The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, (HoS) Dr. Folasade Yemi - Esan has stated her determination and commitment to capacity building of civil servants through training and re-training of officers for a holistic implementation of Government policies and programs for national development.

Dr Yemi - Esan made this statement at the opening of the 3-day service-wide workshop on Performance Management System (PMS) for Officers in the Federal Public Service held on Monday, 16th November, 2020 at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN) in Abuja.

According to her, the new Performance Management System is anchored on the principles of accountability, transparency, equity and ownership. She added that when fully operational, every individual, unit, Department and Institution in the Public Service would be held accountable on a continuous basis to ensure that national development goals are achieved.

Dr Yemi-Esan reiterated that the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER) was designed to foster and reward high performance at the institutional and individual levels. It however did not have a defined national performance measures for public understanding of service delivery outcomes.

HoS emphasized that the rapidly changing global business environment underscores a shift in the status quo to a more modern and effective approach for achieving employee and organizational goals, hence the transition to the new PMS system of appraisal.

She said the training on the new PMS will acquaint participants with the requisite knowledge and skills in Job Objectives Setting, Performance Appraisal and Rewards System, which are vital parts of the Performance Management System (PMS).

The HoS implored participants to make the best use of the opportunity, contribute meaningfully, rededicate towards adding value to the work they do to give better service to the Nation and develop their individual capacities with the aim of remaining globally competitive and sustaining our role as the engine room of national development.

Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office (CMO), Mr. Mamman Mahmuda said the training is vital because it is geared towards producing competent, purpose driven and professionalized civil servants.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani in her goodwill message said if the objectives of the PMS are achieved the Civil Service will be transformed for the best.  In her words “If your objectives as a civil servant are clearly defined, you will naturally fit into the system and put in your best”.

She enjoined the Permanent Secretaries to run with the vision and encourage their officers to be part of it.

The first batch of the training exercise took place in August 17th -19th August, 2020 for Officers in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. At the maiden training, the participants were trained on how to set job objectives in order to achieve organizational goals. This training involving selected Ministries is a follow-up to ensure that the objectives and benefits of the workshop are cascaded service wide.


Mrs Imaobong Udoh

For: Director Information