The Federal Government says it will no longer be business as usual for unproductive civil servants as there are sanctions for incompetence.
Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo disclosed this at the 2022 Ministerial Service Award for Labour Sector on Thursday in Abuja.
The award was organised to mark the 2022 Africa Day for Civil Service and also in recognition of outstanding performances of staffers of both the Ministry and the Agencies under its supervision.
Keyamo said it was heart-warming that the ministry was recognising the outstanding performances of officers who have tirelessly worked to help it achieve its mandate in the course of the year.
He said, ”this is an opportunity to inform you all that enhanced performances for productivity must be encouraged and so this platform is to celebrate and recognise excellence in service delivery by some carefully selected officers of the ministry.
“With the performance Management process in place, it will not be business as usual for unproductive civil servants.
There are sanctions for incompetence.
“The ministry will provide the enabling environment for competitive performance in rendering quality services, thereby staff aspiring to put in their best in the discharge of their duties, will be encouraged.
“Quite a number of these staff has been able to discharge their duties under unfriendly and challenging environment yet these officers demonstrated zeal and passion in attending to their schedules.
“The courage and bravery displayed by these officers are what had recommended them for these awards, that would be conferred on them today, ’’he said.
Keyamo said that the different categories of awardees were drawn from different departments and agencies of the ministry, ranging through different grade levels.
Also speaking, Ms Kachallom Daju, Permanent Secretary in the ministry said the Office of Head of Civil Service had taken the lead in ensuring that civil servants were duly compensated for their contributions to the service in general.
Daju said that the importance of performance management cannot be over emphasised as it would improve organisational performance, employee retention and loyalty, as well as improve productivity.
She added, ”this is thereby overcoming the barriers to communication, clear accountability, and cost advantages.
”The issues resolved by management would bridge the communication gap between management and staff.
“This will also save time and reduce conflicts generated with labour unions while it will also ensure efficiency and consistency in performance.
“Indeed, recognition of hard work and performance is all about giving positive feedback based on results.
“Award, a bonus, a promotion etc are means to demonstrate appreciation of contributions to achieving goals, ’’she said.
The Permanent Secretary said that the ministry had carefully and genuinely selected deserving officers through a credible process with inputs from all the departments to come up with the list of officers that were awarded.
She also said that the agencies under the ministry’s supervision constituted Award Committees to further strengthen a trustworthy process for selecting awardees.
“This occasion is seen as motivating and exciting for everyone, because we all desire that our good work be applauded.
“Therefore, today’s Ministerial Service Award is to celebrate some of the ministry’s staff and selected staff of the Agencies who have exhibited exceptional commitment and dedication to service,’’she said.
In his remarks, Dr Michael Akabogu, Managing Director, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), commended the ministry for recognising officers for their “productivity and adherence to the core values of the service.
” Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mrs Martina Nwodu, Director of Special Projects commended the minister and the ministry for the recognition excellence in service delivery.
“This award is a motivation for us to continue to do our very best as it will also encourage the younger officers to do more,’’she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 15 staff were rewarded with cash prizes and awards for excellent performances.
2018 Audit Report over misappropriation, not on current NSITF management – Okoronkwo < Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says the 2018 Audit Report by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation over misappropriation has nothing to do with the current management of the fund.
Mrs Ijeoma Okoronkwo, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said this in a statement made available in Abuja.
Okoronkwo said that the clarification had become necessary to forestall further wrong finger-pointing and mischief directed at the current management.
According to her, the report which raised 50 queries on misappropriation of N17.158bn had nothing to do with the current management, which came into office on June 1, 2021. She said that the probe by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts was in exercise of its statutory oversight functions.
“It is important to inform the general public that what is under investigation, are not new infractions but a cumulative financial violations under the management that ran the agency between 2012 and 2017 .
“These infractions are not new.
They have in fact been subject of probe since the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation first raised the red flag in 2015. “We make it clear therefore that the negative trails of these breaches, have nothing to do with the present management beyond assisting the Senate Committee to carry out its oversight functions, ’’ she said.
Okoronkwo said on record, the EFCC had probed and taken the former Chairman of the Board and five other senior officials, including the Managing Director and three Directors to court over some of the issues.
She further said that huge sums of money as well as property were also recovered, while some of the indicted staff members were equally removed from the office.
“Indeed, the Senate Committee initiated the current probe; the Managing Director, Dr Michael Akabogu, set up an internal committee to retrieve from First Bank and Skye Bank detailed transactions involving the fund under the period in probe.
“Documents were subsequently submitted to the Senate Committee and when they called for the vouchers backing up the transactions, Dr Akabogu requested that the former Managing Directors should be invited to provide further answers, ’’ she said.
Okoronkwo added that the current management was not in possession of the vouchers.
She informed the committee that the contents of the container in the premises of the fund, where the former Managing Directors allegedly left the vouchers had succumbed to the elements.
She further said that this would be substantiated from memos, hitherto written by the fund’s General Services Department on the state of the facility in question.
Okoronkwo therefore, said that the current management of the NSITF had charted a new course with strategic reforms, strongly anchored on transparency and was producing positive results.
The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says it has successfully paid a total of over N306. 555 million as claims and compensation to registered employers, employees and their dependents in the last four months.
The NSITF Managing Director, Dr Michael Akabogu disclosed this at a media interactive session on Tuesday in Abuja.
Akabogu represented by Mrs Maureen Allagoa, the Executive Director of Administration in the fund, said the interactive session was to examine the Second Quarter Scorecard of the fund.
“In the last four months, we have paid a total of N306, 554, 896, 23) as claims and compensations.
“These claims and compensations cover Medical Expenses Refund (MER), Loss of Productivity(LOP), Disability Benefits to injured employees, death benefits to next of kin of deceased and employers and retirement benefits to disabled employers,’’ he said.
The NSITF managing director said that the Fund had successfully processed a total of 23,455 Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) applications across the 56 branches of the fund.
He said that the fund had issued 22,761) Employees Compensation Certificates in the last four months.
Akabogu said that the fund had commenced the automation of the NSITF operational processes through its E-NSITF project.
“This is in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive for ease of business and our desire to make sure that our employers experience eases as they do business with us.
“The E-NSITF project will among other benefits, block all financial and productivity leakages within the fund and measure staff productivity.
He said that in meeting its obligations under the Employees Compensation Act, and the NSITF Act, the Fund was committed to ideals of transparency, accountability, and prudence in the discharged its duties.
He added that the procurement processes of the NSITF were no longer executed by the management board of the fund but were now within the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“This management in its bid to permanently reposition the fund is not only ensuring probity in its financial management.
“But it is also implementing strategic reforms such as increased utilisation of technology in its operation, redeployment of staff and units where skills and competence are being harnessed and utilised for the good of the fund and better service delivery,‘’ he said.
Akabogu said that the fund had been active in corporate social responsibility projects such as N1 million donation to Kpakando Foundation for physically challenged persons, sponsorship of vocational skill training among others.
Mrs Ijeoma Oji-Okoronkwo, the NSITF General Corporate Secretary, said the management of the fund had commenced the extension of ECS to the informal sector.
She said this was to ensure that no workers both formal, informal and the organised private sector were left out from the social security safety net.
She noted that in repositioning of the fund for improved productivity, management had conducted trainings for over 1,531 of its staff in the period under review in strategic areas relating to their competences and job roles. (www.nanews.ng)