By Patrick Ochei
The newly sworn-in Permanent Secretary in the Delta State civil service, Chief Paul Osahor has received impeccable advice on how to stay successful in office from a former Delta State Head of Service, Sir Okey Ofili.
Ofili who was the Chairman at the swearing-in reception ceremony of Chief Osahor after being sworn in by the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, advised Osahor to be a leader and not a boss.
He stressed that today marks the turning point in the career of Osahor, stating that it was possible to be appointed a PS and not sworn-in, but he was appointed and sworn-in to the glory of God.
He identified that for everybody in the service there must be a role point in their career, adding that the new PS should be himself no matter the frustration.
According to the sound former civil servant cum Head of Service, “We are here to celebrate and felicitate with one of our own, Chief Paul Osahor. Today he is a Permanent Secretary; I want to advise him to be a leader and not a boss, and to be a dignified Permanent Secretary.”
Continuing, he said “There are those who believe they attained this position by their sheer effort, but that should not apply to you. How you relate to your subordinate determines how they will serve you. Praise is a way of motivating an officer; as a PS be a servant leader.”
Advising the new PS further, Ofili asked him to create a good working relationship between him and the Honourable Commissioner whom he would serve under. He maintained that “as a PS, your duty is to give advice but when your advice is given and they don’t take it, just let them have their way.”
He, however, added that as a PS he should form the habit of always putting his advice and suggestions in writing to act as his evidence when the need arises.
Ofili also commended the staff of the Ministry of Information and affiliate groups of the Ministry for coming out end masse to felicitate with Osahor. He admonished Osahor to see his aspirations as a grace demonstrated by the staff and as what to express on the day that he would leave service as a PS.
His words, “Power intoxicates but we must appreciate that power is transient and should only be disposed towards relationship. Good name, integrity and a heart of love are vital for service. The platform of Permanent Secretary affords you the opportunity to leave goodwill for yourself and children. If after serving and you cannot go back to your Ministry, then you must have failed yourself”, he said.
While congratulating Osahor once again, Ofili chronicled information officers who turned Permanent Secretaries in their time in service; thereby encouraging the present generation of information officers to work hard and expect their own turn of glory.
Chief Paul Osahor was one of the 11 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries that were sworn-in today by His Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
Before his appointment, he had doubled as the Director of Information and Functioning Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information.
The occasion was well attended by prominent personalities in government and service, with the inclusion of former Head of Service, Sir Okey Ofili, former Permanent Secretaries, Mr. Austin Mowah and Mr. Okafor, former Federal Minister, Chief Chris Agbabu, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Matters and Servicom, Comrade Mike Okeme, the SSA to the Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko, the SSA to the Governor on Special Duties, Comrade Kingsley Azuh, the NUJ Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, General Managers of the Pointer Newspapers and DBS Asaba, Mr. Monday Uwagwu and Lady Evelyn Binitie, the Vice Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Patrick Ochei, the Secretary of NUJ, Comrade Churchill Oyowe and others too numerous to mention.