Obaseki attributes impactful reforms to support of Edo civil service


…as gov, civil servants, others celebrate retired HoS

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has thanked civil servants in the state for contributing to the achievements recorded by his administration in the last two years.

Speaking at Thanksgiving Reception in honour of the outgoing Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor, to celebrate her retirement from the Edo State Civil Service, in Benin City, Obaseki commended civil servants for their loyalty and support.

He said his administration has impacted the lives of Edo people owing to the support and encouragement his administration received from workers and civil servants in the state championed by Mrs. Idahor.

He described the outgoing Head of Service as a fearless and honest civil servant, adding that, “As Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and working for the improvement of the education sector, she embarked on dangerous mission with the then commissioner to shut down miracle centers where examination malpractices were perpetrated.”

Obaseki said Mrs. Idahor’s cooperation and support helped his administration in no little way to engender reforms in the civil service.

He assured her that the transformation of the civil service which started during her tenure as HoS will be completed despite her retirement from the service, noting, “We inherited a civil service that was second to none but will make it better and a reference point for other states to emulate before I leave office.”

“The government is grateful for the services you rendered and we know you are not tired as we will need your wealth of experience, courage and forthrightness as you have more to do for the state,” the governor added.

The Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Justice Samson Uwaifo (rtd.), expressed appreciation to guests at the occasion for celebrating Mrs Idahor and her meritorious service to Edo State, adding, “She has done well, contributed her quota for the development of the state and retired without blemish.”

He called on civil servants to emulate her outstanding leadership qualities that she brought to bear in the state.

Representative of serving and retired Permanent Secretaries and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, Mr. Emoedume Brai, commended Mrs Idahor for her support in repositioning and reforming the civil service to make them effective in delivering services to tax payers.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender, Efosa Uyigbe, who spoke on behalf of Baptist Old Students’ Association (BOSA) said Mrs Idahor has made them proud as an ambassador of the association.

Responding, Mrs Gladys Idahor expressed gratitude to God for successfully retiring from service without blemish, adding, “I want to also thank my husband for all the support and love as his encouragement helped me in a great way to perform well.”

She thanked the governor for believing in her as it brought the best out of her.