The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan has cleared the air on the selection of candidacy for Permanent Secretary”s Examination before the appointment, saying it passes through thorough processes.
She made this known at an interactive with the media in commemoration of the 2022 Civil Service Week in Abuja.
Dr. Yemi Esan explained that some directors due for the exams frowned at the introduction of computer based exams as many of them were unable to operate computers.
“It will be difficult as the Federal Government had embarked on the digitisation of the civil service, if Directors, Permanent Secretaries could not know how to operate computers what wouldhappento the work force?
According to her, office of the HOCSF sets questions a day to the exams without the examiners knowing that they are to set the exams.
In her words “If the service is going digital, and permanent secretaries who are supposed to lead the digitisation process, don’t know how to operate computers, how can you say that the public service should not be confused.
” How are they going to lead by example? That is the first thing, “
The Head of Service stressed that the process had been transparent to ensure that there is no malpractice, relevant stakeholders including security agents both during the setting and the marking of the exams are usually part of the process hence there was no room for manipulation or paving ways for preferred candidates.
Responding to questions on challenges by the workers at their different MDAs, Yemi-Esan said any worker affected in any issue had the right to petition to her office.
“In the office of the HOCSF, we don’t know the details of what is happening in your parastatals and your agencies except you draw our attention to it.
“If you don’t draw our attention, that is the only way we are going to pay attention to whatever thing that is happening, ” she advised.
She also used the medium to assure civil servants of the Federal Government’s relentless efforts to digitize the civil service, and advised all MDAs to key into the process in efforts to revolutionize Nigeria’s public service to meet global best practices.
In his contribution on salary harmonisation, Permanent Secretary, Service Policies and Strategies, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, explained that a committee had been set up to review the processes.
He gave assurance that the committee working on it would submit the report in two months.
By Florence Adewale