Speaking at a lecture organized by the Osun chapter of forum of Heads of Federal Government establishments to mark 2014 African Civil Service Day in Osogbo, Aregbesola through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr Festus Olajide, said he was rather committed to filling existing vacancies in various government establishments.
In her welcome address, the chairperson of the forum, Mrs Felicia Oyeleke, noted that the forum decided to mark the event in a low-key manner in order to reflect the mood of the nation. He called on Nigerians not to relent in calling for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls.
She said, “You will agree with me that Nigeria is no longer smiling. We are faced with a lot of problems that hinge on socio-economics and now politics; we need prayers in this country”.
Meanwhile, the guest lecturer, Dr. Adetunji Ogunyemi, in his lecture entitled “Nigerian Civil Service at 50: Challenges, Prospects and Future” condemned the merger of federal offices by the present government just as he called on governments to review the jumbo pay of political office holders.
The university don also frowned at the level of corruption in the country as well as excessive centralization of power.
Dr Ogunyemi, who stressed the need for government to appreciate the work of the civil servants, noted that the problem of ethnicity problem had affected all sectors including the game of football.
As the engine room of government, Ogunyemi charged civil servants to be alive to their responsibilities and refrain from assisting political office holders from siphoning public funds.
Meanwhile, a federal lawmaker from Osun State, Hon Adeyinka Ajayi has praised Governor Aregbesola for devising policies targeted at developing the entrepreneurship potential of youths in the state.
He said through carefully designed programmes like Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES), O’ Reap, O’ Meal, and training of youths in various vocations, Aregbesola had opened avenues to earn decent living for many youths and artisans in the state.
Speaking during the empowerment program he organised for his constituents in Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun local government, Ajayi who is representing Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo Otin Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, said the empowerment of about 500 youths selected across wards in the local government areas that made up the constituency, was fashioned after similar empowerment programmes by Governor Aregbesola.
According to him, the beneficiaries having undergone training in vocations like fashion designing, hair dressing, shoe making , interior decoration among others were being empowered with necessary implements to start their vocations.
He called on the electorate to ensure total commitment to the reelection bid of Governor Aregbesola to enable him continue with implementation of programmes that would have direct and positive impact on the entire populace.
Presenting certificates to the trainees, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who commended Ajayi for giving dividend of democracy back to the people of his constituency, said the empowerment initiative keyed into the efforts of the present administration to create job to banish hunger and poverty.
Oyetola said more empowerment initiatives are being planned by Aregbesola’s administration to complement efforts of some other leaders of the party in the state like the federal parliamentarian and called for support of electorate in the federal constituency to return the governor to office for another term on August 9.
Beneficiaries of the empowerment were given implements such a driers, sewing machines, generators and shoe making machines to start their vocations.