Mahmud Kambari, Permanent Secretary Service Welfare Office, office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), has lauded Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan HOCSF, for her concern over the wellbeing of workers.
The permanent secretary made the commendation at the sendoff party, organised by the office of the HOCSF for three retired directors at the office namely Mr Augustine Uzoh, Mrs Otelemate Olusanya and Dr Anne Nzegwu.
Kambari said if Yemi-Esan had more opportunities, she would upgrade the welfare of the civil servants to better their lives while in service and during retirement period.
He said that within three months in office as permanent secretary he had noticed with amazement the way Yemi-Esan spoke concerning civil servants showing that “she is interested in the wellbeing of Nigerian workers.
“I thank God for the celebrators who have retired with good health and I also thank God for the kind of Head of Service that we have who shows concern over the working conditions of workers in Nigeria.
“In fact, I came into this office about two or three months ago, but I can see the commitment in her to the welfare of civil servants, I tell you and I mean it.
“And, if somebody like that would have opportunity, believe me, civil servants would be retiring like this our politicians.”
While commending the Directors Forum at the office of the HOCSF, Kambari appealed for the establishment of such forum service wide as that of permanent secretaries so as to carry other retired directors from across MDAs along.
The forum according to him, will serve as a means to coordinate the welfare of retirees and to accommodate them after service.
“I want to advise that the directors’ forum be made service wide as the permanent Secretaries have their own forum to carry others along.
“The only forum to appreciate retired civil servants is the forum like this because they work for the nation and they deserve better treatment while parting from the service,” he added.
Contributing, Malam Baba Mohammed, Head of Directors Forum at the office, expressed joy over the retirees, saying that for the celebrators to reach the peak of their careers, it worth celebrating.
“This is the first time for the office of the HOCSF to gather to send off three directors at the same time.
“You will agree with me that for somebody to work to reach the peak of his career is not a child’s play and as such, it worth appreciating and celebrating”.
Also, Mr Adebayo Adejinmi, who is also a director at the office, appealed to the government to do all it could to add value to both the serving and the retired civil servants in Nigeria.
According to Adejinmi, addressing the poor salary of civil servants while in service could go a long way to better their lives after services to their father land for a good 35 years.
“Please anywhere we are, anything we can do to add value to both serving and the retired civil servants, let’s do it,” he said.