Senior citizens launch book to re-tool civil service 


Former Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries in Osun State have expressed determination to re-position the civil service through advocacy and publication of relevant books.

In view of this, the association will today, Thursday launch a book titled “The Civil Service as a Cornerstone for Development in the State of Osun, the first 25 years”.

Chief Moses Inaolaji Aboaba, the Chairman of the association said at a press conference in Osogbo, that the body aims to launch an aggressive but non-violent campaign for efficient and effective service delivery by civil servants.

“The civil service must be re-invented, it must regain its lost glory, thus becoming or moving closer to what it was in the former Western Region,” Aboaba said.

Politicisation of Civil Service

The association expressed worry over what it called “intense politicisation of civil service in Nigeria” which is traceable to the military incursion into politics.

It blamed the scourge on the Obasanjo regime when dedicated civil servants were suddenly thrown out of service via mere pronouncements in the media.

This, it said became worse with Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime that replaced Permanent Secretaries with Director-General – a political appointment.

“It’s role as a ‘front desk man’ in the functioning of government is in jeopardy and the civil service must be re-invented to claim its lost glory,” it said.

Willing to partner

The former HOSs and PSs called on the state government to partner with them in repositioning the civil service, stressing that the association is still very vibrant with an array of experienced personnel.

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Aboaba said that rather than employ the expensive service of consultants that may not even be familiar with the system, the former senior staff could be of immense assistance to any sitting government.

“The civil service is our constituency and we are concerned about it’s development-oriented role,” Aboaba asserted.

The book presentation scheduled to hold at the Atlatis Civic Centre, Osogbo will have in attendance, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, Prof. Olu Aina as Chairman and Prof. Mayowa Oladoyin as the reviewer.

Others being expected at the senior citizens event are the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, all former state military and civilian governors and their deputies, Chief J.A. Adedeji, former SMG&HS in the old Oyo state and other prominent Nigerians.

From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo

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