Tinubu to inaugurate CORFEPS colloquium addressing the repositioning of the public service


The Council of Retired Federal Permanent Secretaries (CORFEPS) is set to conduct a week-long forum aimed at devising strategies to reposition the Nigerian Public Service as a catalyst for effective governance in the country.

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As stated in a release on Sunday in Abuja by Dr. Goke Adegoroye, the National Publicity Secretary of the Council, the 2024 CORFEPS Week will be organized in three segments.

This includes a colloquium scheduled for Tuesday in Abuja, expected to be inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu. Adegoroye noted, “The morning session will be presided over by former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and former Minister of Finance, His Majesty Oluyemi Falae, the Olu of Ilu-Abo and Baba Oba of Akure Kingdom.

The afternoon session will be chaired by Amb. Babagana Kingibe, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.”

The Council will convene its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, with Thursday reserved for the investiture of its Grand Patron, President Tinubu.

The theme of the colloquium is ‘Reflections on Nigeria’s Public Service: Way Forward for Good Governance.’ Dr. Bukar Usman will provide the general overview, while Dr. Timiebi Koripamo-Agary will present the ‘Insider’s Perspective,’ and Mr. Martins Oloja, the Managing Director and Editor-In-Chief of The Guardian, will present the ‘Outsider’s Perspective.’

Three retired Permanent Secretaries, namely Amb. Godknows Igali, Ammuna Ali, and Dr. Goke Adegoroye, will serve as discussants.

Adegoroye highlighted that Falae and Kingibe were chosen for their significant roles during the golden era of the Nigerian public service. Their courage and ability to speak truth to power contributed to making the post-independence civil service an institution that earned the respect of all Nigerians.

The goal of the event is to explore vital questions, such as the historical mutual respect between Ministers and Permanent Secretaries and the cordial relationship between civil servants and the public. The objective is to understand past successes and failures and collectively devise strategies to reposition the civil service for effective governance in the country.

The CORFEPS Week, instituted by Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, the current Chairman of the council and former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, serves as a platform for meaningful discourse on national development issues.

It also aims to draw attention to matters concerning the Public Service, assess national performance, and offer constructive advice on key public policy issues. The council works towards restoring and maintaining the Civil Service’s proper role as a non-partisan organ serving the government and the nation.