Photo caption: Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, receives copies of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for her Office from the Chairman, Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during the handing over ceremony held in Abuja.
The reform agenda of the federal government for Nigeria’s civil service received additional impetus this week as the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) received twenty-six (26) manuals on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed for the execution of departmental processes in the Office.
In a landmark handing over event performed by the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) which took place on Tuesday April 20, 2021 in Abuja, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan disclosed that the main objective of SOPs is to develop an effective system that complies with industry–specific regulations and standards in order to significantly reduce or avoid operational errors as well as unwanted work variations.
The adoption of SOPs, she noted will ensure an efficient, effective and productive civil service, adding that for a dynamic civil service to be achieved, it was pertinent to have laid down operational standards.
According to Dr. Yemi-Esan, plans are underway to obtain International Standard Organisation (ISO) certification for the procedures just as the office would be working closely with SERVICOM to ensure implementation and compliance in all MDAs.
Meanwhile, the HOS revealed that the office has selected some MDAs for the pilot phase implementation of the SOPs in the Federal Civil Service. The Pilot MDAs include, Federal Civil Service Commission, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, State House and the Federal Ministry of Transportation.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede described the day as being very significant for both the Civil Service and AIG which he said was one of the gains of the partnership between the organizations. “The Nigerian Federal Civil Service has taken one small step which has the same effect as signaling as stepping on the moon for mankind”, Aig-Imoukhuede said.
He commended Dr. Yemi-Esan for ensuring continuity and for hitting the ground running and for doing what great leaders would do in delivering on their mandates.
The AIG Chairman, said all great institutions are built on standards, adding that without standards there cannot be services and the Civil Service cannot be taken into the 21st Century.
Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office (OHCSF), Mrs Ibiene Roberts said that the SOPs are aimed at developing an effective system.
In a goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Service Policies and Strategies Office (SPSO), Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, said SOPs in service will ensure uniformity of operations across board. He therefore enjoined the service to embrace the development.
The event was attended by Permanent Secretaries, Directors, representative of AIG and SOP champions in the OHCSF.