Perm sec seeks paradigm shift in civil service
Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Communication Technology Dr. Tunji Olaopa has said the Nigerian Civil Service needed a paradigm shift away from its current state for it to be transformed.
The nation also needs to have honest leadership to implement a game plan, he said at the 60th anniversary celebration lecture of the Federal Civil Service Commission in Abuja.
He said: “For (the) Federal Civil Service Commission to witness the desired transformation, the nation needs honest leadership commitment to implement a game plan that takes development management beyond business as usual by placing as priority the rebuilding of value-based institution as top priority.”
According to Olaopa; “the underlying causes of low performance level of the civil service are not essentially the fault of civil servants of this generation; the challenge they face is systemic. The today’s civil servant predicament is that they are stuck in a business model or a development carrier that requires a jet engine but that is being operated with the engine of a Beatle car”.
He said the service needed to be rebuilt into a “Value-Based Institution with emphasis on integrity, pay reform and workforce study.”
“Political leadership must share in this vision and invest in the process to reverse current reality where it expects to harvest from a system to which it has made little or no investment but which it is more inclined to crucify,” he said.
Diversion of water taking place at Kashimbila Multi-Purpose Dam in Taraba, to allow for construction work at the other part of the dam.