By ‘Leke Yusuf


Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR has harped on the need for the public, especially, the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for the Nigeria Civil Service and Nigeria, saying this would certainly guarantee peace, stability and national development.


The Head of Service of the Federation who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Dr. Nasir Sani Gwarzo, mni, spoke on Friday 28th July, 2023 after a Special Juma’at Prayer held at the National Mosque, Abuja, as part of activities marking the 2023 Civil Service Week.


She said, the prayers were also necessary in view of the numerous innovations introduced in the service to ensure efficient service delivery as well as citizen-centric and cost-effective service.


Dr. Yemi-Esan said for the first time in the history of Nigeria, the OHCSF no longer works with paper, resulting into remarkable time and cost savings.


She said apart from digitalisation, the groundwork for the implementation of Performance Management System (PMS) is going on in earnest, signaling the phasing out of the old APER system of assessment.


Dr. Yemi-Esan added that the just launched revised Public Service Rules (PSR) is more practicable and is going to strengthen the system, enhance performance, as well as foster growth. She noted that the Service is witnessing tremendous improvement in the initiation and implementation of policies, plans and reforms.


The Permanent Secretary, was joined by his colleagues from the Federal Ministry of Environment, Alh. Ibrahim Yusufu, Special Duties Office (SDO)-OHCSF, Engr. Faruk Yusuf Yabo and Service Welfare Office (SWO)-OHCSF, Alhaji Mahmud Adam Kambari.


Also speaking, the Deputy Chief Iman of the National Mosque, Abuja, Sheikh Ahmad Onilewura, prayed that Allah continues to preserve, support and protect the Service in the delivery of its mandates.