The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) is to fashion out a new manpower defence policy that will guide recruitments in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The Director-General of the agency, Dr Joe Abah, made the announcement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
Abah said the agency would work closely with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to implement the policy.
He said that the policy would prevent MDAs from employing personnel beyond what their budget capacity could take within a given year.
“ We are similarly working with the office of the head of service to put a manpower budget defence, which means you cannot recruit unless you have the manpower provided for in your budget.
“So people will now have to come to the office of the head of service to defend their manpower budgets before they are allowed to recruit.
“So I think that will help to tackle issues of improper recruitment in agencies which is tagged employment racketeering, bloated work force and ghost workers.
Abah said that a committee had also been set up to look into the implementation of the Oronsaye Report.
He said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) had recently approved the re-constitution of the implementation committee that would start work later this month.
“ You will be aware that the Oronsaye report includes a management and staff audit recruitment of some parastatals and agencies.
“ The BPSR has recently published a guide on how to properly manage agencies and parastatals.
“ And that includes the performance improvement tool that agencies can use to make sure that their performance meet the needs of Nigerians in going forward,’’ he said.
The director-general also said that the implementation of the Oronsaye report would address most of the issues faced in MDAs. (NAN)