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NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY ORDER OF 2024 MERIT AWARD COMMITTEE INAUGURATED IN ABUJA ..... As Minister Emphasised Importance Of The Assignment To President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda

Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha
Minister of State Labour & Rmployment

"Take pride in being entrusted with such an important national assignment, and ensure the preservation of the integrity and quality of the award at all cost." Nkeiruka Onyejeocha

In line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the administration of Nigeria's President, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to reposition the nation ensure the preservation of the integrity and quality of National Awards to deserving Nigerians, the Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja announced the inaugurated of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award Committee.

The newly inaugurated Committee will be responsible for selecting deserving  recipients of this year's Awards. 

A statement issued and signed by the Director Press and Public Relations Department of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, disclosed that the Honourable Minister, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha while inaugurating the committee in Abuja, called on the members to take pride in being entrusted with such an important national assignment, and ensure the preservation of the integrity and quality of the award at all cost.  

"The committee," according to the Minister, "is the 4th to be inaugurated since the inception of the NPOM Award in 1991. It is critical to the process of selecting the awardees for the NPOM Award for this year and the years to come.”  

Onyejeocha emphasised the importance of the committee’s assignment to President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, and to his commitment to unleashing the country’s full economic potential, “by focusing on job creation, access to capital for small and large businesses, inclusiveness, the rule of law, and the fight against hunger, poverty and corruption, by which productivity is the bedrock.” 

She noted that the members of the committee were nominated based on their competence and dedication to duty.

She expressed confidence in their ability to justify the confidence reposed in them, and meet up with the expectations of them to succeed despite the enormity of the task.

The Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment appreciated the National Productivity Centre under the leadership of Dr Nasir Raji-Mustapha for the efforts put into promoting productivity initiatives like the NPOM Awards.

Director-General, National Productivity Centre, Dr  Nasir Raji-Mustapha stated that the National Productivity Order of Merit Award was designed to recognise and honour at national and state levels, “the most productive individuals and organisations in Nigeria in the year of the award for achievements made in the three preceding years.” 

He added that the objectives of the award include institutionalising productivity consciousness and excellence in service among workers and organisations in both public and private sectors in Nigeria, and building and encouraging the spirit of self-reliance.

Chairman of the committee, Eze Duru-Iheoma, promised that the committee would carry out the task for which it was inaugurated, with diligence and integrity.

The members of the committee were drawn from both the public and private sectors including Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), the Senate, House of Representatives, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and National Productivity Centre (NPC).

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