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Ogun doctors, civil servants laud Abiodun over improved remunerations, others

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Ogun State Head of Service, Selimot Ottun (left); Governor Dapo Abiodun; his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tokunbo Talabi, jubilating with civil servants over the payment of minimum wage in the state at the secretariat in Abeokuta… yesterday.

Medical doctors, under the auspices of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) and Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, have applauded the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for approving and implementing proper remunerations for them.

The doctors, who paid a thank-you visit to the governor in his office at Oke-Imosan, Abeokuta, also commended him for the steps taken to reposition the health sector for efficient healthcare delivery to the people of the state.

Similarly, the civil servants in the state, yesterday, came out en-masse to the Arcade Square at the state secretariat to celebrate the governor who they described as a “talk and do governor” for keeping his promise on payment of minimum wage.

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The ex-officio and National Chairman, NAGGMDP, Dr. Odusote Rafiu, appreciated the governor for approving and implementing proper remuneration for government doctors in the state, saying the gesture would spur the doctors to render more efficient services to the people.

Also, President of ARD, OOUTH chapter, Dr. Mutiu Popoola, said that the recruitment of doctors and other medical personnel and provision of basic medical equipment was a clear demonstration of government’s determination to return the health institution back to its former state.

Abiodun, in his response, lamented the poor condition he met the teaching hospital when he assumed office, saying that the recruitment of doctors and other health workers was to address the staff deficit, while the procurement of medical equipment was to urgently see to the need of the hospital.

He said that the board that would steer the ship and take the hospital to desired destination would soon be inaugurated.

He expressed delight that things are getting better at the Ilaro General Hospital as a result of government’s intervention on provision of medical equipment and good access roads.

The governor assured the workers that appointment, promotion and career advancement would be merit-based as favouritism would no longer be entertained in the state civil service.

He described the state workforce as the best in service delivery in the country, saying: “I know there has been a breach of trust in the past between the government and the workers, but we will continue to build trust with you.”

There should be no mistrust or misunderstanding between us. You are the essence of this administration. I can assure you that we will continue to engage you and I am happy that the trust is being restored.”

He expressed gratitude to God for the low number of death recorded in the state and the nation as the result of the coronavirus, regretting however that it has adversely affected the economy and financial fortune of the state.

Abiodun, who appreciated the people of the state for restraining from violent acts during the EndSARS protests, promised that he would ensure Ogun State workers continue to enjoy better welfare package and seamless promotion.

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