National Productivity Day: Buhari Honours Oyo-Ita, Others

President Buhari with Chairman First bank Nigeria Ltd Mrs Ibukun Awosika and Minister of Labor and Employment Chris Ngige at the 17th National Productivity Day held at the NAF Conference Centre Abuja on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.


Some notable Nigerians were honoured on Tuesday during the 2018 National Productivity Day.

The National Productivity Day which is the 17th edition was held at the NAF Conference Centre Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari was in attendance to present the National Productivity Order of Merit Awards to the recipients.

The Head of Service of Federation Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita was among the recipients who were honoured with Order of Merit Awards.

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Other federal officials present at the event include the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige and Secretary General to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

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FG Redeploys Federal Permanent Secretaries

Winifred Oyo-Ita, Yemi Osinbajo, Shehu Ahmed, Bukar Hassan, Permanent SecretariesNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the redeployment of some Federal Permanent Secretaries.

The redeployment was disclosed in a statement signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.

According to the statement, the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, has been posted to Environment.

The Permanent Secretary of Environment, Dr. Bukar Hassan, was also redeployed to Agriculture and Rural Development.

The statement further directed that the processes for handing and taking over should be completed on or before Friday, March 10.

Acting President Tasks Civil Servants On Efficiency

Civil Servants, Acting President, Yemi OsinbajoNigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has appealed to civil servants to be productive and efficient in their work, as a way of ensuring positive change in the country.

Professor Osinbajo made the appeal on Tuesday at the launch of the 2017 – 2019 Strategic Plan for Civil Servants in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He emphasised the need for public servants to be productive and never to use their offices for personal gains.

The strategic plan launched by the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, is aimed at finding innovative ways for ministries and their parastatals to generate revenue for the government.

Mrs Oyo-Ita highlighted the four cardinal objectives of her administration to include capacity development and performance management for civil servants.

She also stressed the importance of innovation in the face of government’s dwindling revenue.

Some participants, who perceived the civil service as unproductive and inefficient, expressed hope that the new strategic plan would help to change the narratives.

FG To Introduce New Reward System For Civil Servants

Commissioner Charges Ogun State Workers On DiligenceThe Head of Service in Nigeria, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, says the Federal Government will introduce a new reward system for civil servants to encourage innovations.

The new reward system which she referred to as “Entrepreneurship Development and Commercial Orientation Strategy” will help to grow government’s revenue.

She says when implemented, the strategy will encourage civil servants to put in their best in service.

Promotion of staff in the civil service is determined mainly by one’s academic qualifications and the number of years one has put in the service.

Analysts argue that this method has not encouraged much innovation in the civil service, as many government agencies were unable to generate revenue that would sustain their operations.

This is, however, about to change, as the Head of Service to the Federation explained that the Federal Government’s plan to introduce a new reward system that would promote innovation in the civil service.

Apart from the rewards, the Head of Service said the new strategy would also encourage civil servants to put in their best when implemented.

However, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, argued that more was needed to get the best from civil servants.

There are over 90,000 federal civil servants in Nigeria, obviously a huge workforce for the government to drive its policies and grow the economy.

FG Seeks China’s Partnership To Provide Housing For Civil Servants

Winifred Oyo-Ita, Housing, China, NigeriaThe Federal Government is seeking partnership with the Chinese government to build housing estates for at least 87,000 federal civil servants across Nigeria.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, says the government would collaborate with China for a single digit interest rate mortgage that civil servants can pay.

She made the disclosure on Saturday at a meeting with the Chairman of the China-Africa Development Fund in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Head of Service also explained the reasons behind government’s decision to partner with the Chinese government instead of looking inwards for funding.

She had earlier stated that the Federal Government would drive the recently launched “change begins with me” project in civil service.

Mrs Oyo-Ita said that the reason for the development was to change the orientation of the public servants towards work.

She expressed satisfaction over the way workers’ attitude to work had changed, noting that many civil servants were already buying into the new National Orientation Programme, despite Nigeria’s current economic challenges.

FG To Drive “Change Begins With Me” In Civil Service

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Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, says the Federal Government will drive the recently launched “change begins with me” project in civil service.

Mrs Oyo-Ita explained that the reason for the development was to change the orientation of the public servants towards work.

She made the remarks on Wednesday in an interview with Channels Television in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital while reacting to the number of civil servants that resumed work after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.

The Head of Service expressed satisfaction over the way workers’ attitude to work had changed, noting that many civil servants were already buying into the new national orientation programme, despite Nigeria’s current economic challenges.

She stated that the government would work towards establishing a reward mechanism for public servants, in order to drive the project in the service.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the “Change Begins With Me”, as part of his administration’s strategy to carry all Nigerians along on the journey to a better and greater society that everybody could be proud of.

He said that the programme was the best way to sustain the effort his administration had made in the fight against corruption.

We Will Correct Past Neglect Of Science And Technology – Buhari

Muhammadu-Buhari-at-meeting-with-Nigerian-officialsNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has assured the Ministry of Science and Technology that his administration would take concrete actions to correct the neglect of research, science and technology by past governments.

President Buhari made the pledge in Abuja on Monday after receiving a brief on the activities of the ministry.

He declared that his administration would dedicate more resources and energy to the sector “because no country could make progress without serious commitment to the development of science and technology”.

Buhari also said that he would fully encourage the work of the Ministry of Science and Technology, as innovations from the various research institutes under its supervision could also impact positively on industrial development and manufacturing in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, enumerated several challenges hindering its effectiveness, including perennial poor funding and the lack of recognition on the part of successive governments of science and technological innovation as a major driver of economic development.

Mrs Oyo-Ita told the President that the focus of the Ministry had moved from academic research to market-based innovative research, aimed at boosting industrialisation.

The Permanent Secretary asked for more support and political will from the Federal Government to encourage scientific research, innovation and local manufacturing.

President Buhari also received the outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Andrew Pocock, and the outgoing Swiss Ambassador, Mr Hans-Rudolf Hodel.

The President thanked both envoys for their efforts to strengthen relations between Nigeria and their respective countries, also wishing them success in their future assignments.

The former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Sir Shridath Ramphal, who is in Nigeria on a visit, also paid a courtesy call on the President.