The Management and Staff of the Ministry of Information and Orientation have paid tribute to their former Permanent Secretary, Mr. Freedom Ejom, who is set to wrap up his career in the Cross River State Civil Service on 15th January, 2019.
The event which held in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Information and Orientation, was one in a series of thank-you visits by the retiring technocrat to places he had stints with during his stellar career, and was well attended by his colleagues in the College of Permanent Secretaries, friends and well-wishers.
Speaking on behalf of the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Aye Henshaw, described Mr. Freedom Ejom as “a leading light who shone bright and, through hard work, worked his way, as the first in the Journalism Profession, to the pinnacle of the service as Permanent Secretary.”
“Today, we are having the singular pleasure to say goodbye and thanks to you, our retiring Permanent Secretary, for your meritorious service to the State and Nation,” Mr. Henshaw remarked.
Mr. Henshaw, who succeeded the retiring Ejom at the Ministry of Information and Orientation, reminisced nostalgically on their journey which began in 1988 at the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC), pointing out that Mr. Ejom’s story is an inspiration to the journalism profession and the civil/public service in general.
He further stated that the retiring officer’s meteoric rise to the zenith did not come as a fluke or through god-fatherism, but through hard work and penchant for excellence, citing his emergence as the Editor-in-Chief of the nationally acclaimed MOFINEWS Magazine and later rising to the position of the Permanent Secretary, as testaments to Ejom’s repertoire.
Mr. Henshaw advised the younger generation not to despise the days of little beginning, saying “wherever you find yourself, do your job diligently; for at the appointed time, reward will come.”
He wished the retiring, but not tired, Permanent Secretary well in his future endeavours and charged him to continue impacting positively on humanity, even as he calls time to a sterling career.
In his remarks, the retiring Permanent Secretary, Mr. Freedom Ejom, said the essence of the gathering was to thank the Ministry, where he started his job as the Permanent Secretary, for their support and prayers.
He thanked God for breaking the glass-ceiling situation that bedeviled the Information sector in the service, beginning with him; and prided in the number of Permanents Secretaries the Ministry of Information has gone ahead to produce so far.
He encouraged staff of the Ministry to continue to work hard and show the highest level of commitment like the type he experienced during his stint with the Ministry, while praying God’s blessing upon all.
In a goodwill message, the Provost of the College of Permanent Secretaries, Mr. Ugbang Akwaji, wished Mr. Ejom well in his retirement and urged those still in service to work hard in order to be remembered and celebrated too.
He charged the Ministry of Information to continue with the job of propagating the giant strides of the Ayade-led administration and living up to it mandate of projecting the government in positive light.
Other goodwill messages came notably from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power Mr. Denis Utang and his Solid Minerals counterpart, Mrs. Mary Akpet, among others.