National Refugee Commission pledges better staff welfare package

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and internally Displaced Persons

The Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and internally Displaced Persons, Mrs Sadiya Umar Farouq, has assured staff of the Commission, a good welfare package within the limits of available resources.

Mrs Farouq said this during her first interactive meeting with  staff of the Commission  in Abuja, stressing that in line with the Change Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, all hands  must be on deck to achieve the mandate of the Commission.

She encouraged the staff to imbibe the spirit of dedication to duty and shun all forms of negative tendencies that could constitute a clog in the wheel of progress in the Commission.

The Commissioner also announced plans to engage a Special Technical Audit Committee to conduct technical Auditing of both capital and recurrent projects executed and on-going in the Commission between 2015-2016.

She however, noted that the exercise is not to witch-hunt anyone but it is aimed at providing a baseline for the current administration.

According to her, the Audit is necessary to guide informed prioritization of projects as well as to ascertain debt owed constructors.

She also reiterated that the recent briefs by the various heads of the departments and units suggest the need to conduct a value for money audit of projects, specifically, the technical audit of all ongoing projects by the Commission to determining the level of outstanding work and to review projects in relation to desired strategic focus of the Commission.

The Federal Commissioner added that the multi-disciplinary audit committee would also look into other issues including role of the commission, projects in the states, contract documents, budgets and releases in relation to each project and investment by the Commission.

The staff in their various contributions during the meeting expressed their readiness to support the Federal Commissioner towards achieving the goals of the Commission, citing lack of training, poor remuneration, promotion and non-payment of hazard allowance among others as factors affecting effective service delivery by the staff of the Commission.

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