FG to transform civil service for better productivity- Perm Sec

By The Citizen

The Federal Government is to transform its civil service to make it more vibrant, an official has said.

Dr Tunji Olaopa, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, stated this in Ibadan in a paper entitled ''Effective Performance of Field Officers of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies In the Context of Transformation Agenda.'

'This engagement with staff of outstations by top level leaders of Civil Service has come in the context of the Transformation Agenda and the rekindling of reforms in Public Service geared towards supporting government's developmental programmes, Olaopa, who was supported by top civil servants from Abuja, said there was the need to also positioned and empowered field officers to effectively perform their functions in higher morale and pro-action.

The first-of-its-kind Interactive session held at Oyo State House of Chiefs Ibadan witnessed large attendance of Federal Civil Servants in Oyo State.

Olaopa, who said that the Interactive Meeting with federal outstation offices, was at the instance of the Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Goni, who poised for a change in the service delivery system in the country.

'This meeting, which is part of the transformation agenda of the federal government will be on continuous basis to look into the problems confronting the outstations and the officers working there,' he said.

He said that the Council of Permanent Secretaries would look into the issues of workers’ pension, health, recruitment, promotion, remuneration and welfare raised by the workers at the meeting.

'For example, the issue of monetisation, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), National Housing Fund (NHF) and other sundry problems confronting workers at the outstations will be addressed,' he said.

Workers were asked to submit their questions and comments in writing because of time factor, with an assurance from Olaopa that their concerns would be addressed.

Issues raised at the ainuagural meeting ranges from marginalisation of outstations in promotion, training, office allocations and other welfare packages being enjoyed by those at the headquarters in Abuja.