Buhari: I Won’t Tolerate Mediocrity |The Republican News

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honours Oyo-Ita, 14 Nigerians with a national merit award

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government would not tolerate any form of mediocrity from both public and civil servants. The President stated this yesterday in Abuja while conferring on the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), Winifred Oyo-Ita and 14 other Nigerians with the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM).

The National merit award was also conferred on corporate organizations including First Bank Plc which have contributed positively to the growth of the nation’s economy. Among the individuals who received the award are Mrs Mary Joshua Gadi, Engineer Umar Bindir, Allamin Lawan, Dr, Abdul Hussen, David James Lalu, Dr Jones Stow, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa and Clement Nwogbo. Others are David Iheanyi Onyemata, Dr Tina Aduke Olayemata, Mr Victor Olajorin, Dr Somade Taofeek Osuolale and Engineer Dozie Mbanefo.

The President, who said his administration was committed to the ideals of rewarding excellence, explained that while the government would also not tolerate any acts of mediocrity, it has become necessary for all Nigerians to develop a strong attitude of productivity in order for the country to achieve meaningful growth and development.

According to the President, he was delighted with the theme of the 2018 award ceremony “productivity for economic recovery and sustainable growth” which relevant to the present economic realities. He explained that the desire of his administration was to change the narrative of Nigeria remaining a monolithic economy into a productive one that translates to better living condition for the ordinary masses.

President Buhari, however, reeled out some of his achievement in office in the last three years, saying under a recessed economy, he built Nigeria’s foreign reserve of about $29.6bn in 2015 to $47.5billion as at May 18, 2018.

According to him, the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) in Nigeria stood at 1.95per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2018, a feat his predecessors could hardly boast of even while the economy was buoyant with huge capital inflow from oil resources. He noted that with the Treasury Single Account policy there is greater accountability in his government, noting that the policy has saved the country N200billion, an amount that would have been fretted away paying ghost workers. (New Telegraph)

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JUST IN: Buhari Swears In 7 Permanent Secretaries |The Republican News


From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu  Buhari, on Wednesday, swore in the remaining seven Permanent Secretaries that were among the 22 directors that passed the promotional examination and appointed, in August.

The brief ceremony took place before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (fec) meeting, presided over by him.

Fifteen of the Permanent Secretaries were, on August 15, sworn in by Yemi Osinbajo when he acted as president while President Buhari was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

The swearing in of the top civil servants was to fill the vacancies created in the agencies of government.

Those sworn in are Mustapha Suliaman (Kano), Adekunle Olusegun Adeyemi (Oyo),  Mrs. Ekaro Chukwumogwu (Rivers), Adedayo Akpata (Ekiti), Abdulkadri Muazu (Kaduna), Osuji Ndubusi (Imo) and  Bitrus Nabasu (Plateau).

The newly sworn in Permanent secretaries would resume duty when their colleagues from their states, currently in service, retire.

They were among the final 58 names that were forwarded to Osinbajo for appointment at the time.

Their appointment followed a week-long  rigorous examination of  300 Federal Directors at Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The change in policy for the Federal Permanent Secretaries  to write examinations was part of the resolutions of the National Council on Establishment (NEC) held July 2016 in Minna, Niger State.

Over 200 of the 300 Directors earlier shortlisted for interviews and verification for the 21 vacant positions of Federal Permanent Secretaries failed to scale the hurdle for the final stages of the exercise.

About 100 scaled the verification of credentials, stage where 78 that scaled through sat for the  “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Assessment Test” held at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Utako, Abuja.

The 78 successful Directors had proceeded to written examination stage that was held at the National Defence College (NDC) auditorium, in Abuja. The examination was on “Relevant Public Service and Policy Issues”.

The successful ones then proceeded to the third and final level; the “Oral Interview/Interactive Session” at the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of Federation, in Abuja, from where only 58 of them made it.  (The Sun)

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