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FG to save N120b through civil service reforms

Judex Okoro, Calabar

Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said that the on-going reforms being carried out by the Federal Government would save the country over N120 billion over the next three years.

The reform is being carried out through the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF).

Mrs. Oyo-Ita said this, in Calabar, during the opening of a two-day retreat of the Project Management Teams (PMTs) for the implementation of the 2017 – 2020 federal civil service strategy and implementation plan (FCSSIP).

According to her, “The implementation of the strategy is expected to deliver N60-N120 billion savings from cleaning HR data on IPPIS, N2.5 billion annual savings from digitalizing content and at least 25,000 civil servants trained through revamped core modules.

“The new trajectory for the civil service after engagements with several relevant stakeholders culminated in the 2017-2020 strategy of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation which was launched in February, 2017.”

“This is a civil service reform that is home-grown. It is not brought to us by the World Bank or some foreign donors. It is a think-tank output which has resulted in a strategy document that will lift and push the service to a world class status.”

Mrs Oyo-Ita maintained that in order to reposition the federal civil service for optimum service delivery and in line with the current administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), there was urgent need to chart a new course to make the service efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred.

She also said that the retreat was very crucial for the success of the FCSSIP and has been strategically designed to equip members of the PMTs with the requisite skills to deliver and actualize these expected outcomes.

She said the PMTs alongside private sector champions are expected to facilitate and drive day to day implementation of the eight priority areas of the FCSSIP which include civil service automation, Integrated Personnel and Pay Roll Information System (IPPIS), performance management and culture change.

In his welcome address, Permanent Secretary, Service Policies and Strategy in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Ndubuisi Osuji, expressed appreciation to the head of service of the federation for her commitment for reforming the civil service.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the OHCSF in driving reforms in the service, stressing that the office of the head of service of the federation is committed to repositioning the public service sector for better performance and to provide high quality services to Nigerians and foreign investors.

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