Towards the successful implementation of Federal Government's policies, programmes and activities, especially those of the Federal Civil Service, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan has assured of continuous partnership with the Media in public enlightenment.

She gave the assurance at a Media Parley with Directors, Editors and Correspondents of Media Organisations, as part of activities marking the 2022 Civil Service Week, in Abuja.

While commending the Media for the coverage and reportage, since her assumption of duty, Dr. Yemi-Esan implored them to, always, investigate issues regarding the Service from the Office before reporting. This, according to her, will avail them the opportunity to disseminate from an informed and balanced position.  She assured them of the willingness and readiness of the Transformative Permanent Secretaries in responding to issues pertaining to their mandates, having undergone basic media training, themselves.

According to her, the Media plays a very critical role in the realisation of "A New Civil Service," anchored on strengthening the core values of the system through a cultural revival by sensitizing on the new FCSSIP25 six thematic areas; Capability Building and Talent Sourcing, Performance Management System, Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) - Human Resource Component, Innovation, Digitalization - Enterprise Content Management and Staff Welfare.

Much emphasis is being placed on strict adherence to the Service's core values of Accountability, Meritocracy, Loyalty, Professionalism and Efficiency in building "a world-class Service for accelerated national development," disclosed Dr. Yemi-Esan. This, she when further, is geared towards a "Culture Change," within the Service, promising Nigerians quality service.

Responding to a concern raised, she charged Media men from government Agencies, being on the IPPIS platform, to use the Anonymous Reporting System (ARS) on the Office of the Head of Service’s website in directing their grievances, reporting abnormalities ruining the Service, comments and suggestions that will aid positive growth.

The Media sought for and got answers on topical issues about the system. They ranged from salary harmonisation, sanitary conditions of toilets in Federal Secretariats and their environs, tenure elongation, politicisation of postings, quota system in the appointment of Permanent Secretaries to processes for selection and appointment of Permanent Secretaries and employment racketeering.

Satisfactory clarifications were also given on the issuance of circulars and their implementation, allegations of bribery and corruption and life after retirement, by the Head of Service and the Transformative Permanent Secretaries.

While welcoming participants to the Media Parley, the Permanent Secretary, Service Policies and Strategies Office, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole urged them to maximize the opportunity to interrogate the Service.

Speaking in praise of the Office’s recognition of the Media and its vital role in nation building, the Editor in-Chief, Daily Trust, Suleiman Suleiman, extolled the zeal of the Head of Service, and her Team in constant the implementation of good policies toward uplifting the Service and the nation, at large. He observed that this is unprecedented in the annals of the Service. He also pledged the      continued support of the Media in actualising the Civil Service of our dreams.

In a Vote of Thanks, the Deputy Director, Communications, Office of Head of Service of the Federation, Malam Mohammed A. Ahmed commended the Head of Service for insights and enthusiasm for the Parley to hold. He also extended his gratitude to the Transformative Permanent Secretaries for an impressive turnout, as well as participating in the robust discourse. He equally appreciated his Media colleagues for the excellent relationship.


M. A. Ahmed,

Deputy Director, Communications.

23rd June, 2022.