By Rotimi Famakin

The Head of Service of the Federation, HOS, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, says merit as a yardstick for the recruitment and promotion of federal civil servants would continue to remain the hallmark of her administration.

Dr Yemi-Esan stated this while delivering a lecture entitled: “Promoting the Culture of Meritocracy: A Panacea for National Development”, at the Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan.

The HOS explained that the era of employing and promoting federal civil servants based on the influence of individuals has gone, saying written examination and oral interviews were currently being adopted to ensure qualified personnel with merit occupy the right positions for effective service delivery and national development.

Dr Yemi-Esan who said a high level of credibility is being maintained to ensure the best brains are recruited, also said it is now mandatory for Permanent Secretaries to undergo written examination, ICT proficiency test and oral interview before appointment by the president.

The HOS who said a policy identified as LEAD-P, is now being adopted to expose officers to operations in the private sector, also hinted that induction training is now mandatory for newly recruited federal personnel.

In a remark, the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode Adebowale who explained that the lecturer’s wealth of experience was brought to bear on the lecture, encouraged participants to have a reflection on the lecture and make corrections where necessary to make Nigeria a better nation.

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