A visually-impaired director in charge of Special Needs Education, in the Ogun state’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Elijah Akinyemi, has been appointed as a permanent secretary in the civil service.
His elevation and swearing in came on the day he retired from the civil service, having completed the mandatory retirement years.
Governor Amosun said the position was given to him (Akinyemi) in recognition of his dedication, diligence, passion and determination, with which he discharges his duty, confirming that truly, there is the ability in disability.
“We have considered you among many who have diligently served the state, that’s why we are honouring you with this.
In Ogun State, it does not matter if you’re physically challenged or not, what matters is dedication, diligence and selfless service,” he said.
The commissioner for Education, Modupe Mujota, in an interview, described the newly sworn-in permanent secretary, as a man with an unblemished reputation who has defied the challenges of life posed by his physical condition.
Mrs Mujota added that after returning from the United States where he had gone to study with the support of the state government, Mr Akinyemi served to the fullest and rose through the ranks to become the director and now retires as Permanent Secretary. 📷: TheNation