President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ), over its achievements, on the national and global scenes, in the area of substantial repatriation of Nigeria’s assets stashed away in foreign jurisdictions and successful defence of high profile cases.
The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, disclosed this at the 2018 award giving ceremony, organised by the Ministry in collaboration with Office of the Head of Service recently.
He commended the entire Management and staff of the Ministry for their loyalty and support so far, urging them to remain focused and take up their assigned responsibilities with renewed vigour and dedication.
Malami further explained that, the need to acknowledge and reward staff dedication has become imperative so as to achieve optimum performance and work output especially now that majority of their civil and criminal cases are being handled internally.
He added that the Ministry will henceforth place high premium on staff training and capacity building coupled with the provision of financial and non- monetary incentives such as the instant event to motivate and induce best performance.
In his welcome address, the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Dayo Apata Esq, opined that the emergence of the award of excellence is not only to acknowledge employees’ contribution towards the achievement of the Ministry’s goal and objectives as recognised by the civil service rule, but also to reinforce positive attitude towards work, punctuality, dedication to work as well as effective and efficient performance.
He explained that the vision and mission of the Ministry of Justice are based on values that seek to administer the law and legal affairs of the state in an open and accountable way.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, (HoSCF) Mrs Wilfred Oyo-Ita, stated in her goodwill message that the initiative is to recognise and reward outstanding performance by officers across the service in line with one of the key result areas of the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service strategy and implementation plan.
While commending the visionary leadership of the AGF, as well as the management team for organising the award ceremony and for their resolve to reward excellence, she emphasised that the office has conceptualized the rewards and recognition system which is an effort to institutionalize the implementation of the relevant Public Service Rules on award and recognitions.
Director, Human Resource Management of the Ministry, Dr Waziri Laminu in his vote of thanks noted that, the event is another milestone in the effort of the Ministry to evolve a culture where excellence is recognised and appropriately compensated.
Laminu thanked the Minister and Permanent Secretary who out of their ingenuity conceived the noble and inspiring venture and eventually made it possible in spite of the Ministry’s financial constraint.
Source: Federal Ministry of Information and Culture