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Civil Service Better in Democracy Than in Military - Sambo

June 30, 2014

Amina Alhassan

The Civil service in Nigeria was doing well, attracting the best brains for nation-building until the military took over government and destroyed its professionalism, Vice President Namadi Sambo has said.

He said this at opening of a one-day seminar on government reforms organized by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in collaboration with the World Bank and DFID.

The vice president, who represented by the Head of Service Alhaji Goni Aji, said "he federal civil service is more focused, more dedicated and ready to serve the country better than what it used to be in the nation's military days".

Sambo said the ongoing reforms programme embarked upon by the current administration is already witnessing major transformation more so that the average civil servant in the country today has begun to imbibe the culture of high discipline and professionalism in governance.

"The bureau of public service reforms was put in place to reposition the service. Government went further to ensure that BPSR became autonomous with a substantive Director -General to further ensure that the civil service is transformed to the best standard comparable with anywhere in the world."

Country Director of the World Bank in Nigeria Marie Francoise Marie in her remarks said good and strong political leadership was needed to position the civil service which in turn would lead to confidence building for investors to come into the country.

"We know that only a well-functioning and efficient civil service is capable of supporting the qualitative development of the society, promote economic growth and prosperity and poverty reduction, providing essential social services and supporting all government agenda," she said.

Earlier in a welcome address, director-general of the BPSR, Dr. Joe Abah said the seminar was organized to further strengthen the reforms in the civil service. He said: "We are here to learn more from stakeholders what we are yet to do, what we did wrong and where we ought to be."

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Source: AllAfrica

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