BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, PORT HARCOURT
Staff of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC; have been enjoined to see redeployment as grounds for growth.
The Interim Administrator, Niger Delta Development Commission, Dr. Effiong Akwa who gave the advice during a Meritorious Service Award to deserving personnel at the Commission’s Headquarters, maintained that staff welfare is paramount in the programmes of the present administration.
The Meritorious Service Award meant to encourage staff who have distinguished themselves in line of service came in four categories of ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty five years.
Two persons were recipient of the award for ten years meritorious Service Award, eighty eight for fifteen years, one for twenty years, while thirty five staff received the award for twenty five years of service, making it a total of one hundred and twenty six awardees.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Interim Administrator, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Effiong Akwa, assured staff of the interventionist agency of management’s commitment to their welfare.
Dr. Akwa who was represented by the Director Administration, Dr. Charles Akpan told staff to see redeployment to different departments as a spring board for personal and corporate growth.
He maintained that staff redeployment is not done to undermine any staff as may be erroneously believed in some quarters.
“I want to commend all the staff who are due for the awards because it is as a result of hard work that you were recommended for this award.”
“For those of you receiving these awards, it is meritorious, it something to encourage you to keep up.”
“The issue of movement, it is something to motivate, the multi-disciplinary approach of this movement is that, you should be able to what is happening in other departments.”
“So the essence of this is in your own interest so that you be a complete director.”
“So don’t take offence that you have been moved from one department to another.”
In a remark, the Director Human Resources, Mr. Silas Anyanwu who encouraged staff to remain dedicated in the discharge of their duties, urged the recipients not to relent in their efforts in fashioning out new ways to move the agency forward.
Mr. Anyanwu while applauding the people that were found worthy of the awards revealed that promotion has been approved as the details will be communicated soon.
“Promotion has been approved for us, we realized that we didn’t do twenty-twenty one, we realized that we are in twenty twenty-two, and we felt that it is better that we join twenty-twenty one and twenty-twenty two.”
“And graciously, the Interim Administrator has approved that these two promotions be done at the same time.”
“For the backlogs, a number of people have started receiving their letters, we cannot but thank the Interim Administrator.”
“Just be patience, all of us will get there.”
In their responses, two of the recipients, Deputy Director Administration, Mrs. Chinyere Ume and Director EHSS, Mr. George Uzonwanne appreciated the management of NDDC for the recognition and pledged to mentor the younger staff on the gains of diligence.
The Awardees promised to continue to give their best for better service delivery and development of the Niger Delta region.
High point of the event was presentation of certificates and plaques to the recipients.