Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, on Thursday charged civil servants in the country to imbibe innovative culture so as to remain relevant.
She gave the charge at a Public Service Lecture organised by her office as part of activities to mark 2016 Civil Service Week, which began on Friday.
The theme of the celebration is “The Nigerian Public Service: Towards Overcoming Harsh Economic Realities”.
Oyo-Ita said that in the face of increasing sophistication of the society, the civil service could not afford to be left behind or continue to do things the old way.
“In order to keep afloat therefore, the civil service must continuously be innovative; innovation can, however, only be achieved through a sustained programme to enrich our knowledge,’’ she said.
According to her, the public service remains the most potent and viable instrument available for the formulation and implementation of government policies and programmes across the world.
The HOS said that she would ensure continued training and re-training of civil servants in order to boost the strength and address weaknesses in the operations of the service.
She, however, stated that training in the service would no longer be treated as welfare programme, but would be an intervention targeted toward capacity-building for effective service delivery.
She urged civil servants to avail themselves of competencies in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and not to wait for support from the service.
“We cannot become global citizens if we continue to operate in an analogue environment; we should envision service delivery in a paperless economy,’’ Oyo-Ita said, adding that that was the goal of e-leaning initiative of her office.
In her remarks, Chairman of the occasion, Mrs Joan Ayo, said procedures had been put in place to ensure accelerated promotion in the service.
She said that the service would reward innovations and hard work while querying wrong doings, stressing that civil servants had the responsibility to deliver effective service to the public.
Ayo, who is the Chairman of Federal Civil Service Commission, added that regardless of religious and cultural affiliations, civil servants should maintain neutrality and ensure selfless service at all times.
She urged the workers to keep themselves updated, adding that “knowledge is the new currency for global competitiveness’’.
In a lecture, a former Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Isa Sali, stressed the need to provide right working tools in the service, saying that this was necessary because it was linked to motivation and staff welfare.
In a paper entitled “Innovation in the Nigerian Public Service: Towards Overcoming Hash Economic Realities’’, Sali said that provision of opportunities for personnel development through training and mentoring in the service should not be compromised.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to recognise and reward some distinguished civil servants on Friday at a dinner at the Presidential Banquet Hall. (NAN)