There is a need to change the structure of civil service and move to performance management in order for the nation to have an efficient private and public civil servant.

This was the submission of a professor of Public Administration, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Tunji Olaopa at a symposium and lying-in-state for the former Secretary and Head of Service in Oyo State, Pa Theophilus Akinyele in Ibadan.

Professor Olaopa while noting that the civil service in the 60s and 70s was the representation of the best that the system could offer Nigeria called for a conducive environment for workers to operate.

The don while also noting the need for government to operate an open policy, stressed that the 21st century public servant must be technology-driven, where civil servant should possess requisite knowledge to work.

Professor Olaopa also stressed the need for government to rejig the entire compensation structure for Nigeria workers for effective service delivery.

Speaking at the ceremony, Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde who said Pa Akinyele lived a fulfilled life described him as the father of Oyo state.

Governor Makinde emphasised that his administration drew from the professional excellence of late Theophillus Akinyele.

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji who spoke through Chief Lekan Alabi said late Akinyele was a pride of Ibadan and accomplished civil servant and administrator.

In a remark, son of the deceased, Justice Akintunde Akinyele said his father was an epitome of humility.

Chief Theophilus Akinyele was the Federal Director of Budget and Special Adviser on Budget Affairs during late President Sheu Shagari’s administration.

He died at the age of 88.

Iyabo Adebisi


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