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Empty Treasury: Time For Critical Thinking, HoS Tells Civil Servants

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 8:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh – Abuja


Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, has said the harsh economic realities on ground should spur civil servants in the country to think critically and proffer solutions, rather than waiting cap in hand for government to meet their demands.

Kifasi,who obviously spoke on the backdrop of some states which are bankrupt and owing their workers salaries,said the era when civil servants approach their jobs with lackadaisical manner and expect to draw salaries at the end of each month was over.

He made these remarks on Wednesday in Abuja, at an interactive forum with workers as part of the commemoration of the 2015 Nigeria Civil Service Day.

According to him, the civil service system was now poised to help the new administration in its reform programmes, especially reduction in the cost of governance and public accountability.

“Everybody is aware of the several challenges facing Nigeria and Nigerians currently, but the ability to think critically to solve problems that we are not usually accustomed to is what I meant when I said civil servants must think critically now.” “You acquire knowledge through experience, a critical thinking mind will look at situations differently and provide situations, that is what youths in America are doing, continuously developing new ways of doing things and that is exactly what we want our officers to do,” Kifasi said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Joan Ayo said it was no longer tenable for workers under government employ to seek for redeployment or transfer of service.

She noted that such transfer of service especially from the state level to the federal civil service or vice versa constituted serious challenges in promotion exercises.

Ayo also said henceforth, the Civil Service Commission would not entertain complaints from officers relating to ‘proper placements’ as it was an aberration to do so.

She said the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and other stakeholders are working at re-enacting the core values of the civil service, particularly on discipline, anonymity, impartiality, patriotism which the Nigerian civil service was reputed for.

“It is henceforth an aberration for officers to come to us complaining that they want proper job level placement, as far as we are concerned there is nothing like ‘proper placement’ in the service.

“I give you an example if somebody has been teaching in a private school for ten years and later apply to join the civil service,he or she should not expect to get the same level of appointment with somebody who joined the service ten years ago because that person that joined ten years ago must have gotten the cognate experience,”She noted.