HOS highlights major challenges confronting Nigeria’s civil service.

Nigeria civil service challenge

HOS highlights major challenges confronting Nigeria’s civil service.

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The Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has listed poor funding, attitudinal change, and automation as some of the major challenges facing Nigeria’s civil service.

  She stated that the government had designed the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan to address the lapses with a view to boosting productivity, professionalism, and efficiency in service delivery.

   The HoSF spoke yesterday in Abuja while reeling out the achievements of her office in the last one.

   Oyo-Ita said: ”Under the visionary leadership of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, the service is experiencing a transformational drive that would culminate in an efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centered (EPIC) civil service. I, therefore, call for synergy among stakeholders for the successful implementation of our strategic plan.”

   On the capacity building and culture change for staff, she said 48,210 civil servants had benefited from various training programmes and workshops between 2015 and 2018.

  She added: ”The Federal Training Centres (FTCs) within the period under review enrolled 1,964 staff in the various centers to cater for the training needs of the junior and middle-level manpower of the service.”

  The HoSF explained that her office recently settled out of court the matter involving outstanding promotion examinations for 75 deputy directors (Automation) that had lingered for three years, stressing that the promotion into the office of the Director (Administration) was a decision jointly taken with the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN) last year.

   In the area of welfare, Oyo-Ita submitted: ”A total of 4,167 staff across the service benefited from the Federal Government Staff Housing Loan in partnership with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) between 2016 and 2018.

  “A total of 2,077 staff benefited from home renovation loan of N1 million implemented by the office in partnership with the FMBN from 2016 and 2018.”

  The Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office in the office of the HoSF, Mrs. Didi Walson Jack, said the outgone year was eventful, stating: ”We are glad to report that a number of initiatives were introduced and the implementation of various ongoing programmes was stepped up.

 “These were done towards the actualization of the various targets set for each of the eight priority areas of the (strategic) plan.”