Charity Simon, Abuja
In a bid to introduce enterprise culture and commercial orientation in the federal civil service, the Federal Government is considering the establishment of commercial units, in addition to Public Private Partnership (PPP) units, in its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita disclosed this Wednesday in her office in Abuja when she received the report of an 8-man Technical Committee on enterprise culture and commercial orientation in the federal civil service.
She said that since she took over the leadership of the service, she was not only looking at how to reposition the it to be more efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centered (EPIC), but also to become a service that will move from a cost center to a revenue generating organ.
She said she envisioned a situation where full potentials of all revenue outfits in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government are utilized.
Oyo-Ita assured that the recommendations and modalities worked out for the smooth take off of the commercial units would be given due attention.
She assured to do everything possible to see to the realization of the vision adding that when the units fully take off, they would not only generate revenue for government but also provide opportunity for career progression in the civil service.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Hajiya Nuratu Batagarawa, who is also Permanent Secretary, Service Policy and Strategy Office, in the Office of the Head of Service, said the committee adopted the global approach and best practices in arriving at its recommendations adding that it worked within the terms of reference given to it.
According to her, the terms are: propose measures for establishing enterprise culture and commercial orientation in the Federal Civil Service; develop operational guidelines for improved revenue generating capacity of MDAs; examine the need for commercial unit, Division or Department as one of the Common Services in MDAs and recommend modalities for the establishment. Others include design a functional organizational structure incorporating commercial units, division and or departments in MDAs; develop schedule of duties for different manning levels to assume commercial activities in the proposed commercial unit, division or department and to determine the type of skills and capacity building in enterprise culture, commercial orientation for commercial officers in particular and other Civil Servants in general.
Hajiya Batagarawa was represented at the event by the Director Performance Management in the Office of the Head of Service, Mr. Ayodele Folayan.