IKEJA  – The Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Oluseyi Williams, yesterday charged civil servants to renew their commitment to service in the New Year and work assiduously to move the state forward.
Williams gave the charge at the Inter-religious Thanksgiving Service organised by the state government in Ikeja to usher in the First Working Day of the year.
According to her, the workers can only justify the confidence reposed in them through more efficient service delivery and greater impact on the state and its people.
“In the New Year, you should work together more as a team. You should shun envy and other things that do not promote harmonious working relationship.
‘If anyone is doing well in your office, do not envy him, rather learn from him and let him be an inspiration to work harder. Envy is not good, it causes problems in the workplace,’’ she said.
Williams said the state government was committed to the welfare of workers and would continue to take steps to improve the lot of civil servants.
She said the state was one of the few states in the federation that paid workers their wages promptly, adding that it did not only pay salaries but paid its workforce bonuses.
The Head of Service urged the workers to reciprocate the gesture by putting in their best, adding that the state’s service has the wherewithal to deliver on its statutory obligation.
In his message at the service, Rev. Veras Alawale of the Chapel of the Light Church, Alausa, admonished workers to improve their attitude to work in the New Year.
According to him, one’s attitude is a defining factor in any undertaking in life and people fail or succeed because of their attitude.
“Also you need to dedicate your lives to God more in the New Year, you need God to do better on your job.
“Always do the right thing and seek God’s guidance in all you do through fervent prayers,’’ he said
In the same vein, a Muslim cleric, Alhaji Ibrahim Olorungbebe, urged workers to live in peace with others and always show compassion to their fellows.
“You should show mercies to others if you want mercy from God. This is because Almighty Allah always shows mercies to those who love their brothers and show compassion,’’ he said.
Prayers were offered for the country, the state, the state’s executive council as well as all workers in the service.
Prayers were also offered for the success of the forthcoming general elections as well the peace and security of the nation.
Five new buses were inaugurated by the Head of Service to ease transportation challenges of workers from their homes to work.
Williams said the buses were part of measures to improve the lot of workers and urged users to ensure efficient use of the vehicles.