The Federal Government is committed to the nation’s overall socio-economic growth and development, Labor and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige said in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ngige made this known when he spoke to journalists on the upcoming “Observation of the 18th National Day of Productivity (NPD),” NAN reports.
He said the occasion scheduled for Thursday would witness the award of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) to some worthy individuals and organizations.
The NPD and NPOM Award are some of the government’s flagship programs designed to institutionalize productivity awareness and service excellence among workers and organizations by rewarding citizens with innovation, creativity and hard work.
The event’s aim was to stimulate healthy competition between individual workers and organizations for higher productivity.
Such rewards, he believes, will improve the standard of Nigerians ‘ dedication to their overall living conditions.
“The purpose of this news briefing is to adequately mobilise all Nigerians from all walks of life to fully appreciate and participate in the programme in view of its critical role to our social and economic development.
“The government is therefore conscious of the critical place of productivity in the realisation of the next level Agenda, as no nation can be self-reliant and competitive in the international market without productivity improvement in all its economic sector.
“ Since inception of this administration, plans have been focused on restoring growth, investing in our people and building a competitive economy, “ he said.
Ngige said the decision of the government to observe NPD every year was predicated on the need to stimulate productivity consciousness and reward innovation, creativity and hard work among Nigerians.
He listed the NPD’s goals of building and fostering entrepreneurship and self-reliance; identifying and rewarding the most productive workers and organizations in both the economy’s public and private sectors.
“To institutionalize productivity awareness and service excellence among workers and organizations in both Nigeria’s public and private sectors, highlighting hard work, high performance, efficiency, discipline, dedication, humility and patriotism.
The 2019 National Productivity Day theme, he says, is “Productivity, National Re-Engineering, Security and Growth.