The award ceremony of the 2021 Federal Civil Service Innovation Challenge was held on Friday, 17th December, 2021 in Abuja with the first prize of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000) won by Dorothy Ukemezia and Chinedu Ijeomah of the Federal Ministry of Environment.
The second prize of Three million Naira (N3,000,000) was won by Ibrahim Haliru and Linda Absalom of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources while Babawande Owolabi and Salami Omolola of Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy won the third prize of One million Naira (N1,000,000) only.
The sum of two hundred and fifty thousand Naira (N250,000) each went to ten (10) top performers as consolation prizes.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan said innovation is essential for effective service management in the public service.
She said the competition was conceived and launched with a view to evolving a technology driven civil service that is capable of providing more efficient, effective and citizen friendly services.
On FCSSIP25, Dr. Yemi-Esan said it is set to create and sustain an enabling environment to promote competitiveness, innovation, performance based system and meritocracy in the Service.
She added that the service will continue to leverage more on technology to make better decisions on how public servants are hired, trained and retained, monitor performance and deliver services in an effective and efficient manner to reduce wastage and sustain trust in government.
The Head of Service assured that solutions emerging from the competition would be utilised to address specific challenges in the Civil Service with a view to providing cheaper, quality, and accessible services to Nigerians.
Some of the ideas developed from the first edition of the competition, she added are currently being implemented. One of these, she explained, is the Anonymous Reporting System (ARS) which had gone live with a lot of reports received and being treated.
"Similarly, the solution for the introduction of computer-based Examination for the timely conduct and marking of the Confirmation and Promotion (COMPRO) Examination in the Federal Civil Service is to be deployed for the conduct of Senior COMPRO Exam in 2022"
17th December, 2021