The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan has said that the present administration has offset backlog of death benefits of 594 deceased Civil Servants.
She disclosed this while fielding questions at a Press Briefing organized by the OHCSF to commemorate the 2021 Public Service day on Thursday, 24th July, 2021, in Abuja.
According to Dr Yemi-Esan, the Federal Government released N2.5 billion last year out of which 594 beneficiaries have been paid.
“Following the release of N2.5billion to pay backlog of death benefits to the next of kin of deceased officers, as at today, the sum of N2,468,094,063.08 has been expended to settle 594 beneficiaries. The balance will be paid to other beneficiaries once the office receives the requisite banks’ attestation'
At the briefing, the HoS gave account of the OHCSF feats from 2019 till date. Some of these achievements were: the digitalization project which comprises of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Solution, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) service-wide rollout and ISO Certification; Capacity building which includes the induction training to newly recruited staff, Structured Mandatory Assessment –Based Training Programmed (SMAT-P), Leadership Enhancement and Development Programme (LEAD-P); Training for conversion to planning cadre, Coordination of MDA’s training programmes where 66,000 Officers are expected to be trained, Media training for Permanent Secretaries; Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS);
Others are: Performance Management (PMS) implementation, Review of Public Service Rules/ Schemes of Service; Service Welfare Programme / Activities, Federal Public Service Entrepreneurship Programme, payment of Backlog of Death Benefits, Provision of year 2020 Group Life Assurance (GLA) Cover for Federal Government Employees and Procurement for year 2021/2022, Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme, Resuscitation of the Federal Civil Service Clubs, Renovation works at the Federal Secretariat Complex (Phases 1,2 & 3) Abuja, Development of FCSSIP Successor Plan (2021-2025) and Culture Change.
While encouraging the resilience of Nigerian Civil Servants in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the HoS urged all Civil Servants to redouble their efforts towards the service of the country.
She also used the opportunity to invite Civil Servants to the forthcoming event for the Public Service week being the Public Service lecture holding at International Conference Centre with this year’s theme “Deploying Technology to Sustain and enhance Service Delivery in the face of this challenging Covid-19 Pandemic”
Iheoma-Hart Queenet. C.
For: Director, Press & Public Relations