The Secretary to the Government, Eng. Babachir David Lawal, gave the advice in Abuja at the opening of a one-day retreat for the Federal Permanent Secretaries on Tuesday.
The retreat was held under the theme, “The Change Agenda (Precept to Practice) – Role of Permanent Secretaries.
Lawal said the Permanent Secretaries were expected to serve as think-tank to the Ministers and as advisers on policy matters without compromising extant rules and regulations.
“The Permanent Secretaries as accounting officers of their respective ministries of their primary roles as drivers of change through instrumentality of public service rules, financial regulations and other extant regulating instruments to ensure that the ‘Change’ agenda moves from precept to practice in terms of financial prudence, transparency and discipline in service delivery,” said Lawal.
Earlier, the Acting Head of the Civil Service, Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, advised the Permanent Secretaries to shun all acts of corruption and ensure that their management of resources was strictly in accordance with the rules.
“Mr President’s (Muhammadu Buhari’s) body language in this regard is clear to everyone and that anyone found wanting should not expect any protection. The events of the past few weeks are proof of the fact that the present administration is very serious about the change ideology which all of us are called to embrace,” said Oyo-Ita.
– CAJ News