LpBy Correspondent in Lokoja
Kogi State civil servants have been urged to key into investments that would make them self-sustaining after retirement from active service.
The Director of Finance and Administration, Kogi State House of Assembly, Enimola Martins,gave the advice on Wednesday in Lokoja during a one day seminar, organised by the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Kogi Chapter, for its members.
Our Correspondent reports that the two papers delivered by the Director centre on “Preparing For Retirement: Challenges and Solutions”, Public Service Investment: An Essential Basis For Development And A Principal Factor For Achieving Progress And Welfare”.
He enumerated such investments to include; Garri grinding machine services, Kerosene retail sales, Pure water packaging, Rental services, Sales of seasoned food stuff, Vegitable garden, Fruit planting, Supper Market,Barbing saloon as well as Tye and Dye business amongst others.
He described proper investment as a major tool for the civil servants to have in order to have a better and enjoyable retirement life.
On a larger scale, the director described investment in Human Resources as an essential basis for development of nations and a major ingredient for achieving progress for the nation and welfare for its people.
The Chairman of the Kogi Branch of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Comrade Akeji Aron, called for the quick implementation of the new minimum wage by the state government, noting that non-implementation of the policy had been long overdue under the prevailing economic woes in Nigeria.
He also called on the state government to jettison the rumoured implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme and the Kogi Health Insurance Scheme and give attention to providing those benefits that accrued to civil servants,over the years, that were yet to be implemented.
The Kogi State Head of Service,(HoS),Mrs. Hannah Onyinoyi Odiyo said the State Government was committed to the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage for its worker force.
She reemphasized the State Government resolve to sustain enhanced welfare packages for the civil servants to boost their morale and productivity.
HoS promised government sustained regular payment of salaries, pensions and other entitlements being enjoyed by its workers as well as their training and retraining, to better their living conditions.
She added that the state government had embarked on motivation of workers, through empowering them on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to enable them meet up with the modern realty in the discharge of their duties.