Defence Principal Secretary Mr. Patrick Mariru has implored the newly employed civilian staff and interns to serve the Ministry with diligence, zeal and energy saying it is an uncommon privilege to serve in the public service.
The PS affirmed that the collective assignment of the civilian component in the Ministry of Defence is to support the soldier who is the ‘North Star,’ further pointing out that he anticipates the newly employed workforce to help the Ministry achieve its core mandate of defending and protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya.
Mr. Mariru made the remarks today at the Defence Headquarters when he officially opened a five-day induction workshop for newly employed civilian staff and interns deployed in Nairobi region. He reminded the new staff that they are all important regardless of how junior their cadre may seem noting that everyone has a role to play for the general success of the Ministry.
“When you get to your respective areas of specialization, work as if you’re working for the Lord, expecting no supervision while looking at the many years ahead of you,” said the PS.
The PS challenged the participants to pursue their ambitions including furthering their education adding that nothing stops them from occupying bigger offices in the future.
“Don’t say you don’t have time to pursue further studies. Create time to get additional certificates while you’re young to help you establish your career path in the public service. Develop a saving culture by joining a Sacco for your own welfare in the future,” added the PS.
His sentiments were echoed by the Director of Human Resource Management and Development (HRM&D) Dr. Lilian Nzavi who urged the inductees to be of good discipline and take their work seriously in accordance with the uniqueness of the Ministry of Defence.
“You are all important in this Ministry just like anyone else. Develop your own career path since you can be anything that you desire in life,” said Dr. Nzavi.
During their induction, the new employees will be apprised of the public service and MOD code of conduct, the structure and functions of various Services, Units and Formations as well as grooming and etiquette among others.
The PS was accompanied by the Secretary Administration Mr. Boniface Wambua and Heads of Department in the Ministry among them Senior Deputy Accountant General Ms Electina Wanyonyi, Director of Policy, Strategy and Planning Mr. Kennedy Okondo, Senior Chief Finance Office (SCFO) Mr. Joseph Mutuma and the Head of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Mr Kenneth Radull.