The Lagos State Government has honoured about 900 public servants, who have meritoriously served in the past 30 years, as part of activities to commemorate the Y2021 Public Service Week.

In his virtual address to the public servants at De Blue Roof, LTV Agidingbi, Ikeja, the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, congratulated the awardees and urged them not to rest on their oars but continue to exhibit a high sense of responsibility and commitment to duty with unalloyed loyalty.

Muri-Okunola enjoined public servants to keep up the good attitude to work and perform their duties diligently to enhance the successful implementation of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

He said, “A significant number of public servants have been rewarded with the Long Service Awards since its inception in the Year 2006. At this 14th edition, a total number of 900 officers received awards in continuation of this tradition of excellence. Let me reiterate that your celebration today represents the State government’s appreciation of your contributions of 30 years or more to the growth and development of Lagos State”.

While assuring the public servants of government’s continued efforts to give staff welfare a premium place in the scheme of things, the Head of Service urged the workers to update their knowledge of ICT technologies because of the new normal of work occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You should not rest on your oars, but continue to exhibit a high sense of responsibility and commitment to duty with unalloyed loyalty. You should also ensure to update your knowledge and get acquainted with new technology. On our own, I can assure you of government’s efforts at giving staff welfare a premium place in the scheme of things”, Muri-Okunola said

In her goodwill message, the Chairman Civil Service Commission, Mrs. Olubunmi Fabanwo, congratulated the awardees and appreciated them for their modest contributions to the State.

Mrs. Fabamwo said many of the awardees joined the service in their youths and have positively impacted the State, urging them to strive higher because the sky is their limit.

In her speech, the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo, congratulated the awardees and commended them for their dedication and diligence to duties, noting that the State has the best public service in the country.

Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr. Samson Olusegun Ajibade, congratulated the awardees as well as everyone that made the event a resounding success.

He pledged the continued support of the State government to the welfare of public servants, stressing that Governor Sanwo-Olu has consistently demonstrated this by putting in place policies that improve the welfare and wellbeing of public servants.

Responding on behalf of the awardees, the Chairman Ikeja Zone of ANCOPSS, Mrs. Bolanle Ojolowo, expressed deep appreciation to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team for the honour done to them, pledging the continued support of all awardees to the development of Lagos State.

Ayomide Oyewole

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