Gov. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu has named Dare Aragbaye, an indigene of Owo, the new Head of Service for Ondo State Public Service.
It will be recalled that just recently, the state government sacked 11 permanent secretaries whom the state said had spent more than eight years in that position.
At that time, tongues wagged that the governor took the decision in order to favour a particular anointed candidate, an allegation the state government vehemently denied.
It was however not immediately clear whether the new Head of Service was the purported anointed candidate, given his affiliation with Governor Akeredolu, who himself is an indigene of the ancient town of Owo, or not.
Regardless of what people believe, Gov. Akeredolu has cleared the air by giving reasons for appointing Arabaiye into the new position, through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye.
The reasons are listed below among others:
- The Governor says he is constitutionally empowered to make such an appointment and he acted within the constitution.
- According to the Gov. Akeredolu, Aragbaiye is a reliable and efficient civil servant.
- Gov. Akeredolu believes Aragbaiye will provide the right leadership for the state public service to complement the efforts of his administration to reposition the public service of Ondo State.
- Gov. Akerodolu says Aragbaiye is a shrewd administrator who had served in different capacities in different MDAs in the State.
The statement reads in part:
“The Governor’s approval of the appointment is in line with the provisions of Section 208, Sub-section 3 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.
“The appointment is in recognition of Aragbaiye’s reliability and efficiency.
“While congratulating the new Head of Service, Governor Akeredolu is convinced that he will provide the right leadership for the state public service to complement the efforts of the administration to reposition the public service…
“A shrewd administrator, Oluwadare Aragbaiye has traversed several MDAs in his career in the state public service.”
Before his appointment as Head of Service, Oluwadare Aragbaiye, was the Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol, the statement further noted.
Mr. Aragbaiye joined the state public service in 1985 as an Administrative Officer, Grade Level 08 in the Ministry of Finance and rose through the ranks to become a permanent secretary.
During his career, Oluwadare Aragbaiye as a seasoned administrator has traversed several MDAs in Ondo state public service, including serving as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of General Administration and Transport.
The new Head of Service replaces Barrister Toyin Akinkuotu, who officially retires from the civil service of Ondo State by 7th August 2019 when he clocks 60 years of age.
The statement concluded that the new Head of Service would be sworn-in at 11 am on Monday at the International Events and Cultural Center (The Dome), Akure.