By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has presented long serviceÂ merit awards to 555 public servants who had distinguished themselvesÂ over the years.
This is coming just as he restated his governmentâ€™s commitment to theÂ welfare of workers in the State.
The Governor who spoke at the Merit Awards ceremony held at theÂ Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, congratulated the recipients, sayingÂ that their diligence, hard work and sacrifice has contributed
immenselyÂ to the success story of the state since its creation inÂ 1967.
â€œThis occasion provides another unique opportunity for me to put onÂ record my heartfelt appreciation for the contribution of the LagosÂ State public servants to the success of this administration in the
last one year. The modest achievements for which I have receivedÂ accolades could not have been possible without the hard work andÂ commitment of the engine room which the public service represents.â€
Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishment andÂ Training, Dr. Benson Akintola, also seized the occasion to chargeÂ public servants to continue to show good examples as law abidingÂ citizens of the State and work together to strengthen public trust andÂ confidence in public institutions by being proactive, diligent,Â responsive, innovative and timely in service delivery.
â€œThis is the desire goal of the various reforms and restructuring thatÂ we have introduced and implemented in the last one year,â€ he said.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to the welfare ofÂ workers in the employ of the State Government, saying that it wouldÂ continue to remain top priority of his administration.
â€œWe shall adequately reward diligence, hard work and exceptional Â performance. Conversely, negligence, indiscipline and abuse of trustÂ shall be sanctioned appropriately in line with rules and regulationsÂ of the public service.
â€œOnce again, I congratulate all the awardees for the meritoriousÂ service to the State. I wish you good health and great years ahead asÂ you look forward to glorious end of your career in the State Public
Service,â€ Governor Ambode said.
Earlier the State Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola said the Â objective of the award was to encourage diligence, commitment andÂ loyalty among public servants in the State with the belief that it
would spur both recipients and non-recipients alike to continue to putÂ in their best at all times.
She said since the inception of the Award in 2006, several public
servants have benefitted from the gesture, adding that this yearâ€™s
edition was the 10th in the series.
Ademola also encouraged public servants yet to be honoured to continue
to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities so as to
merit such honour in the nearest future.
â€œLet me assure you that the State Government on its part will continueÂ to provide the necessary and conducive environment for the attainmentÂ of your lofty goals. Government will also continue to place a high Â premium on the welfare of its staff with a view to enhancing Â efficiency and effectiveness in order to bring out the best in them,â€Â the HOS said.
Responding on behalf of the recipients, Mr. Ola Micheal-Dawodu,Â Permanent Secretary who had put in 35 years of service, thanked theÂ HOS and the Governor for giving them such honour, assuring that they
would continue to make themselves available for service when calledÂ upon.