The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) and Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) have embarked on mobilising notable private sector leaders and organisations as partners in the execution of an improved public service delivery.
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita in a statement obtained by The Guardian said the service, as part of its reforms working with the AIG, had developed a robust strategy and implementation plan for the evolution of the Nigerian civil service into a high-performing entity with improved public service delivery to Nigerians.
She stated that apart from immeasurable benefits to the lives and welfare of Nigerians and to the Nigerian business ecosystem, the specific gains expected from the successful implementation of the plan include savings of N60 billion to N123 billion from digitisation and automation, cultivation of future world-class public service leaders and training of over 25,000 civil servants, among others.
She said it is pertinent they mobilise with private sector leaders for transformational growth in the civil service who will infuse entrepreneurial thinking, skills, accountability and resources into the project, thereby promoting and ensuring its success.
The eight priority areas for intervention, according to her, are training, strategic recruitment, performance management, salary review, innovation, culture transformation, roll-out of human resources software and digitisation of service records.
Founder and Chairman of AIG, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said the innovative approach to reform, in which proven business leaders and organisations step forward to selflessly support government towards the delivery of public services in a transformational manner, is gaining attraction globally.
According to him, “the impact of a high-performing public service on the lives of Nigerians and on the performance of our economy would be incalculable.”
President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who described the initiative as an idea, which time has come, said that by ensuring the success of the civil service reform, the private sector would be ensuring the creation of an enabling environment for business to thrive and the need to ensure that the welfare of civil servants is effectively addressed as part of the transformation plan.
Culled from Guardian