The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) walked away with the most prizes in this years’ Service Excellence Awards (SEA) held at the Novotel in Lami on Friday night (October 18th).
Entering on behalf of OPM this year, Strategic Framework for Change Coordinating Office (SFCCO) received the Outstanding Award in the Energy Prize and also the E-Management team top prize in being the Green team of the year.
Top of it all was when the Ministry topped the six that received the Service Excellence Prize award on the night. The awards were presented by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
The other five Ministries were the Public Service Commission, Immigration Department, Finance, Fiji Correctional Services and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.
Acting Permanent Secretary – OPM, Naipote Katonitabua credits the hard working staff for maintaining high standards of excellence.
“The win is for our Minister who is also the Prime Minister and of course the Permanent Secretary who is away overseas. It’s all about improvements and systems in terms of service delivery to the people,” Mr Katonitabua said.
“I recall when our Permanent Secretary, Mr. Pio Tikoduadua, challenged the staff to win the prize this year, during one of our monthly staff meetings and we did it, ‘’ he said.
The formalities for the evening culminated with the presentation of the awards in which 16 agencies received the Service Excellence Achievement Awards while seven agencies received the Service Excellence Commitment Awards.
The 16 agencies that received the Achievement Awards were: Ministry of Industry & Trade, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Ministry of Health, Office of the President, Ministry of Lands & Mineral Resources, iTaukei Affairs Board, Fiji Police Force, Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, Local Government, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development & Statistics, Judiciary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Fisheries & Forests.
The Achievement awards were presented by Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial relations Mr. Jone Usumate and Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Jiko Luveni.
The seven (7) agencies that received Commitment Prizes from key note speaker Mr. Antonius Tanan were as follows: Public Enterprises & Tourism, Sugar, Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Justice, Office of the Auditor-General, Ministry of Information, National Archives and Library Services.
The Energy Prizes were awarded to the: OPM (Outstanding), FICAC (Achievement), Ministry of iTaukei Affairs (Commitment), PSC & Department of Immigration (Certificates of Recognition). The 2013 e-Management Team (Green team) was won by SFCCO (OPM).
The Energy Awards were presented by the Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Mr. Timoci Natuva.
A total of 31 agencies participated in the awards. Apart from the 29 Government Ministries and Departments, two (2) outside agencies were also evaluated this year. They were the iTaukei Affairs Board and the Inland Revenue Department.
The keynote speaker for the awards night was the President of Ciputra University Entrepreneurship Center from Indonesia, Mr. Antonius Tanan.