Abuja – Civil Servants in the Federal Capital Territory resumed duties after the New Year holiday with a call on Nigerians to pray for the country`s leadership.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the Federal Secretariat complex located in Maitama District, reports an impressive turnout of civil servants at the various ministries visited.
NAN correspondent observed a lot of excitement amid back slapping, hugging and exchange of pleasantries for a prosperous New Year among the workers.
Some civil servants who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, called for prayers the country`s leadership.
This, they said, was critical against the background of an unhealthy economy occasioned by dwindling crude oil price and fall in the value of the naira.
One of the respondents, Mr Alfred Ifemenoku, however, appealed to Nigerians to patient with the present administration, adding that with prayers, it would enthrone good governance.
In his contribution, Alhaji Yahaya Jimoh said Nigerians should see themselves as change agents, adding that government alone cannot bring about the desired change.
He stressed that all hands must be on deck to work towards evolving a better society for the benefit of all
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said that it would digitalise the operations of the Federal Civil Service in 2016, to forestall alteration of vital documents by some officials.
The acting Head of the Civil Service (HOS) of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who stated this, said it was regrettable that staff records and other important information in the service were still being kept in files, adding that such would no longer be tolerated.
“The system whereby records of civil servants are kept just anyhow in piles of files in registries which could get eaten up by rodents cannot continue in 2016.
“During my tenure, the records and documents of the Federal Civil Service will be fully automated,’’ she said.
She added that this would help address issues of ghost workers and the alteration of official records at will by some officials.
According to her, the automation of records will also prevent officials from removing disciplinary documents from their files. (NAN)