The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council has congratulated Mr. Oluwadare Aragbaiye on his recent appointment as the State Head of Service by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
In a congratulatory letter dated 3rd July, 2019 and signed by the Chairman, Adetona Aderoboye and the Secretary of the union, Leke Adegbite, NUJ says the appointment is a clear testimony of Mr Aragbaiye’s qualities as a reliable, efficient, humble, competent and trustworthy top civil servant.
NUJ which believes that these qualities will enable the new HOS to reposition the state civil service for a better outputs, looks forward to a smooth working relationship between his office and media professionals in the state for overall progress and development of the state.
“The union uses this opportunity to again plead with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and the new Head of Service to use their exalted positions to ensure the elevation of at least three of the Directors at the State Ministry of Information to the Permanent Secretaries in the State.
“NUJ notes that such will correct aged-long marginalization of its senior members at the ministry where only one permanent Secretary (retired almost 20years ago) was appointed since the creation of the state in 1976 despite always parading best senior bureaucrats in the state civil service.
“It is the hope of the Union that Arakunrin Akeredolu as a legal Icon and the new HOS as a man of justice, will halt this case of injustice to its members at the Ministry of Information when appointment of new set of permanent Secretaries will be carried out, as it was recently done in some states like Abia, Edo, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno, Bauchi and Niger states”. The statement reads.
It will be recalled that similar demand was made by Ondo NUJ in November, 2016 in its Congratulatory Letter to Governor Akeredolu on his election.