LAGOS State Government has honoured 538 public servants who have served the state for more than thirty years with Long Service Merit Award as Nigerian workers last week joined their counterpart in the rest of the world to mark May Day.
TheÂ awardees included, Permanent Secretaries, Directors and other Officers across different cadres and ministries.
Speaking at the award event held at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Governor Babatunde Fashola who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kasali, said the award was in recognition of their diligence, steadfastness, loyalty and efficiency.
The governor while congratulating the awardees, described themÂ as worthy officers who had made the state proud through the meritorious service rendered in the past years.
His words: â€œYour continued commitment to ensure that matters of the state are satisfactorily pursued and positive results are achieved is admirable. It is only through selfless service, dedication and commitment that as a people, we can together build a strong, united prosperous state. Let me emphasize that your continued commitment over the years represents the foundation of the future we are striving to achieve for all in the stateâ€.
Whilst admonishing public servants in the state to continue to show high sense of responsibility, greater commitment to duty and punctuality at work, Fashola assured that the state government would continue to create the conducive environment for public servants to reach the highest level in their career.
He also assured of his administration commitment to improved welfare programmes for public servants, while they would continue to recognize excellence and dedication to duty.
He also paid tributes to all officers living or dead who had served the state in the past.
Earlier in his address, the Head of Service, Mr. Yakub Abiodun Balogun said the award was to further encourage diligence, commitment and loyalty amongst public servants in the state with anticipation that it would spur recipients to put in their best.
Balogun, however disclosed that about 1,600 public servants had so far been rewarded with the Long Service Merit Award since it was instituted in 2006. He notedÂ that the 538 public servants honoured made it the fourth edition in the series of awards given.
Whilst congratulating the recipients for their diligence, dedication, loyalty and invaluable contribution to the state public service, BalogunÂ charged them not to rest on their oars but continue to exhibit high sense of responsibility and unalloyed loyalty.