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FG Charges Workers To Imbibe Time-honoured Virtua In Work Practices

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… Commends Directors for  implementing government policies


Joel Ajayi


The Federal Government has called on civil servants in the country to imbibe the time-honoured virtues of training, retraining and adoptive skills in consonance with modern work practices, ethics and processes in order to help government evolve and promote programmes and policies that will impact on the lives of the citizenry.


The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance,Mrs Lydia Shehu Jafiya gave the charge in her office in Abuja during a familiarization visit to the Directorates under her Ministry.


She stated that the visit was part of efforts to acquaint herself with the office environment, get first hand knowledge about the challenges confronting the staff which can likely hinder  efficient service delivery to Nigerians with a view to addressing them.


Mrs. Jafiya noted that Civil Servants are key to the development of any nation and must therefore enthrone the culture of innovation, both in imagination and routine work as well as develop appropriate tools for the anticipated change that goes with the emerging challenges.


The Permanent Secretary commended the Directors for their doggedness and commitment to the implementation of the policies, programmes and projects of the Federal Government and called on them to uphold the spirit of team work while also bringing their wealth of experience to bear in making sure the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun delivers on his Mandate, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration.


Mrs Jafiya explained that the achievements of any public servant are evaluated by his or her efficiency, transparency, integrity, productivity and ability to impact the lives of people through the services put to drive government policies, projects and programmes.


She observed that for any civil servant ready to attain  world class status, he or she must re-discover himself or herself and enthrone the culture of innovation both in imagination and routine work as well as develop appropriate tools for the anticipated change and emerging challenges.


Contemporary civil servant, according to her, must not only be a change agent but must also be able to institutionalize change in modern governance and societal development. *Civil Servants must see themselves as seasoned technocrats for the promotion of growth, peace, stability, development, and democracy. They must encompass and exhibit values that will inspire others, institutions and individuals to be creative, innovative, patriotic and productive. She said.


The Permanent Secretary further observed the need for civil servants to move with global realities, especially in terms of technology, information, service delivery, and ideas.


Mrs Jafiya who informed that the civil service was the hope of all Nigerians and, as such, needed staff who are selfless, dedicated, and committed to delivering on government initiatives, expressed optimism that with the calibre of Directors and staff in the Ministry,  it was set to deliver on its mandate in line with the present administration’s policy thrust.


“Let me state  clearly that I am impressed with the commitment of staff, especially the Directors, to their duty in the Ministry. I embarked on a familiarization visit to the Directorates without prior notice and I am surprised to find out that almost all the Directors and their key staff are already seated and working in this early hours of the day except for a few who I understand are on official assignment outside the Ministry.


“I want to implore you to remain resolute, committed and ensure team work in order to enable the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun deliver on the Ministry’s Mandate”.


*On our part, we are determined to create an enabling environment for every category of staff to discharge his or her duties without any hindrance. I want to assure you that the challenges identified today will be looked into within the available resources, since no challenge is insurmountable*, Jafiya stated.


Responding on behalf of the  Directors and staff of the Ministry, the Director Human Resources, Mrs Olusola Dada, pledged the staff’s total commitment to ensuring the full implementation of the policies, programmes and projects of the Federal Government for improved socio-economic growth and development of the country.


She explained that what the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Lydia Shehu Jafiya saw early this morning during the familiarization tour of offices of Directors was an impact and replication of the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun. *Your humble self,  as well as your* *colleague, the Permanent Secretary Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr Okokon Ekanem Udo Your operational team work has indeed inspired us and as you can see, we are ready to follow suit with a view to ensuring that Nigerian Economy receives the desired boost for the benefit of all our people.


Mrs Dada thanked the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs Lydia Shehu Jafiya and the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr Okokon Ekanem Udo for having the staff in their hearts, especially in relation to their training needs and welfare, and also in ensuring the creation of an enabling environment for them to efficiently discharge their functions.

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Oyo State has lost a Committed Public Servant and leader- Chief Sunday Dare

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Former Minister of Sports, Chief Sunday Dare Mourns Demise of former Chairman of First Bank, Afonja

Former Minister of Youth and Sports Development,Chief Sunday Dare, has commiserated with the government and people of Oyo state, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of a former Minister of Labour and Productivity under the Interim National Government, Prince Ajibola Afonja over his sudden demise.

Prince Ajibola who served as a minister under the short-lived interim administration of late Chief Ernest Shonekan, died on Sunday night at the University College Hospital (UCH),Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Prince Ajibola also served as Chairman of First Bank and was at a time the senatorial candidate for Oyo Central Senatorial District under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He was known in his country home(Oyo town) by his company’s name, Integrated Dimesional System – IDS.

Reacting to the unpalatable news, the Agbaakin of ogbomoso land, Chief Sunday Dare expressed sadness over the ex-minister’s passage.Adding that Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. Chief Dare noted that the deceased was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

“My heartfelt condolence to the people of oyo town, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of Prince Ajibola Afonja on this great and irreparable loss.

Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. He was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

He was a decent politician and selfless philanthropist who served meritoriously in various capacities in the public and private sectors.


May God comfort the family,friends and associates he left behind, granting them strength to bear this irreplaceable loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace” .Chief Dare said

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