The Federal Government has pledged to continue according priority to the welfare and wellbeing of workers in the country so as to boost their productivity and ensure a virile workforce.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation(HOCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, gave the pledge on Thursday in Abuja at the commissioning of ‘Welfare House,’ a welfare facility consisting of a staff canteen, clinic and gymnasium for civil servants.
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.
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 completion of the project.
The Director, Press and Public Relations in her office, Mallam AbdulGaniyu Aminu, in a statement quoted the HOCSF as saying that the facility will create an enabling and conducive environment for workers to perform maximally.
“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,” Yemi-Esan said.
According to her, this 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.
She commended the management of the ministry for their accountability and fiscal prudence in the construction of the edifice.
She said, “If we are accountable like this, the private sector would be more than willing to support us in other endeavours.”
She said that 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.
Also, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Didi Walson Jack, said that the welfare facility was conceptualized by the erstwhile Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Comfort Ekaro and executed through the Private Public Partnership with willing construction firms.