Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has thanked civil servants in the state for contributing to the achievements recorded by his administration in the last two years.
Speaking at a thanksgiving reception in honour of the outgoing Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor, to celebrate her retirement from the Edo State Civil Service, in Benin City, Obaseki commended civil servants for their loyalty and support.
He said his administration had impacted the lives of Edo people owing to the support and encouragement his administration received from workers and civil servants in the state.
He described the outgoing Head of Service as a fearless and honest civil servant, adding that, “As Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and working for the improvement of the education sector, she embarked on dangerous mission with the then commissioner to shut down miracle centers where examination malpractices were perpetrated.”
Obaseki said Mrs. Idahor’s cooperation and support helped his administration in no little way to engender reforms in the civil service.
He assured her that the transformation of the civil service, which started during her tenure as HoS, would be completed despite her retirement from the service, noting, “We inherited a civil service that was second to none but will make it better and a reference point for other states to emulate before I leave office.
“The government is grateful for the services you rendered and we know you are not tired as we will need your wealth of experience, courage and forthrightness as you have more to do for the state,” the governor added.
Retired Justice Samson Uwaifo, chairman of the occasion, expressed appreciation to guests at the event for celebrating Idahor and her meritorious service to Edo State, adding, “She has done well, contributed her quota for the development of the state and retired without blemish.”