FG awards 110 retired staff for selfless service.
The Federal Government has awarded no fewer than 110 retired staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their selfless service contributions to national development.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama at the valedictory ceremony in Abuja in honour of the staff who retired between 2019 and 2022 urged them to avail themselves of any opportunity for national assignment even in retirement.
Onyeama acknowledged that their services were duly recognised by diplomats and other nationals who have come into contact with them in the course of their service.
“The diplomats and other nationals acknowledged the quality of human resources in Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs ministry”.
Onyeama further urged the retirees that their training in the diplomatic service should position them to serve even in elective position.
“I think that the training that you got in diplomatic service should equip you to serve in a lot of elective positions as governors, senators, representatives.
“I would like to congratulate you all. I know how challenging it has been for me for six years.
“I think every one of you deserves an award for going through 30 years of service.
“This is a ministry that called upon all your qualities; perseverance, intellect, and physical strength, travelling from country to country for years.
“It is quite a challenge, and you deserve the real appreciation of the people of this country because, in the diplomatic sphere, Nigeria is still highly regarded,” he said.
Onyeama said that despite the onerous challenges, the ministry was still delivering real dividends at the international level.
He added that this feat was achieved through the hard work of personnel who work in the ministry over the years.
“So, those of us that we are celebrating tonight, you deserve our commendation and gratitude as Nigerians,” Onyeama said.
In his remarks, the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary (DOOPS) also commended the retirees for their dedication, hard work, perseverance, and selflessness.
“You have all played your role by giving the best of your service to our dear motherland, Nigeria.
“We know that you are the heroes, not only on paper but not seen because you have all been working behind the scene.
”You are the leading implementations of all government policies.
“No doubt, the nation has been better with the services you have provided. It is for these reasons and more that you deserve to be honoured,” Olise said.
Also, a Retired Director, Amb. Faruk Danjuma, in his vote of thanks, appreciated the Minister and the Ministry for honouring them.
Danjuma said that they are indeed honoured that their hard work and contribution to service were being recognised.
Source: Nigerian Tribune