Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has donated digital blood pressure monitors to permanent secretaries and top government functionaries to encourage them pay more attention to their health.
He made the donations at the end of year party with top echelon of the state’s civil service in Ado-Ekiti, stressing the importance of regular medical check since health is wealth.
“Most of the health challenges we have don’t just start in a day, but are products of accumulated health issues,” he said.
Fayemi assured the workers of regular training and retraining of staff, noting that even the best man, if not nurtured, could become a societal problem.
“The kind of civil service that my father worked in, the one with the core values of excellence, loyalty, honesty, integrity, accountability and professionalism, is what I demand from you,” he said.
Fayemi restated his administration’s commitment to prompt payment of salaries, saying it was not a favour but a duty and a moral obligation.
Speaking, Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, advised the civil servants to consider life after service, encouraging them to go into farming and other profitable ventures.
In her opening remarks, Acting Head of Service, Mrs. Peju Babafemi, appreciated the governor for prompt payment of salaries and pensions.
Babafemi said the programme was aimed at providing a relaxed forum for workers to interact and reflect in preparation for effective implementation of government’s four-point agenda in the coming years.
To underscore the importance of health management, she said: “Our health is more important than the test, interview, meeting and family dinner.
“As leaders, our mental health is a priority. We need to be in good shape physically and mentally to give the job our best shot and have the capacity to meet the expectation of the Ekiti people that we serve,” she added.
Babafemi assured the governor that the civil service was moving forward into the New Year with a renewed sense of purpose.