President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government would not tolerate any form of mediocrity from both public and civil servants. The President stated this yesterday in Abuja while conferring on the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), Winifred Oyo-Ita and 14 other Nigerians with the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM).
The National merit award was also conferred on corporate organizations including First Bank Plc which have contributed positively to the growth of the nation’s economy. Among the individuals who received the award are Mrs. Mary Joshua Gadi, Engineer Umar Bindir, Allamin Lawan, Dr, Abdul Hussen, David James Lalu, Dr. Jones Stow, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa and Clement Nwogbo. Others are David Iheanyi Onyemata, Dr. Tina Aduke Olayemata, Mr. Victor Olajorin, Dr. Somade Taofeek Osuolale and Engineer Dozie Mbanefo.
The President, who said his administration was committed to the ideals of rewarding excellence, explained that while the government would also not tolerate any acts of mediocrity, it has become necessary for all Nigerians to develop strong attitude of productivity in order for the country to achieve meaningful growth and development.
According to the President, he was delighted with the theme of the 2018 award ceremony “productivity for economic recovery and sustainable growth” which relevant to the present economic realities. He explained that the desire of his administration was to change the narrative of Nigeria remaining a monolithic economy into a productive one that translates to better living condition for the ordinary masses.
President Buhari however reeled out some of his achievement in office in the last three years, saying under a recessed economy, he built Nigeria’s foreign reserve of about $29.6bn in 2015 to $47.5billion as at May, 18, 2018.
According to him, the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) in Nigeria stood at 1.95per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2018, a feat his predecessors could hardly boast of even while the economy was buoyant with huge capital inflow from oil resources. He noted that with the Treasury Single Account policy there is greater accountability in his government, noting that the policy has saved the country N200billion, an amount that would have been fretted away paying ghost workers