Thursday, 26 June 2014

Leave good legacies, information commissioner tasks senior civil servants

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, has emphasized the need for senior civil servants to strive towards leaving good examples of work ethics, so that they would be remembered, after their retirement.

Mr. Umanah made the call in Uyo, during a Send-off Ceremony organized for retired top management staff of the Ministry, who served since the creation of the State.
He advised senior workers to imbibe the spirit of discipline, honesty and hardwork and impart same to junior ones for a better civil service.

Describing the retirees as ambassadors of uncommon transformation programme of the Akpabio administration, the Commissioner charged them to mobilize people in their respective communities, on the need to continue to support government programmes and policies.

Mr. Umanah, while congratulating the retired senior officers on their meritorious service and contributions to the development of the State, wished them good health and happy retirement.
He called on serving officers to plan early for their retirements, by keeping adequate record of their documents, in order to avoid being taken unawares after thirty-five years of service.

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Emman Asanga, thanked God for sustaining the lives of the senior citizens and called on them to make their experience available to the younger generation of officers, as a step to bridging what he called 'performance gap' between the old and younger generation, and reviving their relationship with the Ministry.

One of the retirees and former Director of Information in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Albert Ibanga, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, described the send-off as the first of its kind in the ministry, since the creation of the State twenty-seven years ago.

He expressed appreciation to the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Emman Asanga, for celebrating them, saying that the event will remain evergreen in their memories.

The send-off ceremony, which provided an opportunity for the retired senior officers to reunite with their colleagues and serving staff of the Ministry, featured presentation of souvenirs to the celebrators, in appreciation of their contributions to the State.

A minute's silence was also observed in honour of departed information officers in the Ministry.

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