Mr Luka Pampe, a Plateau-based political analyst, has called on government at all levels to prioritise the welfare of workers.
Pampe made the call in paper titled “Impact of Working Condition on Performance of Civil Servants” presented at a one-day seminar organised by the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, on Wednesday in Jos.
The analyst further advised government to cut down cost of governance so as to channel the resources toward ensuring that the working condition of civil servants are improved upon.
“Public service rules, scheme and requisite civil service guidelines should be reviewed to reflect mandatory provision of offices, ventilation facilities, free internet services, staff Heath policies, among others.
“For instance, just as government budgets billions of naira for renovation as sundries for National and some state assemblies, the civil service secretariat should also be considered.
“There is no better time to cut down on excessive cost of governance in Nigeria than now. Political office holders should make sacrifices while the condition of civil servants are improved upon.
“Long convoys, unnecessary oversea travels and expenses including domestic maintenance for office holders ‘senior directors’ in the service should be significantly reduced,” he advised.
He said the call for the removal of HND/B.Sc dichotomy in the civil service should be revisited and treated with all seriousness and urged government to ensure right placement for workers to encourage productivity.
Also, in a paper titled “Employee Welfare and Wellness, Motivation for Achievement of Organisational Goals” at the event, Mr Timothy Parlong, arrested civil servant, agreed with Pampe.
Parlong said when the well-being of workers is compromised, it would lead to poor and under performance, fail in the discharge of duties, loss in ability, among others
“A general feeling of malaise and dissatisfaction with job, colleagues and or the organisation will have a detrimental impact not only on the employee concerned but on the wider team too
“So, an employee deserves more than only salaries or wages, hence the need for the provision and improvement of existing welfare facilities at work places,” he said
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the one-day seminar has the theme “Toward a Good Working Environment”. (NAN)