The Chairman of Oyo State local government service commission, Sir Olu Akintola has admonished the present political office holders in the country on the imperative of toeing the path of honour, honesty, integrity and discipline in discharging their duties, while holding political posts in trust for the masses.
Hon. Akintola handed down this charge at the conference room of the Commission, Secretariat, Ibadan, while playing host to a body which stands for anti corruption, justice and good governance, otherwise known as Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation (CESVO), led by its Executive Director, Prince Salih Musa Yakoub.
“It’s always good to toe the path of honour, honesty and integrity, which unfortunately is missing among some of our leaders today. Peradventure, we had forgotten that whatever political office we hold as leaders, is being held in trust for the people. Otherwise, there’s no reason why political office holders will get to the position of authority and forget their obligations to and contract with the electorate,” Sir Akintola stressed.
While emphasizing the need for Nigerians to change their negative life style, so as to bequeath a worthy and enduring legacy to the incoming generation, the Commission boss enjoined Nigerians to exercise some level of discipline in their endeavors.
“We just have to change our negative lifestyle to positive one by reducing our penchant for indiscipline in every aspect of our lives. This cuts across every member of our decaying society – politicians, civil servants students, artisans and so on. We should realise the fact that the pursuit of destiny comes at a price; nobody sleeps his way into greatness,” Hon. Akintola said.
Quoting Abraham Lincoln, the Commission boss enjoined every well meaning citizen to imbibe the culture of right tutelage for their subordinates, “Teach them to know that it’s more honourable to fail than to cheat.”
Responding, the Executive Director of the NGO, Prince Salih Musa Yakoub, said the body was established to expose corruption, promote ethical values among Nigerians, as well as educate and re -orientate them.
Prince Salih who expressed dismay over the level of insincerity among the political leaders, lack of patriotism among the governed, and ultimately the complete erosion of value for honesty and dignity in the land.
The CESVO Director however said the organization had carried out a discrete research about the Commission, its staff, its Permanent Secretary and the Commission Chairman, prior to arriving at the decision to confer the award.
While conferring on the Commission boss the award titled “Public Officer Performance Appraisals Score Cards”, Prince Salih said the objective was to encourage honesty, patriotism and hardwork among the citizenry.
In his vote of thanks, the permanent secretary pastor Olumuyiwa Olaoye, appreciated CESVO, His Excellency the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; the Head of Service, Mrs Wunmi Ogunesan and others for giving the staff of the Commission the needed support.
“The award is for the Commission and Pension Board, as well as all the 33 LGs/35 LCDAs in Oyo state. The Commission boss deserves this award due to his pedigree and anticidents,” Pastor Olaoye enthused.
The occasion was graced by the Commission’s full time Commissioner, Mr. Tunde Ayankojo; the management teams of the Commission and Pension Board, as well as CESVO team.