On Monday, the Head of Service of Ekiti State, Sunday Komolafe, disclosed that the state government disbursed N352.3 million as car and housing loans to civil servants and teachers in 2023.
The HoS stated that a total of 3,021 civil servants and teachers benefited from the car and housing loans. Additionally, he mentioned that the state government appointed no fewer than 3,199 individuals across various categories in schools and MDAs to address the issue of inadequate manpower.
During a press conference in Ado Ekiti as part of the 2023 Civil Service Week, Komolafe commended Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration, noting that it has showcased a strong commitment to the welfare of civil servants in the state through significant achievements.
He said, “The civil service plays a pivotal role in the interpretation and execution of government policies. That is why it is generally believed that the success or otherwise of any government is measured by the quality of the civil service.
“I, therefore, enjoin all civil servants to be more committed to their responsibilities for the actualisation of the shared prosperity agenda of the present administration in the state,” Komolafe said.
The HoS praised Oyebanji for a deliberate and conscious effort to further strengthen the civil service for better productivity “through the transparent and merit-based competitive appointment of 15 new permanent secretaries, statistician-general, secretary of the Audit Service Commission and auditor-general of the Local Government.
“The Governor Oyebanji-led administration has also demonstrated its unwavering commitment to building the 21st-century civil service by leveraging on the ICT as it is presently working on gradual digitalisation of government business in order to emplace better probity and efficient service delivery.”
The HoS while giving a breakdown of the car and housing loans to civil servants and teachers said, “420 civil servants have benefited from car loan amounting to N130.7m; 1,634 civil servants have enjoyed housing loan amounting to N221.335m; 337 teachers have benefited from car loan amounting to N140,000:00; and 630 teachers have benefited from housing loan amounting to N117,000:00.”
Komolafe added that the state government had also recapitalisation the Local Government Loans Board for the benefit of the local government workers in the state.