PS Health Calls For Harmonious Relationship
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The outgoing Permanent Secretary, Health, Mr Clement Uwaifo, has charged civil servants to strive to maintain harmonious working relationship in their places of work. Mr. Uwaifor gave this charge while addressing staff of the Ministry during his handing over ceremony in his office, in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Uwaifor said, building and strengthening the civil service was his main focus during his tenure as a Permanent Secretary. He said this attitude must be adopted by every Public servant because ‘’Public Service must be strengthened and not brought to ridicule’’.
He commended the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole and the Minister of State, Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, for their uncommon and purposeful leadership, which he said, was worthy of emulation.
He urged Directors in the Ministry to entrench discipline and maintain proper lines of communication with their subordinates. He also advised that rumour-mongering and gossips must be reduced to the barest minimum. This, he underlined, would go a long way in sustaining peace and harmonious working relationship within the system.
Mr. Uwaifor further called on Staff of the Ministry to be committed, loyal and dedicated to duty as these were the cardinal characteristics and the hallmark of good civil servants.
He also commended members of the Labour Union in the Ministry for their support and cooperation during his tenure, reiterating that dialogue was the best way to resolve issues rather than confrontation and gangsterism against the system.
The Director, Department of Public Health, Dr Evelyn Ngige is to steer the affairs of the Ministry in Acting capacity until a substantive Permanent Secretary is appointed.
In her response, Dr Ngige congratulated Mr. Nwafor for a successful career and his attainment of 35years in service adding that his commitment and dedication to duty, particularly, while in the Federal Ministry of Health had left an indelible mark in the lives of all Staff.
She pledged to uphold the good record left by the outgoing Permanent Secretary, in order to give the Ministry a new narrative.