2022 NIGERIA CIVIL SERVICE WEEK CELEBRATION.
It is my pleasure to welcome you all as we celebrate this year 2022 Civil Service Week, which is aimed at recognizing the key role and Contributions of the Civil Service to national development. As we are aware the African Union (AU) in 1994 adopted June 23rd as the Africa Public/ Civil Service Day (APSD) at Tangier, Morocco. The Day is internationally celebrated biennially and annually at the country level. Nigeria has consistently celebrated this week with numerous activities.
2. The Civil Service Week is aimed at raising the image of the service, motivating Civil Servants and rewarding excellence. We will all agree that the nation’s democracy and governance structure are built and maintained by a competent Civil Service. Overtime, the Civil Service has ensured continuity of governance, even with changes in political dispensation in the country. It is on days such as this that we seek to recognize your role as Civil Servants in contributing to the success of government by value addition through Service delivery.
3. Noting that the Public Service remains the most potent and viable instrument available all over the world for the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes of Government, it behoves on Public Servants to avail ourselves opportunities that the Service may provide. For the Civil Service to remain relevant in the fast changing and highly technological modern work environment, it is important that we individually and collectively strive at continuous capacity building to meet the challenges.
4. The theme for this year’s Civil Service Week is ‘‘Performance Management System (PMS)’’impact on productivity in the Nigeria Public Sector. The theme for this year’s Lecture cannot be over-emphasized as it is in alignment with Mr. President’s mandate to the Civil Service to institutionalize Performance Management (PMS) in the Service.
5. Let me state that one of the key reforms instituted by the OHCSF is the Performance Management System (PMS) which has been institutionalized in my Ministry has been of great benefit to staff and service delivery. The implementation of Performance Management System will develop, enhance and sustain a performance and results-oriented culture, boosting performance and productivity levels of staff, raising standards of achievements to new heights, increase moral, motivation and engagement by staff at achieving efficiency. Performance Management Service (PMS) is a mechanism for tracking the performance of employees consistently and measurably. Let me reiterate that Performance Management System (PMS) allows the establishment to ensure that employees and department across the Organization are working effectively towards achieving Organizational goals. I am happy to state that staff of the Ministry have been under-going training on Performance Management Service (PMS) at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN) and recently, we conducted a retreat in Lagos on PMS at which, all the Directors as well as MD’s, Director’s Generals of the Agencies, Executives Directors under the supervision of the Ministry were in attendance. I believe a lot of knowledge was gained.
6. I would want to admonish staff that with the implementation of the Performance Management System (PMS), a lot of changes are expected from you such as Un-learning old habits and learning new ones, and it will no longer be business as usual. Hence, it is my advice that with every one of us constituting a part of this Ministry, your positive contributions that will lead to results and achievements will definitely leave an indelible mark in the History of the Service.
7. As we may be aware that at a time like this, officers who have exhibited excellent performance qualities in the discharge of their duties are identified and, as a form of motivation, are recognized and rewarded. One of these officers has been nominated to be a recipient of the most outstanding Presidential Distinguished Public Service Career Award. The Federal Ministry of Water Resources on its part also identified some of its staff who have distinguished themselves in the course of their official responsibilities in line with the Performance Management System (PMS) and using the Head of Service award criteria. The officers are as follows:
|Mrs. Oluyemisi Elizabeth Akpa||Assistant Director (Sanitation) GL 15||Water Quality Control & Sanitation|
|Mrs. Elizabeth AgbmadaloTatari||Senior Procurement Officer GL 10||Procurement|
|Mrs. Rose Ujunwa Maduka||Assistant Data Processing Officer GL 06||Office of the Permanent Secretary|
8. Congratulations to the nominee and the Winners. Let me also state here that you are all winners and the Ministry will continue to recognize and appreciate hard work, perseverance, excellence and dedication to duty. It is for the reason that we are all celebrating today 21st June 2022 and commemorating staff at this Nigeria Civil Service week. The Ministry is proud of you all. I want you to keep up with the good work you all have been rendering to achieve of the Goals and mandate of the Ministry.
9. Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you all for your presence and continuous support to the vision and mission to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
10. Thank you all for your kind attention and I invite you to join us celebrate the awardees and Happy Civil Service Week.
Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE, FAEng
Honourable Minister of Water Resources
Tuesday, 21st June 2022.