ABThe Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has, on behalf of the Governing Board, Management and Staff of the Institute, congratulated the newly-promoted members of staff, who got their promotion letters this week, saying it was recognition and reward for their dedicated work.

Dr. Ayakoroma, who stated this on Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 during the Management/Staff Parley, which took place at the Institute’s Head Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, however counselled those who could not make it in the promotion exercise not to despair but to put in more efforts as the next promotion exercise will take place in January next year.

AB2Also speaking on the issue of unpaid Salary Arrears/Allowances for those promoted since January 2013, the Director, Admin & Human Resources, Barr. Abayomi Oyelola, mni, appealed for the understanding of staffers, as Management was doing everything humanly possible to follow-up the progress from the Budget Office, assuring that as soon as funds are released, the beneficiaries would be paid accordingly.

On the issue of assisting staff to get affordable houses from the recently launched Re-Mortgage Finance Company, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Executive Secretary directed those who applied to make photocopies of print outs of their acknowledgement forms and submit same to the Desk Officer, Mrs. Joan Joseph, for further action.

godsonIn addition, the Director, Finance & Accounts, Mr. Godson Ordu advised members of staff, who were yet to register for the National Housing Fund (NHF) to do so without further delay, and also encouraged those wishing to access the necessary information on their contributions so far to see him in his office.

On the other hand, the Executive Secretary promised that other important welfare issues would be taken into consideration and enjoined all the Directors to ensure that they exhibited fairness and justice when selecting members staff for NICO programmes/activities as it was not the right for some persons to be attending consistently while others were denied such opportunities.

Ayakoroma noted that it was imperative that Directors prepared rosters indicating those who had attended official functions during the year, the event(s) and what time(s), and display such publicly on the Notice Boards so as to avoid undue favouritism.

He also maintained that Management would continue to redeem the one hundred thousand naira (N1000,000.00) marriage support to any member of staff that marries, which informed the increase of the money from the initial forty thousand naira, assuring those wAB1ho are yet to be paid to be patient as plans were in place to clear outstanding arrears before the end of the year.  

In another development, the Director Admin & Human Resources, Barr. Abayomi Oyelola, mni, has assured staffers that due to the concern towards the deadly ebola virus disease, also known as, EVD, that management was procuring sanitizers and other equipment necessary for use in the office as a way of augmenting government efforts at preventing the scourge from spreading to the Institute.

He enjoined them to avail themselves of the opportunity and put the facilities into very good use anytime, also cautioning them to be mindful of how they related to people and avoid unnecessary handshakes, which will significantly curtail the spread of the disease.

Philemon Udeh