By Victor Akaa
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla has advised civil servants in the Ministry to utilise time for effective service delivery during and after service years.
Bisalla said this in Abuja, at a send forth ceremony organised by the Ministry in honour of the former Chairman, Association of Senior Civil servants of Nigeria and Joint Union Negotiating Council in the Ministry, Mr Benjamin Esekhaigbe, who retired from the civil service recently.
“The entire life is a phase, so also is the the service years, we all have the entering point and the exit, let us all utilise the years of service to serve the nation, in order to fast-track the development of Nigeria,” Bisalla stressed.
He commended the retiree, Mr. Benjamin Esekhaigbe who according to the Permanent Secretary, was one of the pioneer staff of the Ministry, for his outstanding performance in the service and as the Union Chairman.
The Permanent Secretary added that the Ministry’s management would continue to support all staff so as to bring out their potentials in discharging their duties in line with the mandate of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for the overall development of the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general.
Earlier, the Director, Community Development and Education in the Ministry, Mrs Lauren Braide said the Civil Service provided a good avenue for people to interact beyond ethnic borders.
Mrs. Braide thanked Comrade Benjamin Esekhaigbe for his dedication, outstanding good qualities and inter-personal relationship with other staff while in the service.
In his response, Mr Esekhaigbe thanked the Permanent Secretary, the management and staff of the ministry for organising the sendforth in his honour and re-engineering the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for better service delivery.