Niger State Govt Encourages Civil Servants To Embrace Farming
Civil servants in Niger State have been implored to embrace programmes that will earn them more income than their salaries, which will encourage them at their time of retirement.
stated this when flagging off Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) wet season farming for state civil servants in Minna.The governor explained that the commencement of the initiative is a fulfilment of his dream for the state civil servants, adding that he desires to see civil servants becoming employers of labour.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, while urging the civil servants to key into the scheme, acknowledged that the programme has immense benefits as it will create job opportunities, increase the income of civil servants and boost the internally generated revenue of the state.
“I dream of a Niger State where most of our civil servants will move from employees to employers. If you engage in programmes like this and from my calculations, I want to believe you will earn more than your salary when you embrace the programme,” he said. headtopics.com
The governor disclosed that over 4000 civil servants are targeted for the first phase of the programme, adding that he will engage the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) so as to increase the number in the next farming season, pointing out that the state has the capacity to cultivate enough rice to feed the nation.
Governor Sani Bello, while promising to support all programmes geared towards enhancing the welfare of civil servants, directed the state Head of Service (HoS), Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar, to initiate more of such programmes and projects that will attract the civil servants and afford them the opportunity of generating more income for themselves that could lead to early retirement.
The state Head of Service, Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar said the initiative is a social intervention to boost food security in the country, and also add income to the civil servants.She said that 2,000 and 4,000 civil servants both at the state and local government level, have expressed interest in the programme with about 300 being captured already for the take-off of the scheme.Read more: LEADERSHIP Newspaper »
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