The Edo State Government has recognized 17 civil and public servants for their outstanding performance in 2022, ensuring effective and efficient service delivery to Edo people.
The Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa Esq., at the 2022 end of year/award presentation ceremony, at the Government House, Benin City, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the welfare of workers.
Okungbowa said the event is in line with the plans of the government to duly reward hardworking and committed civil servants, ensuring they are well motivated to deliver on their duties.
Noting the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led state government has continued to improve productivity in the service by attracting, equipping and retraining of the best employees, the Head of Service thanked the workers for continuously supporting the reforms and programmes of the government, aimed at repositioning the service for effective service delivery.
He said, “We have a new set of rules now. Someone mentioned the 13th month salary. I am not giving you 100 percent assurance, but it's there on the new civil service rules. It's our hope that when the Executive Council examines those rules, the approval will be given.”
The Head of Service stated, “You have contributed to the success recorded by Mr. Governor in his over six years of leading the state. We have done a lot in transforming the state but you have led the way and ensured a smooth transformation in various sectors of Edo’s economy.
“The governor loves Edo workers and has their interest at heart. That was why he increased the minimum wage to N40, 000 without agitation from labour. The state is paying one of the highest in the country.
“Obaseki is changing the face of the public service. He has approved all promotions till date. Today, Edo has the best minimum wage in the country and the best condition of service. The government has guaranteed a conducive work environment for optimal performance.”