June 22, 2024

Why MDAs must prioritize succession plans—Yemi-Esan

Why MDAs must prioritize succession plans—Yemi-Esan

By Nnasom David

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has urged Civil/Public Servants across Ministries, extra-ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to prioritize succession planning.

She pointed out that if the succession plan is prioritized, it would serve as a means to groom and retain highly skilled future leaders.

She made this call at the 2024 edition of the Public Service Lecture marking the annual Civil Service Week and the Africa Public Service Day.

The event which was themed: “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Lifelong, Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa,” held in Abuja.

Yemi-Esan, affirmed that the Lecture, as a major activity of the Week, has grown into a melting pot of providing both contemporary and long standing insights on how to navigate through the complexities of leadership in building citizen-centric individuals and institutions.

She said: “It is not inherent in our ability to tell things to come but we can learn from the past and the present to prepare for the future, therefore education is the key to unlocking the capability and socio-economic transformation of African nations.”

The HoSF further stated that it is important to equip the present crop of Civil Servants, as well as the next generation, with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to navigate and thrive in an increasingly complex world of work.

She reiterated the importance of Capability Building and Talent Management being the first priority area of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025 (FCSSIP 25).

“It is in view of this that the Service is grooming a new crop of leaders and very highly skilled Officers, through the Leadership Enhancement and Development Programme (Lead-P), which has produced over 200 workera.

“Our goal is to identify, mentor and strategically deploy about 500 of them to various posts as leaders, Service wide, by end of 2025.

“As a top talent programme, it identifies the best Officers that would become the face of Nigeria’s Civil Service in a skill and technologically driven world. These are middle level Officers, cutting across all cadres”, she said.

The Chairman Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Prof. Tunji Olaopa, hailed the HoSF for driving the reform initiatives of FCSSIP 25 in a commendable, spirited and innovative way.

These brilliant reforms, according to him, have significantly deepened improvement in a manner that will stand the test of time.

“I admonished and challenge your successors to further build on these reforms initiatives, in order to foster continuous development of the Service,’’ the Chairman further stressed.

The hallmark of the event was the Public Service Lecture, ‘’Preparing Nigerian Public Servants to Address Global Challenges, while Fostering Employee Engagement, Retention and Job Satisfaction,” delivered by Professor Peter Okebukola.

He identified some skill gaps such as digital literacy/use of technology, leadership and accountability, creativity and innovation, problem solving, amongst others, as necessary requirements for Civil Servants to mitigate the challenges of service delivery and optimal performance in a dynamic world order.