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Change of Guard as Oyo-Ita takes over at Head of Service

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By Favour Nnubgwu
The new Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita has pledged to innovate and reposition the civil service for efficient, timely and quality service to Nigerians

Oyo-Ita made the pledge on Thursday in Abuja during a short handover ceremony which marked her assumption of office and the formal retirement of Mr Danladi Kifasi, the immediate past Head of Service of the Federation.

The new civil service boss affirmed her commitment to the implementation of government policies and programmes.

Today marks yet another important milestone in our desire to improve and re-engineer the Federal Civil service to effectively work as a machine for formulating and implementing government policies and programmes”.

“At a time such as this when expectations of our people on the new government are so huge, we have to be innovative and reposition ourselves to deliver efficient, timely and quality services to meet the desires of our people.”

Oyo-Ita who sturdily believe in the lofty objectives of the federal government, urged civil servants to key into global including government‘s agenda for change, poverty reduction and social transformation.

She therefore solicited the support and cooperation of all the permanent Secretaries in order to deepen the existing collaboration in the Service and team up for the implementation of government development agenda with excellence.

While identifying the major challenges confronting the civil service, Danladi Kifasi advocated for improved capacity building and leadership enhancement of civil servants through the on-going Structured Mandatory Assessment-based Training Programme (SMAT-P) and the leadership Enhancement and Development Programme (LEAD-P).

“It is my desire that those programmes which were carefully developed to address the twin challenges of capacity and leadership deficit in the Public service today can be sustained and improved upon.”

He also urged the new HoS to pay attention to the welfare of civil servants in order to motivate them to higher productivity by adjusting and prioritising expenditure for critical needs.

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