The National Award for Public Service has been conferred to 117 long-serving public employees.
The 117 recepients were presented with the award by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the official ceremony to mark Maldives’ 54th Republic Day on Wednesday evening.
The National Award for Public Service is the most prestigious award conferred by the President to individuals who have served the nation for over 35 years and are observed as diligent and steadfast workers who have contributed towards the development of their respective fields.
Five of the recepients were honored for over 50 years of public service.
Additional recepients include Maduvvari MP Adam Shareef, Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor, and Brigadier General (Retired) Ibrahim Mohamed Didi.
Adam Shareef was honored for over 38 years of public service, 35 of which he spent serving the education sector.
Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor joined public service in 1984. He currently serves as Director-General of National Counter-Terrorism Center.
Brigadier General (Retired) Ibrahim Mohamed Didi served Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) from 1979-2012. He has provided over 37 years of public service.
The National Award for Public Service is to be conferred annually at the official ceremony to mark Republic Day. However, as the award was newly announced and considering the large number of recipients, the government has announced that half of the awards will be presented at the official function to be held later this year to mark National Unity Day.