By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: Two days after the former bowed out of office, Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has appointed Alhaja Selimot Olapeju Ottun as the new Head of Service in the state.
In a press statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday, June 22, 2020 by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun said Alhaja Ottun came into her new position with impeccable pedigree and service record.
Ottun replaced the immediate past Head of Service, TPL Amope Ajibola Chokor, who bowed out of the public service of the state recently at the age of 60.
Ottun, an accomplished psychologist, community development expert and administrator, becomes the fourth woman to occupy the office and the 17th Head of Service since the creation of the State.
Until her appointment, Ottun was Permanent Secretary in the Bureau of Political Affairs and Administration. She previously served as Permanent Secretary at the State’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism between 2015 and 2019.
A 1985 graduate of Psychology from the nation’s premier University – the University of Ibadan – the new Head of Service also earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Development from the Pan African Institute of Development, Bua in Cameroon.
Alhaja Ottun had coordinated many Community Development and Gender Programmes for the State Government and was also the State Director of the United Nations Gender Development Programme between 2009 and 2015.
The new Head of Service has over the years proven to be an asset in different leadership roles she was saddled with. She is also known to have used her network and creative ingenuity to adapt to changes in public sector management.
While wishing Alhaja Ottun success in her new assignment, Gov Abiodun said he believes that she would put her vast knowledge in the management of the state civil service to good use in her new assignment.
The new Head of Service is happily married and she is the President of Remo Secondary School, Sagamu 73/78set.