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FG Moves To Check Over-bloated Budgets, Manpower Needs In MDAs

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The federal government has taken steps to firm up service delivery in the nation’s workforce, the federal civil service, to curtail incessant cases of over bloated budgets and unrealistic manpower needs assessments in government’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
The head of the Civils Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, made this known at the opening ceremony of the 2018 workshop on manpower planning and budgeting with the theme “Institutionalising efficiency in the civil service through manpower planning” in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Oyo-Ita stated that an overview of the civil service manpower planning has shown recurring trend of inaccurate data base, poor statistics, unrealistic forecasts, extraneous influences, and the resulting overstaffing.
She said, “These vices in turn get factored into the annual budgets leading to over bloated budgetary allocations to cater for salaries, incomes, wages and other related fringe benefits of civil servants.”
According to her, “The new civil service ethos of efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen centered (EPIC) must be brought to bear in determining appropriate manning levels and check the recurring unrealistic manpower needs assessment undertaken by MDAs.”
She averred that the workshop is aimed at building capacity and inculcating the right competencies in the real processes of reviewing manpower needs and predicting precise future needs, of the right kind, number and skills as new recruits to fill available vacancies, adding that the right manning level with the appropriate skills set is a much needed prerequisite to actualise the lofty ideals enshrined in the president’s agenda for the Nigerian civil service and the transformation of the civil service as envisaged in the new reform initiative under the Federal Civil Service Strategic Implementation Plan 2017 – 2020.
Earlier, the administrator of the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Dr Abdulganiyu Obatoyinbo, pointed out that the Nigerian public service is rich in human resources and its only through planning that manpower resources can be effectively utilised for efficiency in the civil service.
“This training workshop was packaged with all MDAs in mind to equip participants with the practical knowledge and skills required for implementing an efficient and effective manpower planning and budgeting capable of ensuring the availability of the right mix of workforce necessary for the achievement of the goals of the various MDAs,” he added.



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