Realising the value of ethics in productivity, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji has ordered a massive re-orientation programme for all civil servants at the federal level.
The reorientation programme is to be undertaken by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in partnership with all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.
The HOS gave the directive during the monthly meeting of all federal permanent secretaries to reflect on service wide issues including indicators of productivity held at the Office of the Head of the Civil Service in Abuja.
The re-orientation programme is to commence with seven ministries in the first instance including Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Education, Works, Interior and Transport.
The order followed a presentation by the Director General of the NOA, Mike Omeri to the meeting on its Patriotism and Ethics First (PEF) programme which is primed to provide framework for self-actualization by any individual providing service to the public.
PEF is one of the key platforms of the NOA for achieving attitude change within the polity. Already frontline agencies of government like the Police, Immigration, Customs, Civil Defence Corps, Prison Service, the Army, the Airforce and the media have participated in the programme.
Omeri in the presentation said part of the value re-orientation strategy of the Agency is to point out issues in leadership which has given the impression that leaders are not patriotic.In his words: “The value degeneration is showing up in both the leadership and the followership. Sometime, when I see people beat traffic, I check to see if it was the President or Vice President or even the Head of Service, but I discover it is the ordinary people who complain about the leadership. So we started by telling everybody to Do the Right Thing.
“But the Patriotism and Ethics First programme targets at the leadership, especially those who reflect the face of authority in our country. Truly it reinforces our old beliefs and the proven concepts of character like Restraint, Hardwork, Honesty, Humility, Saving, Generosity, Motives, Productivity and Patience.
“It also underscores our national values including Honesty, Obedience, Hardwork, Tolerance and Political Faith”, he concluded. About thirty permanent secretaries attended the presentation.