President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih presented the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin on two honourees late Monday night.
Ahmed Adam, the first engineer of Maldives, and Abdulla Sodiq, an outstanding litterateur and linguist, were presented with the laurels at the special ceremony held to mark this year’s National Day at Dharubaaruge convention centre.
Ahmed Adam, of Maaenboodhoo in Dhaalu Atoll, started his service in the government in 1959, as an Apprentice Engineer on the freighter 'Morning Star'. He attained higher education in the field of engineering in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom, and served across a range of areas including development of electricity services, television broadcasting services, boatbuilding, mechanisation of boats, and the establishment of the Vocational Training Centre.
Adam also filled high-level posts at the Ministry of Fisheries, Maldives Shipping Limited and Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC). He played a key role in the introduction and development of the tourism sector as well.
Abdulla Sodiq has served the government for 55 years, beginning as a clerk at the printing press in 1952. Currently a consultant at the Dhivehi Bahuge Academy, he is one of the most notable contributors to the fields of literature, linguistics and education.
In addition to his original stories and Urdu-to-Dhivehi translations, Sodiq has published numerous literacy works on the usage guidelines of the Dhivehi Language, and poetry and lyrics. Further hailed for his contributions in the field of historical research, Sodiq was also a renowned teacher and tutor, having taught at nearly every school in capital Male City. His longest serving government position was at the then Centre for Linguistic and Historical Research, where he served for 30 years.