President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita to develop a roadmap that will ensure an effective, innovative and service oriented Civil Service.
This was contained in a press statement issued and signed by the Assistant Director Media Relations in the office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Manga, and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja.
The President made the call at a Dinner and Award Night organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation as part of the activities marking the 2016 Nigeria Civil Service Week which ended last Friday.
Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal said such civil service, was critical to ensure the realisation of Government’s change agenda.
The President while congratulating the awardees, tasked civil servants across the country to remain committed to their duties and to work with the interest of the nation at heart always.
He stressed that the fact that the civil service was the engine room of government across the world, could not be over emphasised.
Earlier in her address, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, called on public servants across the country to embrace an inclusive and citizen oriented service delivery.
This, she said, requires the public service and civil service to step up efforts to become more efficient, proactive, result oriented, financially accountable and corruption resistant.
“This is the only option for us in the Civil Service of the Federation as we have resolved to totally embrace the change agenda of government’’.
Oyo-Ita stated further that upon assumption of office, she embarked on robust engagement with critical stakeholder in the Federal Civil Service
She added that the engagement culminated to the evolution of a new ethos for the service, founded on the collective desire for efficiency, service delivery and productivity among others. Adding that the ethos had been captured in the acronym; “ EPIC“ which implies a civil servant and civil service that is Efficient, Productive, Incorruptible, and Citizen-Centred.
“The EPIC culture will emphasize the core values of the service with are meritocracy, transparency, professionalism, anonymity, discipline, impartiality, political neutrality, patriotism and accountability’’.
She, however, added that the attainment of this desired end state would require strong enforcement of extant rules and regulations in the service. Some of the rules and regulations according to her included Public Service Rules, Financial Regulations, Exercise of Due Economy and Prepayment Audit among others.
The theme for this year’s Civil Service Week was; “Public Governance for Inclusive Growth; Towards the Africa we Want’’.

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