Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Thursday said the nation’s public service should not be a dumping ground for all comers.
He said it is expected to be the engine room that drives the nation’s growth and development.
Citing Singapore, where he said public servants are subjected to examinations at the point of entry besides other requirements as work experiences and skill, Mustapha asserted that public servants and public institutions are a reflection of what the country becomes.
Mustapha spoke in Abuja during the public presentation of the autobiography of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Georgina Ehuriah-Arisa, titled: On Merit. The SGF described the books as an eloquent testimony of a hardworking public servant.
He added that there were evidences that many public servants gave their best ideas, initiatives and energy for the nation’s development.
Mustapha, who acknowledged the contributions of Mrs. Ehuriah-Arisa to the civil service, said she was the brain behind the codification/documentation of the policies, programmes and projects of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, particularly during the first tenure.
According to him, Mrs. Ehuriah-Arisa is a living testimony of hard work, resilience, integrity, resourcefulness, tenacity, and diligence.
The SGF said she played pivotal roles which led to the policy document upon which the administration’s Nine-Point Agenda in the second term was anchored.
He added that Mrs. Ehuriah-Arisa had made womanhood proud for her 35 years of unblemished record in the public service and remained an asset and a model for credible, effective and efficient personalities that have distinguished themselves in public service.
Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, who described the Permanent Secretary as an Amazon, added that she gave her best to the country for 35 years and deserved to be celebrated.