Ambode urges Lagos public servants to be best in Nigeria
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has challenged public servants in the State to continue to raise the bar of performance and to be role models for other public servants in the country.
Governor Ambode spoke in Lagos on Tuesday at the conferment of 2015 Lagos State Productivity Order of Merit Awards on 18 outstanding and distinguished Officers of the State Public Service and one agency.
He said the State’s Public Servants are noted for proving time and again that they are heads and shoulders taller than their peers in the country.
His words: “I am proud of Lagos State Public Servants for proving time and again that they stand heads and shoulders taller than their peers, even as it is widely acknowledged as one of top 5 Public Service System in Africa.
“I therefore felicitate with all the awardees for being considered fit and proper for the 2015 Productivity Merit Oder Award.
“I want you to note that the conferment of this award is a call to action for you to raise the bar of performance and continue to be role models for your colleagues and subordinates in carrying out your functions as public servants in Lagos State.”
The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, pointed out that the event represents another opportunity for the State Government to celebrate the Lagos State Public Service for its efficient and effective interpretation and implementation of government’s policies and programme.
According to Governor Ambode, the remarkable and giant strides that have been achieved by his administration in various sectors of development and governance over the last eighteen months was due to the cooperation and synergy of public service system in the State.
He said: “It is remarkable the giant strides that have been achieved by our administration in various sectors of development over and governance over the last eighteen months. This is largely due to the cooperation and synergy of the government of the day and the public service system. Therefore, it is my pleasure to celebrate with all public servants on the conferment of the Lagos State Productivity Merit Order Award for 2015 on no fewer than eighteen public servants and one government agency.”
Ambode vowed to continue to foster the spirit of harmony and peaceful co-existence that exist between the State Government and labour unions in the State despite the glaring challenges foisted upon the nation by the global recession and unstable foreign exchange markets.
He said: “I am happy to note the harmonious labour relations that exist between the State government and all trade Unions in the Public service. This is due largely to the spirit of understanding, cooperation and mutual respect that is being nurtured and sustained through the vehicle of the State Public Service Joint Negotiating Council.”
Earlier, the Head of Service, Olabowale Ademola, noted that the Lagos State Productivity Merit Award was a further testimony of the resolve and commitment of the State Government towards institutionalising the culture of quality service delivery among workers in the State, adding that the event was also meant to recognize and highlight the contributions of individual workers as well as agency all in a bid to spur them to higher productivity.
Ademola said: “The Lagos State Productivity Day is a day that has been set aside in order to appreciate, reward and confer on outstanding Officers and Government Agencies, the State Productivity Merit Order Awards. Let me stress that the Awards, in all intents and purposes, are meant to recognize and highlight the contributions of individuals workers as well as organisations all in a bid to spur them to higher productivity. The ceremony is also to institutionalize productivity consciousness and excellence in service delivery among workers.”
The Head of Service while congratulating the recipients of the 2015 Lagos State Productivity Merit of Order Awards, enjoined all workers in the State to continue to discharge their civic responsibilities efficiently and diligently.
Her words: “I urge you all to also rededicate yourselves through improved service delivery to the citizenry. Let us eschew disloyalty, indiscipline, nonchalant attitude and invariably low productivity.”