Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, HoS, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita has advised Federal Public Servants in the country to explore ways of how to add value to their income in order to meet up with the present economic challenges facing the country.
In a press statement signed by the Assistant Director, Media Relations in the office of the HoS, Mr. Mohammed Manga and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, Mrs. Oyo- Ita gave the charge in Abuja while declaring open a one-day seminar organised by the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigerian, ASCSN, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Chapter.
Represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office in the Office of the HoS, Mr. Yemi Adelakun, the Head of Service said that there is no better time than now for Federal Public Servants in the country to begin to have a change of attitude by exploring avenues that would add value to themselves through the acquisition of gainful skills that would improve their human capacity development.
She said that through the acquisition of such relevant skills, Public Servants in the country can now imbibe the attitude of “Do it yourself!” approach, rather than relying on government to do everything for them, especially with the present economic challenges facing the country.
The Head of Service said further that as patriotic Nigerians, workers should also add value to the economy by patronising made-in-Nigerian goods in order to boost the nation’s fledging economy.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Jamila Shuara, said that in the absence of available forex lines or crude volumes to continue massive importation of Petroleum Products, “it is clear that unless immediate action is taken to liberate the petroleum supply and distribution, the queues will persist, diversion will worsen and the current prices will spiral out of control.”
The Permanent Secretary who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Human Resources in the Ministry, Mr. Baba Mairiga listed the benefits of the new framework to include: stabilizing the economic fundamentals and allowing for access to development loans; create labour stability as well as providing government with more revenue to address social and infrastructural needs of the country.
In his welcome address, the President of the ASCSN, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Chapter, Mr. Bolaji Sunday Olaiya, appealed to the Federal Government to ensure speedy implementation of the palliative programmes as a result of the recent increase in the prices of petroleum products to help cushion the economic hardship being experienced by Nigerians in recent time.
The one-day seminar is with the theme: “The Removal of Fuel Subsidy: The Gains and Pains”.

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