By Remi Johnson
Permanent Secretaries of Establisments from the 36 States of the Federation have converged on Abuja to chart a course on issues bordering on policy formulation, salary structure, gradings and conditions of service among others.
The forum among other issues discussed possible ways for uniformity and standardization in the Nigerian Civil Service.
In his address at the opening session, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA), Mr. Olusade Adesola emphasized the need for continuous reforms in the Civil Service in order to sustain its relevance at all times.
He explained that holding the National Council on Establishments annually, provides the platform for participants to seek better working conditions, reflect deeply on their roles and responsibilities, as well as evolve strategies and policies that would enhance service delivery.
The FCTA Permanent Secretary described Civil Service as the tool the Government uses for planning and executing its programmes.
The Permanent Secretary on the occasion hinted that the FCTA had cleared 2021 staff promotion salary backlog towards building a strong workforce.
Mr Adesola also revealed that over 40 percent of the FCTA workforce participated in one form of training or the other in 2021 with plans underway to train additional staff at prestigious training Institutes.
Mr Adesola who added that FCTA places high premium on the welfare of retirees said the Administration was up to date with the payment of retirees.
He urged the NCE to ensure their recommendations align with the policy trust of Government and also strive to demonstrate the same concern with Government on the rising cost of governance.
Also, in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Service Policies, Strategies Office, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole who pointed out that the cardinal role of Civil Service is service to the public, tasked civil servants to redouble efforts and always ensure accountability, responsiveness, objectivity and impartiality.
On his part, the Director of the Department of Human Resources Management, FCTA, Dr. Bashir Muhammed assured the Council of FCTA’s continuous collaboration and support.
Director, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Udo Atang , who thanked participants for coning to the Federal Capital Territory to attend the 43rd Council meeting, particularly commended the Head of Service of the Federation for granting FCTA the honour to host the epoch-making event.