The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC has given Meritorious Service Awards to 126 staff, 35 of whom have served the Commission for 25 years.
The NDDC Interim Administrator, Dr. Efiong Akwa, commended the recipients, noting that the award was the result of hard work and commitment to duty.
Akwa, who was represented by the Director of Administration, Dr. Charles Akpan, said that the management was committed to staff welfare, assuring that all outstanding allowances due to staff would be settled promptly.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said: “I want to commend the staff of this Commission, particularly the awardees for their efforts and resilience, regardless of the storm the Commission has faced this past year.”
He noted that the ongoing redeployment of the Commission’s staff is part of the Commission’s career building processes. “You are not learning anything if you have been in a particular Directorate for eighteen years.”
The NDDC boss noted that the management does not compromise on staff development and growth. To this end, he said, great strides had been made, despite the various challenges experienced in recent years, to sustain the annual meritorious service award to deserving staff.
In his opening remarks, the Director, Human Resources, Barr. Silas Anyanwu, commended the Interim Administrator for his passion and commitment towards staff welfare.
He observed that the Award was designed to motivate staff and noted that the on-going redeployment of staff of the Commission was not a witch-hunt but part of the measures to help staff expand their knowledge and skill base.
Anyanwu assured staff who were due for promotion to be patient as the Interim Administrator had approved the promotion for 2021 and 2022.
Responding on behalf of the Awardees, a Deputy Director in Administration, Mrs. Chinyere Umeh, thanked the Management for the award, stating: “I thank NDDC for recognizing our contributions and dedication to service. We will continue to pass on the value of hard work to the young ones, because hard work pays.”