The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has shown commitments to scaling up staff welfare through capacity building that will enhance performance and productivity.
The ministry added that it will ensure collaboration with international organisations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and partnership with Sahel Consulting for capacity-building support.
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Ernest Umakhihe made this known at the commemoration of the 2021 Civil Service Week and Award for Excellence in Abuja recently.
Umakhihe also said that the new Agric Minister, Dr Mahmood Abubakar will ensure zero COVID-19 cases by facilitating the procurement of COVID- 19 safety kits such as hand sanitizers, and facemasks in compliance with Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 preventive guidelines and protocols.
The training exercise, the Perm Sec disclosed, had already commenced providing institutional and staff capacity in agriculture and nutrition, which will be conducted locally and within the African region.
Umakhihe also noted that the procurement of assistance devices for persons living with disabilities in the ministry had received approval as requested by the affected officers through the National Civil Service Association of Persons Living with Disabilities.
According to him,” The ministry is committed to improving the staff clinic by ensuring that the clinic equipment matches the standard of other tertiary hospitals, especially the ophthalmology(eye) section to boost the attendance of patients both within and outside the ministry.
”The ministry is equally committed to improving protocols for the purchase of consumables which will be efficiently and transparently carried out with the targeted result of reducing occurrences of stock-outs of drugs and basic consumables,” he added.