Acting Vice Chancellor University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD), Professor Dipo Kolawole has described the Ekiti State Civil Service as the most resilient and most reliable in the country , having passed the scrutiny of rough administrations in the past and came out unscathed.
The Vice Chancellor hinted that in the 12 years of the creation of the state it had experienced some volatile period of recent, which he said the civil service had adapted to, without shirking its responsibilities in policy implementation
Delivering a lecture entitled "From Policy To Result-Based Implementation" to mark the 2008 Civil Service Week celebration in Ado-Ekiti yesterday , Kolawole, a professor political science said, a time had come in the history of the state when three governors were produced within 48 hours
He opined , ordinarily that the situation was capable of tearing the civil service apart , but said the state civil service only managed the precarious situation and came out of it more invigorated .
However, he advised that the desire for excellence in a state like Ekiti, which prides itself as the ?fountain of knowledge? must ensure that the civil service employs only the best brains available instead of turning it to dumping ground.
The Academia counseled that the foregoing to be realizable that the recruitment of workers into the civil service should be based on merit and high level of professionalism rather than emotional criteria like religious and ethnic considerations rampant across the country.
Meanwhile, Ekiti state government has bought 25 brand new Toyota cars for High Court Judges and Magistrates in the state?s judiciary which were presented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Tai Lawal to the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Bamidele Oyewole at the premises of High Court in Ado-Ekiti
He commended Governor Segun Oni for introducing competitive examination policy to recruit new entrants to the civil service without yielding to pressures, saying if the new policy can be followed to a logical conclusion, Ekiti state civil service would emerge soon as the best in the country.
Professor Kolawole regretted that over the years, the culture of training and re-training for civil servants has been jettisoned at all levels of government in Nigeria, saying orientation course is as important as the recruitment itself as it enables worker to know the rules that guide their conducts and limitations in office.
He argued further that training and retraining will enable workers conform with the dynamics in modern administrative techniques, particularly in the age of globalization whereby advanced information technology through the use of computer and the Internet has made administrative techniques easier to understand.
Kolawole also stressed the need for regular motivational incentives to civil servants to ensure sustained increasing productivity through regular payment of salary and all entitlements as well as promotion to deserving officials, saying it is when morale is stimulated that one can guarantee efficiency and higher productivity.
Speaking further, he stressed the need to re-position the civil service with better management skills, deeper chemistry of relationship and results-oriented policy implementation techniques which becomes an imperative of public administration with capacity-building in the system conceptualised providing conducive environment for job performance.
"A static organisation is a dead organisation. It is important to make the civil service a living institution and the best way to do this is to subject it to constant rule of adaptation which can be best achieved by regular reforms", he added.