Bayelsa State Civil Servants have again been charged to apply the principles of hardwork and dedication in the performance of their duties to achieve efficiency and productivity.
The state Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the charge during a send-forth ceremony held in honour of a retiring civil servant, Mrs Ebi Florence Kakandar in Government House, Yenagoa.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor, identified loyalty, ingenuity, diligence and innovativeness as some of the key factors for organizational and personal growth.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Barrister Alex Dumbo, advised civil servants to eschew laziness, truancy and disloyal behavior that could jeopardize their career progression and other benefits due them.
The Deputy Governor, commended Mrs Florence Kakandar, who also celebrated her 60th birthday for her hardwork, commitment to duty and cheerful nature that helps to bring out the best in other individuals.
He thanked the celebrant for her meritorious service to the Bayelsa State Government and urged other workers to emulate her good works.
According to him, “Civil Servants should be ready and willing to put in their best in service because it pays.Mrs Kakandar is a living example. She worked in the office of the Deputy Governor and put in her best and now in retirement we are celebrating her because she is a worthy ambassador of the civil service.
“I want to encourage Bayelsa workers still in the civil service to perform optimally at all times, bear no grudges, be available and punctual and avoid truancy so that when they are due for retirement, they will be celebrated in a grand style.
“We remain grateful to Mrs Kakandar for her meritorious service and wish that she enjoys retirement to its fullest because she is a good and hardworking woman.”
Earlier, colleagues of the celebrant and staff of the Deputy Governor’s Office including the Head of Administration, Mr Denis Numupoidei and the Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Mr Paul Clement extolled her virtues which include prayerfulness, good-nature and capacity to inspire others.
Speaking as head of the Deputy Governor’s Media Team, Mr Doubara Atasi described Mrs Kakandar as a good organizer and motivator and prayed God to bless her in all her future endeavours.
Responding, Mrs Ebi Florence Kakandar thanked God for giving her the strength and health to serve the state government up to the retirement age of 60.
She also appreciated the Deputy Governor for his loving, compassionate and understanding nature as well as creating an enabling environment for people working with him to grow right from his days as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure.
Mrs Kakandar prayed God to continually bless Senator Ewhrudjakpo and his staff, and urged workers to exhibit loyalty and dedication at all times to enjoy a productive career.
Untill her retirement, Mrs Ebi Florence Kakandar, who is a former Chairperson of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Bayelsa State Chapter, grew through the ranks as an information officer to the position of a Director in the Ministry of Information and Orientation.
High point of the event was cutting of cake and the presentation of a 55-inch LED Television Set alongsude a cash gift by the Deputy Governor to the celebrant.