The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has urged Civil servants to frequently engage in exercises and sporting activities in order to keep fit for the enormous task of nation building before them.
Dr.Yemi-Esan, made the call during the Aerobics and Sporting Activities organised for Civil Servants across Ministries, extra-Ministerial, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Abuja, as part of activities marking the 2023 Civil Service Week celebrations.
According to her, for Civil Servants to be able to perform optimally, they must be healthy and so the aerobics and sports are to encourage them to participate frequently in sporting activities because ‘a healthy body begets a healthy mind”.
The Head of Service implored Civil Servants to make adequate use of the well-equipped Wellness Centre recently commissioned in the OHCSF’s Complex for both their physical and mental fitness.
While speaking on the significance of the event, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Dr. Oluwatoyin Madein, said that physical fitness gained by the Civil Servants at the event was overwhelming and a pointer to building a virile nation.
The event featured 100 metres race for both male and female workers, a novelty football match between the Transformative Permanent Secretaries’ team and that of the Directors, which was won by the permanent Secretaries.
Another football match involving teams from the Federal Ministries of Defence and Education was also played, which ended in favour of the ministry of Education.
Other competitions at the event include the, “Best Behaved Team” With the 1st position awarded to the OHCSF, the 2nd went to Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, while the 3rd position was taken by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
The 1st position for the “Best Kitted Team,” was presented to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, while the 2nd position was given to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the 3rd went to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
Also, the 1st place for the MDA with the “Highest Attendance,” was awarded to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing with a total number of 299 workers in attendance, while the 2nd and 3rd positions were won by the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, with 263 and Labour, Employment and Productivity with 191 persons.
In attendance at the Sports Fiesta were Permanent Secretaries, management and staff from various MDAs.
PR/Florence Adewale EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze