How Nigeria can surpass Malaysia, Singapore civil services – PSIN boss

The Administrator and CEO of the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Dr Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, has listed workers commitment, dedication and implementation of extant rules as part of measures to enhance the mandate of public service in the country.


He said this on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja on Monday, after a week-long bench marking and study tour group by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, Heads of Service in the states and Federal and state permanent secretaries to Malaysia and Singapore.

This is as the HoCSF who led the delegation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita assured that the Federal Government is committed to reposition the Civil Service for a better and more efficient service delivery in line with the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.


According to the PSIN boss, there is no other way to make the nation’s public service effective, except that Nigerians see themselves as change agents and not leaving it to the government.

“We all have to support our leaders, be committed and believe in their country. We have to see ourselves as change agents. We discover that most of our legislations are outdated and we have to review and update the public service rules. There are also some policies that need to be reviewed to meet the modern contemporary needs and challenges.

“There is also the need for periodic training and fine tuning the curriculum. Every civil servant must attend the training for at least seven day and it is compulsory under the nation’s law. This study tour would not be a jamboree as it has the buy-in of President Muhammadu Buhari. Also, we have all the heads of service of all the states, and we all see things for ourselves. We all need to imbiber the spirit of patriotism to fast track the developmental processes,” Obatoyinbo said.

Also, the Kogi State Head of Service, Mrs Deborah Adefunke Ogunmola, said she experienced Malaysia and Singapore civil services developed because their people are committed.

“They love their country and are dedicated. We are going to our various states to impact what we learnt and it was good that all the heads of the service of various states were together,” she said.

On her part, the Head of Service of Kaduna State, Hajiya Bariatu Yusuf Mohammed, said Nigeria has the best of laws but lacking implementation and compliance.

She said, “We saw lots of innovation in Malaysia and Singapore. Kaduna State has lots of innovations too. I have integrity units in both countries, especially in Singapore very interesting. They (Singapore) have rules similar to ours but they complied with theirs. Our problem here is we have one of the best rules but we do not comply. I will work to change the attitudes of civil servants to start complying with rules in the interest of the society.”


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