The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has disclosed that the present administration has set the stage for the establishment of Productivity Units in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) in the Country, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari in his address at the occasion marking the observance of National Productivity Day on 20th August, 2015.
Recently revealed this while declaring open a Productivity Awareness lecture for middle cadre (Grade levels 07 – 12) officers who constitute the target group that handle major functions in the Ministry and in the Public Sector, Ngige stressed that the awareness lecture is very important and dear to his Ministry because of its bearing on the success of the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration.
“We are living in a time of change. The public service must improve its productivity in order to achieve growth and vitalize the Nigerian economy against the backdrop of accelerating globalization and International Competitiveness, exponential increase in the unemployment rate and the dwindling oil revenues.”
He noted that, “there is no doubt that the service needs to be attuned to its responsibilities not only as a source of policy advice and primary executor of programmes, but as the custodian of data and information on which decisions are to be based.
He further emphasized that “Productivity is universally acknowledged as crucial and critical to a country’s competitiveness and its integration into the global economy.