The Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Chief (Mrs) Christianah Monisade
Afuye, has maintained that hardwork, loyalty and honesty of the civil
servants are pivotal traits needed to actualize the success of the
Biodun Oyebanji’s administration.
Mrsw Afuye stated that the current government would continually
synergise with the civil servants for the implementation of its
six-point policy thrust geared towards overhauling the thematic areas
of the economy to touch the lives of Ekiti populace positively .
Mrs Afuye spoke, in Ado Ekiti, today, during a training programme
organised for the staff of the Deputy Governor’s office titled:
‘Essential Leadership Strategies and Skills for Competent Ekiti State
Civil Servants’, delivered by an Associate Professor, Dr. Oke
The Deputy Governor, who agreed that regular training for the civil
servants is a sine-qua-non to development, urged the bureaucrats to
embrace every platform being provided by government to broaden their
horizons for effective service delivery.
She applauded the staff and resource person for conceptualizing the
in-house training, describing it as one of the ways to rejuvenate and
fortify the civil service.
Mrs Afuye urged the civil servants to perceive themselves as partners
and allies in the giant leaps being made by Oyebanji’s government to
radicalize Ekiti in terms of developments, and in all facets of the
“I hope our staff will embrace this kind of training that is being
offered by our resource person pro bono. They shouldn’t only
participate, they should assimilate the knowledge being impacted. I
know that with this training, some of us will make amends and be more
dedicated to service delivery.
“The Biodun Oyebanji’s government is incurably committed to reward
outstanding, hardworking, honest and dedicated civil servants for
them to be more zealous and committed to better productivity in the
discharge of their duties”, she said.
In his lecture, Dr. Aruleba, urged the civil servants to cultivate the
habit of hardwork and self- development, saying; “You can’t keep Ekiti
working, when you can’t keep yourself working”.
The academic added that they should act as true agents of change in
the system, by eschewing corruption, pull-him-down syndrome,
conspiracy and other nefarious activities that can derail government’s
The Don stated; “Change your attitude to work, be productive and be
change agents. If you check the present Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, he
is working the talk. You have to make yourself work, so that you can
make Ekiti work, especially by contributing to the realization of the
2050 development plan of Ekiti State.
“Your thoughts and outputs must be positive. Your thoughts and
outputs shouldn’t be negative. You have to be in the know and in the
flow to keep Ekiti working, and you need to be extraordinary to
achieve this height”.
The renowned academic added further; “Embrace self development and
place high value on yourselves to attract recognition and promotion.
Keeping Ekiti working is a task that must be achieved.
“Be determined, purposeful, resolute and focused. Let us think of the
future. Dallas is the 23rd largest economy in the world. However, the
State is landlocked just like Ekiti, but the geographical entity is
not sky-locked. Some people built it into one of the largest economies
in the global space.
“Value the concepts of integrity, honesty, hardwork, respect, team
spirit and be a game changer.
Let us have a good attitude about Nigeria and Ekiti. A word of
benediction can change everything. Don’t rain curses on your country
state and leaders, but pray for them”.
The Permanent Secretary, office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Abayomi
Opeyemi, said the programme was specifically designed for civil
servants to be imbued with more knowledge to spur better productivity.
“This is for our staff to acquire up- to- date knowledge and skills.
We will liaise with other agencies and cascade to other sections of
the civil service. Let us speak good of Ekiti. Let us be loyal to
the government and being loyal is not by eye -service , but by our
commitments to duties”.