Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has said the training and retraining of workers for optimum service delivery will form the central focus of his administration this year.
The governor, in his first address to civil servants in the new year, urged them to update their knowledge in relevant areas of service.
Akeredolu, who hailed the workers for showing understanding and cooperating with his administration from inception, solicited their continued support and rededication to duty.
The governor said the people’s welfare would be the central focus of his administration’s aspirations and the extent to which they are satisfied would form the veritable yardstick for measuring the achievements of his government.
He urged those who desire progress for the state to prepare to sacrifice.
Akeredolu said every segment of the state would feel the direct impact of his administration.
He said: “What concerns all must be shared and borne by all. Our people must also feel the direct impact of governance.”
The governor added that the culture of payment of paying salaries and allowances of workers without the provision of social service to the people would not be allowed to continue.
He said: “We intend to shift attention, progressively, keenly and resolutely, to the provision of social infrastructure for the people.
“The embarrassing state of our roads, hospitals, schools and public utilities will be addressed. There is no gain asserting the obvious that the current practice cannot engender development. Consequently, we enjoin all public servants to remain loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”
The governor urged the workers to shun their bad habits and practices and have a change of attitude to duty.
Akeredolu said: “As the government strives to block leakages, public servants must support the efforts to steer the ship of the state away from the precipice.
“We have engaged some consultants, who have the mandates to improve the revenue base of the state. These efforts can only be complementary to the statutory functions of public servants, who serve the people in truth and in deed.
“We, on our part, will continue to reward merit and diligence. We will also not fail to sanction any acts which stand at variance with the dictates of decency and regulations.”