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Civil Service Can Function Without Ministers, Says HOS

Charity Simon, Abuja

The head of civil service, Mr Danladi Kifasi has said that despite the absence of Ministers in Ministries and other office holders activities of government are ongoing as usual, saying that he wants the media to inform Nigerians that government is still working. The HOS made this disclosure during a briefing with journalists in Abuja yesterday, adding that from this Nigerians can see that apart from press that is always there, changes in government does not affect those practicing a profession in the media.

According to him, “The civil service is also always there, whether government or political class changes” Kifasi also said that directive have been given that whatever it takes additional trucks of fuel should be brought to Abuja before the end of the week. He further revealed that in the next few days, queues will reduced drastically in filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Head of Federal Civil Service, also advised civil servants on punctuality, said that the civil service is working in line with the reform of the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Kifasi said that president Buhari has directed that the civil service improve in it efficiency, performance and productivity wise, saying that in that regard, the Head of Service has issued a circular to civil servants, drawing their attention to keep strictly to the official office hours of 8am to 4pm.

He said that erring officers will definitely face the consequences of such a breach as reflected in our public service rule, saying that any portion of the service rule that is breached, means that sanction can be applied in that particular breached. “Whether it is loitering, late coming, there are provisions in the civil service rule that punishes or sanctions such breaches,” he said. “In the wisdom of our founding fathers, the civil service was essentially created to play the role of continuity. The role of serving as a bridge between the political class and the citizenry,” he said.

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