By Sarauniya Usman, Abuja
Four members of staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing have received 2021 Public Service Awards for diligence, commitment and dedication to service.
The Director, Press and Public Relations Unit FMWH, Mrs Boade Akinola, disclosed this in a statement on yesterday in Abuja.
“The recipients of the award are Mr Suara Akinola, Deputy-Director, Special Projects Unit, Mrs Ebere Izunobi, Assistant Director, Highway Planning and Development,” Akinola said.
Also Mr Rakiya Haruna of the Public Building and Housing Development and Mr Anemba Terhemeni of the Human Resources Management Department were recognised.
The Award was in commemoration of 2021 Public Service Week organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation annually.
The Director Human Resources of the ministry, Mr Umar Utono presented the awardees to the Permanent Secretary FMWH, Mr Babangida Hussaini
The presentations were made after the awardees had been honoured by the Head of Service of the Federation at a ceremony in Abuja.
Receiving the awardees, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Babaginda Hussaini, congratulated and urged them to work harder to justify the award saying, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
Hussaini described the award as an acknowledgement of one’s outstanding service to the Ministry in particular and the nation in general.
“Once you are recognised and awarded, you do not have a hidden place anymore. More is expected of you and please do not rest on your oasis,” he said.
He expressed satisfaction with their nomination for the prestigious award because he could attest to their competence and commitment to duty.
“If I have to do the exercise again, I will select the same four officers for the award because they are tested and trusted,” he said.
In his remarks, the Director of Human Resources Management, Mr Umar Utono, said that the committee set up by the ministry to evaluate nominees for the award did a thorough job in bringing up the four nominees for the award.
He said that they were selected based on the input from their various Departments.
“Their selection met the criteria we look forward to in Civil Servants. We commend their contributions and urge them to work harder,” he said.
Utono also said that the award would serve as a motivation to other Civil Servants to work harder in order to benefit from subsequent awards.
Responding on behalf of the Awardees, the Deputy-Director, Special Project Unit, Mr Suara Akinola, thanked the Permanent Secretary for nominating them for award, saying that they would do more to justify his trust on them.
“It is a call to do more and I am pledging on behalf of the other awardees our total commitment to do more and that our selection for the award was not a mistake by the ministry.
“We shall work harder to win more awards,” he said.