PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has called on civil servants to strive for excellence in their service to the people of Fiji.
He made the comments while officiating at the Bainimarama Cup awards night.
Speaking to members of FRCA, RBF, FNPF, FDB and staff of the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor General's Office, Commodore Bainimarama said serving others was a noble duty.
"We are just that, servants, we are here to serve the people and there can be no more noble calling than that," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"One of my government's highest priorities is that all our public institutions deliver services to our citizens efficiently, equitably and enthusiastically.
"We must always find ways to improve, to innovate and do more with less and overcome challenges no matter how good we think we are doing.
"Just as we don't accept second best on the sporting field, we must never accept second best when it comes to serving the Fiji people."
The awards night coincided with the dates of the tragic passing of four solders and two policemen during the 2000 mutiny.
Commodore Bainimarama used the occasion to remember their sacrifices and urged those present to continue striving to build a better Fiji.
"It's quite significant because those deaths besides other factors, of course, changed the course of our history.
"We now have a new Constitution and, of course, are looking forward to the election in 2014. I'll be speaking more in the coming days about the government's vision for Fiji, a vision that we can only build with your assistance.
"It's a vision of a fairer country, a more equal country, a clever country taking its proper place in the region and of course the world and we can all be part of it.
"In the meantime, I want to thank you all for your dedication and service to the nation so far as organisations and individuals," he said.