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Decision on Nursing Internship Missing as National Council on Establishments Issue Communique
Date Posted: 15/Mar/2014
The 38th Meeting of the National Council on Establishments (NCE), a consultative and advisory body of Governments on Establishment matters met in Ilorin, Kwara State from Thursday 27th to Friday 28th February, 2014. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Chairman of Council, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, (OON) presided over the meeting. The meeting was attended by Heads of Service from thirty-four (34) States and the representative of Federal Capital Territory. The Council meeting was preceded by a two-day technical session of Officials/Permanent Secretaries in charge of Establishments and their Directors.
 
2. The meeting was declared open by His Excellency, Alhaji (Dr.) AbdulFatah Ahmed, Executive Governor of Kwara State, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Elder Peter Kishira. In his address, the Governor stated that the meeting is responsible for formulation of policies that guides the Civil Service which invariably affects the life of the people. He added that Kwara State Government had embarked on a number of projects, and implemented policies that attracted investors to the State. Furthermore, the Kwara State government had improved the welfare package of its Public/Civil Servants with the provision of vehicle loans to all strata of the workforce, as a means of boosting their morale, commitment and productivity.
 
3. In a keynote address, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation expressed profound gratitude to the Executive Governor of Kwara State for granting approval and providing the resources for the meeting. He stated that the National Council on Establishments (NCE) is a consultative body for the Governments of the Federation on general establishment matters, including salary, gradings, structure, as well as productivity improvement in the Civil Service. He added that the role of the Civil Service is to assist Government to evolve and promote effective programmes and policies for National growth and development.
 
4. He informed Council members that in line with the transformation agenda of Government the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation had commenced the process of a holistic review of the structure and functions of his office and the MDAs, to eliminate areas of overlaps/duplication, and reduce wastages, for greater efficiency and effectiveness.
 
5. He added that a system of Peer Review whereby MDAs and their supervising Permanent Secretaries are periodically evaluated, in terms of actual delivery of programmes and activities, had also been instituted, as a veritable tool for sustainable performance and enhanced service delivery.
 
6. He highlighted some of the initiatives to reposition and strengthen the Federal Civil Service to include the introduction of a new Performance Management Framework, a Senior Executive Service Model for Leadership Management and Succession Planning, as well as domestication of training activities to increase the patronage of training institutions in the country, and save costs.
 
7. The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Service Matters urged the Council to take a critical look at the erosion of the powers of the Civil Service.
 
8. After the opening formalities, Council deliberated on the various establishment matters brought before it by the meeting of Officials. Arising from the discussions, Council: 
(EDITED TO REFLECT ONLY MEDICAL RELATED ISSUES)
 
(iii) Noted the request for the creation of Environmental Protection Officer Cadre Structured on SGL 06-14 and referred same to the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) for a report on the case instituted in court on the matter;
 
(xv) Rejected the demand for the provision of Uniform Allowance for Health Professionals at the rate payable to Nurses;
 
(xvii) Rejected the request for the creation of Clinical Psychologist Cadre in the Schemes of Service;
 
(xviii) Approved the request for the inclusion of HND Health Information Management in the Health Records Officer Cadre in the Schemes of Service;
 
(xix) Reiterated the earlier decision of Council that the Professional Certificates / qualifications of certain professional bodies seeking inclusion in the Schemes of Service should be recognized for proficiency purposes only;
 
(xxix) Approved the constitution of a twelve member committee of Heads of Service (2 from each Geo-political zone) to undertake a holistic review, and wider stakeholder consultation at the States on the agitation/requests of Medical/Dental Officers and other health professionals, as well as other health related issues for consideration at an emergency meeting.
 
9. Council commended the Government and the good people of Kwara State for the hospitality extended to the delegates, the excellent arrangements made and the facilities deployed to ensure the success of the 38th Meeting of Council.
 
10. Council agreed in principle to hold the 39th Meeting of the National Council on Establishments (NCE) in Minna, Niger State at a date to be conveyed to members.

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