Pens Down Ceremony 2022: Lagos celebrates 19 retired Permanent Secretaries in grand send off

The Head of Lagos state Civil Service Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola has reaffirmed commitment of civil servants throughout the state to the values of hard work, transparency, integrity and service excellence. According to him, these are tested values that have characterized the Lagos state Public service through the years.

He was speaking at this year’s edition of the ‘Pens Down’ ceremony which came up on Tuesday at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja where hundreds of well-wishers gathered to felicitate with them.

”I wish to also implore Directors here present and others who may not be here right now (potential Permanent Secretaries as you all are), to remain committed to the well tested values, ethos and traditions of honesty, probity, transparency, integrity, hard work and service excellence that has characterized the Lagos State Public Service.”

”In addition to providing the critical support that the State Government expects of you in the area of effective policy formulation, development and implementation, you must at all times remain mindful of the duty of maintaining the leadership position of the State Public Service in the provision of quality public service while leading, teaching and mentoring your subordinates by example with love and compassion. It is my firm belief that your time shall come.”

He also reminded the retirees that the Pens down ceremony opened a new vista of opportunities for  them to explore, adding that as they move on to the next phase of their lives and new endeavors, they should stay in touch with the Post Service Directorate in the Public Service Office as they may be called upon for their services to the state government should the need arise.

“As the  the newest members of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries in Lagos State,  the government will continue to look forward to benefiting from your vast reservoirs of experience and  knowledge, especially in policy formulation and implementation, in order to continue to move the State forward,” Muri-Okunola said.

The Deputy Governor, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Ajibola Ponnle, said all the retiring Permanent Secretaries have contributed to the success stories of the present administration in no small measure adding that they should not hesitate to heed government’s call anytime they are called upon to do so.

“Let me use this opportunity to say that in the past three and half years, all of you retirees immensely contributed to the success of the THEMES Agenda of the present administration. Be it in the education sector, health, Infrastructure, environment, road rehabilitation and construction and so on,” he said.

The 19 retired Permanent Secretaries include Mrs. Belinda Aderonke Odeneye, Engr. Rotimi Idowu Thomas, Mr. Hakeem Oduyinka Adeniji, Mrs. Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, Dr. (Mrs)Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele, Mrs. Toyin Olamide Machado -Onanuga, Mrs. Olusola Oduguwa, Mr. Samson Olusegun Ajibade, Mr. Sunday Agboade Jokotola, Engr. Moroof Olawale Agoro, Mr. Wasiu Adedamola Akewusola, Mr. Isaac Olusina Thorpe, Mr. Olaolu Olujimi Ige, Mr. Sikiru Adeniji Salami, Mrs. Adetutu Abiola Liadi, Mrs. Margaret Titilayo Solarin, Mr. Sewedo Oluseyi Whenu, Mrs. Kikelomo Morenike Sanyaolu, and Surv. Olutomi Ajose Sangowawa.



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