FG develops guidelines for professionalism, meritocracy in civil service

The Federal Government has developed a Performance Management System (PMS) policy guidelines enhance professionalism and meritocracy in civil services.

Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news briefing on the achievements of her office in 2017.

She said the tool was presently being test-run in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

According her, after the exercise, a validation meeting of stakeholders will be held in preparation for presentation the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for consideration and approval.

She said the office had in the year under review, put in place necessary infrastructure for the take-off of the Human Resources (HR) Modules of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

Oyo-Ita said the HR module was complement the payroll component of the IPPIS platform accurate data of all civil servants and reduce wastage.

She said the office also established the Directors Reforms Coordination and Service Improvement Consultative Forum aimed at providing a platform for knowledge and experience sharing in the year under review.

“The office in 2017, settled of court, the outstanding promotion examination issue for Deputy Directors which has been pending for the past three years.

“It also resuscitated the DTOs Forum aimed at serving as the main vehicle for the implementation of the OHCSF’s training programme across the MDAs in the period under review,” she said.

She said the second phase of the review of the Public Service Rules (PSR) had been concluded, adding that the review of Scheme of Service was ongoing.

Oyo-Ita, however, said paucity and untimely release of funds for programmes, lack of requisite training for civil servants and shortage of modern office equipment were some of the challenges facing the office. (NAN)