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The Federal Government has accepted the sum of N1.3 billiin for death benefits of 497 deceased employees in the federal civil service.

Naija news live reports that Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office (SWO), Workplace of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday at the 2nd Version of the Everlasting Secretary’s Quarterly Discussion board with Labour Leaders in Ministries, Departments and Businesses (MDAs).

She mentioned that the figure was a part of the 563 next-of-kin beneficiaries screened for payment throughout 116 MDAs in January.

“So as to make funds to deceased next-of-kin, a service-wide verification train of backlog of death advantages claims of 563 deceased officers slicing throughout 116 MDAs was performed in January 2019.

“To substantiate the veracity of the declare requests submitted by the MDAs,
after the verification train, a complete of 497 next-of -kins of deceased officers were cleared for payment of N1.3bn,” she mentioned.

She assured that payment to beneficiaries would begin before the end of April.

She mentioned that the Pension Reform Act, 2014, offered that each employer of labour with not lower than 5 workers should insure them to a minimal of thrice of their annual complete emoluments.

She famous that the Act had marked the beginning of the Group Life Assurance (GLA) scheme beneath the OHCSF for federal public servants.

Based on her, GLA scheme is the scheme whereby the Federal Authorities has insured the life of each serving officer and this has been executed in step with the Pension Reform Act.

Walson-jack explained that each serving officer who dies has benefits which his or her subsequent of kin could claim.

She mentioned that the intention of the quartely discussion board with joint leaders in MDAs was to foster industrial peace and concord in the public service.

She said the discussion board additionally exchanged concepts on the way to strategise, initiate and deal with points bordering on the welfare and circumstances of service of public servants.

She mentioned that for improved productiveness, consideration should be placed on the welfare of civil servants.

Highlight of the discussion board was the launch of the Service Welfare Publication Web site and the service Welfare Workplace Digital Assist Desk.

She mentioned that the e-newsletter can be used as a medium to tell, educate and inspire federal public servants throughout the MDAs by maintaining them abreast of various initiatives of government targeted at bettering their welfare and wellbeing.

“It should also present them alternative to showcase awardees of the reward and recognition system throughout the MDAs.

“The e-newsletter can be anticipated to offer workers with updated info of their rights and advantages in addition to present alternative to have fun excellent workers throughout the MDAs,” she mentioned.

Mr Alfred Abba, the Director, Worker Relations and Welfare, Service Welfare Office, OHCS, mentioned that regular and periodic government-union interplay was a platform for sharing concepts, receiving updates on developments on labour-related issues affecting the MDAs.

He mentioned that the forum was additionally an avenue to intimate the representatives of public servants on the insurance policies, initiatives and programmes of the Federal Authorities especially because it pertains to labour and industrial relations management in the public service.

Abah mentioned that the interaction created the chance for appraising and managing industrial relations practices and ensures the need to always align the calls for and requests of the Public Service Commerce Unions.

“This collective duty wants steady consultations amongst stakeholders to resolve issues and maintain a conducive and convivial industrial relations climate in the Service.

“It’s due to this fact, the robust belief of the OHCSF that union officers in the MDAs have the duty of cordially relating with their respective administration to barter demands on employees’ behalf.

“They need to do this with hindsight of the principle of collective bargaining for a peaceable decision,” he mentioned.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the theme for the forum was ‘Managing the challenges of rising realities in labour negotiations in the Federal Civil Service’.

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