- President Muhammadu Buhari has again indicted past administrations in relation to the country's civil service
- President Buhari on Wednesday, February 20, stated that under other administrations in the past, checks and balances were removed
- He said that unlike other regimes, his seeks to achieve three things: security, booming economy and eradication of corruption
In his congratulatory speech on Wednesday, February 20, to eight newly appointed permanent secretaries, President Muhammadu Buhari made a strongly worded statement about the influence of policies of past administrations on the civil service.
President Buhari said that unlike other regimes that kicked out check and balances in the service, his administration is poised to achieve three cardinal projects: better security, improved economy and victory over corruption, The Nation reports.
The statement read: “Let me start by congratulating you all. You just took an oath as Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service. This is a great achievement of which you should be proud. Only a tiny percentage of Nigerians make it to this level. I am sure that your journey to reach this apex position in the Federal Civil Service has been full of challenges and sacrifices.
“Today, you and your families will celebrate the reward of the decades of service that you have put in. As you celebrate this remarkable achievement. I also want to remind you that the oath you just took and the position you currently hold comes with a lot of responsibilities.
“Now, more than ever our country needs a very vibrant, professional and selfless civil service that will help our country overcome its pressing problems. As politicians, we develop policies and provide strategic direction for the nation.
“However, the task of implementing these policies and strategies rests in the hands of the civil service under the able guidance of the Permanent Secretaries.
“Over the decades, I am sure you have experienced how successive government have abused, undermined and destroyed the systems of checks and balances within the civil service that were meant to protect and preserve the interest of our citizens.
“This systemic abuse of power significantly enriched a few privileged individuals while at the same time making majority of our fellow citizens poorer and underserved.
“As a result, many Nigerians lost confidence in government and its ability to deliver the required guidance and service to our people.
“When we came to office in May 2015, we promised Nigerians three cardinal programmes namely: Security, inclusive and diversified economic development and war against corruption and abuse of power.
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“I am pleased to say that in less than four years, we have made progress on all fronts, working very collaboratively with the civil service.
“As you settle into your new roles and postings as permanent secretaries, we expect that you will also key into the Administration’s programmes aimed at reforming Nigeria and restoring the confidence of Nigerians in Government and the civil service.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari swore in eight new permanent secretaries. The president on Wednesday, February 20, swore in the eight new permanent secretaries at a ceremony that took place at the Council Chamber before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Congratulating the new appointees, the president urged them to help Nigeria overcome its problems through implementation of government policies.
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