The Head of Service in Ondo State, Dare Aragbaiye believed that, Constant interrogation of the government vis a vis the workings of the civil service is critical to understanding governance and inherent benefits for the people.
Aragbaiye stated this at the maiden edition of Ondo State Radio Vision Corporation (OSRC) ROUNDTABLE saying transparency and accountability are the watchwords of the present administration.
Asked on the recently launched ondo service improvement programme, verification exercise at the local government, the proposed one for the state civil service, minimum wage and leave bonus payment and appointment, promotion and discipline in the public service, Aragbaiye explained that OD-SIP was to consolidate the gains of previously introduced reforms and restated the government’s zero tolerance to workers’ involvement in partisan politics.
The head of service also noted that government’s programmes and policies can only materialise with the support of the people in and out of the public service adding that , the present administration has devised creative ways of running the state with the available meagre resources.
He assured Public Servants in the state that none of them would be retrenched as a result of the implementation of the #30,000.00 new minimum wage.
The number one civil servant further stressed that , part of the agreements reached between the Organised Labour and the State Government on the new Minimum Wage was not to retrench any workers and sustain payment of salaries and allowances as and when due.
Mr Aragbaiye also assured the Workers that Governor Akeredolu is committed to the payment of the remaining outstanding salaries owed by the immediate past administration and the arrears of leave bonus for 2018 and 2019, while Pensioners in the state would begin to enjoy implementation of the 33% basic Pension increase with effect from January, 2020.
He enjoined all Workers to rededicate themselves to the service of the government and the people of the state to justify the implementation of the new minimum wage as well as cooperate with the state government to block all possible leakages in the government finances so that government would meet its obligations to them.
The Chairman of OSRC, Orange Fm and Sunshine 96.5 Alalaye fm, Kunle Adebayo in his opening remarks at the maiden edition of the Roundtable explained that the roundtable is a platform for journalists in the media group to engage policy makers on governance noting that the choice of Mr Aragbaiye as the first guest on the roundtable was justified.
The close to 3 hours of over 20 engaging questions with the number one civil servant is expected to herald many more edition of the ROUNDTABLE in the days ahead.
The platform represents the head of service Mr Dare Aragbaiye’s third visit to the OSRC, Orange 94.5fm and sunshine 96.5 fm Alalaye as the 14th substantive head of service in Ondo state.