The National Council on Establishment has been urged to conduct a review of the Schemes of Service in line with evolving realities.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the please in a message to the opening of the 42nd National Council on Establishments held in Ikeja, Lagos.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Governor Sanwo-Olu said that with the review of the Schemes of service, the Civil service would be able to attract and retain the best hands that would contribute meaningfully to service delivery in the country.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also advised the National Council on Establishment to take a critical look at the Medical Officers cadre, especially their method of entry and advancement in order to proffer solution to the myriads of agitations that often lead to industrial unrests in the health sector.
Delivering a speech, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan advised Civil Servants to brace up to the challenge of providing quality service to the rising population of the country.
She explained that with the current data from the United Nations Population Division, Nigeria with an estimated population of 200 million was progressively moving to be the third most populous nation on earth by 2050 overtaking the United States.
Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan stressed that with the federal government’s drive at ensuring that the nation’s civil service was digitally driven for excellence delivery, civil servants must key into the government’s development initiative by being ready to accept the New Normal in service delivery.
She also noted that government had put necessary machinery in place to ensure that Civil Servants were trained and re-trained to live up to the challenges posed particularly, by the COVID-19 pandemic which had changed some old ways of service delivery in the country.
In a contribution, the Chairman, House Committee on Establishments and Public Service Matters, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau urged Civil servants to be committed to their duties towards ensuring the growth and development of the nation by being of good conduct and hardworking at all times.
The Head of Service, Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said that despite the challenges the Lagos state government had to contend with, with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the End-Sars protest, it was bent at achieving its goal of becoming the Africa’s number one Smart city.
He explained that this goal would be better achieved by well grounded civil servants that were vast in modern ways of delivering services in a modern society.
The event attracted Heads of Civil Service from all states of the Federation.