Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
The Odukpani Leadership Academy has showered encomiums on the newly sworn in Cross River state head of service, Barr. Geraldine A. Ekanem for her outstanding performances which made the state governor accord her the honour of serving in the respected office.
In a felicitation letter jointly signed by chairman of the academy, Kingsley Ikpeme and the secretary, Barr. E. E. Esu, they described her a woman of virtue and capabilities who has proven to he trustworthy and committed in all her previous engagements in the Cross River state civil service. They expressed confidence that she will be outstanding in ensuring that civil service in the state will be totally revived to in all ramifications.
“The Odukpani Leadership Academy felicitate with you on your appointment and subsequent swearing-in as Head of Service CRS.
“Ma, your appointment did not come to us as a surprise giving your service track record of hard work, dedication and commitment to duties which endeared you to the heart of his Excellency the Governor of CRS and the entire civil servants. As Pablo Picasso puts it, “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
“You are one among the very few people who put in their whole heart into everything they do. With the amount of love and passion you show towards your work, it is, therefore, not surprising how you rose through the ranks to the exalted office of the Head of Service.
“Apropos, what you have been able to achieve is phenomenal. The standing ovation represents only a fraction of the recognition you deserve. We could not have been more impressed to be associated with you.
“Your appointment as Head of Service of Cross River State amounts to putting a square peg in a square hole and we are confident you will deplore your wealth of knowledge and experience in the discharge of your duties.
“We celebrate with you and wish you much success in the future.
“Congratulations on this milestone achievement!”, the letter reads.
Chairman of the academy however enjoined her to deplore all legal means to ensure that the civil service in the state is restored to its status as a highly professional job, with officers of repute, and the working environment of the service be improved upon to boost the morale of the civil servants.
Ikpeme who maintained that the civil service from inception parades the best of brains advised civil servants to join hands with the new head of service to raise the standard to enviable heights.
He said: “Just like in the military, soldier comes and goes but barrack’s remains, similarly the civil service is to serve all government as one Administration comes and goes, so we urge all civil servants to be politically neutral, deliver the best as the civil service is the engine room of every Administration.
“They should continue to offer their expertise knowledge and do not sacrifice merit on the alter of mediocrity”.