By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”CHAIRMAN of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM), Chief Oluwole Adeosun, has challenged the National Council on Establishments to make its own independent input towards re-focusing the National Council Service, noting that past approaches in reforming the civil service were yet to yield the desired results.
Adeosun stated this in Asaba while presenting a paper titled, â€œRepositioning Institutions for challenges of sustainable Development: Role of State Institutions in the Pension Reform Process,â€ as a guest lecturer at this yearâ€™s Public Service Week Celebration.
Although Adeosun acknowledged the fact that there had been various genuine reforms in the past, he said the reforms had not yielded desired result.
â€œFor many years, very different approaches have been adopted in reforming the civil service but the after-effect appears to be that we are still to get it right.
â€œI, therefore, wish to challenge the National Council on Establishments to make its own independent input towards re-focusing the National Council Service.
â€œAs important stakeholders, we all have a duty and responsibility to provide a new sense of direction in our attempts to reinvigorate the civil service to perform better its strategic role in governanceâ€.
He stated that â€œin repositioning state institutions, entrenching sound corporate governance is very critical.
â€œSimilarly, the institutions must move away from excessive bureaucracy and should imbibe the culture of accountability, transparency, responsiveness, integrity and should have responsive leadershipâ€.
In his welcome address, the State Head of Service, Dr. Sam Okpokpor, said the â€œpublic service lecture provides opportunity for public servants to enrich their knowledge and gather information on issues that will help in the performance of their dutiesâ€.