2019: Stay Away from Politics or face Sanction – Akeredolu tells Ondo Workers

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, Ondo state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has threatened to sanction any civil servant that involve in partisan politics on the state, saying politics should be left for politicians.

Akeredolu made this known at the swearing-in of new permanent secretaries and members of the Judicial Service Commission held on Thursday at the International Event Centre, The Dome in Akure.

“Civil servants, leave politics to those who want to play politics. If you want to play politics, leave the service. We must not politicise our service, it will be unfortunate. It has happened severally, but I am not going to encourage it.” the governor warned.

“I will tell you, if anybody brings any campaign, be it APC vest, and gives you to wear, tell them you are not wearing. The governor will not sanction you for not wearing. Our civil service must be insulated from politics, we must try and do that. If others fail, some of us will not fail because I believe it should be like that.

He noted that “Politics is good as I said, it must, however, be left to those given the latitude by law to engage in it. If people tell you now that by law now you can be playing politics, it is not in your interest because if you play this one now, if time changes, and you don’t have an Akeredolu coming to become governor, and those ones say you used to wear Labour vest, you used to wear PDP vest, you are not going to be promoted, what will happen?

Akeredolu opined, “We have warned you before, most of you here have worn Labour, you have worn PDP, but I am here, I have promoted you, and I will promote you, I am not bothered about all those ones. So I appeal to you, don’t wear any vest, leave politics to those who want to play politics, concentrate on your work as civil servants”.

The Governor urged civil servants in the state to bear with his administration, as he is determined to ensure they have their salaries paid before Christmas.

He said, “You are all aware of the precarious situation in the state, and in the country. We are all aware of the fact that we are in a financial straight jacket. There is no money, money is scarce everywhere, I know. Some time ago, we were getting between 10 and 11 billion naira as monthly allocation from Abuja, but now the highest we get monthly is between 4 and 4.5 billion naira, so there are some things that are our desire to do, but because of the paucity of funds.

“This administration will remain committed, we are in search of funds, and I am trusting in God that we will get enough money to prosecute our projects.

“Let me tell of here that a number of things happen, it will demand of all of us to be prepared to bear for some time, particularly those of us in the civil service. We have tried since we came to make sure that we don’t owe at the expense of everybody, it is important you must be paid, you must have a good Christmas, we will pay from whatever we have.

“I can assure you, we intend to see that out of the arrears we are owing you, we will pay very soon.”

The governor who took out time to congratulate the appointees also urged them to see their appointment as a service to the state.

“Let me once again congratulate our appointees for this deserved recognition, a recognition of worth, you are worthy of this appointment. This poses a lot of challenges to you, the people of this state now expect some commitment from you.

“The people of this state expect industry, the people of this state expect loyalty, the people of this state expect from you from henceforth transparency, they expect all these from you while you serve them. You are being called to service, it is an enormous task I know.

“As you return to work, please note that you have just started, this is your own beginning. You must use this your leadership position to redirect the work thinking in government offices because we cannot continue to treat government business the way we treat it now.
Governor Akeredolu also enjoined the newly sworn-in permanent secretaries not to be involved in partisan politics.

“Civil servants, leave politics to those who want to play politics. If you want to play politics, leave the service. We must not politicise our service, it will be unfortunate. It has happened severally, but I am not going to encourage it.

“I will tell you, if anybody brings any campaign, be it APC vest, and gives you to wear, tell them you are not wearing. The governor will not sanction you for not wearing. Our civil service must be insulated from politics, we must try and do that. If others fail, some of us will not fail because I believe it should be like that.

“Politics is good as I said, it must, however, be left to those given the latitude by law to engage in it. If people tell you now that by law now you can be playing politics, it is not in your interest because if you play this one now, if time changes, and you don’t have an Akeredolu coming to become governor, and those ones say you used to wear Labour vest, you used to wear PDP vest, you are not going to be promoted, what will happen?.

He said, “We have warned you before, most of you here have worn Labour, you have worn PDP, but I am here, I have promoted you, and I will promote you, I am not bothered about all those ones. So I appeal to you, don’t wear any vest, leave politics to those who want to play politics, concentrate on your work as civil servants.