Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has declared her intention to restructure the service in conformity with the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said her mission is to restore the integrity and dignity of the Federal Civil Service by ensuring that all civil servants are efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred.
Oyo-Ita, who spoke in Abuja, said that the civil service must be innovative and proactive through deliberate strategies and action plans that will assist the government in addressing the current challenges and rendering services in a most professional, efficient, timely and effective way.
The acting Head of Service advised Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service to brace up for the new dawn, stressing that time has come for new innovations, better efficient and proactive attitudes to ensure better service delivery to the citizens of Nigeria.
She said that it is a collective responsibility of all officers in the service to protect the image of the service, ensure public confidence and trust in the system; otherwise, the service will be left out of the scheme of things.
According to her, the new civil servant shall be called: “The EPIC Civil Servant,” signifying efficiency, productivity, incorruptibility and citizen-centeredness.
This, she said, “shall be the ethos of the new Civil Service and on a daily basis, the Civil Servant should be proud to make the following declarations: I am efficient, I am productive, I am incorruptible and I am citizen-centred.”
On the expectation of the service under her leadership, the acting Head of Service noted, “Under my leadership, there is going to be more structured training because we need to develop capacity. If you are making demands from your staff, you have to give them the basic training, the tools to execute their duties.
“The service should also expect that there will be enhanced performance management and measurement and that there shall be a definite structure for rewards and penalties for those who are failing short and those who are excelling must be rewarded with incentives to survive. We are going to develop more in the area of succession planning.”