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MMSD task staff on dedication to duty for improved productivity

By Palma Ileye

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, MMSD, Arc. has called on Civil Servants to be dedicated to duty for improved productivity.

Adegbite made the call during the celebration organized by the ministry to commemorate the 2022 African Public Service Day in Abuja.

He expressed satisfaction working with staff of the ministry due to their commitment to duty which he stressed should be sustained to take the ministry to enviable heights.

Delivering her speech at the ceremony, Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, revealed that efforts were on to ensure that the ministry blaze a trail in the service-wide project of work-process automation.

Akinlade who hailed the passion of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, HCSF, Folashade Mejabi Yemi-Esan, for improved productivity and welfare of civil servants, said the theme of the day, “Performance Management System, PMS: Impact on productivity in the Nigeria Public Sector” was most apt as it summarises the vision of the HCSF to make the service a world class system that drives optimum productivity through effective and efficient performance management.

“She has vigorously pursued the full implementation of the new Performance Management System through training of various categories of officers. This is complemented by the deployment of the Human Resource Module of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, the Federal Civil Service Strategy Implementation Plan and the reinforcement of the Innovation Division in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.

“LEAD-P and SMART-P trainings have also been consistently carried out to realise this laudable vision of the HCSF.

“MMSD is among the first set of MDAs to receive these facilities and efforts are on to ensure that we blaze a trail in the service-wide project of work-process automation. We have achieved a major improvement in the ACTU rating from about 26.5% to 74.5% compliance and have also surpassed our revenue projections,” Akinlade said.

The Permanent Secretary disclosed that efforts had also been made within the ministry’s limits of available resources to provide facilities that would enhance productivity and welfare of Staff, adding that in that regard, “we now have a clinic that can provide basic health services to all staff to ensure that our health is given the priority that it deserves”.

She said many may be unaware that within the few months of operation of the clinic, health crises had been averted for some staff just through routine check by the medical team in the clinic.

“Also, we can easily see the massive deployment of ICT infrastructures within office complex aimed at achieving the full automation of the work processes in the ministry,” she added.

Congratulating the members of management and staff of the ministry on week-long activities being commemorated, Akinlade craved their indulgence over the delay in the commemoration which was being held this week instead of last week that was officially set aside to mark the event, adding that it was due to exigencies of duty.

“Since 1999 when the African Union, AU, set aside 23rd June, as the “Africa Public Service Day, APSD, Nigeria has consistently
commemorated the day annually with series of activities and we are grateful to God for the opportunity to be part of this year’s event.

“In her characteristic style of celebrating civil servants, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation approved a full package of week-long activities for this year including Jumat and Church Services, Keep-fit/aerobics session, a Town-hall Meeting and Special Awards to selected officers for outstanding performance,” she continued.

She told the workers that the occasion also affords the opportunity to specially acknowledge members of staff that have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance.

Speaking further, she said, “As usual, one person was nominated from each department out of which three were selected and forwarded to OHCSF. I want to therefore congratulate all the recipients of this year’s award and appreciate them for their diligence.

“I want to particularly congratulate Engr. Umar Adamu Tsoho who was honoured with the “Presidential Public Service Award” by the OHCSF for outstanding service. He made it to the top ten among the nomination from all the MDAs. We are proud of you and we thank you for bringing honour to this Ministry.

“On behalf of the HCSF, I want to congratulate and specially thank all the retiring staff for the year 2022. It is indeed a noble achievement to successfully exit the Federal Civil Service through retirement. It is the beginning of new life for you and we wish you good health of mind and body as well as a fulfilling life after retirement from public service.”

Also Member of staff and retirees of MMSD were rewarded with gift items and plaques for the outstanding dedication to duty.

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