Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Tuesday swore in 18 new permanent secretaries including the Principal of Western Boys High School, Benin City, Mr. U.X Orhue, and a physically challenged person.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, Oshiomhole said the new permanent secretaries' appointments were based on merit, saying the move was in furthernace of his administration's campaign against godfatherism. "Even in the civil service, appointment should not be based on whom you know, but what you know," the governor said.
He said his decision to swear in a school principal as permanent secretary was to send a clear message "that the fact of your being in the classroom does not make you less important," adding: "You represent a constituency that is central to the development of our state."
Further, he said: “The second person I want to mention is our brother who had an accident in the recent past and now, he is battling between the wheel chair and crutches. Yes, the accident has affected his physical structure but not his brain and it won’t affect his ability to discharge his duties effectively. And as you can see, the accident has not stopped us from swearing him in.”
He dispelling rumours of retirement of workers from the service, saying "nobody will be retired. On the contrary, we have a lot of vacancies in the service. Civil servants and teachers are assets and not liability. They are instruments of growth. We have not carried out any retrenchment and we will not.”
Oshiomhole urged the new permanent secretaries to be diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities as he tasked them to be firm, just and protect government secret to the extent "that they are classified as secret and that you will put your job before any other consideration."
He expressed confidence in their ability to perform their duties, disclosing that his government is founded on a belief that "every human being is capable of doing good and evil and I assume that every human being would rather do good than do evil."
He informed the newly sworn in officers that his administration believed in hard work and simultaneously committed to the development of the state and therefore tasked them to join him in this commitment.