Nigeria: HCSF to Workers - Go Into Farming

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, has urged civil servants and prospective retirees to embrace agriculture to live meaningful life after service.

She gave the advice in Abuja yesterday at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding by her office, the Public Service Institute of Nigeria and the Bank of Agriculture.

She said a mistake many civil servants had made over the years was inadequate preparations and planning before retirement.

"The welfare of the civil servants is the key objective of the Federal Civil Service Strategic Plan.

"Initially, the programme was designed to see to the welfare of officers who are about to retire.

"When we had an initial meeting, I said it's too late to start planning for retirement just before retirement. We've lost it completely.

"The only profession/business that's allowed by the constitution which civil servants can venture into, even while in service, is the agricultural business. So, we thought that is the best way to go. Agricultural business has a very wide value chain," Yemi-Esan said.

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