The federal government has tasked federal workers to uphold the civil service rules in discharging their responsibilities ahead of the 2023 general elections transitions.
This is contained in the 2023 New Year message from the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, on Sunday in Abuja.
“I wish to state that the civil service must not lose sight of its agelong function of guiding the Government of the day in the formulation of policies and driving their implementation in the interest of national development and the continuum of governance.
“The importance of these roles cannot be overemphasized particularly in view of the fast-approaching transition of the governance of the country. It is our responsibility as custodians of extant rules and policies to continue to provide professional and ethical counsel to our political leaderships in a manner that would ensure the stability of the service and sustain the confidence the executive and other arms of government have reposed in the service,” Yemi-Esan said.
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The HoCSF said the beginning of the New Year provided an opportunity for workers and all Nigerians to reflect on the preceding year because it was a crucial aspect of the learning process.
She said, “Our recent journey towards the transformation of our identity and mission has indeed been quite eventful. Consequent upon the devastating effects of COVID-19, we resolved to look inwards and take proactive steps to ensure that the Civil Service is able to play its critical role in the disrupted space.
“Thus, our reform programme driven within the framework of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025 (FCSSIP 25) which was fine-tuned by all stakeholders at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic has garnered remarkable momentum as key deliverables of the plan have begun to materialize.
“These are with particular reference to the Digitalisation of our workflow, capacity building and welfare of our teeming workforce, the emplacement of a Reward and Recognition Scheme, institutionalizing a Performance Management System and the Introduction of a Quality Management System,” Yemi-Esan said.