Fashola Commissions Ultra Modern Staff Clinic Complex
…Reiterates Government's commitment to workers welfare as he renames facility in honour of nonagenarian, founding Perm Sec in Lagos, Folarin Coker
Jul 18, 2013 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday commissioned the ultra modern Lagos State Secretariat Staff Clinic Complex which he renamed Chief Folarin Coker Staff Clinic with an assertion that the facility is another signpost of the commitment of the administration to the welfare and healthy well being of the staff in the public service.
The Governor who spoke at the Staff Car Park opposite the Clinic located at the State Secretariat at Alausa added that the facility would provide basic healthcare for members of staff but expressed the hope that staffers would not have cause to visit the facility by taking measures to stay healthy.
"Like I have always tell people, it is better to prevent it, eat healthy, stay healthy, exercise. I am sure from these facilities many other health tips would be developed which will be circulated through the Public Service Office for your information.
"Come and do your annual screening which is what will help really prevent illness, detect possible illness in advance and refer to regimes of diet or corrective measures to ensure that none of you ever comes here for an emergency", he added.
Continuing, Governor Fashola also said the government's intention is really about preventive health care, adding that most of the pre-employment checks of the government for new intakes will be carried out from the new facility.
Giving an overview of some of the health facilities in the Complex , renamed in honour of the founding Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Public Service, the Governor explained that that there are also other facilities that have been built into the clinic which includes a meeting room for the general public service which will be managed between the Ministry of Health which has supervisory jurisdiction over it and the Public Service Office.
Governor Fashola also informed the gathering that another signpost of the commitment of the present administration to welfare is in terms of Pensions which has become more stable, more reliable and more productive, adding that Lagos is the first state where the contributory Pension has taken a firm foothold and issues of Pensions are no longer an agony.
"There are still a few issues from the old scheme and we are working hard to resolve all of that and everybody who commits a lifetime to public service does not have to fear about tomorrow and with the time that is left, I assure that we will push a great distance to ensure that this is achieved".
Noting that the administration takes the welfare of its members seriously, the Governor declared: "Another signpost of our commitment was that this state was the first to pay the minimum wages even before it became law and it shows therefore that we do not toy with the welfare of those people who turn the wheel of progress here".
He added that the State's Safety Commission also serves the state work force in ensuring and designing the standard and safety at work because the government is concerned about ensuring that the workers work in very safe and secure environment.
The Governor listed the facilities available at the Clinic to include a seminar room which can accommodate up to200 people and can also be used by agencies who have seminars for staffs while also managing cost and keeping things under one roof as well as an executive lounge for senior management staffers.
While responding to a plea by the Head of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) for the state government to allow public servants in parastatals to also enjoy the usage of the health facility, the Governor said they are permitted by law and regulation to make use of it.
He said the state will also be including a crèche in the new multi agency building which is under construction in what used to be the old Public Car Park, adding that many other agencies that are struggling for space now will be able to expand comfortably into the new building.
The Governor who gave kudos to the Health Commissioner for his efforts to see the project to fruition also said the project symbolizes the commitment of the government to the welfare of the people who turn the wheel of development of the state and thanked them for the selflessness with which they have carried out their task which has earned the government a lot of credit.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said the engine room of any arganisation is the people who work there adding that any responsible government must take care of its work force which is what the Babatunde Fashola administration is doing.
"What we are here to do today is just the reflection of that commitment in the welfare of the people in the Public Service of Lagos State", he reiterated.
According to the Commissioner, the facility is to take care of civil servants who might need medical attention during the working hours and would also conduct screening exercises for civil servants.
In his message of goodwill, the Chairman of the Lagos State Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Mr Obafemi Oyenubi commended the State Government for the successful completion of the medical facility.
The Governor later cut the tape to commission the ultra modern clinic at the ceremony which had in attendance members of the State Executive Council including the Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs ) Oluranti Adebule, representative of the Head of Service and Permanent Secretary in the Public Service Office(PSO), Mr Lekan Akodu, Commissioners for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Establishment and Training, Mrs Florence Oguntuashe, Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba and Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr (Mrs) Yewande Adeshina public servants and other dignitaries from far and near.