The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing a historic private-public partnership (PPP) aimed at transforming the Nigerian Civil Service for effective service delivery.
While signing the memorandum of understanding in her office in Abuja, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita said that the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, under her leadership, developed a 2017-2019 strategic plan aimed at improving the current state of the service across a number of critical areas including culture and capacity building, technology, entrepreneurship, and welfare administration.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita said further that, “The OHCSF 2017-2019 Strategic Plan aims to create an efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centered (EPIC) civil service, and thereby, immensely improve the performance of the service, I am elated by this historic event that has happened here today with the signing of an MoU between the OHCSF and AIG pertaining to reforms in the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria. This is a momentous milestone in the decades of the existence of the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria. There has never been a partnership of this kind from within the shores of our great country, Nigeria, to render both technical and financial support of this quantum towards the implementation of the Strategy of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. It is indeed a new vista and change has begun in the Nigerian Federal Civil Service. “Oyo-Ita said.
In her remarks to the support of Mr. President, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said “I want to use this opportunity to appreciate sincerely His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the unrelenting support given to the rejuvenation of the Civil Service and for supporting the modest efforts of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. We will not be here today without the efforts of His Excellency, Vice –President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN, who officially launched the 2017-2019 Strategy of the OHCSF on 28th February, 2017 and was also fundamentally instrumental to the consummation of the partnership with AIG that we have witnessed today.”
Speaking earlier, the Founder and Chairman of Africa Initiative for Governance Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said, “The vision of AIG is to be a catalyst for public sector transformation across Africa, connecting proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding to an amenable public sector in partnerships that seek to attract, inspire and support future leaders of Africa’s public sector. We greatly commend the efforts of the Presidency and the OHCSF towards impactful public sector reforms and are enthused by our shared conviction that such reforms are vital to the sustained growth and development of any economy or nation. AIG is pleased to pioneer and harness private sector support to the government in this area.
“Collaboration between AIG and OHCSF also extends to enabling deserving public servants to access world-class training in order to enhance competency and performance,” he said.
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