The Ondo Commissioner held a press conference to praise civil servants.
In an apparent bid to avoid a collision with civil servants, the embattled Ondo State Commissioner for Transport, Nicholas Tofowomo, said on Saturday that he holds civil servants in high esteem.
Mr. Tofowomo was earlier accused of high handedness and slapping a director in the Ministry of Works on Monday; leading to protest by civil servants in the state.
The Commissioner, who had denied slapping the director, said he never ridiculed the state civil service.
He spoke with journalists in Akure following the allegation that he criticized the state civil servants after they reacted to his assault of the director. He said he had been having a good working relationship with the state civil service as he has high level of respect for the civil servants working in the state.
He said since he assumed office as a commissioner in the state he had been holding civil servants in the state in high regard.
He distanced himself from a newspaper report which quoted him to have scolded the civil servants in the state.
Mr. Tofowomo however said he had no reason to abuse the state civil service as it had established that he did not slap the said Director.
“I read a report in a national daily which reported me to have castigated the state civil service, why should I do that? I have been having a good working relationship with the state civil service since and together we have been working for the development of the state.
“I hold the civil servants in the state in high esteem and I don’t have any cause to abuse or lampooned them, we have been partners in progress and without them contributing their own part, the Olusegun Mimiko administration would not have achieved this much in four years,” he said.
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