State Enterprise Commission’s awards slated for April 28

Accra, The State Enterprises Commission (SEC) will on April 28, hold an excellence Awards aimed to boost productivity and efficiency in the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

The Awards are designed to encourage government owned enterprises to excel in service delivery and bring value to stakeholder, including the public and the government.

Dr Camynta Baezie, the Executive Chairman of SEC, speaking at a press conference, explained the plans for a wider recognition even, where outstanding staff and individual SOEs would be recognised and awarded.

The award is to be held on the theme: “Leading SOEs to Enhanced Sustainability and Higher Productivity.”

Dr Baezie said the awards, which was held last in 1998, was being revived and continued to encourage innovation and excellence through the recognition of the efforts of SOEs.

He said the awards, which would be an annual event for the SOEs, were part of steps being put in place to reawaken the service and value delivery consciousness among state enterprises on one hand and amongst the employees of enterprises on the other hand.

He described the awards as one of the best ways to “encourage innovation and excellence through the recognition of the efforts of SOEs that have successfully embarked on good initiatives for improved service delivery towards the public, their trade partners and stakeholders”.

Dr Baezie said the awards would now be an annual event for the SOEs as part of steps being put in place to reawaken the service and value delivery consciousness amongst SOEs on the one hand and amongst the employees of the SOEs on the other hand.

The awards will play a significant role as incentives, designed to stimulate, motivate and recognise good performance among the (SOEs).

“We cannot overemphasize the fact that SOEs have been and continue to be the bedrock of the nation’s economy. All eyes are on the SOEs mainly due to their strategic importance under the aegis of the State Enterprises Commission (SEC),” he said.

Dr Baezie said the performance and non-performance of the SOEs affected the socio-economic growth of the country, hence the need to appraise, recognise and award those who were excelling, while also challenging others to seek to be better every day.

The awards categories are Presidential Prize for the SOEs of the Year; Chief Executive of the Year; Employee of the Year; Good Corporate Governance Innovation; Disability Inclusive Organisational of the Structure; Human Resource Innovation; Technology Innovation and Operational Excellence

However, the award category for the public service innovation, which seeks to recognise the SOE that has provided improved access about its services, delivery efficient, effective and seamless customer or public service while maintaining a strong service ethic, would be decided by the members of the public through SMS voting.

The SOEs under this category include ECG, Ghana Water Company Limited, Graphic Communication Group Limited, Metro Mass Transit Limited, GOIL, GIHOC, COCOBOD and STC.

The public can vote via a short code 1788 on all mobile networks.

The event is being supported by host of organisations, including Uniban and Fidelity, which was commended for being at the forefront of assisting SEC to get the SOEs on better footing through this recognition project.

Source: Ghana News Agency