In commemoration of the 2022 African Public Service Day Celebration, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite has recognized, celebrated and honoured 19 staff and 27 retirees from the Ministry for their utmost dedication to service.

Presenting the certificates, plaques and tokens to the awardees, yesterday, at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja, he commended their recording amazing milestones and charged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the Ministry.

Arc. Adegbite also wished the retirees, who had paid their dues in the service of their fatherland a new lease of life in their post-retirement phase, while urging the entire Ministry workforce to be committed to the challenge of effective service delivery.

Speaking at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, noted that this year’s event with the theme: “Performance Management System (PMS): Impact on productivity in the Nigeria Public Sector” summarized the laudable vision of HCSF to make the service a world-class system that drives optimum productivity through effective and efficient performance Management.

Dr Akinlade, therefore, urged the workforce of the Ministry to fully embrace the PMS as a major tool for achieving steady improvements in productivity at various work schedules.

She specifically congratulated, Engr Umar Adamu Tsoho, a Ministry staff, who made it to the top ten among the nominations from all the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and was honoured with the “Presidential Public Service Award” by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) for his diligence.

The Permanent Secretary highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to enhance productivity and welfare of staff, which include the establishment of a Clinic, massive deployment of ICT infrastructures within the office complex for full automation of the work process in the Ministry.

The Director of Human Resources, Muhammed Suleiman and the Project Coordinator, MINDIVER, Engr Sallim Salaam. They, among other things, respectively, appreciated the Management of the Ministry for the initiative and support towards making the occasion a huge success.

In his contribution, the Representative of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Lawrence Nwaka, noted that the recognition of outstanding civil servants is a noble gesture, which motivates a positive attitude to work and also brings about healthy competition among officers for enhanced performance.

On behalf of the retirees, Engr Jacob Udoh expressed gratitude for the honour reposed on them. He called for continuous team spirit among the entire Staff and Management of the Ministry to fully realize the mandate of the Ministry.