President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja said his administration will implement the Orosanye White Paper Report after its review.
The president stressed that public service remains the engine room of government, adding that it should attract the “best and brightest.”
He declared that the report would fuel policies with fresh ideas.
“I have directed that the Orosanye White Paper Report be subjected to immediate review to enable the Government to take the most appropriate decision on its general recommendation
“I am aware that the review is about to be completed. While some may complain about the length of time it has taken thus far, the outcome of the various review teams would lead to some fundamental changes in the structure of our Civil Service, and as such it must be subjected to rigorous review and scrutiny before presentation and implementation,’’ he said .
The President disclosed this to the Central Working Committee of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) at the State House on Friday.
According to the President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would submit the harmonized white paper once it has been concluded.
He assured that the administration remains focused on strengthening the service and ensuring it helps the government fulfill its objectives.
The President pointed out that the government understands the role of the Civil Service in policy formulation and implementation towards the provision of socio-economic and political benefits to the citizens.
Special Adviser to the President on
Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Friday said the President is committed to strengthening the Civil service
He stated that President Buhari appreciated civil servants for their role in realizing the targets of the administration.
“This administration remains focused on strengthening the service and ensuring it helps the government fulfill its objectives. The Civil Service must not be seen as a dumping ground for job seekers but must attract the best and the brightest who will contribute fresh ideas and a determination to solve our socio-economic problems
“The role and importance of the Civil Service cannot be overemphasized. A strong Civil Service is the bedrock on which good governance, policy execution, and pathways for the delivery of democratic dividends can be achieved
“I am further delighted to note your acknowledgment of the giant strides this administration has made since its inception in repositioning the Federal Civil Service for greater productivity and enhanced performance
“I take note of the various milestone achievements you have listed which symbolizes our commitment to the Civil Service despite the many challenges that we encountered from the beginning of this journey,’’ he said.
According to the statement, while answering questions on the request for salary review for civil servants by the committee, stated that the President acknowledged the urgent need for a general salary review in the Federal Public Service due to worldwide problems of high inflation amidst general economic disruption.