Nigeria’s Head of Service emphasizes training of workers

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Ms. Winifred Oyo-Ita as the substantive Head of Nigeria’s Civil Service, she has revealed her plan of action to State House Correspondents in an interview.

She says that Nigeria’s civil service is to be fully automated, to enhance efficiency and record keeping.

“I would want to start with the issue of capacity building and training of the civil servants, what has happened over the years is that training has not been well modulated as it should be and has not been given enough recognition. We want to have a well structured mandatory training programme for civil servants,” the Head of Service stated.

Ms. Winifred Oyo-Ita said she would concentrate on the training of civil servants, to improve their productivity.

She said the training programme would be well structured and mandatory for all civil servants, before they gain promotion to the next level.

“We will also treat our civil servants with rewards for good performance and sanctions for poor performance so promotions and upward mobility would be determined by a person’s performance and management system,” she said.

On the issue of corruption, she said it has affected most sectors. She re-iterated governement’s determination to wipe out the menace.

“It is not really fair to say corruption is only in the civil service. Corruption has eaten deep into every sector of Nigeria and I believe that with coming of the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, corruption will be to a large extent wiped out. We have so far been able to develop the epic civil servant concept. That is the efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen centred civil servants in Nigeria,” Oyo-Ita explained