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Tinubu To Akpabio, Abbas, Govs: Live Up To Your Public Trust Expectations For Accountability

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President Bola Tinubu has implored Nigerian public servants, including the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, and other stakeholders to live up to their public trust and expectations for accountability to the citizens.

He urged them to always be guided by the fact that the nation's public institutions were not personal enterprises, and that, as public servants, they were employees of the Nigerian people.

The President who made the observation on Saturday during the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service (NEAPS) held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, restated his administration's determination “to create an environment where merit is rewarded, and where every public servant feels valued and motivated to give their best”.

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This, he said, was not just about the awards ceremony, but about embedding a culture of recognition and reward in the ethos of the country's public service.

The President, who was represented by his Deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, at the event noted that some loopholes were still being exploited by those saddled with the nation's trust despite the institutional measures put in place to prevent any form of irregularities in the public service.

Delivering the President's speech titled, “Honouring the Heartbeats of Public Service,” Shettima stated: “More than ever, our public service must live up to its expectation as a public trust where every official must account to the people, and ours is to create an ecosystem where they not only stand out but stand apart from those who sabotage us.

“Even though we have set in place institutional measures to forestall any form of dysfunction in our public service, there are still cracks often exploited by those given the trust of the nation. But what we must never get tired of doing is reminding ourselves that our public institutions are not personal enterprises, and for that, each of us is an employee of the Nigerian citizen.”

Underlining the significance of the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service (NEAPS), a private sector initiative in partnership with the office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), the President gave the initiative his full support, saying it was strategic to inspire the bulk of the nation's workforce, “set benchmarks, and create a ripple effect of positive change throughout our society”.

According to him, “reward and recognition are the very markers of every thriving institution, and indeed, nation,” even as he noted that “the essence of any successful entity, whether a private enterprise or public institution, lies in its ability to honour those who work to uphold its values and drive its progress.

“Our labour force remains the ultimate reflection of our principles, as practised by men and women who rise every day with a commitment to building a better for all citizens. We therefore owe these silent architects of our national progress more than just a debt of gratitude”.

The President showered praises on Nigerian public servants, maintaining that their place must be remembered in order to motivate them to inspire others and make clear “that excellence is not an orphan”.

Beyond a mere ceremony to recognise the unsung heroes who keep the wheels of government and society turning beyond expectations, the President said NEAPS also played a crucial role in introducing “more role models to a nation in search of mentors and to tell the awardees that we see them and the excellence with which they have served the nation.

“The 44 persons we are here to honour set in motion a chain of actions to build a culture of hard work and commitment to noble principles in our public service. We must also strive to make sure that the values that have set them apart are deeply ingrained in our culture.

“There's no better way to water this forest of high performance, integrity, and account.


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