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.