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CSW 2024: Government committed to nurturing, empowering Civil Service for improved delivery –Tinubu

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Representing President Bola AHmed Tinubu at the Event, in Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu celebrates the Nigerian Civil Servants on the occasion of the 2024 Civil Service Week, assuring of government’s continued support for the Service on translating policies and plans into high-impact programmes and projects while upholding ‘meritocracy and excellence’

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government is intensifying its support for building, nurturing, and empowering the human capital in the Nigerian Civil Service.

This is why there is a paramount need to enshrine a culture of professionalism and build confidence in civil servants.

ConsumerConnect reports President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, stated this in his remarks, at the weekend, on the occasion of the Award and Gala Night of the 2024 Civil Service Week (CSW), in Abuja, FCT.

President Tinubu, in his address, stressed the significance of the Civil Service in running the affairs of his administration.

Represented on the occasion by Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), the President affirmed the Civil Service is the bedrock, engine, and locomotive of government, which are necessary for the government to deliver public goods to citizens.

“Those who say that a nation is as good as its civil service are close to the truth.

“You are the real establishment that remains to pilot government affairs as we politicians come and go.

“As politicians, we are no more than drivers of the locomotives that you provide,” stated he.

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The Nigerian leader, however, frowned on the recent development in the country’s Service, in which certain workers, who had relocated overseas, are still salaries from the government treasury.

He particularly referenced the shocking revelation by the Head of Service (HoS) about hundreds of workers who had relocated abroad, without formally resigning their appointments and who were drawing salaries from the treasury, for years.

Tinubu said: “Although, the Head of Service said some of these fraudulent workers have been uncovered, she should not stop there.

“The culprits must be made to refund the money they have fraudulently collected.

“Their supervisors and department heads must also be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud under their watch.”

The President also emphasised the Nigerian Civil Service cannot just be a workplace where ‘anything is possible,’ where workers violate rules without the fear of punishment or repercussion.

“The civil service of any nation is too important for such delinquent behaviour to take root or be tolerated,” he declared.

On Civil Service and high-impact programmes and projects in economy

Going down the memory lane President Tinubu said over the decades, successive administrations in Nigeria have initiated various National Development Plans and programmes and all relied on the Civil Service to translate such plans into high-impact programmes and projects across all sectors of the West African country’s economy.

He averred: “We expect you to do the same under our administration.

“This is why we support building, nurturing, and empowering the human capital in the service.”

Tinubu further noted: “This is why there is a paramount need to enshrine a culture of professionalism and build confidence in civil servants.”

Our plans for Civil Servants to deliver optimal performance -Tinubu

The President, in acknowledging the importance of the welfare of the workforce, assures that his administration appreciates the inherent challenges the Civil Service faces in the economy.

He assured the workers: “I want to give you the assurance that we are committed to ensuring the welfare and development of all Civil Servants to deliver optimal performance for the growth of our nation.

“In the past year, I have provided all the necessary support to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to ensure the continued stability of the civil service and to implement far-reaching policies and reforms capable of improving efficiency and service delivery.”

As regards some far-reaching reforms his administration had activated in the Nigerian Civil Service system since it assumed office May 2023, the President explained how he approved the implementation of the civil service reforms in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration.

He said: “With this development, the FCT administration now has its own Civil Service Commission, Head of Service and six permanent secretaries.

“Now, the workers can aspire to reach the pinnacle of their career before retiring.”

Celebrating the achievements of the Service while outlining measures how the system could perform much better, Tinubu noted it is heartwarming to note that the Federal Civil Service is driving a strategic plan that is aligned with the priorities of the current administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

According to him, the plan prioritises Capacity Building and Talent Management through which well-structured training, such as the LEAD-P and SMAT-P are conducted.

He disclosed this is in addition to “structures put in place to promote a culture of innovation in the Service.”

He took the opportunity of this year’s Civil Service Week to commend the passion and commitment of the Head of Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, to ensuring that the Service embraces the changes required to make it a world-class service that upholds meritocracy and excellence.

The President also stated: “I urge all the Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives to fast-track these reforms in their respective MDAs as time is of the essence in our commitment to deliver the dividends of the Renewed Hope Agenda to Nigerians.

“I am aware that due process must be followed in conducting government business but that should not give room for any form of red-tapes or insistence on unnecessary bureaucracies.”

He assured Nigerians: “We have pledged to work for the Nigerian people, and it is critical that all civil servants, and indeed all public servants, recognise the key role they play in the achievement of our full potential as a nation.”

Besides celebrating the contributions of the overall Civil Service in nation-building, the highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of awards to Officers who embody the values of the Service in Nigeria.

Tinubu described the awardees as “men and women of integrity, efficiency, and dedication to duty who have distinguished themselves by delivering maximal output in their spheres of duty.”

The President congratulated all the awardees, reminding them  that “to whom much is given, much is also expected.”

Tinubu added: “As you are honoured today, remember that all eyes will continue to be on you.

“It is in your interest that you keep on with the excellent work.”

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