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Perm Secs Warned On Civil Service Ethics

Federal Permanent Secretaries have been advised to adhered strictly to the ethics of the Civil Service as the government will not condone act of indiscipline and corruption.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, gave the indication on Saturday which declaring open a one day retreat for newly appointed permanent secretaries at the state house Abuja.

He said, The permanent secretaries are expected to serve as engine rooms by the various Ministries as well as advisers on policy matters without compromising extant rules and regulations by the public service.

“You may need to be reminded that, as Accounting Officers of your respective Ministries, your primary roles as drivers of change through the instrumentality of public service rules, financial regulations and other extant regulating instruments cannot be overemphasized.

It is therefore incumbent on you to to ensure that the “Change” Agenda moves from precept to practice in terms of financial prudence, transparency and discipline in service delivery “ he said.

Earlier, in her remark, the Acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo- Ita, charge the permanent secretaries to live up to expectation in line with their role as chief accounting officers of the Ministries.

She stated that, the permanent secretaries are to be held accountable for the successes or failing of their Ministries.

“Permanent Secretaries should not be in in competition with their Ministers, this is unhelpful, unnecessary and suicidal.

Never compete for attention with your boss, or seek popularity or glory at he or her expenses,” she said.


– Charity Simon, Abuja

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