KEFFI (NASARAWA STATE) – The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa state, Dr Joshua Giyan, has advised civil servants to form or join cooperative societies in order to improve their socio-economic welfare.
Giyan gave the advised on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Keffi, Keffi local government area of the state.
He noted that cooperative societies offer micro credits to civil servants in times of need and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
“We are committed to the welfare of our staff, both the clinical and non-clinical staff, and we also have a functional cooperative society where members of the cooperative can use it to boost their welfare.
“The importance for the formation of cooperative societies among the civil servants in any organisation, especially the low earners, cannot be over emphasised to the socio- economic development of the country.
“The formation of savings and credit cooperative societies all over the world had helped a lot of civil servants to pool their resources and take various kinds of loans thereby improving on their socio-economic wellbeing.
“Cooperative societies had enabled civil servants to build houses, pay fees for their children, further their own education, cater for family medical bills and it had enabled low income earners to achieve goals that they would not have attained on their own.
“So I want to call on not only the staff of this centre but other civil servants who are yet to form or join cooperative societies in their organisations to do so considering its enormous benefits in improving the standard of living of workers and other Nigerians,” Giyan said.
According to him, joining cooperative societies by civil servants will help in improving their welfare and arresting their emergency financial problems.
“Civil servants will accomplish huge projects and embark on investments which they could not do as individuals,’’ said the CMD.
Giyan explained that the cooperative societies would provide members with development loans, school fees loan and emergency loans, among other benefits.
The chief medical director also noted that cooperative societies provide members with credit facilities at lower interest rates than commercial banks and other financial institutions.
According to him, such societies do not charge loan processing fees and other miscellaneous charges.
However, Giyan assured workers of the centre on improved welfare of its staff and called on them to complement government efforts through hard work in order to ensure quality service delivery.
The CMD commended the Federal Government for its sustained effort at funding the health sector. (NAN)
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