By Emma Ovuakporie
Out-going Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, thursday said the tenure policy he introduced had ventilated the system, boosted the morale of personnel and unlocked hitherto hidden potentials within the civil service.
This came as his successor, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, promised to improve on the legacies left behind by him.
Oronsaye, who spoke at the hand over to his successor, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, also noted that “the capacity building effort of the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, HCSF; with support from the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs resulted in mandatory specialised training programme in the Public Service.
“Let me also place on record the fact that we did our best possible in the reform of the administration of pensioners who retired before July 1, 2007,
“I am glad that about 34,432 pensioners who, before now were never paid, some having retired 35 years ago, have been paid.”
“Also, the current pension reforms have resulted in the saving of about N1billion monthly and the harmonised pension benefits at the rate of 6 percent and 15 percent for 2003 and 2007 respectively, have been paid to the 100,640 pensioners whose documents have been verified and biometrics captured.”
The former HOS stressed that “since reforms are always continuing, I am confident that my successor will complete our assignment in this regard.
“My team and I would not have been able to achieve the much we did, had we not the support of civil servants who yearned for positive change.”
In his response, in-coming HOS, Prof. Afolabi said he was proud of all the successes his predecessor recorded within the short period he ran the affairs of the Office and would work on the achievements and improve on them.
Meanwhile, in-coming Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, thursday vowed that along side his team, he would improve upon the legacies that his predecessor, Mr Steve Oronsaye, left behind to the envy of sister African Civil Service.
Afolabi made this disclosure when he formally took over the mantle of leadership from Oronsaye, declaring “I urge you all to lend me your support in building on the gains of the recent past as I implore permanent secretaries and civil servants to join me to fortify the structure that we now have in place.
“We owe it a duty to our country and her citizens to always imbibe the core values of humility, integrity, honesty and efficiency which made the federal civil service the shining light of Nigeria in years past.
“With God’s guidance, I pledge to provide the needed leadership to drive the on-going reforms further, particularly as I was part of the process during the tenure of my predecessor.”
Afolabi explained further that “ the Vision of President Goodluck Jonathan is to have in place a Federal Civil Service that will adequately support government in realising its goals, especially in the immediate, the Vision 20:2020.”