivery. On behalf of the government and good people of Ekiti State,
I thank him for his diligent and impactful service to our dear State.
I wish him the best in his future endeavours”, Fayemi said.
In her remarks, Mrs Babafemi acknowledged that the task of the Head of
Service was not a trivial one but said she was convinced that a lot
could be achieved through a harmonious working relationship among all
the cadres of the State Public service.
Mrs Babafemi who thanked the Kayode Fayemi-led administration for
sponsoring her participation in the Leading Practitioners Programme of
the King’s College, London pledged her commitment to putting in her
utmost best to the service of Ekiti State.
Babafemi who became Ekiti first female Head of Service said her
appointment was remarkably an adherence to the principle of good
governance which includes accountability, transparency, inclusiveness
and equal opportunity.
She assured of operational efficiency, higher productivity and
prosperous civil service.
The swearing in ceremony was well attended by members of the State
Executive Council, State House of Assembly members, traditional
rulers, religious leaders and civil servants majorly women who hailed
the governor’s wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi for giving voice to women in
the State.

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