As Lagos State joins the global public service to celebrate Public Service Day today, the State Government has recognised and honoured no fewer than 59 Outstanding Public Servants in the State who have demonstrated uncommon zeal in the discharge of their duties.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who honoured the outstanding Public Servants today in Alausa noted that Lagos State Public Servants are second to none in terms of productivity and efficiency who have continued to work hard and distinguish themselves by delivering quality services to the public which has confirmed the State as a true Centre of Excellence.
The Governor attributed the significant progress that his administration has achieved so far to the commendable perseverance, support and abiding faith in the policies and programmes of his government to the State Public Servant.
“We thank you all for the significant progress that our Administration has achieved so far. It has been made possible by your commendable perseverance, support and abiding faith in our policies and programmes, as well as your dedication to duty and unflinching loyalty to the State,” he said.
Ambode pointed out that the State Government would continue to build incorruptible institutions and systems in the coming years that will respond to the needs of Lagosians adding that it is the desire of the State Government to see all government ministries and agencies become veritable tools of growth and development.
He however stressed that the need for a full-cycle of change in attitude of members of the Civil Service just as he hoped that the message of improved quality service delivery will permeate the rank and file of the entire service hence he urged them to rededicate themselves to the goal of always delivering quality service in an honest, effective and transparent manner.
Said he, “It is no longer acceptable for the provision of public services to be marred by bureaucracy or red-tape. At every point in the execution of a public servant’s duties, the paramount consideration must be the need of the general public to enjoy better services. I am hopeful that the message of improved quality service delivery will permeate the rank and file of the entire service.”
Governor Ambode explained that the decision to introduce some reforms on assumption of office was informed by the need to transform the Public Servant adding that for development to occur in any society, Government must continually overhaul its machinery of service for efficiency.
“The result of these efforts is that our government has become more responsive to the yearnings of our people. We have brought openness and inclusiveness to governance to increase involvement, enhance wider citizen participation and thereby contribute to the emergence of useful innovations. The impact of social media on good governance is instructive here,” he averred.
While congratulating all Public Servants on the successes recorded during the week-long celebration of the Public Service Week, Ambode stressed that the gains derived from the celebration should translate to better results for the Service as a whole and the collective good of the people whom they have pledged to serve.
According to the Governor, the theme for this year’s celebration ‘Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery’reflects some of the goals of his administration which are to deliver first class service to all Lagosians and to run a government of inclusion that would leave nobody behind.
Earlier, the Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola commended the Governor for his commitment to the general welfare and well being of all Public servants in the State just as she assured of the continued commitment and loyalty of Public Servants in the implementation of the State Government’s policies and programmes for the good governance of the State.
June 23rd every year has been designated Africa Public Service Day in accordance with the declaration of the 1st Pan-African Conference of Ministers for Public/Civil Service in Tangier, Morocco 1994 and it is aimed at celebrating the value of Public Service to communities, highlights the contribution of Public Service in development, recognise the work of Public Servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the Public Service.