The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita has said that over 290 deputy director sat for the 2015-2017 batches of directors with about 140 being successful.
She said this in Abuja at the 2nd edition of the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office Quarterly Meeting with Labour.
This means that the 150 larger halves of those who sat for the examination failed.
“I am particularly delighted to inform you that the issue of promotions for the 2014 batch of Directors in the Administration Cadre has been finally resolved. The lifting of the court injunction on this issue also led to the conduct of examinations for 2015-2017 batches of Directors in the same cadre.
“Over 290 deputy directors sat for the exams, out of which about 140 were successful. With this achievement, I am certain, that going forward, the Civil Service will ventilate itself and officers will be rewarded for hard-work. With this, we now have a solution to the issue of dearth of Directors of Admin in MDAs,” she said.
Oyo-Ita who acknowledged the direct support of President Muhammadu Buhari in resolving the issues said departments which were hitherto manned by officers in acting capacity would now be manned by substantive directors.
She commended the Permanent Secretary Service Welfare Office for initiating the programme aimed at engendering improved relationship between government and labour and to prevent the escalation of labour related issues.
“This meeting also affords the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation the opportunity to appraise labour about on-going programme and activities, particularly as it relates to welfare of workers. The Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office has alerted me about some of the concerns of Labour which would be discussed at this forum.
“A number of these issues are already receiving the attention of my office. Very dear to my heart is the issue of conducive work environment for staff, to achieve this, I have recently set up a Committee on Office Allocation and Expansion with focus on maintenance, rehabilitation and expansion of office allocations to MDAs,” she said.
She assured that all issues agreed at the separate meetings of the National Public Service Negotiating Councils I, II and II and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council meeting would be presented to the National Council on Establishment (NCE) which would meet shortly.
She also said that the issue of the new minimum wage would soon be resolved as the government is committed to the welfare of workers and Nigerians.
On the technology advancement for civil servants, Oyo-Ita said the new secretariat cadres (secretaries) were not accessed on IT proficiency but that this should be given a priority due to the changing world of work force that requires modern technological expertise and experiences.
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