Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahmann AbdulRazaq yesterday said no public servant or contractors indicted for mismanaging funds would be spared or protected.
Governor AbdulRazaq said this in Ilorin, the state capital during the swearing-in of 16 permanent secretaries- the first since he was elected over a year ago.
He charged the new permanent secretaries to be prudent, disciplined, and team players.
AbdulRazaq said the top civil servants joined the administration at a critical moment of the state when every kobo of public funds counts, commending the State House of Assembly for the ongoing oversight functions on government projects.
“Our job as an administration has been made tougher by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which has cut revenue streams.
It is crunch-time. Even so, I believe that the pandemic offers us a unique opportunity to be creative, reassess our priorities, and readjust accordingly,” he said.
“I like to repeat that we are not perfect but we will not be found wanting in sincerity and commitment in the service of our people. Similarly, we welcome feedbacks and criticisms that fully consider where Kwara is coming from.
Kwara State Head of Service Oluwole Dupe Susan, on her part, commended the Governor for his support for the civil service since he assumed office.
“This administration is, in all ramifications, civil service friendly. The prompt completion of secretariat IV, prompt payment of salaries, pension and gratuities, prompt release of monthly allocation for the effective running of the MDAs, among a host of others, vividly attest to this,” she said.
Hajiah Sabitiyu Kikelomo Grillo, who responded on behalf of her colleagues, pledged their “unalloyed sincerity, loyalty and dedication to duty”. She also commended the Governor for the confidence reposed in them to serve the state.