Re-engineering Federal Public Service for Increased Productivity, Quality Service Delivery:

…OHCSF develops new template for assessing staff 

 By Dwelleth Morountodun

In a bid to re-engineer Staff of the Federal Public Service for increased productivity and quality service delivery, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) has developed documents to enable the implementation of the new system of assessment in the public service. 

The Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office in the Office of Head Civil Service of the Federation, Alh. Ibrahim Yusuf, disclosed this in his welcome address at the One-Day Retreat on Performance Management System held for Directorate officers at the weekend in Abuja. 

According to him, such documents with Appraisal Forms, Performance Improvement Forms, Appeal Forms would help to replace the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER) which had been adjudged weak and subjective in assessing productivity of officers.

The retreat was meant to enable the staff of the Directorate cadre in the OHCSF effectively discuss and agree on the job objectives and target settings for each staff in the Office prior to the commencement of the Performance Management System.

According to Yusufu, the Performance Management System is one of the 6 thematic areas in the current Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) 25) which was designed to re-engineer the Federal Public Service for increased productivity and quality service delivery. 

He praised the staff of the office and other stakeholders for the tremendous work done that gave rise to the development of Job objectives and target setting.

Speaking on the importance of the retreat, he said the one-day retreat would not only help the participants to understand their expected roles at their various offices and departments, it will also help them in understanding how they would be assessed with the NPSM in place.

The retreat also would avail the participants the opportunity to seek clarifications on operational areas of their offices and departments, he added.

He said that target to be set will revolve around the regular mandate in the OHCSF, the roles in the implementation of the 2021 -2025 Strategic Plan as well as in the execution of the nine-point agenda of the present Administration as they relate to the OHCSF.

The Permanent Secretary, further disclosed that similar retreats would be conducted in batches for officers on GL 14 and below and hoped that at the end of the retreat, the Directorate Cadre of the OHCSF would become trailblazers of Performance Management System and commence its implementation seamlessly.

Mr. AbdulGaniyu Aminu, the Director, Communications, signed the statement on behalf of the OHCSF.

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