The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku in commemoration of the African Public Service Day 2021, has awarded 29 officers of the Ministry in recognition for their diligence, competency and hard work.
While presenting the award yesterday at the National Press Centre Radio House Abuja, she stated that the Awardees were selected based on their selfless contributions and devotion towards their duties especially during the Challenging period of COVID-19 lock-down, adding that the award ceremony was a wake-up call for all officers to demonstrate the spirit of patriotism, hard work and commitment to duty as there is dignity in labour, stating the old adage that says” on the day of sacrifice, the old basket will be remembered for its past value”.
Dr. Anyanwutaku explained that the importance of public service day, lies in its recognition of the fact that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service and that the event celebrated annually, was to boost administration programs, public sector performance and recognize the value of public service to the community with the aim of discovering innovations, reward excellence in public sector, motivate public servants, enhance professionalism in the public service and enhance trust in governance.
The Permanent Secretary further stated that the Theme: “Deploying Technology to Sustain and Enhance Service Delivery in the Face of this Challenging COVID-19 Pandemic Climate” was a call to deploy technology and other on-line media platforms to provide effective and efficient service delivery to citizenry for sustenance of government policies and programmes that ensures the welfare and security of Nigerians as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Speaking earlier at the event, the Director Human Resource Management, Mrs. Nwokocha stated that African Public Service Day is a mandated calendar event, that seeks to unite and commit African countries to the ethics and practices of good governance in the delivery of services to the African populations, as well as build public awareness and appreciate the role of public services in a dual sector economy that African member states are overseeing.
She further appreciated and congratulated the awardees for their dedication and hard work in service delivery towards the Ministry. Nwokocha urged other officers to be more dedicated at their places of duties, stating that “Hard work they say has its own rewards”.