Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of Ekiti State, has donated Digital Blood pressure monitors to all the Permanent Secretaries and other top government functionaries as a way of encouraging them to pay due attention to their health.
Governor Fayemi, made the donations at the end of the 2018 get-together programme with the leadership of the civil service, in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
According to the governor, he, reiterated the importance of regular medical check noting that health is wealth.
“Most of the health challenges we have don’t just start in a day but they are products of unattended to health issues” he said.
Governor Fayemi assured the workers of regular training and retraining of staff, adding that even the best man if not nurtured could become a societal problem.
He emphasized on loyalty from the civil servants , saying loyalty is the best form of hard work and dedication to duty.
“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”.
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to prompt payment of salaries saying that payment of salaries is not a favour but a duty, it’s a moral obligation, he noted.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi advised the top civil servants to look into life after service encouraging them to go into farming and other profitable ventures.
In her opening remarks, the acting Head of service, Mrs Peju Babafemi, expressed deep appreciation to the governor for prompt payment of salaries and pensions.
Mrs. Babafemi said that the programme is aimed at providing a relaxed forum for the workers to interact and reflect in preparation for the effective implementation of the 4-point Agenda of this administration in the coming years.
To underscore the importance of health management, the acting Head of service said ” Our health is more important than the test, the interview, the meeting, the family dinner ” .As leaders our mental health is a priority, she added.
“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 good people of Ekiti that we serve ”
Mrs Babafemi assured the governor that the leadership of the civil service is moving forward into the new year with a renewed sense of purpose.
“We are committed to doing our best on the new year and years ahead in restoring the values of our land ,particularly the values of civil service premised on honesty, integrity, accountability and professionalism” she said.
In his lecture, a consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Babawale Anpitan, who spoke on the topic: Mental Health and Stress Management said that stress defines our existentiality and mortality. It’s the high road between conflicting issues of self preservation and determination, performance and underperformance.
He advised that for optimum performance in the civil service, the workers should be very conscious of their health, stressing the need for adequate sleep and regular physical exercise.