As part of continued effort to facilitate the actualization of a digitalized service to boost effective service delivery in the country, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office (SDO) in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Patricia Ibiene Roberts has tasked officers in the innovation department of the OHCSF as well as innovative desk officers in the various Ministries’, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to be implementers of innovative ideas.

She urged them to discharge their duties in an effective and efficient manner to facilitate the realization of the overall objective of innovation reform in the Service.

She disclosed this at a workshop for innovation officers, organized by the OHCSF at the weekend in Abuja. 

The Permanent Secretary said the purpose of the workshop is to drive and promote the actualisation of innovation reform which is one of the eight priority areas of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP).

In addition, she said “Innovation is the foundation of digital economy, it has changed the way we live, study and do things”.

She further said efforts are ongoing to implement ideas from the 2020 innovative challenge competition, which saw the emergence of 3 awardees and ten consolation prices.

According to Ibiene, one of the ideas derived from the innovation challenge is anonymous reporting system, where people can send any kind of report to the Head of Service (HOS), without their names being mentioned, adding that another Innovative idea to be implemented is having the Compulsory promotion (Compro) examination written online.

She noted that Innovation is necessary in the Civil Service to address numerous challenges within the service and the society at large.

In his closing remarks, the Assistant Director, Special Duties Office, in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Jimoh Ajimalufun, thanked the facilitator of the workshop for his commitment in delivering the lectures and also encouraged participants to make best use of the training and translate it into improved job performances so as to achieve the overall purpose of the innovation workshop.

The workshop is the second in the series of trainings lined up for officers of the newly established Service Innovation Department in the OHCSF and other MDAs.


Imaobong Udoh

For: Director, Press and Public Relations