Ondo warns civil servants against partisan politics

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Ondo State Government has issued a reminder to civil servants to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and adhere to the established principles, rules, and regulations of the service.

The government also cautioned workers against engaging in partisan politics ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had set November 16, 2024, as the date for the election.

The state Head of Service, Mr Bayo Philip, gave the warning at the unveiling of the 2024 promotion exercise for civil servants in the state on Wednesday.

Philip, who noted that 2024 is an election year in the state, charged the public servants to insulate themselves from partisan politics and steer clear of any form of election campaign under any guise.

He said, “I want to admonish you, in your respective desks, you must not deliver short of quality and you must not deliver late. Whatever you are to do must not be short of quality and must not be done late. Do your job as patriotic civil servants that you are.

“I must also tell you. This is an election year. Do your job. You are civil servants and have nothing to do with partisan politics. Engage your mind more than you engage your mouth.”

On the promotion of the workers, the HoS said no fewer than 4,200 workers who are due for promotion would be promoted, saying the governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, had approved the promotion of all deserving officers with attendant financial benefits.

Philip, who appreciated the governor for the gesture, urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate by putting in their best in their service delivery, saying, “To whom much is giving, much is expected.”

“‘I must appreciate Mr Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who said, ‘Head of Service, don’t pursue me with any file, everyone who is due for promotion, go ahead and promote them.’

“The position of our governor, Aiyedatiwa is that a labourer is worthy of his wage even before his sweat will dry and an officer is worthy of his promotion as and when due.

“In Ondo State, no deserving officer has been left promoted, and this has to so with the goodwill of the government of Ondo State,” he said.

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