The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR has assured of Government’s commitment in ensuring that the Federal Civil Service Clubs, located in various parts of the country, are adequately rehabilitated due to the premium the Federal Government attaches to the general well-being of Civil Servants.
She stated this at the commissioning of a newly built Federal Civil Service Club, in Yola, Adamawa State on Wednesday, 7th December, 2022.
In her speech at the occasion, she encouraged Civil Servants in Adamawa State to seek for activities that will promote peace, unity and tolerance for one another towards a better Nigeria.
According to her, Civil Servants, who work very hard towards ensuring the growth and development of the nation, need good facilities, as well as conducive environment to relax and interact amongst themselves after work, hence, the approval to rehabilitate and build, where necessary. Adding that Civil Service Clubs are also meant to uplift the image of the Service, while giving Civil Servants a sense of pride and comradeship, which it is known for.
While urging the Civil Servants to maintain their confidence by constantly improving themselves, she advised them to be dynamic and always be ready to change with the times.
Dr. Yemi – Esan, CFR further urge stakeholders of the Civil Service Club in Yola to ensure that activities in the Club are dignifying, so as to attract as many personalities as possible for increased patronage that will yield revenue for the Federal Government. She encouraged Civil Servants to think out of the box and partner with Institutions within the State, in order to maintain, as well as keep the Club vibrant.
The HoCSF took time to interact with Federal Civil Servants in Adamawa State, where questions bothering on delayed death benefits of deceased Civil Servants; Parttime Teachers that have worked for several years without full employment; alleged fear of stoppage of retirement benefits by PFAs after 70years; extension of Aig – Imohkuede Foundation’s training sessions to the States; review of Pension Fund administration for easy accessibility and the Labour Union’s concerns on salary increments, promotion arrears; affordable housing for Civil Servants, among others, featured. These attracted adequate responses from her and the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office – OHCSF, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, disclosed that the rebuilding of the Club marks the reawakening of supervisory role of the OHCSF, adding that through the efforts of the HoCSF, the Federal Civil Service Clubs, nationwide, now have a budget. While calling on the Managers of the Club to be innovative, she implored Federal Civil Servants in Adamawa State to take ownership of the project, maintain, as well as and sustain it.
In his Welcome Address, the Chairman, Federal Civil Service Club, Adamawa State, Bldr. Mohammed Aminu Sambo, intimated the audience on the condition of the Club that pressured him to write to the HoCSF including the pictures of the old and dilapidated structure, which elicited quick response from the OHCSF. According to him, the intervention was unprecedented, which necessitated the naming of the Club after the HoCSF.
Numerous Civil Servants interviewed, expressed their joy for the new face of the Club, while others requested for additional facilities to make the place more lively.