Women in the state Civil Service have been called up to form co-operatives to enable them benefit from the empowerment programmes offered by the state governance.
The Rivers State Head of Service, Mrs Esther Anucha made the call recently in Port Harcourt, when the Women Wing of Nigerian Civil Service Union paid her a solidarity visit in her office.
Mrs Anucha said the various empowerment packages offered by the state government through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency and the State Micro-Finance Agency have not been fully accessed by Rivers indigenes and urged them to wake up to the challenges.
Earlier in her address, the Chairperson of the women wing of the Nigeria Civil Service union, Mrs Elizabeth Fuayefika lauded the Head of Service for her leadership qualities and achievements and assured her of their unalloyed support.
In a related development, Ms Anucha has assured members of the surveillance committee of the state joint Public Service negotiation Council who visited her in her office in Port Harcourt that difficulties being encountered by Pensioners in the state would soon be surmounted.
The head of Service who gave the assurance when the Committee members visited her assured them of improved welfare services and expressed gratitude to the state Governor for his support and encouragement. She also urged civil servants to reciprocate the gesture by being hardworking and dedicated to their duties.
In his address, the coordinator of the Surveillance Committee of the State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Mr. Benneth Agorom said the visit was to notify her of the revival of the Surveillance Committee comprising of 52 members of various unions in the public sector with the responsibility of maintaining peace and order in the secretariat complex.