Akwa Ibom State Government is always obligated to reward excellence so as to enhance productivity. Governor Godswill Akpabio announced this at the grand finale of the celebration of the 2012 Akwa Ibom Productivity Week organized by the State Bureau of Labour, Productivity and Public Service Matters.
Represented by his deputy, Lady Valerie Ebe, Governor Akpabio said the achievements so far seen in the state were as a result of the unflinching support and cooperation workers from all sectors.
He commended the Bureau for being unbiased in the selection of the awardees and for painstakingly putting this year’s event together; saying the theme “Transforming Akwa Ibom State through Improved Productivity” would not have been possible but for the uncommon transformation that is permeating the state.
The Governor, himself a recipient of an excellence and productivity award, charged the recipients to see the award as a call to serve humanity and as such work harder to reciprocate the gesture and honour bestowed on them by the Bureau, saying they should do as much as they could to transform others as they have been transformed.
He assured the public servants that provision of good and serene working environment in all ministries, departments and agencies together with staff training and retraining, will remain a top priority of his administration.
The Special Adviser of the Bureau, Mr. Godwin Udom, explained that the celebration was an annual event where talents are showcased so as to cultivate the spirit of oneness among Akwa Ibom workers.
He thanked Chief Akpabio for his worker-friendly attitude and policies and for creating the enabling atmosphere for the workers in the State vineyard to excel and assured the Governor of the Bureau’s continued support, loyalty and solidarity.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Governor, Elder Etekamba Umoren, thanked the Merit Award Committee for recognizing them, while alive and hearty, for their hard work, steadfastness and commitment to duties.
He thanked the Governor for giving express approval for the event and urged those that are not recognized not to feel bad, but to work hard so as to be shortlisted in the next event, saying “seriousness to duty will always remain the key because you may never know who is watching and when you will be recognized.”
In a goodwill message, the representative of the Director-General of National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mr. Suleiman Shuaibu, commended the Governor for celebrating his people while they are yet alive and prayed that the good works in the State be sustained beyond the Akpabio-led administration.
This year’s event witnessed about 30 awardees and the awards go thus: Excellent Support and Productivity Service Award to the State House of Assembly; Excellence and Productivity Award to the Secretary to the State Government; Excellent Service Award to the Head of State Civil Service, among others.