Oyo-Ita, Ohuabunwa, Mbanefo, others win Productivity Awards

By Appolos Christian

Eminent Nigerians in both the public and private sectors have been recognised by the Federal Government with the National Productivity Awards for their contributions to the country’s development.

Among the winners of the 2018 Productivity Awards are the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Clement Chukwuma Nwogbo, David Iheanyi Onyemata, Engr. Dozie Mbanefo, and Dr. Tina Adeke Olayemi.

Others are Mr. Victor Folasele Olajorin, Dr. Somade Taofeek Osuolale, Dr. Jones Yerinbuluemi Stow, David James Lulu, Dr. Abudul Hussein, Engr. Anebi Joseph Garba, Hon. Allamin Umana Lawanda, Engr. Umar Buba Bindir Ph.D, and Mrs. Mary Joshua Gadi.

In the organisations’ category are “Farm Crowdy Nig. Ltd, Fresh Direct Nigeria, May and Baker Nig Plc, Alo Aluminium Manufacturing Company Ltd, Enough, and Seven-Up Bottling Company.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who spoke on the awards on Thursday in Abuja, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari would be the special guest of honour at this year’s National Productivity Day celebration, slatted for May 22 in Abuja.

The event will feature the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) on the winners by President Buhari.

Ngige told journalists that part of the activities to mark the wards is a lecture, titled: “Productivity for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth” to be delivered by Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, the Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

He said: “There will be an exhibition of Made in Nigeria goods by manufacturers, small and medium scale industrialists, past and present award winners.

The minister added that the “National Productivity Day will be observed simultaneously in all the states of the federation where the various state governors are expected to preside over the ceremonies.”

Ngige said that the ceremony is a positive step by the government to institutionalise productivity consciousness and excellence in service among workers and organisations in Nigeria towards redirecting their efforts to the growth and development of our economy.

“The cardinal role of productivity is to consistently remind the citizens the need for developing a productive mindset that would ensure the productive growth of all sectors of Nigeria’s economy,” he said.

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