The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Dr. Folasade Yemi – Esan has reiterated that Nigeria Civil Service remains the most viable instrument available to all governments for the design, implementation and promotion of good governance in the country.

The Chairman of Council and HoS re -emphasized this fact in her keynote address during the 42nd meeting of the National Council on Establishments on Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 in Lagos. Dr. Yemi -Esan stressed that modern Nigerian Civil Service must remain strategically positioned to develop and drive reforms that will have transformational impact on all sectors of the nation’s economy.

She, thereafter implored States to put in place digitally driven mechanisms and reform initiatives for improved and seamless running of government business. Speaking further the HoS enumerated some of the initiatives driven by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) to ensure policies, programmes and projects of Government translate to tangible and life changing interventions for the wellbeing of Nigerians. They include the implementation of Service-Wide Enterprise Content Management Solutions (ECMS) in collaboration with the African Initiative for Governance (AIG). ECMS is aimed at digitization of records and automation of workflow to achieve overall improvement in information sharing and collaboration across MDAs. The collaboration with AIG also include the LEAD-P/ Special Presidential Cohort Training. The training is a top talent programme designed for civil servants on Salary Grade Level 10 -14.

It is aimed at building the leadership and general competencies of qualified officers and prepare them for strategic and future leadership positions.

The office has also developed a National Policy on Virtual Engagement in Federal Public Institutions in line with Nigeria e-Government masterplan through consultative process with the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.

In addition the Office is partnering with Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) for capacity building programmes that will make for seamless transition from Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER) to Performance Management System (PMS).

Dr. Yemi -Esan also disclosed that the reviewed draft Public Service Rules (PSR) and the report on the relevance of professional qualifications in the Schemes of Service and issues related to enhancing entry points and internship programme in the Public/ Civil Service will be presented at plenary for consideration.

HoS therefore called on Council members to use their wide and rich experiences as well as their in- depth knowledge of the Civil Service to bring about quality resolutions that will propel the Service to greater heights.

Olawunmi Ogunmosunle

Director Information