Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sanity Returned To Nigerian Civil service As Jonathan Reads Riot Act To Permanent Secretaries

           It was yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan implored permanent secretaries of the federation to wield back the culture discipline into the Civil Service.
According to him, permanent secretaries were in the best position to  discipline civil servants in the day to day running of  government establishments because of their positions as the accounting officers in the ministries.
          The president who made this imploration after swearing-in two newly appointed Federal permanent secretaries at the presidential villa, Abuja expressed dismay that there was indolence in the civil service - a situation where civil servants go to work late and leave the office at will.
He illustrated his plans to pay surprise visits to ministries so as to checkmate indiscipline, saying, “One of the things we get to know is that people these days go to work whenever they wish and leave the offices whenever they want to.
“As a government, we have a period people are supposed to resume duty though, I know it does not affect permanent secretaries and ministers, you don’t have a resumption or closing time. But for normal civil servants I think resumption is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and I believe that this must be religiously adhered to Jonathan added.
               He also added, “If for any reason an officer will leave office earlier than 4 p.m. or resume later than 8 p.m. the permanent secretary or the director in charge of that directorate must be informed. I think we must make sure that we bring back discipline into the service.
“We must begin to see how we will manage an efficient, productive civil service that will lead to the transformation of our dear country”.The President enjoined permanent secretaries, ministers, directors and other heads of government establishments to institutionalise a system where mails and memos must not stay more than 48 hours in their offices.
           The president urged  permanent secretaries, to cooperate with their ministers to ensure discipline in the service, get rid of corruption and ensure management of efficient, productive civil service that will lead to the transformation of the country.
The two  permanent secretaries sworn in yesterday are Mrs Kehinde Ajoni  from Lagos State and Mr Nebolisa Emodi, from Anambra State.
While Ajoni, a 58 year old had worked as lawyer was former Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Emodi is an Engineer and a former Director in the Bureau of Public Procurement.
The duo has since been posted to the Career Management Office in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF) and Ministry of Transport respectively

Ubong Edem

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