The Head of Service of Ekiti State, Dr Gbenga Faseluka has stated that the state government would not relent in ensuring professionalism in every section of the State’s civil service.
The Head of Service stated this in Ado Ekiti on Thursday during a visit by the State chapters of both the Institute of Chattered Accountant of Nigeria
(ICAN) led by Mr Adesoji Adeoti and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) led by Mr Femi Olatiilu.
Dr Faseluka who spoke on the bifurcation of Accounts and Administrative departments in the State’s civil service stressed that the bifurcation has facilitated more professional practices as each department is now being handled without any intra-service contention which used to characterize the service when the two departments were together.
The Head of Service who noted that all areas of human endeavours are now going more professional by the day stated that this is now the era when experts are allowed to manage their own fields within the framework of international best practices.
He added that professionalism has become a prerequisite for employers of labour across the world even as the scheme of service also spells out the advantage of having a professional qualification for employment.
“The whole world is going professional. If you are not a professional, you can’t compete. If you are not a professional, you have no space in public service. We are happy that our officers are embracing professionalism. Some of the officers in this professional body are parts of the brightest minds we have in the civil service. It has to do with the quality of your members. The issue of bifurcation which you raised is an undeniable product of professionalism. Professionalism is about knowing everything about something”, he said
Dr Faseluka while reiterating readiness to bring out the best of the state’s workforce promised to create a leveled play field that will make room for everyone to contribute meaningfully to the actualization of government’s set goals.
The Head of Service promised to collaborate with the two Accounting associations in training young accountants especially in the area of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS).
He also assured that he would encourage harmony and peaceful co-existence among the different but interrelated departments of the civil service.
Earlier in their remarks, the Chairman of ICAN in the State, Mr Adeoti and his ANAN counterpart, Mr Olatiilu had commended the state government for the bifurcation of the departments of Administration and Accounts; saying that this marked the end of the long struggle of Accountants in the State.
Adeoti urged the government to ensure the sustenance of the bifurcation which he said would encourage the employment of professional accountants to man sensitive sectors in the State.
Ekiti State Government Press Release
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