Perm sec seeks par­a­digm shift in civil ser­vice

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Lat­i­fat Opoola

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.

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