Wike Charges FCT Civil Service To Embrace Digital Transformation


Stories by Ismaila Jimoh, Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike has charged the FCT Civil Service Commission, FCT-CSC, to improve the civil service and fully embrace digital transformation. 

The minister stated this at a three-day retreat by FCT-CSC held in Abuja with the theme “Building a 21st Century Civil Service Commission: The Role of the FCT Civil Service Commission”.

Wike, represented by the pioneer Head of FCT Civil Service, Samuel Atang, said the civil service must prioritise continuous learning and professional development of staff, to equip workers with the latest knowledge.

He said the commission is at the heart of ensuring a civil service that is not only effective and efficient, but also innovative and responsive to the needs of the 21st Century, noting that the commission must lead the way in implementing e-governance solutions and enhanced service delivery through technology.

“FCT Civil Service Commission is at the heart of our efforts to ensure that the civil service is not only effective and efficient, but also innovative, adaptive, and responsive to the needs of the 21st Century.

“The digital revolution is reshaping every aspect of our lives and the public sector is no exception. To build a 21st Century civil service, we must fully embrace digital transformation. This means investing in cutting-edge technologies, developing digital skills among our workforce and fostering a culture of innovation. The commission must lead the way in implementing e-governance solutions, streaming processes and enhancing service delivery through technology.”

He said “The landscape of public service is constantly evolving and so must our skills and knowledge. We must prioritise continuous learning and professional development for our staff. This entails regular programmes, workshops and opportunities for higher education”, Wike said.

In his address, Chairman of the FCT-CSC, Emeka Ezeh, appreciated President Bola Tinubu and the FCT minister for the establishment of the civil service in the FCT, as part of the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda of the administration.

He highlighted the challenges that may be faced by CSC, especially from disgruntled illegal workers and those who did not favour the progress of the FCT Civil Service, adding however that the commission will carry out its responsibilities “without fear or favour”.

“We are not unmindful of the fact that a new body like the FCT Civil Service Commission will naturally be met with some apprehension by those who are not too sure yet of the responsibilities of the commission. We expect to see those who found their way into the FCT public service illegally mount a campaign of calumny against the commission, and even against the FCT administration. These are normal in a setup like this.

“I want to use this opportunity to assure Mr President and the ministers of the FCT that the commission is committed to discharging its responsibilities without fear or favour. We will not be deterred by those who may feel threatened”.

The chairman also disclosed that the commission had gotten the digital bio-data of over 30,000 staff of the FCTA through its “full-fledged ICT Department”, approved by the FCT minister which is awaiting analysis, as a highlight of CSC’s adoption of technology in the discharge of its duties. 


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