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Between Civil Service And Retirement Benefits

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The condition of service in the civil service is fashioned in a way that the retired civil servant is placed on pension on retirement. Although, if compared to the services at the corporate firms or enterprise, there are notable advantages and disadvantages. Interestingly, as the name implies the civil service and public service operated either as a ministry or parastatals under the federal government, state and local government administrations respectively. It is obvious that without the inputs of the civil servant, the government institution may not have been in existence and would have operated in a vacuum. Civil servants are not only those working directly at the seat of government or at its helm of affairs. For instance, retirement proceedings for those working in government house and its immediate establishments, are treated with urgency to actualise positive results for the affected civil servant. Without controversy, civil servants are the hubs on which the government operates. Both parties reciprocate one another in the discharge of functional activities to move the state forward. Conversely, the treatment accorded contemporaries of civil servants in corporate organisations at retirement is different, for instance, in the civil service, there are two categories of benefit on retirement namely, gratuity and pension. Truly, when a civil servant retires either through the required number of years or old age or death, the total amount of years of service are worked out and monetized paid once to the retiree, while pension continue thereafter for life. Ironically, a lot of retirees have not lived to enjoy the fruits of their labour, primarily because of unnecessary delay for the processing of retirement document even after the stipulated three months in lieu of notice. This ugly situation had led to the formation of Pension Associations in order to facilitate issues affecting the reitirees. Even the first retirement benefit that is the gratuity usually taken a long time to come by. The retiree under go perpetual agony for months or years before being paid the benefit. In the process, some had felt sick and died. At this point, it become more complex and of course, some Where along the line, some case(s) may go into oblivion if there is nobody to follow-up the matter to a logical conclusion. The counterpart in corporate companies enjoys quick attention in relation to the working of their gratuities without much pain. No wonder some civil servants question the rationale behind the delay in the government circle, about the quick release of their retirement benefits. In fact, with the trend of things, the state of the civil service appears bleak if this present recurring decimal continues unabated. It is pertinent that after retirement, the retiree could not accomplish or carry out any meaningful project due to delay in the payment of his/her right, probably at a time when he/she is psychologically, physiologically, socially and mentally incapacitated. However, one began to nurse negative feelings about the civil service, when greater percentage of the life span of a civil servant is spent serving the nation. Nevertheless, civil servants are a political element; however, they cannot be designated as active politicians, even when they rather are very supportive to the political institution. Certainly, during elections, seventy-five per cent of the total vote cast comes from civil servants but later relegated to the background. Summarily, it behoves one to beckon on both federal and state governments in particular to see the civil servants as instrument for the implementation of polices and civil servants who had worked to retirement age should be accorded high programmes of any government in power at federal, state and the third tier, and they should be accorded respect on the retirement. The modalities for the processing of the gratuity and pension benefits should be within the range of three months instead of the agony associated with the delay in releasing their retirement benefits. The welfare of civil servants should be handled with care and the urgency it requires, because they devoted life and energy to serve the nation irrespective of the meager remuneration, unlike their counterparts in corporate companies that receives fat pay as their monthly salary. This would gender them to achieve higher productive while still on active service. Philosophically, it is asserted, “One good turn deserves another.” Therefore, the younger generation are watching with kin interest, how their patriarchs are being treated to which may form major factor in their consideration to take up civil service job as future career. The three-tier government should expedite action now to curb the ugly situation facing retirees in this land flowing with milk and honey. The long history of delay in payment of gratuities, pension to duly retired civil servants should be fast tracked check minimum delay. Ominyanwa, a public affairs analyst, resides in Port Harcourt.

 

Goddy Ominyanwa

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FG Hails Rivers Top Spot In Literacy Education Dev

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The Federal Government has commended the Rivers State Government over its concerted efforts in the development of basic education that has guaranteed the state the highest ranking in literacy education in the country.
The state scored 70per cent ahead other states of the federation in a recent national ranking.
The Coordinator in charge of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), Federal Ministry of Education, MrsAminaHaruna made the commendation, while speaking at a one-day state Technical Workshop on improving BESDA implementation at Bougainvillea Hotels in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Haruna said it was of good note that Rivers State has shifted to where it was before and attained a commendable height in the development of literacy education, adding that such feat was worth celebrating.
The BESDA coordinator, disclosed that Rivers State has also taken the lead to replicate the just concluded performance review meeting held in Abuja, recently, adding that the technical meeting was essentially designed to bring all stakeholders in the BESDA together to brainstorm on way forward.
She said that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring that the menace of out-of-school children in the country was resolved, adding that it was what informed the Federal Government decision to borrow $11million to tackle the menace headlong.
She called on parents to ensure that they give their children the right to education, adding that the importance of education in the society cannot be over-emphasised.
“Rivers State has done well in literacy education, and they are ahead of other states. So, whoever that has done well; praise him or her”, she stated.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku said one of the cardinal policy trusts of the present administration led by Governor Nyesom Wike was to provide access to quality and qualitative education for children in the state, saying that BESDA programme was one of the links to actualise it.
Ebeku thanked the Federal Government and the World Bank for initiating the BESDA programme, adding that it has given hope to many out-of-school children to have access to education literacy, saying that the cult clashes that ravaged some communities was responsible for the over-crowded nature of schools in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state.
He expressed satisfaction with the performance of both teachers and pupils in the BESDA schools in the state, adding that children in the conventional schools were not doing better than the ones in the BESDA schools.
He, therefore, solicited for cooperation among all stakeholders in driving the programme, and assured that the state Ministry of Education would drive the supervision and monitoring to ensure it achieves set objectives.
In his speech, the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Ven. Fyneface Akah said the workshop was organised to replicate the Federal Government’s model on peer review performance by getting all stakeholders involved in achieving gaining more grounds in the BESDA programme in the state.
Akah said the board under his leadership was determined to ensure both children of fishermen and those who are out-of-school have access to quality education, which he said, was essential.
“It is not about the reward but the effort and impact. We are organising literacy content to ensure that those children in the programme read, write and understand numerical skills, and whoever that acquires literary skills has acquired the knowledge for further education”, he stated.
In her remarks, the RSUBEB Director in charge of Physical Planning, Mrs Joy Ojirika, who doubles as the state BESDA focal person, gave a scorecard on the progress of the programme in the state.

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Wike, Okonjo-Iweala, Others For 4th DAAR Awards, Dec 6

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa; are among those to be honoured at the fourth edition of the DAAR Awards.
The DAAR Awards, scheduled to take place on December 6, 2021 in Lagos, is organised by DAAR Communication Plc, which owns RayPower broadcasting station and African Independent Television.
At the ceremony, Wike would be honoured with the DAAR’s Man of the Year Award, while Okonjo-Iweala would be honoured with DAAR’s Woman of the Year Award, just as Okowa would receive award for outstanding leadership in public service.
In a letter to the recipients by the Group Managing Director of DAAR Communications Plc, Tony Akiotu, said the awardees were selected for their exemplary qualities and immeasurable contributions to the sustainable development and progress of humanity in various sectors.
On the criteria for selecting Rivers State governor,Akiotu said, “The Editorial Board and DAAR Communications panel of assessors for the 4th DAAR Awards had unanimously voted to confer the award of Man of the Year 2021 on Wike for his giant strides in infrastructural development of Rivers State and deepening of Nigeria’s democracy”.
Akiotu said that Deputy Senate President, OvieOmo-Agege would also receive award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Service along with Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum; Oyo State Governor, Engr. OluseyiMakinde; and Osun State Governor, Prof. Adegboyega Oyetola.
Also to be honoured are the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who would receive award for Outstanding Performance in the Academia, and Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who would receive Outstanding Performance on COVID-19 Pandemicaward.
According to DAAR CommunicationsPlc, it would honour Ogundipe for extensive work on molecular systematics, plant anatomy, food security, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.

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Senate Blasts Saipem Over Breach Of Local Content Act On NLNG Train-7

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The Senate Committee on Local Content has expressed displeasure at Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, a company handling the Train-7 gas project, for what it termed “deliberate breach” of Nigeria’s Local Content Act.
The company’s management has been evading appearances before the committee until last Wednesday after the panel threatened to compel their appearance with sanction.
However, the panel, chaired by Senator Teslim Folarin, after inference from evidence made available to the panel, demanded an explanation from Saipem Contracting Company why the gas project company awards contracts to foreign companies for supply of steel, rods, among other materials for execution of the project contrary to local firms in clear breach of LCA.
According to the committee, they have been flooded with petitions from the public over the sharp practices of the company in connivance with some Nigerians.
The committee said it was based on that the Train -7 gas project was invited while pointing out the breach of the local content act on the award of contract for the purchase of items for the gas project.
The committee, however, regretted the non-appearance of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Saipem and Daewoo, which they said their appearances would have deepened investigation on why foreign firms habitually shortchange the nation.
It rescheduled the meeting and asked the committee clerk to issue fresh letter of invitation to the absentee organisations.
Senators Folarin and Sabi Abdullahi in reference to a petition pointed out that Saipem management is aware of contracts to foreign firms than Nigerian companies for supply of materials running into millions of euros in breach of the provision of the local content act.
Teslim said: “Can you explain, how you came about awarding the contract for the supply of steel for €4million, to TK Corporation, a Korean company, and €4.27million, contract to another Korean company for pipes, €3.86million to an Italian company and another €5.5million.
“All these are not Nigerian companies.”
He said the local content act provided for 50percent Nigerian content in the execution of the project.
In his response, the Managing Director of Saipem, Mr Walter Peviani said execution of the project by the company was based on a contractual agreement, and documents presented to the company by the NLNG and the NCDMB.
“Within the contractual documents, which we received, entailed, a project Nigerian content plan and entry procedures for Nigerian companies compliance certificate,” he said.
Unfortunately, the Executive Secretary of the National Content Development Management Board was absent despite invitations, a development, the committee said was deliberate and suspicious.

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