The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Tuesday at the State House, Abuja charged Permanent Secretaries to ensure that the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP 25) becomes a reality.
Dr Yemi-Esan made this charge at the commissioning of the State House ICT Training Centre located within the State House auditorium.
“It is a great pleasure to see that Permanent Secretaries are working assiduously to achieve the dream of a new Civil Service.
“The dream of the new Civil Service is a service that will be completely digitalized. By the end of 2025, there will be very little work that will be done with paper, this is the time now to start to prepare for that,” she said.
The Head of Service commended the State House management for the development of its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Performance Management Objectives (PMOs) as part of the overall Civil Service reform programme.
“I am happy that the State House is right in front of the move towards the new civil service,” she added.
She also charged the civil servants to imbibe good values that will reflect the new digitalised environment that has been made available for them to work in.
“The most important traits are our own character traits, our values, if all these things are provided and we have not imbibed the change in us, we will not be able to become effective or efficient.”
Dr Yemi-Esan used the opportunity of the event to congratulate recently promoted directorate cadre staff of the State House, urging them to “step up a bit higher because the directorate cadre determines the direction of service and rise beyond expectations of your offices.”
The Permanent Secretary State House, Tijjani Umar said the establishment of the ICT training centre was given a priority to deepen delivery of core ICT training programmes, ICT enabled programmes and computer based examinations among others.
He added that the initiative of the 20-seat (expandable) capacity centre was “in tandem with the current effort of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to fast track the implementation of Public Sector Reforms as enshrined in the Federal Civil Service strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP-2020) and its successor (FCSSIP25) which among others include the deployment of Enterprise Content Management System (ECM) and the Performance Management System (PMS) among others.”
He informed the Head of Service that “the State House had one of the most robust internet connectivity among MDAs as attested to by the Federal Government Service provider, Galaxy backbone and this has assisted in no small measure in modernizing our work processes.”
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Temitope Fashedemi who was also at the event, congratulated Umar for the feat, saying that he had also established a similar centre in his Ministry in line with the vision of the Civil Service Reforms under Dr Yemi-Esan.
N1.4Bn fraud trial: EFCC boss Bawa testifies (PHOTOS)
Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrived at the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja.
Bawa arrived at the courtroom for further cross-examination in the alleged N1.4bn fuel subsidy fraud trial of Mr. Abubakar Ali Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy Limited.
The case is before Justice C.A. Balogun.
See more photos of Bawa in court below:
In other news, the Ogun State Police Command has raised the alarm over a viral fake compiled list of suspected internet fraudsters in circulation.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Oyeyemi denied that the viral list circulating on social media emanated from the state Police Command.
The list had 31 persons purportedly drawn from Sagamu, Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu, and Abeokuta, and signed by one Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yahya Wakilu.
Kwara doctors commend AbdulRazaq for berthing residency training
Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital chapter, has commended Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for funding the commencement of residency training for medical doctors for the first time in state hospitals.
Speaking at the January edition of its Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference on Saturday, ARD UITH President, Dr. Dele Abdullahi said the Governor is clearly committed to the growth of the health sector and deserves commendations for his efforts, especially the residency training that has now begun in the state.
The residency training followed the first-of-its-kind accreditation of the state’s premier hospital —Ilorin General Hospital — for the training of resident doctors, among other health professionals.
“You are a Governor that listens to us. We at ARD UITH are very grateful as we have always enjoyed your support. You have supported our outreaches, you listen to us, and you give us the platform to reach for greater heights,” Dr. Abdullahi said.
“Under you, the residency training started in Kwara State. This is one huge achievement we cannot push aside. We will keep reaching out to you, we hope that this open door policy that you have pushed forward as well as your cordiality will always be there. The residency training means that we can now train more doctors in the state and that will impact positively on the sector.”
In a short address to the conference, the Governor commended health professionals for their selfless service to humanity and restated the administration’s commitment to improvement of facilities and workers’ welfare.
The Governor said he took part in the zoom meeting to understand the theme of the conference which is ‘Medical Residency Training Act: Interpretation and controversies’ especially because the state has only recently commenced the programme.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Onyebueze John Ugochukwu who dwelt extensively on the Residency Act of 2017 and its purports for medical profession in the country.
“For us to be able to understand and draw up policies, we have to always listen to all constituencies and arguments from all divides. I’m glad I’m tuned in to this. I have listened to the issues at stake, some of which I already knew about. Understanding these issues helps us to better address the challenges,” the Governor said.
“We are not taking you (medical practitioners) for granted. The challenge in not meeting all your needs isn’t that we don’t care. It is simply because of limited resources at both national and subnational levels. There are other areas to take care of but we certainly do understand that without health being attended to, other things will simply collapse. Your contributions to humanity are truly appreciated. We cannot thank you or remunerate you enough for what you do. At the state level, we’ll continue to expand the facilities as well as attend to your welfare within available resources. As you all know, the state of our health needs to be improved upon and we are working so hard to make sure that facilities and health workers are given proper attention.”
Kwara has also recently approved better remunerations for its health workers, including medical doctors, to halt the former higher rate of attrition.
The AbdulRazaq administration had recently secured accreditations from the West Africa College of Surgeon to train resident doctors in O & G and approval from National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria to train resident doctor in family medicine.
Presently, the Ilorin General Hospital is in the process of applying for accreditation in paediatric and ophthalmology departments because of the huge investments and commitment of the administration to the health sector.