Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko today charged workers in the state to work harder and devise means of generating more revenue to enable government sustain its numerous social services.
The Governor, who gave the advice during the Ondo State General Prayer Meeting for the 1st working day of the year 2014, held at the Governor’s office complex in Akure, said that the drive for revenue generation became imperative, considering the dwindling federal allocation to states.
Mimiko also enjoined the workers to see their engagement in the public service as a special privilege which they must guard jealously by rededicating themselves to service and showing appreciation to God for the privilege.
Governor Mimiko, who appealed to them to make year 2014 a year of true service, disclosed that performance indicator of workers would be prioritized this year, adding that discipline in the service would also be enhanced.
He said: “We must in the year 2014 look inward to further generate revenue that will drive some of our social services which the people of the state now consider as their entitlement. For us to sustain this, we must look inward and generate revenue to drive our programmes.
“It is important for us to re-dedicate ourselves to service. Everybody that is employed must know that it’s a special privilege and you have the responsibilities to show God that you appreciate His grace in your life. When you give service to man, you are giving service to God” Mimiko said.
Earlier in his exhortation, the Pastor-in-charge of Ondo Province 4 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Sanya Kolajo, charged the workers to work conscientiously in the year, saying that many more qualified people are out there looking for the opportunities given to them by God.
Prayers were also offered for the workforce, the state and Nigeria.
Also present at the event were, the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ondo State Chapter, Bishop Joshua Ketiku, members of the State Executive Council, top government functionaries and civil servants.