The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan has expressed great optimism on the growth of Nigeria Civil Service. She stated that the Public Service as the largest service provider is not deficient of the capacity to deliver on its mandate; adding that the “Present and the future of the Service is truly very bright”

Dr. Yemi- Esan made this pronouncement during the maiden award ceremony of the Federal Civil Service Innovation Competition, 2020 held on Friday, August 7th 2020 in Abuja.

According to her, the fact that majority of Public Servants who participated in the competition were Officers on Salary Grade Levels 07-10 is an attestation to this assertion.

 The HoS described the Federal Civil Service Innovation Challenge as a turning point signaling a major breakthrough in the nation’s collective movement towards a more innovative public service that provides quality service.

Dr. Yemi-Esan disclosed that arrangements have been concluded on the establishment of Service Innovation Department in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.  Furthermore, Service Innovation Divisions headed by Deputy Directors are to be established in the Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Departments of all MDAs. The circular to this effect has been approved and would be issued immediately.

The development is expected to encourage innovation and prevent the suppression of ideas in the system.

Earlier in her opening speech, the Permanent Secretary, Service Policy and Strategies Office, Dr. Magdalene Ajani described innovation as an ingredient for economic growth and national development.

 She stated that Innovation enhances performance, creativity and competition amongst Civil Servants.

The competition started with a total of 168 submissions from 109 Civil Servants who participated in the first round of pitching. At the end of the competition the first prize of N3M went to the team with innovation on how to curb leakages of official data in the work spaces; the 2nd and 3rd runner ups went home with the sum of 1.7M and N1M respectively. Consolation prizes of N200,000 went to each of the ten (10) teams that made it to the final stage.

Iheoma-Hart Queenet (Mrs)
Director, Communications