Civil servants task Jonathan on improved working conditions



The federal civil servants in Nigeria has sent save our souls message to President Goodluck Jonathan to use his office to improve their working conditions in order to improve productivity and effective service delievery especially the out-station workers so that they can measure up with their counterparts in NNPC, CBN and private sectors.
This was stressed by Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Kaduna chapter, Comrade Ibrahim Yusuf Nda during the opening session of interactive session between the head of the civil service of the federation and federal civil servants in Kaduna state held at women multipurpose centre, Kaduna yesterday.
Some of the issues to be addressed include shortage of accommodation, consolidated salary, appointment into federal public service, promotion examination, training and retraining, PenCom, loan from FG, overheads to MDAs and staff welfare, amongst others.

Nda said though the interactive session was taking place for the first time in the history, it would give the workers the opportunity to contribute their quota to the planning, formulation and implementation of policies and subsequently boost their morale towards effective service delivery in the state.
He said: “Out-stations have been neglected for a long time. So, now they felt it is important to dialogue together in order to collectively finding solutions to the challenges of federal civil servants in the country. It is a welcome development.”

Responding, the representative of the Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Mohammed Abbas, said he was in the state not because the challenges were not known, but to find a common ground to resolving them for the purpose of improved productivity in line with transformation agenda of federal government.
He said: “As you may be aware, the purpose is to apprise you of the reform initiatives in the federal civil service geared towards repositioning the service for effective public service delivery and its role of initiating and implementing government policies and programmes.”

He, however, urged them to add more efforts to encourage the government to do more, saying that “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

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