Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has required workers holding Higher National Diplomas to complete a one-year mandatory training before transitioning from the Executive to Officers cadre.

The Federal Government mandates that HND holders undergo one-year mandatory training
The Federal Government mandates that HND holders undergo one-year mandatory training

According to a statement on Saturday, Yemi-Esan made this announcement during a virtual interactive session with civil servants to mark the 2024 Civil Service Week. The theme was “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Life-long, Quality, and Relevant Learning in Africa.”

The one-year mandatory training program, aiming to align Higher National Diplomas from polytechnics with university degrees, has sparked controversy between the National Universities Commission and the National Board for Technical Education.

Reforms in Higher Education and Civil Service Advancements

The Ninth National Assembly passed a bill in 2021 to end the dichotomy, but the last administration of President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign it into law.

Therefore, NBTE, responsible for regulating technical and vocational education, introduced a one-year top-up program. This program provides HND holders a pathway to advance towards earning a bachelor’s degree.

During the virtual meeting, when asked by a civil servant, Yemi-Esan explained, “The curriculum for HND and B.Sc holders differs. Therefore, HND graduates must undergo a mandatory one-year training before transitioning from the Executive to Officers’ cadre.”

Adebayo Hassan, who is in Grade Level 14, previously inquired about the disparity between B.Sc and HND holders in the Service and what steps the Federal Government was taking to address this gap.

Regarding the 2024 Civil Service Week theme, Yemi-Esan stressed the importance of making education accessible, inclusive, and of high quality. She also emphasized the necessity for education to continually adapt to meet the evolving demands of the modern world.

She also mentioned, “The theme reflects how the Nigerian Civil Service is using learning and development to strengthen the skills and abilities of its workforce, aiming to achieve national priorities.”

Performance Management System Implemented in Nigerian Civil Service to Boost Efficiency and Accountability

The Head of the Civil Service revealed that due to the rapidly changing work environment and the need for increased efficiency, the Nigerian Civil Service has implemented a Performance Management System. She added that the PMS Policy and Guidelines have been developed and distributed to all Ministries, extra-ministerial Departments, and Agencies.

Highlighted that core teams have been properly formed for its implementation.

She stated, “The implementation of PMS has been extended to the Ministries, with the Permanent Secretaries taking the lead as primary drivers.”

“In this regard, performance contracts will be extended to every officer within each MDA.

“This new system will evaluate each officer’s performance based solely on their Key Performance Indicators and allow for tracking job objectives across all MDAs.

“This means every officer in the Service can directly connect their goals and objectives with those of their department, their Ministry, and the national Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).”

She highlighted the digitalization of work processes in the Service as a significant aspect of the ongoing transformation of the Federal Civil Service.

She emphasized that the Office has digitalized all personal and policy files and is implementing digital transaction workflows. All official correspondences, including memos and internal and external circulars, are now processed electronically through the Enterprise Content Management solution.


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