THE PRESIDENCY
OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION

 WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PERMANENT SECRETARY,

 SERVICE WELFARE OFFICE, MRS. DIDI WALSON-JACK mni,

 AT THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF THE FEDERAL INTEGRATED STAFF HOUSING (FISH) HANDBOOKS AND WEBSITE HELD ON THURSDAY, 20TH DECEMBER 2018 AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA.

Protocol

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this auspicious occasion of the Public Presentation of the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Handbooks and Website, and Commissioning of Federal integrated Housing Estates in Kuje.

2.         I am greatly delighted to see and acknowledge the presence of very distinguished guests, partners, and other Stakeholders who have honoured our invitation. I welcome in a special way, Members of the Federal Executive Council, all former Heads of the Civil Service of the Federation here present, my colleagues Permanent Secretaries, serving and retired; Heads of Constitutional Bodies, Inter-ministerial Departments, Parastatals and Agencies; Mrs. Adeyinka Adekoya, the CEO /MD of WAPIC Insurance Plc, and her delegation. WAPIC is our partner and Service Welfare Champion for Industrial Relations. We welcome the representative of Old Mutual Assurance Company Limited, our Service Welfare Champion for the Rewards and Recognition System and the Service Welfare Newsletter; Directors, other Civil and Public Servants of all categories, Labour Leaders, and all other key partners in the business of improving the welfare and well-being of Federal Civil Servants.

3.         This is indeed a historic moment and a milestone in the effort of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation at providing quality and affordable housing to Civil Servants.  The Federal Integrated Staff (FISH) Programme was initiated in 2013. It is gratifying to note that in 2015 following her appointment, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred E. Oyo-Ita, ensured its continuity by adopting and launching the programme as her flagship. Today, history is being made to the glory of God.

4.         It is important to also specially acknowledge the presence of our Strategic Partners in the delivery of the FISH Programme, without whose support, our celebration today would not have been possible.  The Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Family Homes Funds, and other Mortgage Banks are given special recognition for their valuable support towards this success story.

5.         I welcome and acknowledge the commitment of all our Real Estate Developers for making today a reality. Indeed, we salute them for their sacrifice and commitment to keeping faith with the programme. To FISH Off-takers, our beloved Civil Servants for whose welfare we exist, we congratulate and appreciate you all for believing in the FISH Programme.  Without you there would be no FISH programme. You are the reason for the programme. You are welcome.

6. The success of the FISH programme is clearly attributable to the visionary leadership of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, FCA, NPoM, whose commitment to the welfare of Civil Servants is second to none.  Aside from the FISH Programme, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has graciously approved several other initiatives to improve the well-being and welfare of Federal Civil Servants.  These initiatives include the Exit Management Programme comprising the Pre-Retirement, and the Post-Retirement Service Scheme; a Rewards and Recognition System; a Baseline Survey on Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Civil Service; as well as the Development of a Federal Civil Service Welfare Policy, just to mention but a few.

7.         Finally, I would like to, once again, most sincerely welcome you all our stakeholders, partners and friends. Thank you for finding time from your very busy schedules to travel, from far and near to be with us at this event.

Thank you for honouring our invitation and may God make us all Home Owners!

Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, mni

Permanent Secretary

Service Welfare Office

Thursday, 20 December 2018.