At the Nigerian civil service week celebration award night, President Buhari tasked Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to develop a road-map that will ensure an effective, innovative and service-oriented Civil Service.
The President, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, said while congratulating the awardees, called civil servants across the country to remain committed to their duties, and to work with the interest of the nation at heart always.
He stressed that the fact that the civil service is the engine room of Government across the world, could not be over emphasized.
The theme for this year’s Civil Service Week was “Public Governance for Inclusive Growth; Towards the Africa we Want’’.
Earlier, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, in her welcome address, called on public servants across the country to embrace an inclusive and citizen-oriented service delivery.
The EPIC culture will emphasize the core values of the Service, which are meritocracy, transparency, professionalism, anonymity, discipline, impartiality, political neutrality, patriotism and accountability.
She, however, added that the attainment of this desired end state, would require strong enforcement of extant rules and regulations in the Service. Some of the rules and regulations, she further added include the Public Service Rules, Financial Regulations, Exercise of Due Economy and Prepayment Audit, among others.
The Head of Service maintained that notwithstanding the misgiving in the Service, there were still a good number of civil servants with proven track records, who demonstrates high patriotism, and that a total of 41 such distinguished civil servants in different categories are to be honoured.