Lagos — A total of 550 workers in the Lagos State Civil Service, who have served the state for at least 30 years, were on Friday given Long Service Merit Award as part of celebration of the 2014 Civil Service Week.
Presenting plaques to the recipients at a ceremony held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa Secretariat, Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said it was important to celebrate the staff, considering their immense contribution in helping the state government to implement its programmes and policies over the years.
Speaking to the recipients, Adefulire said: "You have impacted positively on the lives of residents of Lagos State. You have all committed your time, knowledge and energy in helping the state government to implement its programmes and policies."
She urged them to continue to uphold the ethics and values of the civil service in the state, stressing that younger workers would look up to them to draw inspiration for the future.
"I urge you to continue to show greater commitment to service because other junior workers are looking up to you for mentorship, leadership and others. The state government also counts on you for continuous implementation of its services," she said.
The deputy governor noted that government on its part, in recognition of the civil servants excellence and dedication to service, recently reviewed the Staff Performance and Appraisal and Development (SPADV), adding that the government would continue to "lay emphasis on pay for performance as well as performance based on promotion, with a view to restore confidence in annual performance of staff, as a barometer for career progression.
State Head of Service (HOS), Mrs. Oluseyi Williams, commended the recipients, reminding them that the objective of the award was to further encourage diligence, commitment and loyalty among public servants in the state, stressing that doing so would spur them to continue to put in their best in the service to the state.