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Civil service needs change agents — Perm Secretary

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, has said the country needs to do the unusual for transformation to happen in the federal civil service. He said it was necessary to have a national game plan.

Olaopa said this during the 60th anniversary celebration of the Federal Civil Service Commission’s Presidential Public Service Lecture in Abuja recently.

In a statement on Saturday, he said for the Federal Civil Service Commission to witness the desired transformation, the nation needed honest leadership commitment that would make rebuilding of value-based institution a top priority.

He further said it would include controlling the growth constraining factors, when long-standing structural weaknesses impeding national development performance had been identified.

Olaopa noted that such commitment would need the positioning of change agents.

Olaopa said, “The subsisting ‘I am directed’ bureaucratic model needs paradigmatic shift.”

He said any attempt to reposition the service for it to become the engine of the vehicle for national transformation would amount to little unless there was a reengineering to totally overhaul it.

Olaopa said, “The underlying causes of low performance level of the civil service are, therefore, not essentially the fault of civil servants of this generation; the challenge they face is systemic.”

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