FG sues for synergy, collaboration with labour unions

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By Emmanuel Obisue

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, has called for continued partnership and synergy between government and the organised labour in Ministries, extra-ministerial Departments and Agencies, MDAs, for optimal performance and effective delivery.

The Director Overseeing, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare, SWO, in the Office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Comfort Adeosun stated this at the 4th Permanent Secretary’s Quarterly Forum with Leaders of the Joint Union across MDAs on Wednesday.

Dr. Adeosun noted that the Forum was established to improve synergy that will stimulate a harmonious working relationship between the Unions and Government for enhanced service delivery.

“It is equally to enlighten them on various initiatives of Government on issues relating to the general welfare of Public Servants and to create an enabling environment for easy implementation of staff-friendly policies that will improve the wellbeing and welfare of workers in the Service,” she said.

She appreciated the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF) for her dogged commitment to the welfare and well-being of the Service.“This commitment is expressed in the approval to resuscitate the Forum with a directive to ensure its sustenance, in order to consolidate on the existing harmonious working relationship between the Government and Labour in MDAS,” she stated.

Dr. Adeosun disclosed that the OHCSF is committed to ensuring the continuity of the Forum for improvement of synergy and cohesion. It is an impetus for the progress of the Public Service, leveraging on conflict resolution mechanism to nip in the bud labour contentious issues, thereby forestalling the escalation of industrial unrest, which hinders national growth.

Speaking earlier, the Acting Director, Employee and Industrial Relations, Dominic Chibueze stated that Government cannot function as a critical component of nation building without the co-operation of labour. “Government cannot deliver on its core mandates, if a conducive environment for Civil Servants is not guaranteed and one element, which assures that is the workforce,” he said.

In his remarks, the National President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, Dr. Tommy Etim Okon stated that information is key and where you congregate union leaders from MDAs, you are creating a way to ensuring that there is industrial peace and harmony. “Without industrial peace and harmony, there will be no progress. No policy thrives without it,” he said.