Vice president Namadi Sambo on Monday in Abuja called on public servants to be focused and responsible in the discharge of their duties.
Sambo made the call at the ongoing 60th anniversary celebration of the Nigeria Public Service Commission with the theme: “Civil Service Core Values: The Sine Qua Non for National Development’’.
The Vice President, who was represented by the Minister of State for works, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, urged public servants to be alive to their responsibilities, especially in dealing with the government and people of the country.
According to him, they should be able to carry out their duties effectively in the area of policy formation and implementation.
“They should also be able to advise the government on budget preparation and implementation.’’
The vice president said that the Federal Government would provide an enabling environment for civil servants to perform their duty effectively.
Malam Adamu Fika, former Head of Civil Service of the Federation said there was need to reposition the public service to conform to the norms and ethics of the founding fathers of the country.
Fika, in a lecture entitled: “Evolution of the Public Service in Nigeria’’ said that the repositioning could only be achieved by restoring a merit based civil service devoid of corruption, patronage, inefficiency and impartiality.
“It has been observed that the absolute dearth of merit base and independence in the public service are the catalysts of the collapse of national institutions at all levels.
“Therefore, for Nigeria to take its rightful place in the comity of nations and to compete favourable in this global age, we need to revive, reorient and adjust our public service.
“More importantly, to have it protected from political influence and interference.’’
Fika said that there was also the need to revive the philosophy and spirit of consultation as practiced in the past, particularly between governments and at regional levels on matters affecting the public service.
He noted that by reviving the philosophy, uniformity in government policies as it affects recruitment, promotion and remuneration of public servants would be ensured.
According to him, there is need for attitudinal change in the running of the country’s public affairs.
“In order for us to begin the process of change, the future of this nation must be entrusted, as it was in the past, into the hands of selfless people-politicians and civil servants.
“Those who will lead by example in word and deed and through self-sacrifice; those who will always exhibit leadership qualities in the discharge of public responsibilities and purely for public good.’’