The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita has expressed displeasure over the huge amounts being lost by the Federal Government to out-sourcing professionals to perform certain tasks in the civil service. Oyo-Ita said this yesterday in Abuja at the ongoing training progamme on Survey Design, Data Interpretation and Reporting for civil servants.
According to her, civil servants should ordinarily be able to gather and interpret data to help fast-track government policies. While refuting conception that civil servants only see training opportunities as welfare packages, the Head of Service said the aim of the five-day training is to equip the civil servants with innovative ways of gathering and interpreting data for government.
“There is no system in place to gather data that has historical value and present-day value. We want to build a crop of civil servants that will not be looked down upon,” she said. She told the participants that they have been selected to drive the technological reforms in the civil service and urged them to help government make decisions based on available data. Facilitator of the workshop, Dr. Lola Adedokun, expressing satisfaction with the training exercise, said that the civil servants have learnt enough to enable them contribute to the development of the civil service.
She said, “It’s all about capacity building, enabling the civil servant to do what they are hired to do and I have been very impressed. They’ve learnt a lot, I believe with all certainty that they will be able to contribute immensely to the development of the federal civil service. I see them being able to collect data, analyze and interpret on their own.” The five-day training is an off-shoot of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan “FCSSIP” launched by the federal government in 2017.
Source: Daily Trust