From EMMA OBI, Calabar
The Federal Civil Service is undergoing transformation for efficiency and improved productivity.
The head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita made this disclosure Wednesday in Calabar.
Oyo-Ita disclosed that the transformations which started in 2017 will end in 2020 projecting that the exercise will gulp N40 Billion. She explained that the sources for the envisaged funds have been worked out.
The Head of Service made these disclosures while declaring open a 3-day retreat for members of the Project Management Teams for the implementation of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) at the Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, Calabar.
Oyo-Ita said “the reforms are deliberate in order to be in tandem with federal government change mantra”, stressing, “This strategy for the civil service reform is entirely homegrown. The World Bank had always spearheaded previous reforms. Our own civil service experts were brought together and were able to inculcate desired expectations.”
She emphasized that the strategy for the implementation of the desired reforms is anchored on four goals stressing that “eight project teams have been inaugurated towards this”.
She said while close to “N40 Billion will go for the reforms, yet the strategy put in place for implementation will deliver upward of N60-N120 Billion savings from the overall exercise”.
According to the Head of Service, part of the reforms would essentially include improved staff competencies and skills through targeted and funded programmes across all grade levels.
“To drive the implementation, she said many private sector reforms champions have been engaged, including Africa Initiative for Governance and McKinsey & Co”.
Similarly, the permanent secretary in the Service Policies and Strategies Office, Mr Ndubuisi Osuji said “transformation plan is a collective vision and commitment to reposition the public and civil service as an effective machinery to implement government policies and objectives”.