The Ekiti State Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka, has reiterated the resolve of the state government to maintain a very high level of professionalism in every section of the state civil service.
Dr. Faseluka gave this assurance while receiving representatives of the state chapters of both the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) led by Mr. Adesoji Adeoti; and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) led by Mr. Femi Olatiilu who paid a courtesy visit to his office in Ado Ekiti.
The Head of Service noted that the severance of the accounts and administrative departments in the state civil service into two separate divisions has boosted professionalism devoid of the usual intra-service conflicts that had hitherto, characterized the service when the two departments were together.
Emphasizing that the focus of the state government was to bring out the best in the state workforce, the HoS promised to create a level play field that would provide opportunities for everyone to contribute meaningfully to the actualization of government’s set goals.
He added that it is however worthy of note that all areas of human endeavours are now going more professional by the day, stressing that it is now the era when experts are allowed to manage their own fields within the framework of international best practices.
According to him, professionalism has become a prerequisite for employees across the world even as the scheme of service also spells out the advantage of having a professional qualification for employment.
“The whole world is going professional. If you are not a professional, you can’t compete. If you are not a professional, you have no space in public service. We are happy that our officers are embracing professionalism. Some of the officers in these professional bodies are parts of the brightest minds we have in the civil service. It has to do with the quality of your members. The issue of bifurcation which you raised is an undeniable product of professionalism. Professionalism is about knowing everything about something”, he said.
The Head of Service promised to collaborate with the two Accounting associations in training young accountants especially in the area of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS).
Earlier in their remarks, the Chairman of ICAN in the state, Mr. Adeoti; and his ANAN counterpart, Mr. Olatiilu had commended the state government for the bifurcation of the departments of Administration and Accounts; saying that the gesture marked the end of a long struggle of Accountants in the state.
Adeoti urged government to sustain the arrangement which he said would
boost professionalism in sensitive sectors of the state as well as enthrone proper management and block leakages in government’s purse.