The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has urged governors, heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), to invest in civil servants to achieve high productivity.
Yemi-Esan made the call when she featured in the interactive session during Public Service Leaders` Programme (PSLP), organised by the African Initiative for Governance on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to her, the current civil service system is changing fast and civil servants need to engage in training, to meet the challenges of such changes and expectations.
She noted that state governors in particular often complained of poor productivity by the civil servants, but they had failed to train the workers, the key priority in the system.
She therefore, advised heads of government parastatals and agencies as well as the state governors to constantly train their workers.
“If you want world class civil servants, invest in them to broaden their skills as it is being obtained in other parts of the world.
”Workers should be trained in technology to meet up with current global best practices. Technology is the key; it involves the whole system and we cannot survive without it.
“Fortunately for us in the public service, the COVID-19 era has made us to realise that the public service cannot really run without the application of technology.
“This is because, there was a time we couldn’t gather like this and so, everybody had to look for ways or means of meeting.
“That is why the zoom meeting became so popular and even right now, ” she said.
Yem-Esan urged public servants to imbibe the culture of hard work and positive character which could build confidence in them to carry out their duties as needed.
She said that the Federal Government was making efforts to reposition the civil service by bringing up several reform initiatives.
The HOCSF said the initiatives would boost the horizon of the federal civil servants to meet the challenges of the current realities in the system.
Prof. Chris Stone of Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, explained that PSLP was a special programme designed to train few civil servants and other citizens in society.
“This is a special programme that is designed not just to train one or two or three civil servants, but the whole generation.
“It is designed to train hundreds of civil servants over the next several years.
“This is an inaugural class of 50 superior civil servants who are going through selection process. Next year they will be hundred and the number will be increased other years ahead,” Stone said.
The professor of Public Integrity added that the programme was aimed at making civil servants to showcase different skills in the course of performing their duties.