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FG moves to empower serving, retired civil servants



FG moves to empower serving, retired civil servants

By Okon Okon

The federal government has put in place a plan to hold active and retired public servants accountable long after their active service in the nation.

The Head of the Federation’s Civil Service (HOCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made it known on Wednesday when signing a memorandum of understanding with the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and the Public Service Institute. of Nigeria (PSIN).

The essence of the initiative, Yemi-Esan said, was quick access to funds or entrepreneurship programs for government officials, especially in areas of agricultural business.

While appreciating the officials of the BOA and the PSIN, Yemi-Esan in particular urged the civil servants in active service, to seize this opportunity before preparing for their retirement.

“We have given a lot of thought to the four-year strategic plan that the HOCSF office is executing to ensure civil service reform and the well-being of civil servants is the key objective of this strategic plan.

“Initially the program was aimed at ensuring the welfare of the officers who were about to retire and when we had a first meeting I said it was too late to start planning for retirement just. before retirement.

“And that’s the mistake we’ve made over the years in the public service, we wait six, three months to retire before we start training or preparing for retirement and at that point it’s already too late, ”she explained.

She therefore urged officials to start planning for retirement as early as possible by entering the agricultural sector, as the country’s constitution allows for the involvement of officials.

PSIN administrator / director general Dr Abduganiyu Obatoyinbo said in his remarks that the initiative is aimed at securing the future of civil servants after they retire.

“What we are doing today is securing and securing the future of many public servants who have said they have no hope for their future after retirement.

“The initiative is also to encourage those entering the service to secure their future after active service as well,” he said.

According to him, the institution has set all the necessary requirements on the ground to update the program.

BOA Director General Nwa Hassan also said that with the signing of the MoU, HOS will leave a legacy that others would like to continue, to hire civil servants after they retire from service.

“BOA is the government’s own bank and the main mandates of the bank are agricultural finance and I can tell you that our financial inclusion is one of the best as we have over 140 outlets across the country,” he said. he declared.

He assured officials that accessing funding for the initiative would never be a difficult task. (NAA)


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