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Lagos State Governor,
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has stated that efficient public service and positive
attitude to work is crucial to realising the smart-city dream of the State
government, thereby urging civil servants to continue making a difference in
mentoring the new generation of civil servants to imbibe the timeless values of
hard work, discipline, professionalism and high standard of work ethics.

The Governor, who disclosed this at
the Y2018 Long Service Merit Awards for Civil Servants, called on the gathering
to always reflect on the past, the present and make a projection for the future
of the service so as to make the implementation of government policies for
development easily possible.

Represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat
Oluranti Adebule, Ambode noted that the 889 recipients of the meritorious
service awards have not only spent reasonable number of years to uphold
the good ethics of the service, but  have equally demonstrated high
sense of responsibility, commitment, dedication to the culture of hard
work and extreme loyalty to the service.

“It is on this premise that I
 congratulate all the awardees of this year’s long service award; this
recognition is a testament to your meritorious service which in a very
significant way, has contributed to the progressive improvements in public
service delivery over the years”, Ambode stated

The Governor noted that in
recognition of the importance of an efficient public service in realising the
smart city dream of the State, government  has continued to build capacity
of the civil servants and improve their welfare to enhance productivity that
will add value to the establishment.

He said: “It is instructive to note
that within the context of bringing about a continuous improvement in the
capacity of public servants to diligently discharge their expected
responsibilities, staff welfare and well-being has continued to receive the
priority attention of our administration; this is evident in various welfare
programmes that are meant to enhance the socio- economic conditions of workers
and our administration will continue to make provision for facilities that will
make the work environment safe and more conducive”.

Governor Ambode noted that the
successive State administrations over the years have taken proactive
measures  that distinguish the Lagos State Public Service from others in
the country by leveraging on the use of Information Communication
Technology (ICT) in every aspect of the service activities, noting that the
effort has helped to bring about a more efficient, effective and productive
public service that is focused, relevant and globally competitive.

Earlier, Lagos State Head of
Service, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye, explained that the annual Long Service
Merit Awards Policy of the State government is aimed at recognising and
rewarding diligence, commitment and loyalty among public servants in the Lagos
State Public Service with the belief that the periodic exercise would encourage
awardees to do more while other public servants would be motivated for greater
commitment in the discharge of their duties.

She added that the
programme also provided an opportunity to celebrate public servants who
have served conscientiously in the last 30 years.

The highlight of the event was the
presentation of Certificates of Merit by the Deputy Governor to 889 awardees
including the State Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye.

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