Ahead of 2023 elections, Public Servants under the service of Ondo State Government have been warned to avoid making their political affiliations public as it runs contrary to public service rules.

Commissioner for Regional Integration and Diaspora Relations, Mrs Bamidele Olateju made the call at the Secretaries Forum monthly meeting held in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

Speaking on the topic, Ethics and Ethical Behaviour in Civil Service, the Commissioner described it as inappropriate to adorn political parties emblems to government offices. She explained that doing so was out of place.

She said: “No public servant should take it upon himself the responsibility of promoting or recruiting people into political parties through coercion or persuasion. You are supposed to work for the government of the day. Whatever, your political affiliation is, keep it to yourself.”

She also noted that public servants needed to improve their knowledge-base through updating and personal investment in learning.

“Learning is never ending; its a life time investment. It would be a disservice to oneself and the public service to remain analogue in this age. Everyone should be online as it costs little to accomplish.”

Mrs. Olateju said accounting officers should endeavour to bring up their subordinates on how to take charge of the MDAs in future.

“Your middle level officers should be brought up with the right up know-how on how the system works. Be transparent in your dealings, do not allow self interest to becloud your sense of judgment. Avoid wasteful use of government resources because it belongs to all of us. We are only privileged to be in charge.”

In his remarks, the Head of Service, Pastor Adeniran Adeyemo said Yoruba culture has ethics that cover all areas of life, from how to behave, talk and deal, relate with others as well as treat issues.

“When we talk about ethics, it’s not new to us. We are taught to be disciplined, decorous and be of good behaviour, right from toddlers. We should run our offices according the rules and regulations. The civil service laws are meant to serve as guide for us on how to go through the system and survive there from.”

 Earlier, in his opening address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget and Chairman, Permanent Secretaries Forum, Chief Bunmi Alade said the parley holds on a monthly basis.

“We do this monthly but decided to make it more interesting in April by spicing it with this lecture. The lecture topic was chosen to remind us and by extension, all public servants about our roles in the system.”

Babatunde Tiamiyu

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