By Amidu Arije
Lagos state head of service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola has kicked off the state’s public service week celebrations with commendations for the unalloyed service of the workers to the state.
The week according to the HOS, is meant to among other things to appreciate public servants and reward the outstanding ones among them. As he said the public service sector remains the bedrock of a prosperous society.
He said: “the 23rd June of every year has been a notable day to celebrate and appreciate Public Servants worldwide and Lagos cannot be left out. The Public Service sector plays a vital role in shaping the foundation of our society. It is through the selfless efforts of we, the Public Servants that the Society has been able to enjoy the many benefits and services that improve lives and foster a thriving community”.
From healthcare to education, infrastructure to public safety, environmental protection to social welfare, it is the tireless work of Public Servants that keeps our society functioning effectively and efficiently.”
Muri-Okunola while reeling out activities earmarked for the week long events, commended the workers for their assiduous services to the state over the years.
He said: “the choice of the theme of this year’s celebration – ‘Transforming our Service, enriching your experience” is to celebrate the commitment, professionalism, and dedication demonstrated by our Public Servants. Your unwavering determination to serve the public interest and uphold the values of integrity, transparency, and accountability deserves utmost respect and admiration. We are the driving force behind the development and progress of the State.”
The week long activities according to the HOS, will begin with a special jumu’ah service at the secretariat mosque on Friday, July 7, to be followed later in the day with a free health screening exercise for public servants at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium. The health screening will cover blood pressure test, cervical/breast/prostate cancer screening.
Muri-Okunola said a walk for fitness by public servants will take place on Saturday. An inter-denominational thanks-giving service will take place on Sunday at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa.
In the same vein, the HOS disclosed that there will be donation to orphanage homes/charity organistaions on Monday with the continuation of the free health screening for public servants.
The week long activities continue with long service merit award ceremony on Tuesday, 11 July at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium with a lecture on same day on the theme “Building and Sustaining Digitised Public Service.
The events will be rounded off with Mr Governor’s lunch with outstanding officers at a date to be announced later.