Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister on Thursday enjoined civil servants to come up with policies that would reposition and strengthen good governance in Nigeria.
Bello made this known while declaring open the 43rd meeting of the National Council on Establishments (NCE) on Thursday, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
He noted that as the custodian of institutional memory, civil servants are in the best position to reposition the service with a view to impacting positively on the quality of governance.
While describing it as honour to be selected to host the 43rd NCE, Bello hinted that the Civil Service of the Federation was a bastion of stability and solidity upon which successive governments relied on for formulation and implementation of policies, as well as extant rules.
Bello also commended Civil Servants particularly those from the nation’s capital for working tirelessly in the last three decades in beautifying and building the Capital City of the dream of the founding fathers.
He charged participants to use the opportunity of the interaction to boost their knowledge.
Bello also commended the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan for bringing revolutionary changes in the Service and urged all Civil Servants to do their best in implementing the tremendous changes.
The minister called on the Heads of Civil Service of States to also introduce positive changes in their respective states to improve the life of Nigerians.
Earlier, the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, said the meeting is an annual event aimed at brainstorming on matters affecting governance at all levels.
She also reiterated commitment to earlier resolutions that only academic qualifications should be used for appointment into civil service.
The Head of Service encouraged Civil Servants to engage in information Communication and Technology, ICT and Agricultural value Chain.
Mrs Yemi Esan further hinted that the office of the Head of Service is Committed in partnering with all the Head of Service across the thirty six states of the Federation to enable them key into new policies of government.
Other past resolutions of the meeting according to the Head of Service of the Federation included provision that five percent of employment opportunities in the federal civil service should be reserved for physically challenged persons.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on establishment and Public Service, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, charged civil servants to remain committed to exemplary conduct.
The further revealed that all Civil Service across the thirty six states of the Federation are the engine room of any successive government.