University Press Plc on Friday rewarded its long-serving workers. The foremost publishing company also held a send-off for two of its directors and welcomed two new directors on its board.
Chairman of the publishing company, Dr. Lekan Are, said that the annual awards for the best employee and reward for long service was a way of acknowledging and celebrating excellence within the organisation.
He said, “The best staff award was introduced with the aim of encouraging all members of staff from junior to the assistant manager grade to realise that there is dignity in labour and to promote healthy rivalry among our staff, with a view to achieving higher growth.
“The award committee thoroughly beamed its searchlight on the category of staff concerned with a view to detecting who in the year was hard working, efficient, loyal and had contributed immensely to the growth of the company.”
Mr. Mohammed Rabiu was adjudged the best staff of the year while Raifu Kolawole and Adenekan Oluwatosin were the runners-up.
Thirty-five other staff members were also rewarded for long service in the company. Among them were Isola Akinsola and Olugbenga Ogini, who had served the company for 25 and 30 years respectively.
The outgoing directors – Oluneye Okuboyejo and Moses Morawo – were celebrated at the event, which held at the Kakanfo Conference Centre, Kakanfo Inn, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Meanwhile, the former General Manager, Publishing, Folakemi Bademosi, and Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo of the University of Lagos, joined the board as executive and non-executive directors.
Are urged them to be hard working. “Praying without hard work is useless, so I implore you to pray and work very hard. Parents should let their children appreciate their culture and language. The Japanese were able to succeed after the years of war because they embraced their indigenous language. It encourages native intelligence and helps children understand their environment,” he said.
In his response, Okuboyejo thanked the staff and members of the board for the healthy relationship he enjoyed while serving as a director. He added that he was satisfied that he had left the company in the hands of qualified administrators.