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My plans for the civil service – Oyo-Ita

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The new Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has unveiled her plans for the federal civil service during a shot handover ceremony.

She pledged to innovate and reposition the civil service for efficient, timely and quality service to Nigerians

During the event on Thursday in Abuja which saw the formal retirement of Mr Danladi Kifasi, the immediate past Head of Service of the Federation, Oyo-Ita affirmed her commitment to the implementation of government policies and programmes.

“Today marks yet another important milestone in our desire to improve and re-engineer the Federal Civil service to effectively work as a machine for formulating and implementing government policies and programmes”.

“At a time such as this when expectations of our people on the new government are so huge, we have to be innovative and reposition ourselves to deliver efficient, timely and quality services to meet the desires of our people.”

She explained that she believes in the lofty objectives of the federal government, urged civil servants to key into global including government‘s agenda for change, poverty reduction and social transformation.

The civil service boos solicited the support and cooperation of all the permanent Secretaries in order to deepen the existing collaboration in the Service and team up for the implementation of government development agenda with excellence.

Kifasi, who spoke earlier, said for the civil service to make headway, there is need for improved capacity building and leadership enhancement of civil servants through the on-going Structured Mandatory Assessment-based Training Programme (SMAT-P) and the leadership Enhancement and Development Programme (LEAD-P).

“It is my desire that those programmes which were carefully developed to address the twin challenges of capacity and leadership deficit in the Public service today can be sustained and improved upon.”

He urged the new HoS to pay attention to the welfare of civil servants in order to motivate them to higher productivity by adjusting and prioritising expenditure for critical needs.