FG Demands Accountability, Transparency from Civil Servants
In its continuous effort to strengthen and re-invigorate its workforce towards becoming a world class Service anchored on the principles of accountability, transparency and equity in the achievement of national goals, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi – Esan has requested for consistent accountability and transparency from all Civil Servants.
This was disclosed during the inauguration, as well as opening of a 2-day capacity building workshop for the Central Delivery Coordination Unit (CDCU) Task Team of the Office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. She was represented at the Inauguration and Opening Ceremonies by the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office, Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, fca on Tuesday, June 19, 2022 at Bridgewater Hotel, Wuye, Abuja.
According to him, the CDCU is domiciled in the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation (OSGF), who has directed all Ministries, Extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to set up such Units to synergize and take ownership of the initiative, also escalate developments in their various sectors to the OSGF.
It was in compliance with this directive that a Task Team was constituted in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. “Today’s inauguration of the Task Team and capacity building for the CDCU is, therefore, a key performance indicator of our keen sense of leadership on service delivery,” the HoS stated.
Dr. Yemi-Esan said that the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation remains determined and committed to capacity building of all Civil Servants through training and re-training for a holistic implementation of government policies and programmes for overall national development. This is to be sustained by identifying and fostering strong alliances with relevant stakeholders and development partners.
She emphasized on the need to ensure that all staff in Units, Divisions and Departments of MDAs are held accountable on a continuous basis towards ensuring that national goals are achieved, while urging the newly inaugurated committee members to pay rapt attention and fully participate by contributing meaningfully to discussions during the workshop.
In his remarks at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office appreciated the OSGF and everyone who contributed in one way or the other to the realization of the inauguration and workshop, adding that he was confident that the workshop will close skill gaps, build competencies, as well as capabilities of the committee members geared towards effective measurement and reporting of the performance of the OHCSF.
Earlier in her address, the Director, Planning, Analytics and Monitoring (PAM), Dr Anne Nzegwu, said the utility of the Unit is anchored on the commitment of government on accountability and transparency, which are central to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Agenda. She further stated that it is aimed at systematically tracking the developmental strides of the government, especially, as it approaches the twilight of its tenure.
Dr. Nzegwu mentioned that the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021 – 2025 (FCSSIP25), which is designed to re-engineer the Service for increased productivity and quality service delivery, in its six thematic areas, stipulates the position of the OHCSF on accountability, equity and transparency, unambiguously.
The representative of the OSGF, the Technical Assistant to the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office, Mr. Esege E. Esege, in his Goodwill Message, disclosed that in ensuring compliance with the directive, the Office has collaborated with 16 ministries, including the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
He stated that the aim of inaugurating the committee is to get proper data in reporting as it is discovered that some of the data required for reporting are being domiciled in the Planning, Research and Statistics Departments of most MDAs.
In a Goodwill Message, also, Umaru Abu of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office said his organization will continue to support the Civil Service to, once again, stand firmly on its feet, pledging that “we will continue to support and collaborate with the Federal Government.”
The newly inaugurated committee consists of 14 members drawn from departments and parastatals of the OHCSF with the Director, Planning, Analytics and Monitoring, Dr. Anne Nzegwu, chairing.
M. A. Ahmed,
Deputy Director (Communications).
June 20, 2022.
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