30th November, 2010
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has bought 133 new Kia and Hyundai cars for directors in the Lagos State Civil Service, South West Nigeria.
The governor also last year presented 198 new cars to directors in the state civil, teaching, health and judicial services.
The presentation of the cars to the directors was made by the Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe, at the Secretariat, Alausa, yesterday.
According to the HOS, the gesture was in furtherance of the state governmentâ€™s desire to improve the wellbeing of its workers which in the long run is envisaged to improve their productivity.
He disclosed that the gesture was part of the welfare programmes put together by the state government for directors in order to make them function more effectively and enhance their status.
Ogunlewe disclosed that of the 133 cars, 50 were given to directors in the health service, 43 to directors in the main service and 40 to directors in the teaching service.
The Head of Service urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate governmentâ€™s gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of government and shun acts capable of denting theÂ image of the state public service.
Making reference to a recent retreat for directors in the administrative cadre as part of plans by the state government for directors in the public service, the HOS said: â€œIt was part of the strategies adopted by the state government to enhance the capacity of the public service and improve the performance of the directors.â€
Some of the benefitting directors, who bared their mind, could not hide their joy after receiving the cars.
One of them, Mrs. Folake Adeyemi of the Teaching Service Commission said, â€œfor me, it is a new experience because I have never used a new car in my life. This will not only improve my status, but will motivate me and improve my efficiency at work.â€