By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in eight new permanent secretaries.
The President in his comments at the ceremony ahead of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday charged the bureaucrats to eschew partisanship in the discharge of their duties.
He charged them to be alive to their responsibilities and deploy their vast experiences to improve the service.
Those bureaucrats elevated included Dr. Bakari Wadinga, (Adamawa) Dr. Mohammed Dikwa (Borno) Dr. (Mrs) Ajani Magdalene N. Olor, (Delta)Umakhihe Ernest Afolabi (Edo)Mbaeri Maurice Nnamdi, (Imo) Babatunde Lawal (Lagos) Mr. Festus Yusuf Narai Daudu (Nasarawa) and Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, (Osun).
The President said “As you celebrate this remarkable achievement. I also want to remind you that the oath you Just took and the position you currently hold comes with a lot of responsibilities.
Now more than ever our country needs a very vibrant, professional and selfless civil service that will help our country overcome its pressing problems.
6. As politicians, we develop policies and provide strategic direction for the nation. However, the task of Implementing these policies and strategies rests in the hands of the civil service under the able guidance of the Permanent Secretaries.
Over the decades. I am sure you have experienced how successive government have abused, undermined and destroyed the systems of checks and balances within the civil service that were meant to protect and preserve the interest of our citizens.
This systemic abuse of power significantly enriched a few privileged individuals while at the same time making majority of our fellow citizens poorer and underserved.
As a result, many Nigerians lost confidence in Government and its ability to deliver the required guidance and service to our people.”
Buhari called on the new permanent secretaries to key into his administration’s programs aimed at reforming the country and restoring the confidence of Nigerians in government and civil service.
“To enable you to achieve this, we approved the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2017 to 2020. This plan will ensure the civil service is adequately manned and equipped to operate efficiently as it implements government policies for inclusive growth and development.
When fully implemented, we would have successfully transformed the Civil Service into an efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centered machinery of government.
Therefore, l wish to take this opportunity to solicit your support and cooperation as we implement all the programmes of government in a result -oriented manner that will leave an indelible legacy. In doing this, you must all remain above board and eschew partisanship your decisions and actions. You must strive to achieve excellence at all times. Your motto should be civility and serviceability.
Finally, I want to assure the entire Civil Service and the wider Public Service of the commitment of this Administration to its welfare and capacity development at all times.”