The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, presented new SUV cars to 30 Permanent Secretaries in the state on Thursday.
He stated that the welfare of workers remains a top priority for his administration.
The governor also advised the civil servants in the state to uphold the professional principles and ethics of the civil service.
The vehicles were presented to the senior civil servants at the 2023 Public Service Week grand finale which took place at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure, the state capital.
According to the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Oladunni Odu, who represented him, the governor said, ” In our resolve towards qualitative, improved and accessible healthcare system for public servants, this administration launched the Orange Health Care Insurance Scheme to create a sustainable funding mechanism that lowers financial barrier to healthcare of public servants.
“I am happy that with the understanding of the labour unions, the public servants have keyed into the laudable scheme. Another area we are boldly tackling is the issue of pension and gratuity. We know that the most enduring way out of pension/gratuity burden is Contributory Pension Scheme into which workers are now being enrolled.
“It is hoped that this relationship will continue to wax stronger. Some workers, by their diligence, resilience and industry did us proud at their duty posts by their display of commitment to excellent service. We look forward to more of your gallant deeds. The impact of public servants on the economic growth at both national and subnational levels cannot be underestimated. Your welfare therefore will remain our primary concern.”
In his welcome remarks, the state Head of Service, Mr Kayode Ogundele, said the annual celebration was important.
He stressed that the public service must at all times be refreshed to appreciate its roles as the machinery for implementing government policies and how to stay safe and protected in the political environment.