By Hassan Zaggi Correspondent, Abuja
In order to encourage its staff to have other source of income through faming activities, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has organised a training for its staff on GNet Miracle Investment.
The training is organised in collaboration with Project Fix Nigeria.
The training is aimed at equipping the NAFDAC staff with the rudiments of farming in all ramifications to improve the earning power of participants, create employment and also ensure food security in the country.
While declaring the training open, the Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhii, noted that: “One of problem I saw when I came to NAFDAC even among Directors is that you see a director retire after maybe 35 years of services on reaching the years of 60 and in two months they come to me, saying that it is tough, they could not pay their children school fees. And I say, what can I do to make life a little bit more easy and better for the staff, hence the essence of this training.
“Why you are gathered here is to stimulate you to start thinking about your retirement in a positive way. ”
He, however challenge the staff of the agency to seek continous development of their skills.
“We have had unprecedented staff development activities since I came to NAFDAC. The kind of training that we have had for NAFDAC staff this year, surpasses what have done in NAFDAC all these years combined together.
“If you are in NAFDAC and you are not thinking of continuous development, then you have missed the point.”
Speaking, the Director Administration and Human Resources, Yetunde Oni, explained that: “This training that you have been selected to participate in is solely for your own benefit while in active services or retirement life.
“It is a clear case of making life better for one another. We all know that as public servants, we are not permitted to engage in any form of private practice to prevent conflict of interests in the discharge of assigned duties.
“The opportunity for additional income for a public servant in active service is provided for statutorily only in the area of farming.
“The management of NAFDAC is through this training of today giving us the opportunity to learn how to be successful in farming. It is pertinent to state that this is a welfare programme on a higher level and we are indeed grateful.”
Source : Independent