By CHRIS EKEKE
The head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, said that the growth of a nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) depended on the output of its public service.
Oyo-Ita who said this yesterday in Abuja, while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) an NGO established with the aim of inspiring public sector transformation in Africa, explained that the partnership with the NGO would help the head of service actualise the various reforms embedded in its plans over the years.
She noted that in the MoU, the organisation would engage in capacity building programme for public service adding that knowledge was power and key to sustained development.
“This is the time of intellect, many developed nations ,like Japan, don’t have oil and they epend on knowledge for their economic growth and we are ready to partner with the private sector to achieve this. There is a mysterious connection between how well the public service performs and the GDP of a nation. If we don’t get it right we will continue to suffer as a poor nation.
“Fund constraints had made civil servants of these days to be unexposed and not up to date with global standards but this
partnership will address all these challenges,’’ she said.
In his response, founder, Africa Initiative for Governance, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, while explaining that the MoU would ensure that service delivery was enhanced in Nigeria, revealed that the organisation would sponsor world class consultants in capacity building programme for public servants noting that learning was the answer to development.