In a move that signals change and the commitment to reinvigorate the Nigerian civil service, President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of the Chairman and members of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC). This significant development comes as part of the broader vision of the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of his administration.
The appointment, which is subject to confirmation by the Nigerian Senate, is in line with the provisions of Section 154 of the Nigerian Constitution (1999, Amended), which empowers the president to appoint the Chairman and members of FCSC.
The newly appointed Chairman, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, is set to lead the commission, while the other members include Dr. Daudu Ibrahim Jalo, representing Adamawa | Gombe/Taraba; Ms. Gekpe Grace Isu, representing Akwa Ibom | Cross River; Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, representing Anambra | Ebonyi | Enugu; and Mr. Rufus Godwins, representing Rivers | Delta | Bayelsa. The rest of the appointees are Dr. Adamu Hussein (Niger | FCT), Mr. Aminu Nabegu (Jigawa | Kano), Ms. Hindatu Abdullahi (Kaduna | Katsina), Mr. Shehu Aliyu (Kebbi | Sokoto | Zamfara), Ms. Odekunle Rukiyat Aduke (Kogi | Kwara), Mr. Jide Jimoh (Lagos | Ogun), and Dr. Festus Oyebade (Osun | Oyo).
The statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, indicates that the new FCSC leadership is expected to commence work from November 30, 2023, coinciding with the expiration of the current Federal Civil Service Commission Chairman and membership’s tenure on November 29, 2023.
President Tinubu has high expectations for the new FCSC leadership, as they are tasked with the critical mission of facilitating the transformation, reorientation, and digitization of the Federal Bureaucracy. The goal is to foster an environment that enables growth and increased private sector participation in the development of the Nigerian economy.
This development is a significant step towards reinvigorating and modernizing the Nigerian civil service, with an emphasis on enhancing efficiency and fostering private sector collaboration to drive economic growth. It aligns with President Tinubu’s commitment to the “Renewed Hope Agenda,” which seeks to revitalize various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
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