Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has warned civil servants in the state against involvement in partisan politics. He said those found culpable will be made to face the consequences.
He gave the warning while addressing the public servants at the State’s Pavilion, Ado-Ekiti, on Tuesday. He noted that civil servants, by their training and orientation, had no business in party politics. He warned that their involvement had the tendency of destroying the entire service.
However, he clarified that there is no crime in a particular civil servant having sympathy for one political party or the other or voting in an election, but when such is done to the extreme, it has become unacceptable.
Fayose promised to lead by example, as his government had no plan to politicise the civil service. But he urged the workers to also keep off partisan politics in their own interest, as “any civil servant found contravening this basic rule will be disciplined accordingly.
“As far as I am concerned, I don’t want to use politics to distabilise the public service and so, it will be strange if any of you is encouraging what we are not promoting,” he said.
Speaking further, the governor decried the current huge debt profile of the state government. He solicited the support and understanding of the civil servants to enable the state government to liquidate the debt.
The Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka, who also spoke, commended the civil servants for their perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges. He called on them to appreciate the efforts of the state government in addressing their plights through loyalty and dedication in the discharge of their duties.