The Chairman, technical session of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) and Permanent Secretary, Service Policy and strategy Office in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Hajiya Nuratu Batagarawa has advised Public Servants in the country to imbibe the time-honored virtues of training, retraining and adoptive skills in consonance with modern work practices in order to help government evolve and promote programs and policies that will move the country forward.
She made this call during her opening remarks at the 39th meeting of the officials of the NCE holding in Minna, Niger State.
She said, in order to attain a world class status, the civil service has to rediscover itself and enthrone the culture of innovation both in imagination and routine work as well as develop appropriate tools for the anticipated change and emerging challenges; civil servants must not only be a change agent, but also develop the ability to institutionalize change in modern governance and societal development.
She reiterated the need for civil servants to see themselves as a tool for the promotion of growth, peace, stability, development, and democracy; they must encompass and exhibit values that inspire others, institutions and individuals to be creative, innovative, patriotic and productive; she said that the civil service must move with contemporary times, especially in terms of technology, information, service delivery and ideas or it would become irrelevant.
The Head of Service of Niger State, Muhammad Laude Lapai (Alhaji), in his opening speech urged the officials to shun all forms of bitterness, parochialism or malice in their recommendations to the National Council, as it seeks to address the numerous challenges confronting the civil service in the country today.
The meeting of the National Council on Establishment comes up yearly and it comprises of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Heads of Service of the 36 states of Nigeria.