- New appointments have been made by President Muhammadu Buhari
- They are 12 new permanent secretaries in the federal civil service
- The 12 new appointees were part of the 41 federal directors shortlisted for an oral interview recently
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 12 new permanent secretaries in the federal civil service.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, June 16 by the Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan.
According to a statement signed by the media aide to the HoSF, Mrs Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, the swearing-in and deployment of the new permanent secretaries will be announced soon.
According to her, the new appointees and their states are Akinlade Oluwatoyin, Kogi; Alkali Bashir Nura, Kano; Anyanwutaku Adaora lfeoma, Anambra; Ardo Babayo Kumo, Gombe; Belgore Shuaib Mohammad Lomido, Kwara; and Ekpa Anthonia Akpabio, Cross River.
Others are Hussaini Babangida, Jigawa; Mahmuda Mamman, Yobe; Meribole Emmanuel Chukwuemeka, Abia; Mohammed Aliyu Ganda, Sokoto; Tarfa Yerima Peter Adamawa; and Udoh Moniloja Omokunmi, Oyo.
Daily Trust reports that the 12 new appointees were part of the 41 federal directors shortlisted for an oral interview recently to fill the 16 vacant federal permanent secretary positions.
Civil Service as a government institution plays an important role in ensuring that government policies result in intangible services for the population.
But in Nigeria, the federal civil service has been enmeshed in myriads of problems which include: weak governance structure, red-tapism, weak accountability, low professional standards, waste and corruption, poor productivity, and lack of control, redundancy and over-bloated staff structure.
To have a result-oriented and modern civil service, successive governments in Nigeria have introduced reforms aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the civil service.
The Buhari administration is currently under pressure to cut down on the waste associated with the civil service.
Experts have called for the Nigerian civil service to be reformed in line with the principle of democratic centralism to build institutional capability that will improve institutional structures and processes.
The president recently confirmed that he has begun the process to cut the country's cost of governance.
He affirmed this during a broadcast to mark 2020 Democracy Day in Abuja.
According to him, he has ordered the review of the federal government white paper on the Stephen Oronsaye report.
Oronsaye is a Nigerian accountant and civil servant who was appointed Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in June 2009.
He began an energetic program of reform immediately after his appointment.
The reform is, till today, a reference point for how Nigeria should rejig its civil service.
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