The Public Service Excellence Awards are the brainchild of Africa Development Studies Centre (ADSc), OVAL Energy and the Guardian Newspaper (Media Partner), a foremost newspaper in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy. Its essence is to recognise the contributions of members of the executive councils of each state who worked vigorously to implement the developmental programs of a state as envisioned by each State’s Executive Governor.

In other words, the Nominees are those Governors/Commissioners whose contributions have been assessed by the Award Team to have positively impacted on the social-economic development of this state in 2016 fiscal year.

Five critical areas of our national development are the focus of the Awards. These are education, health, agriculture, housing, and works and infrastructure. As crucial as they are, we have found out that the priority that States in Nigeria attach to them vary as measured by the annual budgetary allocations, supports obtained from international donors such as UNESCO, World Bank as well as from local and international NGOs.

The essence of governance is the promotion of the social wellbeing. Interestingly, the social well being of any nation determines its place among the human society. Thus, those countries that have dominated the world in terms of good institutions, innovations, high literacy rate, sizable volume of high-tech exports, high GDP per capita are highly rated on the social wellbeing index.

Why these ministries?

While not undermining other ministries, the Award Team strongly believes that the selected ministries are the sine qua non for our economic recovery, poverty alleviation, breaking the barriers of ignorance which will help Nigeria enhance its social wellbeing. Nigeria as a country has not fared well on the social well being indicator. This is evident based on our ratings on the indicators of poverty and Global Competitiveness Index.

Additionally, the Award Team is very passionate about the selected ministries because the majority of parameters used in the ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index, are drawn from the output of the aforementioned ministries or the impacts their actions have on economic development.

The United States Institute of Peace aptly summarises social wellbeing thus:

Social well-being is an end state in which basic human needs are met and people are able to coexist peacefully in communities with opportunities for advancement. This end state is characterised by equal access to and delivery of basic needs services (water, food, shelter, and health services), the provision of primary and secondary education, the return or resettlement of those displaced by violent conflict, and the restoration of social fabric and community life.”

Therefore, any commissioner whose ministry executes programs as envisioned by his or her Executive Governor towards the enhancement of Nigeria’s development deserves to be recognised.

Above all, this award aims to engender a healthy competition among ministries in each state which will further enhance the achievements your administration.

 THE AWARD CATEGORIES

SOUTH WEST REGION

THE BEST SOUTH- WEST COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH WEST COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH WEST COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH WEST COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH WEST COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN 2016

SOUTH- SOUTH REGION

THE BEST SOUTH- SOUTH COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH-SOUTH COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH-SOUTH COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH-SOUTH COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH-SOUTH COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN 2016

SOUTH- EAST REGION

THE BEST SOUTH- EAST COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH-EAST COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH-EAST COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH-EAST COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE IN 2016

THE BEST SOUTH EAST COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN 2016

 NORTH-WEST REGION

THE BEST NORTH-WEST COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH-WEST COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH WEST COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH WEST COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH WEST COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN 2016

 NORTH-CENTRAL REGION

THE BEST NORTH-CENTRAL COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH-CENTRAL COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH CENTRAL COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH CENTRAL COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH CENTRAL COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN 2016

 NORTH-EAST REGION

THE BEST NORTH-EAST COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH-EAST COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH EAST COMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH-EAST COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE IN 2016

THE BEST NORTH EAST COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN 2016