The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Bank of Agriculture are working out modalities to finance the Agro- Businesses of prospective retirees under its exit management programme.
This was the high point of discussions on Thursday, 7th June, 2018, during a meeting between the Office the of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and officials of Bank of Agriculture on the proposed partnership on the implementation of the Pre-retirement training component of the Federal Civil Service Exit Management Programme, in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, Mni, expressed her excitement about the meeting as it marks the beginning of a new dawn for the Federal Civil Service.
’’The interaction this morning is therefore the first in the series with our potential partners in the implementation of the Exit Management Programme” she said.
Mrs. Walson-Jack said that the major concern of prospective retirees is how to fund their business ventures of interest, which has necessitated the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to explore partnership with key Agencies of Government such as the CBN, BOA and BOI to ensure that prospective retirees are able to put into practice what they have learnt during the pre-retirement training, thereby actualizing the noble objective of the programme as well as ensuring its sustainability.
She further said the expectation from the partnership with the Bank of Agriculture is technical support to further deepen the required training in various Agric business of choice for retirees and to fund the take-off of the business ventures.
She added that the exit management programme is expected to guarantee the welfare of employees at every stage in their career and bring about an all-round development of the workforce resulting in improved health of employees, job satisfaction, workers personal safety, improved Industrial relations, efficiency of the workforce and ultimately, national economic development.
The team leader of the Bank of Agriculture, Mr. Aliyu Yakubu said the Bank’s mandate is to provide agricultural and financial services to support clients in all activities in the Agricultural Value Chain. These are services which cannot be readily accessed from existing deposit money banks.
Mr. Yakubu said the BOA is optimistic that the partnership will help the Bank to further deliver on its mandate.
For: Director Communications
Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.