The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Mr Danladi Kifasi, on Monday said he would focus on building organisational efficiency and professionalism to achieve efficient service.
Kifasi, appointed as the new HOCSF on Aug. 13, said this in Abuja while taking over from his predecessor Alhaji Bukar Aji, in Abuja.
“I will focus on building effective structure geared towards achieving organisational efficiency and the attainment of professionalism that will lead to a result-oriented civil service,” he said.
Kifasi said the civil service remained the most vital institution for the government to deliver its policies and programmes to the citizenry.
The civil service must continually evolve new ideas and innovations to make itself relevant to the government and citizens to whom it renders service.
“It is incumbent on all of us, therefore, to continue even more vigorously, our ongoing efforts to restore public trust in the public service as a professional, efficient, performing and accountable institution.”
Kifasi said the major challenges facing the civil service include insufficient research and low information technology capacity, inadequate communication skills and lack of innovation.
He said the survival of the civil service was dependent on overcoming those challenges.
He said his agenda as the HOSCF envisaged a world class and merit-based public service, which delivered on government policies and programmes with excellence, discipline and professionalism.
In line with this aspiration, I shall endeavor during my tenure, to build on the gains of recent reforms and strive to reposition the service.
“As we strive for service excellence, we must continue to imbibe best practices of good governance, transparency and accountability.”
Kifasi reaffirmed his commitment to the implementation of the strategic priorities of the ongoing Public Service Reforms, which include the elimination of corruption through enhanced transparency in the conduct of governance.
“This requires change; a change in the curriculum, a change in training and a change in critical thinking of civil servants as well as in government procedures and priorities,” he said.
He said the vision required the collective support and cooperation of civil servants and called on civil servants to stand up for the country by demonstrating commitment, loyalty and patriotism.
The outgoing HOCSF, Alhaji Bukar Aji, said building and rebuilding the public service could not be done by one individual, adding that it was a collective responsibility.
Aji called on civil servants to support the new head of service to achieve his dream of moving the service forward.