Apart from being a Scriptural commandment, thanksgiving is a way of expressing gratitude to a fellow human being and to God for blessings obtained. Â Â This is exactly what the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Deaconess Mary Ukoette Bassey, did on Sunday when she brought together her family members, friends, colleagues and associates for a thanksgiving service at Qua Iboe Church, Big Town, Mkpanak in Ibeno Local Government Area to join her in thanksgiving to God for promoting her. Â Â It was a gathering of the who is who within and outside the civil service, including the head of civil service, Elder Effiong Essien, who represented the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel. Â Â Others were the commissioner for youth and sports, Sir Monday Uko; a former military governor of Akwa Ibom, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga; commissioner for special duties and aviation, Mr Okpulupm Etteh; permanent secretaries in the state and their spouses led by their dean, Mr Uduak Iwoh; directors and staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports; chairmen and members of boards; and members of the Forum of Heads of Local Government Service.Â Â Â Also at the event were Sir Val Attah; chairman of Qua Iboe Church, Akwa Obio Superintendency, Elder Michael Itrechio; members of NULGE; members of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives as well as wives of local government chairmen, among others. Â Â Speaking on the occasion, the head of civil service, Elder Effiong Essien, saw thanksgiving as an expression of gratitude to God, which is what God requires from His people. Â Â He described the celebrator as somebody who is dedicated and hard working, urging her to keep doing the good work of selfless service to God, Akwa Ibom State and humanity. Â Â Preaching on Faithfulness In Service, Rev Sunday Dan said faithfulness requires sacrifice, urging Christians to always exercise same in the discharge of assigned duties. Dan mentioned availability, obedience, commitment and perseverance as components of faithfulness. Â Â The celebrator, Deaconess Mary Ukoette Bassey, expressed deep appreciation to God for elevating her in her career to the position of permanent secretary in Akwa Ibom Civil Service. Â Â She encouraged Christians to wait on God for whatever thing they are hoping for, having full confidence that God will make all things beautiful in His time. Â Â Bassey also thanked Gov Udom Emmanuel for finding her fit and for approving her appointment as permanent secretary in the state civil service, promising not to rest on her oars but continue to discharge her duties diligently in the interest of the state. Â Â The service, which was well-attended, featured songs of praise and worship, choir rendition, thanksgiving, offerings, and prayers for the celebrator and her family. Â Â The day also featured a reception ceremony where guests were hosted, during which she cut her celebration cake and danced with guests.