Perm Sec Works and Housing Urge Civil Servants to Be More Productive and Goal Oriented

Federal Government of Nigeria

ABUJA: (Federal Ministry 0f Power, Works And Housing) The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mohammed Bukar, has urged staff of the Ministry to be goal oriented and more productive with their time.

This was at the Productivity Lecture Series organized by the National Productivity Centre (NPC), in conjunction with the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, for middle level officers in Abuja recently.

The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Deputy Director, Human Resources Management of the Ministry, Mrs. Aderonke Jaiyesimi, said in furtherance to transforming the Public Service, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation had fashioned out initiatives such as Efficiency, Productivity, Incorruptible and Citizen-Centered transformation programme.

The concept of Productivity according to her, was crucial to the success of the Public Service and an epicenter in the current reforms programme of the present administration. It is a level of efficiency in combing inputs to achieve maximum output by employees in the work places.

She therefore urged the participants to embrace knowledge through interacting with the resource persons to make the desired impact on their jobs which would be beneficial to the Ministry in the long run.

While speaking at the Lecture, Director, Current Affairs and Information, National Productivity Centre, Mal. Hassan Abdullahi, supported the fact that productivity was an attitude of the mind and therefore required in doing the right thing as well as doing things right.

He further recommended the adoption of the Japanese 5S Housekeeping Practice tools – Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain to improve productivity in the work place. He added that the staff productivity level could increase through managing their time, working smart, improving the efficiency level, getting organized, encouraging teamwork as well as setting SMART targets.

Papers presented at the Lecture were Overview of Productivity and Time Management for improved productivity; the objective of the programme was to stimulate the awareness of staff to the imperative of sharpening their competencies for improved productivity and efficient service delivery.