The first working day of the new year at the Ondo State civil service commenced with an annual prayer session to intercede for the state and the country to progress and overcome numerous challenges in the new year.
The event was attended by the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, cabinet members, civil servants, political office holders and other government functionaries
The workers and political office holders danced to the rhymes of the praise and worship songs at the annual prayer meeting which holds every first work day of the year.
In a sermon titled, “Be a Nehemiah of our time,” the retired Anglican Bishop of Idoani Diocese, Right Reverend Ezekiel Dahunsi charged political leadership to always prioritize the welfare of the masses.
Bishop Dahunsi who described Nehemiah as a motivator and industrious worker enjoined the civil servants to emulate the prophet through selfless service and dedication to duties
The retired Anglican Bishop urged the leaders to shun the notion of cutting corners and other acts of insincerity.
Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemo appreciated Governor Akeredolu for prioritizing workers’ welfare and urged the civil servants to be committed to their duties despite economic hardship and covid-19 pandemic
Governor Akeredolu who read the Bible lesson at the prayer meeting from Nehemiah, chapter six, verses one to nine thanked the civil servants for their cooperation and demanded further industrial harmony in the new year
Governor Akeredolu who recognized the efforts of security agents in the state, encouraged the workers to remain dedicated to duties noting that their wages would always be paid.
Some civil servants Mr Adebola Olusola, Mrs Ibiken Oyetona and Alhaji Olaoye urged the state Government to continue to prioritize workers’ welfare.
Reporting by Olorunferanmi Odofin; editing by Adeniyi Bakare