By Chioma Iruke
The Nigerian Government has assured its workers of continued welfare priority, to boost their productivity and ensure a virile workforce.
The assurance was given by Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
She noted that government had embarked on accelerated implementation of the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme; Salary Harmonization; Improved transportation services and the resuscitation of the Federal Civil Service Clubs, among other initiatives.
She disclosed this at the commissioning of ‘Welfare House,’ a welfare facility consisting of a staff canteen, clinic and gymnasium for civil servants on Wednesday, August 18 in Abuja.
She commended the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack and the entire management and staff of the ministry for the wonderful feat, adding that the facility will create an enabling and conducive environment for workers to perform maximally.
The Head of Service further said the initiative was in sync with the aspiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to provide a conducive work environment for a more productive and efficient workforce. she disclosed that her Office has embarked on a number of reform programmes to increase the morale and welfare of civil servants during and after service.
The Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation plan (FCSSIP) 2021-2025, she explained, covered a wide range of welfare initiatives.
According to her: “Today’s commissioning is what I would like to refer to as a comprehensive staff welfare facility, health and physical fitness needs of personnel beyond regular working hours.”
“Apart from being a trailblazer, it is an initiative that would serve as a model for other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) to emulate,” she added.
This, according to her, is also a good example of how the Organized Private Sector should partner with the government in order to ensure a seamless development of the country.
Dr Yemi-Esan commended the entire management of the Ministry for their accountability and fiscal prudence in the construction of the edifice.
The facility was built through the Private Public Partnership involving the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and some construction firms leveraging on their Corporate Social Responsibility.