As part of the activities to commemorate the 2022 Civil Service Week, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), on Wednesday, 22nd June, 2022 held it’s maiden Ministerial Award Ceremony to honor and reward outstanding members of staff.
The event which took place at the Ministry’s Conference Room in Abuja was meant to spur the Awardees to perform better and to encourage other members of staff to put in more efforts in discharging their duties.
Speaking at the epoch making event, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mahmuda Mamman, who was ably represented by the Director Hospital Services, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, noted that the event was first of it’s kind in the history of the Ministry.
According to the Permanent Secretary, “this is about the first time I am seeing this in my over three decades in the Federal Ministry of Health.
Highlight of the occasion was the recognition and presentation of Award of Excellence to three members of staff.
The awardees were drawn from the directorate level, middle-level and lower level cadre.
For the Directorate level, Director, Family Health, Dr Salma Anas Ibrahim Kolo bagged the award while, Mr Oluwafemi Stephen (Principal Scientific Officer) and Mr Jonathan Babe (Clerical Officer) got the ones for Middle and Junior levels respectively.
While commending the Awardees, Mahmuda said they should consider themselves highly favoured and charged them to work harder as according to him “the reward for hard work is more work”.
Earlier, the Director Human Resource Management Department, Mr. Sallau Hassan expressed his profound gratitude to the Permanent Secretary for the initiative and for making it a reality.
He explained that due process was observed in the selection of the awardees.
“In arriving at this stage, there have been various stages that had to be crossed but let me assure that the selection process as prescribed by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, was strictly adhered to” he said.
Congratulating the Awardees, he urged them to continue to comply with the ethics and tenets of the Civil Service adding that “there is reward for efforts which do not go unnoticed by our superiors.”
Responding on behalf of the three Awardees, Dr. Salma Anas Ibrahim Kolo who was represented by Mrs Tinu Taylor appreciated the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Permanent Secretary and the organizers of the event, for the laudable initiative.
She noted that the event came as a surprise considering the fact that it is happening in the Ministry for the first time.
She also hoped the initiative will be sustained even as she assured that the Awardees will strive to live up to expectations.
It will be recalled that the Nigeria Civil Service Week is a week-long Annual event commemorated by Civil Servants nation-wide in June.
A. A. Chindaya
Deputy Director (Media & Public Relations)