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Osun Assembly Says Civil Servants’ Partisanship Hindering Progress

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

Osun State House of Assembly has accused some civil servants in the state of being politically partisan saying it is hampering the economic growth of the state.

The 26-members Assembly made this known on Monday, 31st August, 2015 at a special plenary to mark the 24th Anniversary of Osun state.

While reviewing the journey of Osun state since its creation, the lawmakers expressed worry at what they described as ‘partisanship’ on the part of the workforce in the state stressing that such practice negates the ethics of their job.

The legislators therefore urged civil servants to change their attitude to their duties saying the progress of the state is a collective responsibility which the workers are key players in.

Disclosing the resolution of the House to journalists, the Assembly Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam advised Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration in the state to focus on projects that would improve the social and economic benefit of the people in order to reduce wastage in governance.

According to him, “the wastage in government must be reduced to minimal level, so that we will focus on things that will improve the social benefit of our people.

“Political functionaries and technocrats must be called upon to look into this and be ready to develop the state together. It is a collective responsibility that we must all join hands to achieve.

“Also, the attitude of our workforce and the orientation has to be changed. The rate of partisanship of workers has become a thing of worry.

“The ethics of civil service that they should not be partisan seems to have faded out. Workers express their feeling on pages of newspapers and radio, just like members of political parties”.

The Speaker who commended the founding fathers of the state for their vision further urged the state government to improve on its internal revenue without unnecessarily increasing the burden on the masses before addressing the present fiscal imbalance facing the Aregbesola administration.

Salaam also charged government to remain focus on the development of rural areas, as it is being done in urban areas, saying “we cannot neglect a major segment of the state and say we are developing.

“The present administration is doing its best to develop the rural areas, but it must improve on it further.

“The federal government should complement the efforts of Osun government for further development, because the state is even embarking on federal projects here”, he stressed.

Earlier, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Akintunde Adegboye and other members of the house had lauded the administration Governor Aregbesola for the roles it is playing in the development of the state since its creation.

In their separate contributions, Honourables Dejo Osuolale, Boripe/Boluwaduro; Abiodun Awolola, Egbedore; Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, Obokun; Ajibola Akinloye, Ola-Oluwa; Kamil Oyedele, Irepodun/Orolu; and Babatunde Olatunji, Ife North; among others charged government to brace up for challenges ahead to achieve the vision of the founding fathers.

Oyintiloye said, “with the development going in Osun today under the present government, I can see hope, possibility and prosperity in Osun.

“We must all cooperate with the government to ensure that Osun become enviable, so that our people can enjoy the more”, he said.

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