Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has sworn-in the state’s first visually impaired director as permanent secretary.
Mr. Akinyemi Andrew Elijah was appointed Permanent Secretary (PS) in the State’s Civil Service.
He was the second to be appointed in Nigeria to the position, according to available records. Anambra took the lead last year, when Governor Willie Obiano. appointed Azuka Ofomata as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Social, Children and Women Affairs.
Amosun said Elijah was appointed for his dedication, diligence and passion, in the discharge of his duties.
in his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office Friday, said: “We have considered you among those who have diligently served the state and that is why we are honouring you with this.
“In Ogun State, it does not matter if you are physically challenged or not, what matters is dedication, diligence and selfless service to the state”, he added.
Amosun reiterated the determination of his administration towards the welfare of civil servants, stating that while payment of salary of workers and pension of retirees are regular, his administration will not owe any salary deduction before handing over next year.
“We are mindful that deduction is part of the salary, I will not owe anyone any deduction. I will offset all before we handover and leave office”, Amosun assured, disclosing that his government would create sinking fund to make the payment of gratuities seamless and affordable.
Akinyemi, who was director of Special Needs Education in the State’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, after taking the oaths of allegiance, office and secrecy, pledged to effectively contribute his quota to the service of the state.
Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, while speaking to newsmen, appreciated the governor for noticing and honouring the hard work of Akinyemi and also fanning the hopes of selfless and diligent civil servants.