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Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, on Friday in Abuja inaugurated two committees to ensure safe and healthy working environment for public servants in the country.

The committees are: Joint Committee for the Development of Framework for the Implementation of Occupational Safety and Health and Technical Committee for the Development of Public Service Emergency Management Policy Framework.

Inaugurating the committee, Oyo-Ita gave members of the committee two months to submit their findings.

According to her, implementation of the outcome will enhance self-esteem and increase job satisfaction among public servants.

She said: “Improving the wellbeing of civil servants involves attending to a whole gamut of issues, including providing a healthy work environment, which guarantees the safety of workers at all times.

“In pursuant of this and to ensure the wellbeing and dignity of employees at work, the National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health was developed.

“This was also followed by the signing into law of the Employees Compensation Act 2010, which is being implemented by the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund.”

She said that the initiative was expected to provide the opportunity for civil servants and indeed the public service as a whole, to access the various benefits provided for in the ECA.

Oyo-Ita said that the technical committee members, who comprised of critical stakeholders from relevant organisations, were expected to develop the Public Service Emergency Management Policy.

She urged them to develop action plan for the implementation of the Public Service Emergency Management Policy and to propose any other recommendations that would ensure effective implementation of the plan.

Oyo-Ita called on the Joint Committee members to examine the ECA 2010 and identify areas of collaboration between NSITF and the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

The chairperson of both committees, Didi Walson-Jack, Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, OHCSF, said that the committees would ensure a safe healthy work environment.

Walson-Jack, said the objectives of her office was to promote international best practices in work environment and encourage social, cultural recreation and sporting activities for the benefits of public servants.

Badanga Lamido, who spoke on behalf of the committee members, assured the head of Service of their commitment to produce good results.

Lamido said: “The time of the initiative is apt and I want to assure you that we will put in our best and come up with result good report.’’

NAN reports that the Joint Committee for the Development of Framework for the Implementation of Occupational Safety and Health comprised 11 members from NSITF, Federal Ministries of Health and Labour and Employment.

The Technical Committee for the Development of Public Service Emergency Management Policy Framework comprised 12 members from the Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, National Institute of Architects among others.

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