FG placing optimum premium on civil servants welfare – AGF Fagbemi

The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN has restated that the Federal government is placing optimum premium on the welfare of civil servants by the payment of wage awards in line with current socio-economic realities.

The AGF, who assured that President Bola Tinubu administration would continue to confer exceptional status on Civil Servants in the country, assured further that in view of their commitments to nation buildings, the government, he noted will continue to promote an enabling environment for them.

Fagbemi stated this on Friday while delivering a keynote address at the Ministerial Service Award for Justice Sector in Commemoration of the Nigerian Public Service held in Abuja.

The initiative which is  being institutionalised is the first by any sitting President.

The ceremony also had a lecture series on Digitization of work processes in the public service: A gateway to efficient resource utilization and national development was delivered by the DG National Productivity Center, Dr. Nasir Raji-Mustapha.

Represented by the Solicitor General Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, the Minister noted: “The idea of a Public Service Award is in furtherance of the mission statement of the service as fashioned out by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation

“The current administration in the country is quite keen on promoting an enabling environment for its workforce as well as creating opportunities for sustainable economic development.”

The Minister thereafter reminded the recipients and other staff of government desire for an efficient workforce that is merit-based accountable and responsive to the citizens and other stakeholders.

Representative of the Head of Service, Mrs J.C Ozuru, in her brief remarks said the  award is not about the money but recognition is much more than money.

She urged other Ministries and Agencies to take a clue from the Federal Ministry of Justice and celebrate their staff.

Speaking earlier, the Director of Human Resources Management, Mrs Mabel Erastus said the the event underscored efforts of the federal government towards rewarding staff of the ministry and its agencies.

At the ceremony, 48 recipients from Directorate Cadre and Middle Cadre, who cut across ministry and agencies of the justice sector were honored and awarded with plaque of excellence.

Among dignitaries that graced the occasion from agencies were the Chairman of the National Drug, Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig Buba Marwa Rtd, DG Nigeria Law School, Prof Isa Hayatu Chiroma, DG National Copyright Commission, Dr John Ose, DG NAPTIP, Prof Fatima Waziri, DG National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, SAN and a host of others.

Mr Gazali Tijani Alkali, SAN, a Deputy Director in the Ministry, who reacted on behalf of other recipients thanked government for the gesture, saying it would spur them to do more.

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