THE efforts of Fiji's Government ministries were recognised on Friday evening at the Service Excellence Awards at the Novotel Convention centre in Lami.
Taking centre stage for their admirable performances were the Immigration Department, the Finance Ministry, Prime Minister's Office, Fiji Corrections Service, Public Service Commission and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.
Speaking at the awards night Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told ministry representatives and guests that it was one of his highest priorities to ensure Fijians received good service from government ministries.
"We must always find ways to improve, to innovate, to do more with less, and to overcome challenges, no matter how well we think we are doing," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"We rely on the civil service not just to keep the country running, but also to help the national leadership anticipate needs and chart the future. Career public servants owe their loyalty to all Fijians."
He said each public servant should work for the betterment of the public and should take pride in their work.
"What does that kind of pride look like? It can be something as small as making sure that a citizen who calls with a question gets the information they need rather than simply being passed to another office.
"It may mean staying late to make sure that a job is done right. It may mean speaking up when you think something is wrong."