ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to review the salaries of deserving civil servants after the completion of work of the Presidential Committee on Harmonisation of Salaries Service-wide.
Buhari revealed this on Thursday at the Nigeria Civil Service Day Celebration held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.
Buhari represented by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello, disclosed that his administration had already set up the Presidential Committee on Harmonisation of Civil Servants’ Salaries Service-wide.
He said: “This administration is working towards improving the value proposition of the Civil Service.
“Accordingly, I have set up the Presidential Committee on Salaries to harmonise salaries service-wide.
“It is my hope that the outcome of the Committee’s work will provide the impetus for an upward review of the salaries of deserving civil servants, having recently increased the Duty Tour Allowance of all Civil Servants as a starting point.
“As this process is still going on, I want to encourage you to be patient with us as you continue to give your best services to enable us sustain the good working relationship between the political office holders and the Civil Servants.
“With the sustained understanding and cooperation, we will together contribute our quota to the development of our country, and our efforts will not be in vain.”
He however pointed out that following the gradual decline in the efficient service delivery of the civil servants, he had directed the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to undertake very innovative and far-reaching reforms in the Service, adding that the reforms are gradually showing signs of bearing the desired fruits.
He further commended the resilience, dedication and commitment of workers in the implementation of policies and programmes geared towards national development, despite the present harsh economic realities they have been grappling with.
“Permit me to state that government would be delighted to have a Civil Service desirous of improving its ability to drive national development through the recommendation of appropriate policies that would enhance the implementation of government programmes.
“At this juncture, I must commend the present crop of civil servants who have fared well in driving the implementation of government programmes as the engine room of government activities.
“In spite of the difficult economic situation the country is passing through at the moment, you have continued to support the government in our efforts to bring dividends of democracy to the populace,” he said.
The President further charged workers and public servants to be visionary, innovative, creative, technologically driven, purposeful and result oriented, in order to meet up with the ever-changing demands of governance in Nigeria.
Buhari assured that Nigerian Government would spare no effort aimed at improving the competencies of officers in the civil service through training and re-training of staff by the system.
He said: “Opportunities will also be created for individuals to develop according to their personal needs, attributes and talents.
“I am happy to inform you that the blueprint for improving the Civil Service, the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025 was approved by the Federal Executive Council in December 2021.
“This Plan, which I am also going to launch today, contains the initiatives for transforming the Civil Service into a world-class service for accelerated development.
“It is pleasing to note that the Plan is in response to my directive to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to institutionalise Performance Management in the Service.
“Other initiatives in the Plan include capacity building and Talent Management, Improve Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, Institutionalise Innovation in the Service, Digitisation of Content Services and enhance the value proposition for Civil Servants.”
He, therefore, expressed optimism that the effective implementation of the Plan would take the Service to the next level, which is a professional, merit-based and technologically driven civil service.
Buhari also announced various awards to some deserving and hardworking Officers who, in their spheres of activities, have demonstrated a high level of commitment and dedication to duty
This move, he explained, was in continuation of the recognition and awards given to the most deserving officers in the various Ministries, Extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government last week.
“This is to appreciate the contributions of the Civil Service to national development and challenge you to do more,” he said.
The President further launched the Culture Change Video and the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021–
2025 for use in the improvement of service delivery to the citizens.
In her welcome address, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, explained that the first Pan-African Conference of Ministers of Public/Civil Service which held in Tangier, Morocco in 1994, proclaimed that the 23rd of June each year be commemorated as Africa Day for the Civil Service.
Yemi-Esan, who said Nigeria has been
commemorating this day annually from 1999 with week-long activities, said this initiative has given “us the opportunity to showcase current happenings in the Service and reward outstanding Civil
Commenting on the theme for this year’s celebration which is, “Performance Management System (PMS): Impact on Productivity in the Nigerian Public Service,” She said globally, PMS is adopted as an innovative way of not only getting more work done efficiently and effectively but also ensuring an objective way of measuring performance.
“This is why far-reaching efforts are being made in the Nigeria Civil Service to replace the subjective Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER) with PMS.
“Hence, the choice of the theme is informed by the need for us to highlight the importance of Performance Management System and galvanise action towards its emplacement in the service.”
The Head of Service thanked President Muhammadu Buhari -led administration for its will and commitment in ensuring that no civil servant was owed salary or retrenched as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
The high point of the 2022 Civil Service Day celebration was the awards giving given to 10 outstanding civil servants drawn from various MDAs who distinguished themselves in service.
One of the awardees won a GAC Jeep after the conduct of a ballot, while AIG-Imoukhuede Foundation pledged to give each awardee N500,000.