By Victor Ahiuma-Young
PRESIDENT-GENERAL of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, has said that addressing the welfare needs of members; key investment initiatives and massive training and retraining of members, have been responsible for enviable state of the association today
Kaigama told members that the Union has set an enviable standard through the methodical configuration of its objects in which all the organs of the platform are made to function efficiently and effectively.
According to him: “This, of course, has translated into the successes which the Association has recorded in the recent past as regards its position as Council I of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) and a frontline affiliate member of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC). The need to sustain the competitive edge of the Union in a volatile operating environment and the drive to reposition the body for the future has all along been the cornerstone of all of our efforts.
You will note that the Association’s direction, in this current dispensation, is tailored along three different perspectives namely: Addressing the welfare needs of our teeming members; Key investment initiatives; and Massive training and retraining of members. There is no doubting the fact that we have made tremendous and remarkable progress in these key areas.
As we move along in the coming years, we are equally desirous of building on what we have achieved so that the union can be rock solid to withstand whatever shock that may come its way either now or in the nearest future.
The PG noted that “it is saddening to note, however, that in spite of the giant strides made by the Association in the past couple of years, these accomplishments have been viewed negatively by a myopic few. They have forgotten the fact that change is the only thing that is constant in life. We as a trade Union body cannot continue to do things the same way and expect different result(s).
On our part, we have elected to forget the past, endeavour to look forward so that in the final analysis, we can be seen to have done better than anyone might have envisaged. For us, refusing to prepare for the future is a blind way to face life, a stance that lets the world pass you by, as you think you are coming to grips with it.
“It may interest you to note that since the commencement of our massive capacity-building programme, we have discovered that the natural authority in speech, body language and disposition of our members is now more pronounced, a quality that the training programme has instilled in them.
More importantly, it has been commendations galore by many from far and wide. It is against this backdrop that I call for your hand of fellowship to sustain the milestone attained so far by the Union. With our current level of attainment, we should avoid being complacent. All we need to do now is to work harder, always put our eyes on the ball and remain focused.
We should distance ourselves from those retrogressive ideas and negative acts that had destroyed sister organisations that were the envy of all in the years gone by but which have now become carcasses and shadows of themselves. We should strengthen the structure by continuing to build on our current level of attainment.
Success should at no time be taken for granted. We should therefore continue to be on top of our game so that we can always excel and at the same time remain relevant in the scheme of things no matter the scenario that plays itself out.”