The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has applauded the key contributions of the civil service towards nation building and national development.
The Minister gave the commendation on Thursday October 6, 2022 when he joined the staff of the Ministry, as a team player, to mark the 2022 Nigerian Civil Service Week Celebration
Dare who conferred award on 18 staff of the Ministry for their outstanding performances, charged staff of the ministry to continue to align themselves with the present administration’s mandate to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to institutionalise Performance Management System and ensure efficient service delivery in the conduct of government business.
According to him, “Performance Management Service allows a mechanism for tracking the productivity of employees consistently and measurably which in establishment, ensures that employees and departments across the organizations are working effectively towards achieving organizational goals.”
The Minister explained that “as the leader of the team, it is important for me to celebrate with the staff for the good works that the Ministry has recorded”, adding that, without the commitment of the civil servants, the Ministry cannot deliver on its mandate since civil servants are the engine room of any government.
He therefore urged staff to remain focused and more committed to the service of their fatherland in line with the policy thrust of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Also speaking, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, stated thàt, the Civil Service Week is celebrated annually in Nigeria, in compliance with the 1999 Tangier Declaration by African Ministers for Public Service, which is set aside in every 23rd of June for celebration of African Public Service Day (APSD) to recognise the values and virtues of the service to the community.
Represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, the Head of Service recommended that the nation should recognize the importance of the federal civil service towards the civil servant.
She applauded the team leaders, the Minister and the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for putting up the activities to mark the Civil Service Day, and urged civil servants to continue to put in their best so as to ensure a better Nigeria.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Abubakar, stated that the event was organised in compliance with the Head of Service’s directives that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government should individually commemorate the Civil Service Week and recognise those civil servants who distinguished themselves in the service of the country.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Ministry’s Director of Human Resource Management, Alhaji Musa Jafar, congratulated the awardees and sued for more commitment on their part.
The theme of this year’s “Civil Service Week is Performance Management System (PMS) Impact on Productivity in Nigeria Public Sector.”