Council urges FG, others to provide opportunities for workers to excel

Another section of Nigeria workers during 2019 worker’s day in Abuja

The Federal and state governments have been urged to provide opportunities for public and civil servants to develop and improve on their skills and capabilities through regular training and re-training.

This was one of the decisions as contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the 41st National Council on Establishment (NCE) held from Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th November, 2019, in Asaba, Delta State as signed by Mrs. Iheoma-Hart Queenet on behalf of the Director, Communications OHCSF.

Other decisions in the communiqué of the meeting include, the council’s earlier decision at several meetings that professional certificates should be used for proficiency purposes only, in the service; and for Government to pay salaries regularly as a way of motivating their workers for optimum performance.

The 42nd NCE is proposed to take place in Lagos State in 2020.

“A committee to examine issues of review of entry point, internship programme and any other related matters in the Service. The Committee shall also assess the appropriateness/ relevance of Regulatory and Professional Certificate in the Schemes of Service for determining Entry, Advancement/Promotion and general career progression in the Civil/Public Service.

“Government to consider establishing regulatory bodies for relevant professions for the delivery of quality Service with a view to ensuring that those employed in the Service perform efficiently; Placement of Officers on Salary Grade Levels on entry is based on job content after thorough job evaluation.

“Officers were enjoined to improve on their skills as a way of advancing in their career and not through membership of associations/ professional bodies; Governments to ensure that contributions of employees under the Contributory Pension Schemes (CPS) are promptly remitted to the Retirement Savings Account (RSA) in compliance with the 2014 Pension Reform Act.

“Council is to set up a monitoring committee on Establishment matters to ensure that the Services comply strictly with its approval and National Assembly enjoined not to pass bills that border on establishment matters, as such issues require cursory examination of each subject at the NCE, where they are deliberated upon before appropriate decisions are taken to avoid conflict with extant Rules and Regulations in the Service.”

The Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (Ag HoCSF) and Chairman of Council, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan presided over the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Heads of Service from 32 states in the Federation including representatives of the FCT; the Chairman of Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), National Salaries and Wages Commission (NSWC), Corp Marshals of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and other Federal and state delegates who participated in the meeting.

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