Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has stated that efficient public service and positive attitude to work is crucial to realizing the smart –city dream of the state government.
The governor who made the remarks at the year 2018 Long Service Merit Award called on the civil servants to always reflect on the past, the present and make a projection for the future of the service so as to make the implementation of government policies for development easily possible.
Ambode charged civil servants in the state public service to continue to make difference in the area of mentoring upcoming generation of civil servants to imbibe the timeless values of hard work, discipline, professionalism and high standard of work ethics.
He noted that these values were essential ingredients that would determine the level of productivity and quality service delivery required for a Smart- City.
Represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Ambode noted that the 889 recipients of the meritorious service awards have not only spent reasonable number of years to uphold the good ethics of the service, but have equally demonstrated high sense of responsibility, commitment and dedication to the culture of hard work and extreme loyalty to the service.
A total of eight hundred and eighty nine civil servants were recognized and rewarded for their outstanding contributions to the growth of the service.
‘’It is on this premise that I congratulate all the awardees of this year’s long service award, this recognition is a testament to your meritorious service which in a very significant way, has contributed to the progressive improvements in public service delivery over the years’’ Ambode stated.
The governor who noted that his administration right from the inception recognized the importance of efficient public service in realizing the smart city dream of the state government has continued to build capacity of the civil servants and improve their welfare to increase their productivity and enable them to add more value to the service.
‘’It is instructive to note that within the context of bringing about a continuous improvement in the capacity of public servants to diligently discharge their expected responsibilities, staff welfare and well- being has continued to receive the priority attention of our administration, this is evident in various welfare programmes that are meant to enhance the socio- economic conditions of workers and our administration will continue to make provision for facilities that will make the work environment to be safe and more conducive,’’ he said.
Ambode who noted that the state governments over the years have taken a proactive measure that have distinguished the Lagos state Public Service from other ones in the country with the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in every aspect of the service activities, pointed out that the effort has helped to bring about a more efficient, effective and productive public service that is focused, relevant and globally competitive.