The Ag. Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan has encouraged the Superior Officers in the Civil Service of the Federation, to accept with humility any innovative idea from the younger Officers in service noting that the reason for introducing innovation policy in the service was for the service to do away with the bureaucratic processes and transform to a modern Public Service where services would be effectively and efficiently delivered.
She said this during a presentation of her keynote address / response on questions that arose at a conference, with the theme “Creating Opportunities by Leveraging Innovation for Effective Public Service Delivery and Economic Diversification”, which was organized for the Permanent Secretaries, Chief Executive Officers and Directors of Ministries, Departments and Agencies at the Federal level by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in conjunction with the Oil Producers Trade Services (OPTS).
Dr. Yemi-Esan also highlighted the ways the innovation process would be driven in the service. She noted that a Department that would be headed by a Director would be domiciled in the OHCSF and units created across the MDA; LAUNCH OF AN INNOVATION CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS ON INNOVATION by creating an online innovation network that showcases existing innovations in the Service to foster knowledge sharing and the launch of a service-wide innovation workshop to educate staff on innovation which is the key objective of this conference; CREATION OF INNOVATION PIPELINE TO ENCOURAGE IDEAS AND CONCEPTS through partnerships with innovative companies, workshops and secondments and the launching of in-house tools via brainstorming sessions and innovation boot camps; among others and LAUNCH OF INNOVATION COMPETITIONS ACROSS MDAS. At least one annual innovation challenge will be held to cultivate ideas and technologies, as well
as for enhanced service delivery, efficiency and productivity in the public service.
Earlier, in her welcome speech the Permanent Secretary, Service Policies & Strategies Office (SPSO), OHCSF, Dr. Magdalene Ajani said that there was that dire need to bring in new ideas into the service for it to function optimally and be able to meet the rising yearning of the nation. She added that it was in line with this reason that a-two-day training on “Radical Innovation” was organized to train and reposition crop of civil servants who would come up with new ideas, create new ways of doing things to improve the service delivery in the civil service of the nation.
To achieve this laudable objective, Dr. Ajani continued, officers between GLs. 08 and 14 were randomly selected from MDAs for the two days training maintaining that the training heralded to the conference of the day of which the purpose was to gather all the facts that were pointed out by the youngers officers that inhibit innovation in civil service for discussion and to brain storm on the Public Service Innovation in Nigeria and the way forward with the superior Officers in the Service. The conference was meant to achieve a “no return” to bureaucratic processes in Public Service for a better and quality service delivery. She however, welcomed everyone and urged them to keep an open mind to topic of the conference for the benefit of the service and the nation at large.
Goodwill messages were taken from the Permanent Secretaries of Mines & Steel Development, Health, Vice Chairman of OPTS, Lorenzo Fiorillo, Executive Secretary, National Board of Technical Education (NBTE), Moshood Elele, ASCON representative, Prof. Cecilia Anyawu and Executive Secretary Federal Housing Loans Board (FHLB), Hadjia Fika. Each of them tailored the innovative ideas in their different offices and how those ideas have helped the ease of doing things by serving the public better.
The great teacher of Innovation, Sanjay Sarma in a keynote presentation took the audience on creating opportunities by leveraging innovation for effective public service delivery and Economic diversification. After his lecture, an interactive session was held where Directors mainly, had to ask questions and suggested ways of making successes in this area of innovation and agreed unanimously that there was no going back to innovation drive in the Public Service of Nigeria.
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