The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita has expressed Government’s determination to the provision of a conducive environment for Nigerian workers to help drive the change Agenda of the present administration with a view to providing effective and efficient services to Nigerians.
Mrs. Oyo –Ita disclosed this in Abuja during a town hall meeting with members of the Joint Union Negotiating Council (JUNC) of her Office held at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN)
She said that Government is not unaware of the deplorable facilities at various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), which hinders workers from performing their duties diligently and that government will do everything humanly possible to provide a conducive working environment for workers in order to ensure optimum productivity.
The Head of Service assured further that the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the provision of better welfare services for workers so as to help ameliorate their sufferings particularly in the area of provision of decent and affordable accommodation where she said that, modalities are being worked out on how workers could earn their own home through the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme with little or no pains.
On the issues of pension and other financial entitlements of workers, Mrs. Oyo-Ita assured that she would leave no stone unturned to ensure that all matters relating to pensions and other financial entitlements of workers are resolved.
She reminded the workers of the need to imbibe the highest level of discipline during their official responsibilities and that they should shun all forms of corrupt practices and strictly operate according to the Public Service Rules (PSR) as her vision is to have an Efficient, Productive, Incorruptible and Citizen-Centred (EPIC) civil service, which would be commercially oriented and innovative.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita thanked workers for their understanding, patience, loyalty, commitment and punctuality to duty even with the current fuel crises that is affecting the smooth movement across the country.
While speaking earlier, the President Joint Union Negotiation Council (JUNC), Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Chapter, Comrade Olaiya Bisola Sunday appealed to the Head of Service to use her good offices as a mother of the Nigerian worker to explore possible ways to seeing that the welfare of the Nigerian worker is enhanced so as to boost his morale for effective service delivery.
He said that civil servants have remained the only Nigerian workers whose take home pay cannot afford them a descent accommodation, not to talk of having a house of their own even after 35 years of serving the country.
Mr. Olaiya expressed dismay over how a civil servant who retires from service after attaining 60 years of age will depart service without even receiving his gratuities for the next one year not even to talk of his monthly pension.
More disturbing in recent years he said further, is the issue of stagnation. Officers according to him are forced to remain on one salary Grade Level for years without being promoted even after passing the prescribed promotion examinations set by the Federal Civil Service Commission as a result of lack of vacancy.
He appealed to the Head of Service to do everything humanly possible to help address the issues so as to boost the morale of workers for effective service delivery to Nigerians.
Assistant Director (Media Relations)
For: Head of the Civil Service of the Federation