Civil Servants are the Strength of a Nation, They Need Proper Care – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo believes that every Civil servants deserves to own a home, which is why the Nigerian Civil Service needs to be reformed.

Mr Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, said in a statement on Friday that the vice president spoke after receiving a briefing at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025.

Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Federation’s Head of Civil Service, made the presentation.

The meeting is a presidential briefing on the Federal Civil Service reform process, which has been ongoing since 2017.

Steering and Implementation Committees including members from the public and commercial sectors, as well as development partners, are leading the change.

According to Osinbajo, something bold and significant must be done to make a difference.

“It is evident that perhaps, for the first time in a long time, some very serious attention is being paid to all of the various issues in our civil service.

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“I think that we should really do something that is bold, big and that will really make the difference in order to address some of the issues especially that of accommodation for civil servants.

“We can do much more with mass housing; we have a target now of 300,000 houses under our Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) social housing scheme.

“CBN has allocated N200 billion, but we have seen that we can provide mass housing, and we can make civil servants beneficiaries of the scheme.”

Despite the fact that the housing program was modest, he said it was the kind of thing that could at least be done to begin to take into account the notion that every public servant ought to live in their own home.

Mr. Osinbajo stated that there must be a plan in place to ensure that everyone has a place to live.

It is a vital part of what we are trying to do; we must address it.

“A civil servant ought to be able to own a home, and justify to his family the reason why he went for the job,” he said.

Mr Osinbajo compared revamping the Lagos State judiciary to mending the welfare of federal public servants, citing his experience as Attorney General of Lagos State. This was crucial in addressing issues like productivity and corruption.

Mrs Yemi-Esan also gave a report on the status of the Federal Civil Service Strategy Plan 2017-2021 execution.

She cited staff welfare, notably salary and housing, as areas where the Federal Government needs to focus more attention and intervene more quickly.

The head of service requested increased funds, notably for the implementation of subsequent strategy and implementation plans to reform the service for increased productivity.

Mrs Yemi-Esan stated that the present reform in the Federal Civil Service had enabled the government to save vast sums of money by, among other things, verifying staff payroll and digitizing some activities.

She stated that her office would continue to oversee the reform process as the Federal Executive Council considers the 2021-2025 plan.

The discussion included feedback and observations on the proposed strategy presented by the Steering Committee, which was chaired by the Head of Service.

Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, Ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, were all present at the meeting.

Prince Clem-Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, and Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Works and Housing, were among the others.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, development partners, World Bank officials, and Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President of the Africa Initiative for Governance.

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